SOPD addresses use of force in public meeting

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Many members of the South Orange community gathered at the Jan. 28 Board of Trustees meeting for a presentation from police Chief Kyle Kroll on the disheartening statistics about police use of force released in New Jersey Advance Media’s “Force Report” this winter. While the presentation, which was followed by a […]

DeLuca retakes helm as mayor

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee reorganization on New Year’s Day was a joyous affair, with various musical performances, as committee members Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich were sworn in for their second terms. Additionally, Vic DeLuca was again selected to be mayor, with a unanimous vote, though he did say that this will […]

TC appoints inaugural members to Youth Advisory Committee

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Just because they can’t vote, doesn’t mean they don’t have opinions and ideas worth hearing. That is one of the main ideas behind the creation of the Youth Advisory Committee in Maplewood. At its Sept. 4 meeting, Maplewood Township Committee unanimously appointed YAC’s six inaugural members. From different backgrounds, schools and ages, […]

SOMA Action revs up for midterm elections

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After the 2016 presidential election, two groups of people gathered in their kitchens and living rooms in Maplewood and South Orange to discuss what it would mean for politics in the United States. When the groups heard about each other, they joined forces to become SOMA Action, an organization […]

SOMA residents take a page out of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in protest

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A couple dozen South Orange-Maplewood residents gathered Sunday, Aug. 26, to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The protest began at Maplewood Train Station and continued at South Orange Train Station. According to Amy Higer, one of the protest’s leaders, some of the main reasons […]

Apply to join the Maplewood Youth Advisory Committee

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee invites diverse student residents of Maplewood who are enrolled in private or public school in grades eight through 12 to apply to serve on its new Youth Advisory Committee. In order to continue empowering local youth whose recent advocacy — on gun safety, safe schools, voting rights, immigration, […]

Crossing cultures with the CCR at XRootsFest

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented the fifth annual XRootsFest in Maplewood Memorial Park on June 2. The event featured musicians, dancers, food vendors, merchants and more. An area for children was set up with a bounce house and other activities; alongside it was an “Edu-tainment” tent, where various cultural […]

‘Can Journalism Save Democracy?’

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, April 26, SOMA Action will host a discussion led by a panel of prominent journalists on the role of the press in the age of President Trump; the panel had originally been scheduled for March 8, but was delayed due to snow. Panel participants are: John Cassidy, staff writer […]