WO community helps to plant pollinator garden

WO community helps to plant pollinator garden

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On June 22, members of the West Orange community helped plant a pollinator garden at The Rock, a 6-acre open space property located at 577 Mt. Pleasant Ave. The West Orange Open Space and Recreation Commission, along with the West Orange Environmental Commission, were awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey-PSE&G Foundation grant […]

Mary Todaro to retire after 35 years in town schools to retire at end of the year

Mary Todaro to retire after 35 years in town schools to retire at end of the year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Mary Todaro, 35 years in the Bloomfield School District as a teacher and principal, is retiring this month. She attended Belleville High School and received her certification to be a social studies teacher from Caldwell College for Women, now called Caldwell University. She student-taught at Bloomfield High School and was hired there […]

WO Rotary gives funding to students

15 students from WOHS, SHP and MKA benefit from Rotary scholarships

WO Rotary gives funding to students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Rotary Club awarded $15,500 in scholarships to 15 graduating seniors from West Orange High School, Seton Hall Prep and Montclair Kimberley Academy at its annual Scholarship Awards Lunch on June 14 at Mayfair Farms. Two of the 15 students were given specialized Rotary scholarships: WOHS student Shanon Nieto-Phillips […]

CCR study shows more whites, fewer blacks move into SOMA

CCR report: SOMA needs new solutions to segregation

CCR study shows more whites, fewer blacks move into SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented an updated version of its demographic study at South Orange Public Library on June 11, giving residents of both towns an idea of changes here in the last few years. The last demographic study was done in 2015, and CCR Executive […]

New president takes the helm at Bloomfield College

New president takes the helm at Bloomfield College

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield College introduced Marcheta Evans as its first woman and black president Monday, June 17, in the college library. In a 25-year career in education, Evans was most recently the provost and vice-president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University, in San Antonio. In an interview prior to the […]

24-hour Bio-Blitz returns to South Mountain Reservation

24-hour Bio-Blitz returns to South Mountain Reservation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Eleven years ago, volunteers traversed South Mountain Reservation with a fine-tooth comb, cataloging the plants, animals, insects and fish that lived on the 2,110 acres of county park. The “Bio-Blitz,” a 24-hour nature extravaganza, is returning to the reservation on June 22 and 23, from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored […]

Timpanaro set to retire from district

Timpanaro set to retire from district

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge High School teacher Vincent Timpanaro, whose career began a month after The Beatles released “Magical Mystery Tour,” is retiring. He attended Barringer High School and Montclair State College, receiving his certification in industrial arts. In January 1968, he came to the school having joined the Army Reserves in 1967 […]

Chickering explores ‘Twisted Family Values’ in novel

Get ‘Bizzy’ reading and ‘Choo’ on Chickering’s new novel

Chickering explores ‘Twisted Family Values’ in novel

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — We’ve all heard the term “kissing cousins,” but Maplewood author V.C. Chickering takes this to a new level in her second novel, “Twisted Family Values.” With much the same wit we saw in her debut novel, “Nookietown,” Chickering skewers upper middle class, WASPy New Jersey while still making her characters relatable, sympathetic […]

WOHS teacher 1 of 12 nationwide selected as fellow

WOHS teacher 1 of 12 nationwide selected as fellow

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School business teacher Jason-Lamont Jackson was accepted to the Next Gen Personal Finance Summer Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., sending him to the West Coast to collaborate with other teachers on building curriculum for the next school year. The program, which helps financial educators develop curriculum and provides […]

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