SOMSD to open for hybrid learning Jan. 19

SOMSD to open for hybrid learning Jan. 19

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District will still open for hybrid learning on Jan. 19, Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced in a video message to district families on Dec. 11. The date was set in October, when Taylor announced a decision to push the date back from Nov. 12 after concerns […]

Anti-police vandalism found in Maplewood

Anti-police vandalism found in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Last week, Maplewood experienced some anti-police vandalism.  On Dec. 3, the Department of Public Works removed posters from the windows of houses in Dickens Village, located in Ricalton Square, which carried anti-police sentiment and expletives. Though nothing was broken in Dickens Village, this incident still counts as vandalism and could incur strong […]

County clerk certifies November 2020 election results

County clerk certifies November 2020 election results

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The results are in! Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin has certified the November 2020 election results, in which 351,931 ballots were cast countywide. According to the clerk’s office, 58.06 percent of registered voters in Essex County voted, a big boost from last year’s general election, when only 91,105 ballots were cast, […]

Area individuals named to LGBTQ power list

Area individuals named to LGBTQ power list

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — For the third year in a row, InsiderNJ has published its OUT 100 Power List, a tribute to influential LGBTQ people in New Jersey politics. Several area residents have been named to the list. “This year’s list lets us venerate some amazing, brilliant LGBTQ people, veterans of the AIDS crisis, harnessing […]

Five vie for three open seats on SOMA BOE

Five vie for three open seats on SOMA BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — There are five challengers running for three open seats on the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education: Susan Bergin, Deborah Engel, Melanie Finnern, Elissa Malespina and Courtney Winkfield. Current board members Elizabeth Baker, Robin Baker and Anthony Mazzocchi have chosen not to run for reelection. Additionally, current BOE member Kamal […]

SOMSD reassesses plan for hybrid learning

SOMSD reassesses plan for hybrid learning

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After announcing that schools would reopen for hybrid learning on Nov. 12, the South Orange–Maplewood School District has reassessed the decision because of concerns about ventilation work in the buildings. Two public town hall meetings to discuss the reopening plan were rescheduled from Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 to […]

SOMSD to begin school year virtually

SOMSD to begin school year virtually

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Four days after the South Orange–Maplewood School District presented its fall reopening plan, with three options to choose from as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent the normal back-to-school fanfare September would usually bring, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing New Jersey school districts to begin the […]

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In February 2018, the Black Parents Workshop filed a federal lawsuit against the South Orange–Maplewood School District, drawing attention to the marginalization of black students in the district and the segregation seen in the district’s elementary schools. On July 13, the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved a settlement […]

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