Gronau tries to resign, but is reappointed MMS principal

Gronau tries to resign, but is reappointed MMS principal

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education decided not to accept the resignation of Maplewood Middle School Principal Dara Gronau at its May 13 meeting, voting 4-3 on the resolution. BOE President Annemarie Maini abstained from the vote and Javier Farfan was absent; First Vice President Susie Adamson, Elizabeth Baker, Shannon Cuttle and […]

School Ethics Commission rules against Lawson-Muhammad

School Ethics Commission rules against Lawson-Muhammad

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On March 26, the New Jersey School Ethics Commission released its ruling in a complaint filed by Black Parents Workshop founder Walter Fields against Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad. The commission ruled in favor of Fields, saying that Lawson-Muhammad had violated NJSA 18A:12-24.1(e) and NJSA 18A:12-24.1(f) during a […]

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

Board of Ed meeting overflows with frustrated community members questioning personnel changes

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Frustration and anger abounded as concerned community members demanded answers on the reassignment of key administrative positions within the school district, specifically Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron, at the July 16 Board of Education meeting. In a June 30 letter, interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra announced that the South Orange-Maplewood […]

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad took time to address the incident that occurred when a South Orange police officer pulled her over for speeding. She apologized again for her behavior and reaffirmed her commitment to the school district and to serving the community. […]

BOE member in hot water after altercation with police

BOE member in hot water after altercation with police

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad is facing backlash after an altercation became public in which she argued with a South Orange police officer after being pulled over for speeding April 27. According to video footage of the incident, which the News-Record obtained along with a police report after […]

DeVaul is sworn in as new police chief

DeVaul pledges to work with public to repair broken trust

DeVaul is sworn in as new police chief

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul officially dropped “acting” from his title as he took the oath of office at the April 17 Township Committee meeting. DeVaul was officially sworn in as the new police chief by township clerk Liz Fritzen as his wife, Krista, stood beside him. His wife was not the only […]

BPW to file lawsuit against school district over racial disparities

BPW to file lawsuit against school district over racial disparities

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The SOMA Black Parents Workshop announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the South Orange-Maplewood School District during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 14, after data released by the district showed continued racial disparities and little improvement to the achievement gap in the district, especially at Columbia High […]

Amos brings ‘Halley’s Comet’ to SOMA

Acclaimed actor supports organizations working for racial equality in Maplewood, South Orange

Amos brings ‘Halley’s Comet’ to SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood community had good times Saturday, Oct. 7, when acclaimed actor John Amos performed his one-man show, “Halley’s Comet,” at South Orange Middle School to raise money and support for the SOMA Black Parents Workshop and the MapSO Freedom School. The two partner organizations advocate for the academic success […]

Amos to perform ‘Halley’s Comet’ in SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acclaimed actor John Amos is bringing his talents to the stage in Maplewood to support the Black Parents Workshop and the MapSO Freedom School, two partner organizations that advocate for the academic success of Black students in South Orange and Maplewood. Amos is performing his one-man play “Halley’s Comet” on Saturday, […]