Legendary singer to ‘hammer out love’ in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Peter Yarrow is one of the very few who knows the power music can have in changing the world. As a member of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow was on the frontlines of some of the biggest social activist movements of the 1960s, from the push against the […]

TSTI tweaks teen programs, drawing young Jews to community and religion

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the terror attacks occurred in Paris in November 2015, a “Hot Topic” discussion was sparked among Hebrew High students at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel. The teens shared their feelings and views on responding to global unrest — an exchange made possible by a shift in how the Reform synagogue conducts its […]

Haggis, kilts and all-around good time at Burns Night

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two South Orange-Maplewood School District parents turned a Scottish tradition into an opportunity to benefit the local nonprofit Achieve Foundation, raising more than $3,500 through a Burns Night celebration at the Woodland in Maplewood on Feb. 6. Piers and Adrienne MacWhannell brought the customary festivity honoring renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns to […]

Local neurologist charged with insurance fraud

SOUTH ORANGE / NEWARK, NJ — A North Jersey doctor has been indicted for allegedly billing numerous insurance carriers for medical procedures he did not perform himself or that were not performed at all, according to a Feb. 9 release from New Jersey acting Attorney General John Hoffman and the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. […]

WSOU’s ‘Hall Line’ marks 50th year at Prudential Center

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — More than 120 alumni, staff and friends of WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University, gathered Saturday, Feb. 6, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sports call-in program “Hall Line.” The occasion was marked with a pregame reception and on-court ceremony at Newark’s Prudential Center that […]

Adult School spring semester

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Catalogs are out and registration is under way for spring classes at The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. Highlights include “Likely Stories: Actors and Short Stories Onstage” on Monday, March 28. Formerly known as “Celebrity Readings,” this is an evening of storytelling inspired by Isaiah Sheffer’s “Selected Shorts” at Symphony […]

SOMA students exceed PARCC averages

School district releases results from first-ever PARCC exams, local students outperform peers

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood students who took last year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam scored higher on average on most subject tests than the average set by New Jersey students and students from the PARCC consortium, consisting of 11 states and District of Columbia at the time […]

Film touting Arab American feats premieres at SHU

SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Philip Kayal and Abe Kasbo had no filmmaking experience prior to producing their first documentary. What they did know was that Arab-Americans are not the evil terrorists that national media often makes them out to be. They knew, though most Americans did not, that Arab immigrants and their descendants […]

Blizzard dumps nearly 30 inches on towns

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — It was a crazy weekend. A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, temperatures dropped and the snow forecast changed hour by hour — in most cases going up! The blizzard, which hit late at night on Jan. 22, and kept up until early morning on Jan. 24, dumped nearly 30 […]

Two towns’ girls learning to stand up and speak out

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — One local group of 7- to 10-year-old girls from Maplewood and South Orange proves the value of girl power each day through lessons learned from Stand Up Girls, an organization that empowers its young participants to stand up for both themselves and others. Entering its third season in February, Stand Up Girls, […]