Black Parents Workshop Chisholm-Greene to board of trustees

Black Parents Workshop Chisholm-Greene to board of trustees

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Former Board of Education candidate Narda Chisholm-Greene has been appointed to serve on the board of trustees for the Black Parents Workshop.  Outgoing Black Parents Workshop Chairman Walter Fields said, “We could not be more excited by the addition of Ms. Chisholm-Greene to our organization. In two campaigns for the Board of […]

Showcase for SOMA schools

Showcase for SOMA schools

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Civic Engagement Committee of the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will hold a Community Engagement Schools Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Orange Public Library Library, 65 Scotland Road. The objective of this showcase is to inform and inspire SOMA residents, especially […]

Board approves changes to lockdown drill policy

Board approves changes to lockdown drill policy

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved on first reading changes to its Emergency and Crisis Situations policy at its Oct. 28 meeting, after having heard students and parents describe at a prior meeting the long-term effects lockdown drills have on students. The district will not hold more […]

Siders, Joshua and Wright win BOE seats

Siders, Joshua and Wright win BOE seats

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a heated election season that saw seven candidates running for just three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, voters decided Nov. 5 to elect challengers Erin Siders and Thair Joshua, along with incumbent Johanna Wright, who will be entering her third term in office.  All […]

7 vie for 3 Board of Ed seats

Two incumbents, five challengers discuss the issues facing SOMA schools

7 vie for 3 Board of Ed seats

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seven people are running for three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election; two are incumbents and five are challengers. On the ballot for the third time will be Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad and Johanna Wright, and the challengers are Sharon Tanenbaum Kraus, Carey […]

Candidates discuss their reasons for running at HNA debate

Candidates discuss their reasons for running at HNA debate

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The seven candidates with their names on the ballot for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education continued campaigning Thursday, Oct. 17, participating in a debate at the DeHart Community Center hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association. They answered questions about how to make the South Orange-Maplewood School District better and asked for […]

Davis to take over as chairman of Black Parents Workshop

Davis to take over as chairman of Black Parents Workshop

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Effective Nov. 14, Walter Fields will be stepping down as chairman of the Black Parents Workshop, turning the helm over to James Davis. Davis, a regulatory attorney, is a parent of children in the South Orange-Maplewood School District and a former candidate for the Board of Education. “I have the utmost confidence […]

Second Oktoberfest at The Woodland draws enthusiasts

Second Oktoberfest at The Woodland draws enthusiasts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Oct. 5, the SOMA Brewing Company, in partnership with the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs and Pollock Properties Group of Keller Williams, hosted its second Oktoberfest at The Woodland to benefit the Vanessa Pollock Music Fund of the Achieve Foundation. The fundraiser featured plenty of activities for the whole family, […]

Students, parents request changes to lockdown-drill procedures

Students, parents request changes to lockdown-drill procedures

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting on Sept. 16 saw many residents — including students — speaking out about active shooter and lockdown drills in the district and their negative impact on students. The drills, which are required by state law, often involve students hiding inside locked rooms, […]

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