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 […]

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad took time to address the incident that occurred when a South Orange police officer pulled her over for speeding. She apologized again for her behavior and reaffirmed her commitment to the school district and to serving the community. […]

TC appoints DeVaul as new police chief

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As part of the promised culture change in the Maplewood Police Department, the Maplewood Township Committee appointed acting Chief Jimmy DeVaul as the new police chief at the April 3 committee meeting. DeVaul was chosen with a vote of 4-1; Committeeman Greg Lembrich supported the other police chief candidate, Lt. Kevin Kisch. […]

Maplewood celebrates Black History Month

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In honor of Black History Month, the township of Maplewood has launched a coordinated initiative to highlight and promote related events and activities taking place throughout the community. Working in conjunction with local organizations such as Maplewood Memorial Library, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, SOMA Film Festival, 1978 Maplewood Arts […]

‘Party with a Purpose’ raises $12,000 to celebrate Collum’s birthday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, Nov. 18, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum hosted her annual birthday party with the South Orange and Maplewood community and announced that more than $12,000 was raised by 200 donors in two weeks to tackle food insecurity at Columbia High School. “I think many of us often take […]

Coffeehouse draws support, reproach from community

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented its coffeehouse discussion “RACISM: It’s in Our Backyard Too” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at The Woodland in Maplewood and tackled community issues surrounding local law enforcement, public school district inequities and the role that recent events in Charlottesville, Va., play on […]

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 […]

Town releases files from July 5 altercation

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 […]