South Orange library board selects architect for library modernization

South Orange library board selects architect for library modernization

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Public Library’s quest for a transformative makeover of the current facility is gaining speed. Library trustees voted unanimously on Sept. 20 to engage the award-winning New York City–based firm Andrew Berman Architect.  According to the library, the design process will begin immediately and is expected to move swiftly […]

Maplewood, South Orange fire department merger appears to be working well, leaders say

Maplewood, South Orange fire department merger appears to be working well, leaders say

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange and Maplewood fire departments were dissolved and combined into the South Essex Fire Department on July 1, finally ending a yearslong saga that saw debate over whether or not the two departments should become one. The merger was finalized in April, when both the South Orange […]

South Orange lays out plans for co-retail space at Taylor Vose

South Orange lays out plans for co-retail space at Taylor Vose

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At its July 25 meeting, the South Orange Board of Trustees heard a presentation from Deborah Engel, a creator of the General Store Cooperative in Maplewood, about the proposed co-retail space for the Taylor Vose redevelopment project, which includes a five-story, mixed-use building that will bring 110 units of housing, approximately […]

JESPY receives grant funding to continue its Model Inclusive Health Community

JESPY receives grant funding to continue its Model Inclusive Health Community

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The collaboration of the New Jersey Association of Community Providers, JESPY House and SRS Strategic Associates was recently awarded additional funding of $150,000 from the NJ Department of Health’s Division of Disability Services to continue the NJACP-JESPY Model Inclusive Healthy Community grant project that began in January 2021.  The NJACP-JESPY Model […]

Locals receive Pride of Essex County Awards for LGBTQ advocacy

Locals receive Pride of Essex County Awards for LGBTQ advocacy

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., the Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Board hosted a Pride Month celebration on Thursday, June 30. During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Pride of Essex County Awards to South Orange Village Trustee Bob Zuckerman, Newark Pride Inc. board President […]

S&P Global upgrades South Orange’s bond rating to AA

S&P Global upgrades South Orange’s bond rating to AA

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village Trustee Karen Hartshorn Hilton, who chairs the village’s Finance Committee, announced June 27 that Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings has upgraded South Orange Village’s bond rating, from AA- to AA.  “This is the second year in a row that S&P has improved our rating, continuing to strengthen our […]

South Orange Village health officer John M. Festa to retire

South Orange Village health officer John M. Festa to retire

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On May 24, South Orange Village announced the retirement of long-time health officer John M. Festa, effective June 3. “Congratulations to health officer John Festa on his retirement,” village President Sheena Collum said. “John has served our community as an exemplary public servant and led us through some of the most […]

South Orange and Maplewood’s fire departments set to merge on July 1

South Orange and Maplewood’s fire departments set to merge on July 1

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The first joint meeting of South Orange and Maplewood’s joint fire department was held in Maplewood on April 8; the committee approved contracts and discussed the organization of the forthcoming South Essex Fire Department. Both the South Orange Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Township Committee passed resolutions authorizing […]

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