18-year-old soccer star shot to death at Underhill Field in Maplewood, 17-year-old injured

18-year-old soccer star shot to death at Underhill Field in Maplewood, 17-year-old injured

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Columbia High School student died following a shooting on June 6 at Underhill Field and another was injured, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on June 7. Moussa Fofana, 18, a CHS junior and star soccer player, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:24 p.m., after Maplewood Police Department […]

SOMA PRIDE is back with a month full of events

SOMA PRIDE is back with a month full of events

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA PRIDE 2021 is a time for South Orange and Maplewood residents to come together as one in celebration of all LGBTQ-plus identities and allies collectively united. The monthlong schedule of events will shine a light on LGBTQ-plus issues with books, films, discussions, performances, picnics and parties, and recognize […]

Yogi Berra Museum recognizes ‘best teammates’ in the SEC

Yogi Berra Museum recognizes ‘best teammates’ in the SEC

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — Continuing a beloved tradition in local high school sports, for the ninth consecutive year the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center honored student athletes from member schools of the Super Essex Conference in a celebration of the qualities that made Yogi Berra a national treasure. Recipients of the 2021 Investors Bank […]

Columbia High School students explore mental health through their artwork

Columbia High School students explore mental health through their artwork

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Curtis Grayson III’s art students at Columbia High School have been drawing their brains. They’ve been spending the last few months working on a project that revolves around mental health, visualizing their interpretations of what that looks like. Some are drawing on their own experiences and some aren’t, but […]

SOMA BOE approves creation of task force to address sexual assault

SOMA BOE approves creation of task force to address sexual assault

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault and violence at its May 17 meeting, following students speaking out about their own experiences at the April 19 meeting. The resolution allows Superintendent Ronald Taylor or a designee to appoint stakeholders […]

NJSIAA names its 2021 Gallagher/Bollinger Hall of Fame inductees, including CHS and WOHS grads

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — A stellar group of 18 individuals has been selected as the NJSIAA Gallagher/Bollinger Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. All inductees were selected by a statewide committee of journalists and both active and retired school administrators. “What always amazes me about our annual Hall of Fame process is that there never seems […]

Columbia High School to hold Lavender Graduation this June

Columbia High School to hold Lavender Graduation this June

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As part of annual June Pride Month celebrations across SOMA and Essex County, Maplewood and South Orange are again partnering with the South Orange–Maplewood School District and others in the community to present SOMA Lavender Graduation 2021, to be held in person and virtually on Thursday, June 3, at […]

Columbia HS named a ‘most influential public high school’

Columbia HS named a ‘most influential public high school’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School was ranked No. 21 among 50 of the most influential public high schools in the United States by Academic Influence. CHS was identified as a top 50 U.S. public high school based on the accumulative influence of its alumni. According to its website, Academic Influence is “a team of […]