U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus to perform free concert in Maplewood

U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus to perform free concert in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The township of Maplewood will present a free concert featuring The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus in the Memorial Park Amphitheater on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. Featuring more than 90 musicians and vocalists, the combined ensemble will perform a program which includes patriotic favorites, popular songs and […]

Silver looks forward to effecting change on Board of Ed

Silver looks forward to effecting change on Board of Ed

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hannah Silver, 17, a rising senior at Columbia High School and the newly-elected student representative to the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, was skeptical about running for the position. It wasn’t until a close friend brought her the application and encouraged her to run that she changed her mind. “I initially wasn’t […]

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

Only one incumbent files to run for re-elections; Pai and Sabin opt to leave Board of Education

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This election season in the South Orange-Maplewood School District is looking to be exciting and heated, with 11 candidates — and only one incumbent — running for three open seats on the Board of Education. On Nov. 6, the two towns’ residents must select three of the following candidates […]

Hometown hero discusses new memoir

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad drops by Words to discuss her path to winning bronze in 2016

Hometown hero discusses new memoir

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad returned to her hometown of Maplewood on just the second day of her book tour to rehash old times with the community and to discuss the trials she withstood to make Team USA in the 2016 Olympics. On July 25, Muhammad promoted her memoir “Proud” — which also has […]

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services held a community forum on Monday, July 30, at Columbia High School to address growing concerns about the new direction the department is taking. In addition to a new interim director, Laura Morana, the leadership of the Special Services team […]

SOMSD to hold forums on special education

SOMSD to hold forums on special education

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Education invites the public to take part in two upcoming forums on special education in the Columbia High School Auditorium, 17 Parker Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; one forum will be Monday, July 30, and the other Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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 […]

Young talent to take the stage in Paper Mill show

Young talent to take the stage in Paper Mill show

MONTCLAIR, NJ — More than 100 young performers will be taking the stage at Montclair State University’s Memorial Auditorium on July 27 and 28 as the Paper Mill Playhouse puts on its annual “New Voices” concert, the culmination of the theater’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory. The show has a new theme each year, and this […]

School district shuffles administrators for 2018-2019 school year

School district shuffles administrators for 2018-2019 school year

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On June 30, acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra sent a letter to staff telling them that there would be a few changes in the South Orange-Maplewood School District administration for the coming school year. “We believe these changes will strengthen our efforts to improve SOMSD’s operations, foster student-centered […]