Traffic and pedestrian safety summit in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is a walking town and everyone needs to focus more energy on pedestrian safety and enforcement of traffic laws. On June 20, Mayor Vic DeLuca convened a meeting of municipal department directors, the police and fire chiefs, traffic engineers and pedestrian safety advocates to discuss what Maplewood Township can do to […]

Celebrate Maplewood Memorial Park on Oct. 15

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Memorial Park has been designated as one of New Jersey’s Great Public Spaces by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association. According to the Association, “Memorial Park effortlessly blends the use and characteristics of a local park — where children meet and play — with high quality attractions that draw […]

Board of Ed candidates debate the issues

At SOMA Cares About Schools debate, 5 running for BOE discuss budget, communication, more

Board of Ed candidates debate the issues

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The perennial issue of creating better communication between the South Orange-Maplewood School District and the community was again a major talking point during the Board of Education candidates debate hosted by South Orange Maplewood Cares About Schools at the Baird in South Orange on Sept. 13. Though they were atypically not […]

Seth Boyden School inaugurates outdoor classroom

Seth Boyden School inaugurates outdoor classroom

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After two decades of gradually transforming its backyard into a vibrant outdoor learning center, Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood inaugurated the final and most highly anticipated phase of the project: an open-air classroom bordered by an art nook, a performance area and a large habitat garden — a space that the […]

Senate action furthers Rahway River flood control initiative

CRANFORD, NJ — The Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control reported in a recent press release that on Sept. 15 the U.S. Senate passed by a 96-4 vote the Federal Water Resources Development Act, which includes a directive to the secretary to expedite the final review and provide pre-construction and engineering funds for […]

SOMA Board of Ed candidates debate to be moderated by DeLuca, Collum

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood Cares About Schools will hold a South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education candidates debate on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Baird Center, 5 Mead St. in South Orange. The debate will be co-moderated by South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and will […]

First step taken in merging FDs

Two towns contract for study of fire departments for possible merger

First step taken in merging FDs

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The possible future of shared fire department services between Maplewood and South Orange is a credible option following the unanimous agreement by the governing bodies of both towns to award a contract to Manitou Inc. to conduct “an analysis of the operational efficiencies of and the feasibility of consolidation, […]

South Orange and Maplewood award contract for fire services study

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On July 11, the South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously authorized a resolution awarding a contract to Manitou Incorporated to conduct “an analysis of the operational efficiencies of and the feasibility of consolidation, merger or sharing of South Orange and Maplewood’s Municipal Fire Protection Services.” Then, on July 25, […]

SOMA residents celebrate varied cultures at XRootsFest

SOMA residents celebrate varied cultures at XRootsFest

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race celebrated its 20th anniversary in the two towns and the many cultures here with XRootsFest at Flood’s Hill on July 16. The festival included art performances featuring many different cultures, booths selling handmade crafts that reflected the heritages of the vendors, and a zone for […]

Residents gather for Orlando shooting vigil

Residents gather for Orlando shooting vigil

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, June 14, hundreds of residents from South Orange, Maplewood and the surrounding area joined political leaders, members of the clergy and activist groups in a vigil outside the South Orange Fire Department Headquarters to show support for the city of Orlando, Fla., and all affected by the June 12 […]