Cummis retires from police force, receives severance pay

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The members of the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution that settles the severance payout to former Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis, who recently retired after being placed on administrative leave. Following the release of records from the July 5, 2016, clash between Maplewood police and many teenagers, many of whom […]

Vigil for tolerance and peace in Maplewood

Vigil for tolerance and peace in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Members of the South Orange and Maplewood community gathered in Ricalton Square the evening of Aug. 13 to participate in a vigil for tolerance and peace in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., in the previous days. On Aug. 11 and 12, white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville for a […]

Town releases files from July 5 altercation

Concerned residents call for Chief Cimino’s dismissal due to alleged racial profiling incident in 2016

UPDATE: At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a vote of no confidence, requesting the resignation of Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino. Effective immediately from that meeting, Cimino was placed on administrative leave, with pay, for 60 days. During the vote, the room was packed, with many more concerned residents standing […]

Coffee House Discussions returns to Maplewood library

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will host Coffee House Discussions on Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St. in Maplewood. CHD is a quarterly informal gathering for SOMA residents to share openly their perspectives on pressing race-related issues and then to explore local solutions […]

CCR ‘Conversations’ tackles privilege

Community discusses race and privilege to raise awareness in order to address racial inequities

CCR ‘Conversations’ tackles privilege

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Led by a racially and professionally diverse set of panelists, the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race led a critical community discussion centered around the topic of privilege, and then invited attendees to come up with their own responses and solutions at a May 10 event at The Woodland in Maplewood. In […]

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

Community members highlight continuing insensitivity

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Prompted by recent controversies within the school district, a community healing event featuring the free showing of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” and an open panel discussion were held Saturday, May 6, at Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange in an effort to encourage open dialogue and […]

Free screening of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Academy Award nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” written by James Baldwin, will be screened for free on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Bow Tie Cinemas, 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange. Only 80 seats are available, so RSVP at First priority will be […]

XRootsFest returns!

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will hold its annual XRootsFest on Saturday, June 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Flood’s Hill in South Orange. There will be ethnic dancers, food, merchandise and more, with fun for the whole family. For more information, visit

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