Towns cry ‘never again’ as united front

South Orange, Maplewood commemorate Holocaust victims, survivors at annual interfaith event

Towns cry ‘never again’ as united front

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The uplifting ambience was augmented by the pleasant weather on Sunday, April 23, as the South Orange-Maplewood community marched to remember Holocaust victims, honor survivors, and disseminate messages of unity and acceptance. While marches are a frequent occurrence across the country amid the current political climate, the South Orange-Maplewood Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance […]

Maplewood summer of ’17 is going to be sweet

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The calendar may say spring, but in the Maplewood Recreation Department at Town Hall, it’s a summertime fun fest. There is still time to register and join the movement. Pool membership Before you know it, it’s going to be time to jump into the Maplewood Community Pool. Opening day May 27, so […]

Debate swirls around shelter

Livingston Animal Shelter denies residents’ allegations of mismanagement

Debate swirls around shelter

SOUTH ORANGE / LIVINGSTON, NJ — The police captain in charge of the Livingston Animal Shelter told the News-Record that the shelter will soon have an isolation room in which sick animals can be kept away from healthy ones, thus bringing it into compliance with state law and satisfying a major grievance South Orange and […]

Maplewood introduces $43.6 million 2017 budget

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Though most of Maplewood’s expenses remained relatively flat for 2017, main drivers such as increased pension and debt payments, will leave the average homeowner paying approximately $75 more in property taxes this year than in 2016. “We’ve worked very hard to get this budget down,” Mayor Vic DeLuca assured residents at the […]

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

Religious and government leaders take a firm stand following hateful graffiti, JCC bomb threat

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Things have certainly been tense in America in the last few months, with organizations like the ACLU showing a marked increase in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist incidents. Unfortunately, Essex County has also experienced some of this hatred. Residents and officials in Essex County were disheartened during […]

Maplewood continues sponsorship of SeniorStudio painting class

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs will again be sponsoring SeniorStudio, a free, innovative arts program for township residents aged 60 and older. Registration is now open for the spring semester. Since space is limited, interested students are encouraged to register soon, either in-person at DeHart Community Center, 120 […]

Mayor provides update on Avalon Bay reconstruction

Residents concerned over disturbances from construction

Mayor provides update on Avalon Bay reconstruction

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is still working to bounce back from the six-alarm fire that tore through the Avalon Apartments construction site on Feb. 4, destroying approximately one-half to two-thirds of the site. The fire, which took approximately four hours and 120 firefighters to extinguish, destroyed the work already done on phases 2 and 3 […]

Community unites to sing of peace, hope

ECS brings community together in musical unity event

Community unites to sing of peace, hope

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Lifting their voices in songs of hope and solidarity, residents of Maplewood and South Orange joined together as part of the “United We Sing” event hosted Saturday, Feb. 18, by the Social Action Committee of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County on Prospect Street in Maplewood. The event featured a community […]

SOMA welcomes refugee family

SOMA welcomes refugee family

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Last fall, three synagogues in South Orange — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, Beth El Congregation and Congregation Oheb Shalom — set out to help resettle at least one refugee family and give them a new start in South Orange-Maplewood. The first family, refugees from the devastation in Syria, arrived in mid-January. Two […]

Two towns receive nearly $290K of federal grant funds

Two towns receive nearly $290K of federal grant funds

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Thanks to the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs, 13 Essex County municipalities and 36 nonprofit community organizations will receive approximately $5 million. On Feb. 8, the county announced the grant winners; the CDBG and ESG programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and […]