SOMA residents tee off in memory of Angelo Vayas

SOMA residents tee off in memory of Angelo Vayas

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Country Club was filled to capacity June 13 to honor the life of Angelo Vayas, a prominent local figure and business owner. More than 200 family members and friends of the Vayas family participated in the first AV Hero Fund Golf Outing in memory of Vayas, who died in May 2015 […]

IHA board of commissioners gets an earful

IHA board of commissioners gets an earful

IRVINGTON, NJ — Several members of the Irvington Housing Authority’s board of commissioners remarked that their meeting Monday, June 13, at 624 Nye Ave. was not like any public board meeting they’d had before. That was because it seemed as if every IHA public housing tenant who came to the meeting had a horror story to […]

78th annual Gregory Strawberry Festival makes a splash

78th annual Gregory Strawberry Festival makes a splash

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A brief sun shower did nothing to dampen the spirits of the estimated 800 people attending the Gregory School PTA’s Strawberry Festival on the afternoon of June 11. Children enjoyed a bounce house, inflatable slide and obstacle course, pony rides, face painting, sand art and games. Also on hand were the […]

Creativity to take center stage at SouthNext

Creativity to take center stage at SouthNext

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Last year South Orange was host to South by South Orange, a “creative collision” of ideas, with approximately 700 people taking part in a diverse array of panels, concerts and other programming; this year that concept returns to the village with the SouthNext festival, though the 2016 edition will feature an […]

Rainbow flag flies high in Maplewood

Following Orlando tragedy, Maplewood pride stays strong

Rainbow flag flies high in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Residents from Maplewood and beyond celebrate at the North Jersey Pride Festival in Memorial Park on June 12. The crowd remained hopeful at the annual celebration of equality and love despite the terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., the previous night. Photos by Yael Katzwer

Edison Middle School annual honor roll breakfast recognizes academic achievement

Edison Middle School annual honor roll breakfast recognizes academic achievement

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Edison Middle School honors breakfast on May 31 recognized 187 students for their exceptional academic accomplishments throughout the school year. Students were recognized in three categories: 14 on the principal’s list, reserved for those achieving an “A” in all subjects in all semesters; 69 on the AB honor roll, […]

Hatebreed co-founder and frontman Jamey Jasta visits 89.5 FM WSOU

Hatebreed co-founder and frontman Jamey Jasta visits 89.5 FM WSOU

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Before their Saturday, June 4, show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta dropped by Seton Hall University for an interview on WSOU 89.5 FM. Speaking with WSOU’s music director Mike Colantuoni, Jasta discussed the band’s new album, “The Concrete Confessional,” and how their seventh studio effort reflects […]

Ribbon-cutting marks official opening of new Kessler center in West Orange

Ribbon-cutting marks official opening of new Kessler center in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kessler Rehabilitation Center, the outpatient network of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, marked the official opening of its newest center at 563 Northfield Ave. in West Orange with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Robert Parisi. Parisi was joined by Susan McCartney, member of the West Orange Township Council and president of […]