6th annual Luminary Project raises more than $13K

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The 6th Annual MLK Luminary Project, organized by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, raised more than $13,000 for the organization — $2,500 more in donations than in 2018 — as a result of close to 1,400 homes, businesses and local institutions participating by lighting luminaries. This initiative […]

Towns’ health depts. take close look at school bathrooms

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood Health Department recently completed an inspection of the Columbia High School bathrooms after Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, who is chairman of the Board of Health, requested at a Nov. 7 Township Committee meeting that an inspection be conducted. In addition, the South Orange Health Department inspected the […]

CCR’s annual preschool open house

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will hold its 17th annual preschool open house, featuring representatives from more than 20 preschool and childcare agencies, on Monday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Montrose Early Childhood Education Center, 356 Clark St. in South Orange. This free event will include a […]

SOMSD Parenting Center speaker series

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Parenting Center, in conjunction with elementary school PTAs, will present a 2018-2019 speaker series as follows: Professor Edward Fergus will discuss “SOMSD 2020 – Intentional Integration and Innovation in Our Elementary Schools” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. […]

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services held a community forum on Monday, July 30, at Columbia High School to address growing concerns about the new direction the department is taking. In addition to a new interim director, Laura Morana, the leadership of the Special Services team […]

School district shuffles administrators for 2018-2019 school year

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On June 30, acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra sent a letter to staff telling them that there would be a few changes in the South Orange-Maplewood School District administration for the coming school year. “We believe these changes will strengthen our efforts to improve SOMSD’s operations, foster student-centered […]

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 […]

CCR program to tackle racial understanding in children

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will host a special program for families with children in preschool through middle school on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Montrose Early Childhood Learning Center, 356 Clark St. in South Orange. This program will discuss how racial dynamics in […]