Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional, who worked at the school from February to September 2017, is currently facing criminal charges in Essex and Morris counties for alleged lewd acts. Kenneth Palmer, 21, of Randolph, is accused of masturbating in front of children and videotaping it, as well as taking inappropriate photos of […]

Jefferson hosts seventh annual Living Museum

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Throughout the month of May, the fifth-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Maplewood researched influential persons of their choice. The students then held the seventh annual Living Museum on June 7. In front of many parents and staff, the students came alive as their influential person. At the event, the students were […]

Maplewood Girl Scouts do community service

Maplewood Girl Scouts do community service

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Girl Scout Troop 20443, comprised of fifth-graders from Jefferson Elementary School, have spent the year volunteering at Harmony Day Care Center in Irvington. Starting in September, the Troop visited Harmony DCC monthly, reading to and playing with infants and young children. On their recent visit in May, the troop presented Harmony DCC […]

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the June 4 Board of Education meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood School District honored the school system personnel who are retiring at the end of the school year, after dedicating themselves to making the SOMSD a better place for all students. BOE President Elizabeth Baker welcomed the retirees, their families and community […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra unveiled the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s long-range facilities and integration plan at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. In his presentation, Ficarra introduced a plan to renovate and upgrade the district’s school buildings while better integrating the schools by redrawing district lines. The plan […]

Meetings on facilities and integration plan in SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold several community meetings to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan. Each meeting will include the same presentation. Meetings will be held: Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood; Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 […]

County recognizes student artists

NEWARK, NJ — The Art Educators of New Jersey welcomed 109 students from throughout Essex County to the Hall of Records for the Art Educators of New Jersey student art exhibit on Friday, March 23. This is the 14th consecutive year the county has partnered with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present the […]

JLOSH donates 306 Thanksgiving meals to needy families

ORANGE, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills supported vulnerable families with children in the Orange School District this Thanksgiving. Each year, JLOSH seeks to provide families in need with a happier Thanksgiving. With our partners, including Kings Food Markets, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Dun & Bradstreet, local businesses and area […]