Playing fields direly need repair

Two towns, school district partner to rehabilitate shared playing fields

Playing fields direly need repair

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The playing fields in both South Orange and Maplewood have fallen into disrepair over the years due to overuse and weather, and the two towns, along with the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, are currently in the midst of a process to restore the fields to better playing conditions […]

Achieve’s ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’ fundraiser returns

Achieve’s ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’ fundraiser returns

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Achieve Foundation seeks volunteer hosts for its signature fundraiser, “The Nights of 100 Dinners,” for a series of events to be held in March 2019. Last year, this popular event brought more than 1,000 friends and neighbors together all across SOMA in more than 40 private gatherings, large and small, allowing […]

Towns’ health depts. take close look at school bathrooms

Towns’ health depts. take close look at school bathrooms

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood Health Department recently completed an inspection of the Columbia High School bathrooms after Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, who is chairman of the Board of Health, requested at a Nov. 7 Township Committee meeting that an inspection be conducted. In addition, the South Orange Health Department inspected the […]

BOE approves Long Range Facilities Plan

District schools to remain K-5, 6-8 and the high school; elementary parents to have school choice

BOE approves Long Range Facilities Plan

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved the recommended Long Range Facilities Plan at its Nov. 19 meeting, passing a resolution that will allow the district to spend approximately $140 million on repairs and expansions to the district’s schools. Of that total, $93.1 million will be spent on […]

Farfan wins third seat on SOMA Board of Ed.

How did South Orange and Maplewood vote on Nov. 6?

Farfan wins third seat on SOMA Board of Ed.

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After nearly a month of waiting with bated breath, Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin has certified the county’s results from the Nov. 6 election. In addition to answers about how each town voted in myriad elections, there is now a final answer as to who won the very close […]

Snowstorm wallops SO and Maplewood

Northern NJ grinds to a halt Nov. 15 as snow comes down

Snowstorm wallops SO and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The snowstorm on Thursday, Nov. 15, proved a lot more intense than had been anticipated. As a result, it caused havoc in northern New Jersey, as resources were overtaxed, commuters were trapped inside their cars for hours, and students were stranded at school or inside school buses. Essex County […]

District offers alternate redistricting plan for consideration

District offers alternate redistricting plan for consideration

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra updated the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education on the long-range facilities and integration plan at its Oct. 15 meeting, presenting the plan for facilities renovations, additions and redistricting after talking to parents and community members during the summer months. The $93.1 million plan for capital […]

Maini, Cuttle, Farfan win seats on the BOE

Maini, Cuttle, Farfan win seats on the BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In an intense election that saw eight candidates running, the voters decided Nov. 6 to re-elect Annemarie Maini, and elect Shannon Cuttle and Javier Farfan to the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Cuttle was the top vote-getter, with Maini, who ran a joint campaign with Farfan, a close second. […]