Local college students volunteer at Valerie Fund

Local college students volunteer at Valerie Fund

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Berkeley College volunteers assisted several local organizations recently, including the Valerie Fund, a Maplewood-based nonprofit that supports families of children with cancer and blood disorders. More than 480 Berkeley College faculty, staff, students and alumni in New Jersey and New York contributed 2,300 hands-on volunteer hours to more than 50 organizations during […]

Bio-Blitz at the South Mountain Reservation

Bio-Blitz at the South Mountain Reservation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — South Mountain Reservation will hold Bio-Blitz, a 24-hour even for species identification, from 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Scientists and experts will be collecting data throughout the 2,110 acres of South Mountain Reservation, with an emphasis on birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, insects, […]

Maplewood firefighters assist in Millburn

Maplewood firefighters assist in Millburn

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On June 5, Maplewood Fire Engine 32 responded into Millburn to assist at a residential structure fire. In the middle of the firefighters pictured is a victim who was pulled from the fire; Maplewood firefighters are part of that group. It took nearly eight firefighters to search, find and remove the victim […]

AG announces application process for $60 million in victims’ services grants

AG announces application process for $60 million in victims’ services grants

TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal announced June 5 that $60 million is available to agencies to implement programs to serve victims of crime, particularly those who have been victims of gun violence. The new Notice of Availability of Funds allows agencies to apply for funding from the New Jersey Victim Assistance […]

SOMA celebrates Pride as one

Towns unite for a monthlong celebration of LGBTQ Pride with many events

SOMA celebrates Pride as one

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Pride Month in Maplewood and South Orange kicked off June 1 and 2, with a rally and flag-raising at Maplewood Town Hall, and it’s just the beginning of a monthlong celebration of LGBTQ pride for which the two towns are collaborating. Theater, book club meetings, drag shows and rallies […]

Cross the ‘Bridges of Madison County’ at SOPAC

Cross the ‘Bridges of Madison County’ at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — American Theater Group and Producing Artistic Director James Vagias will present the Tony Award-winning musical “The Bridges of Madison County” at the South Orange Performing Arts Center from June 20 through 30, with an audio-described performance Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. “The Bridges of Madison County” is a sweeping romance […]

Essex County College celebrates its 50th commencement

Essex County College celebrates its 50th commencement

NEWARK, NJ — As cheering family and friends looked on, nearly 1,200 Essex County College students received their hard-earned associate degrees as the college celebrated its 50th annual commencement on Friday, May 31, at Prudential Center in Newark. Fighting back tears, class valedictorian and criminal justice major Pyetra Camargo said, “I want to start off […]

Talking about vegetable gardening

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Now that your seeds and plants are in the ground, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County will host a “Let’s Talk Vegetable Gardening” conversation on Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the South Orange Elks Rent Party Garden, 220 Prospect St. in South Orange. The session is […]