Raising funds for autism awareness

Raising funds for autism awareness

The South Orange Police Department began fundraising for autism awareness three years ago, selling patches and then T-shirts in April, which is Autism Awareness Month. They upped their game this year though with SOPD officers squaring off against members of the Seton Hall University Women’s Basketball Team for an Autism Acceptance Basketball Fundraiser Exhibition Game. […]

Sanchez returns

Sanchez returns

Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez made a dramatic entrance into Codey Arena Wednesday night to be part of the commencement exercises for the Class of 2024. Sanchez was placed on leave earlier this year after he was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with an incident with a […]

Two inducted into CHS Hall of Fame

Two inducted into CHS Hall of Fame

One was a renowned journalist and entrepreneur. The other is an acclaimed saxophonist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and producer. The late Ayesha K. Faines, Class of 2004, and Michael C. Ghegan, Class of 1986, were recently inducted into the Columbia High School Hall of Fame. Monica Soliman, CHS teacher of social studies, welcomed attendees to the […]

Achieve Foundation announces professional development grants

Achieve Foundation announces professional development grants

Staff members from five South Orange & Maplewood School District schools will devote time this summer to expanding and enriching their knowledge and skills at advanced academic training programs offered by esteemed institutions in locations across the country. Totaling more than $14,000, these professional development experiences will be funded through Achieve’s Riecke Teaching Fellowships. Proposals […]

Family business hits 100 years

Family business hits 100 years

Woolley Home Solutions began as Woolley Coal and Ice back in 1924. The company has adapted and changed over the years, moving from horse drawn ice and coal wagons to trucks delivering heating oil and now to a home solutions company that has biofuel and is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050. The company […]

Maker Madness takes over Columbia High School

Maker Madness takes over Columbia High School

Photos by Carlos Sanchez MAPLEWOOD — The Achieve Foundation held its annual Maker Madness event at Columbia High School on Saturday, April 27. The event featured LEGO master Corey Samuels and 28 stations that included a beekeeper, robots and water powered rockets. More than 1,200 children and family members attended the event. Helping out  were […]

Baird reopens after renovations

Baird reopens after renovations

SOUTH ORANGE — The Baird officially reopened on Saturday, following a multiyear, $15 million renovation. A ribbon cutting was held with Mayor Sheena Collum inviting kids to join her on the steps for the ceremonial event before the doors opened and people flooded inside. The newly refurbished and enlarged building includes a full size basketball […]

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