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, […]

Coffeehouse draws support, reproach from community

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented its coffeehouse discussion “RACISM: It’s in Our Backyard Too” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at The Woodland in Maplewood and tackled community issues surrounding local law enforcement, public school district inequities and the role that recent events in Charlottesville, Va., play on […]

Cummis retires from police force, receives severance pay

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The members of the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution that settles the severance payout to former Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis, who recently retired after being placed on administrative leave. Following the release of records from the July 5, 2016, clash between Maplewood police and many teenagers, many of whom […]

Maplewood teen files suit against MPD

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Following the events of July 5, 2016, in which Maplewood police officers are accused of using excessive force and attempting to herd rowdy teenagers into neighboring Irvington, one Maplewood teenager is fighting back and has filed a federal lawsuit against the Maplewood Police Department. Jason McDougall, 17, alleges that, during the July […]

TC votes ‘no confidence’ in Chief Cimino

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tuesday, Aug. 1, was an up and down night for the Maplewood Police Department. The evening started with the department’s National Night Out celebration, meant to strengthen bonds between police officers and the community they serve. The evening ended with Police Chief Robert Cimino being placed on administrative leave and being asked […]

Town releases files from July 5 altercation

UPDATE: At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a vote of no confidence, requesting the resignation of Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino. Effective immediately from that meeting, Cimino was placed on administrative leave, with pay, for 60 days. During the vote, the room was packed, with many more concerned residents standing […]

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

Community members highlight continuing insensitivity

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Prompted by recent controversies within the school district, a community healing event featuring the free showing of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” and an open panel discussion were held Saturday, May 6, at Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange in an effort to encourage open dialogue and […]

Free screening of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Academy Award nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” written by James Baldwin, will be screened for free on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Bow Tie Cinemas, 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Only 80 seats are available, so RSVP at www.RespectfulDiscussion.eventbrite.com. First priority will be […]

Black parents advocacy group launches new website

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Black Parents Workshop has launched a new website — www.blackparentsworkshop.org — as part of its continuing efforts to advocate for equity in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. The organization was launched in 2014 as an effort to address a perceived two-decade failure of the SOMSD to address a racial […]