Rent Party lineup brings some big voices

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Rent Party, the area nonprofit that works to combat hunger in the South Orange-Maplewood community, holds monthly concerts at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Admission is charged and all proceeds go to help fight hunger. On Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m., hear Shemekia Copeland, with special guests Shark Hat, […]

MEND’s 2019 Green Bean Gala this March

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — MEND is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Green Bean Gala, on Saturday, March 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. The Green Bean Gala is a cocktail reception that will feature gourmet tasting stations, specialty drinks, music and dancing, and live and silent auctions. Named […]

CCR to explore ‘BLACK New Jersey’ with author

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on race will hold a Black History Month event featuring Colgate professor Graham Russell Gao Hodges, author of the recently published book “BLACK New Jersey: 1664 to the Present,” on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parlor at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road […]

PROGRESS: Maplewood shows progress in 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In 2018, Maplewood saw a lot of growth, both in its culture and physically. In addition to new businesses and residents coming to town, Maplewood upgraded infrastructure, invested in safety and showed pride in its diversity. Maplewood made national news on June 7, when it installed New Jersey’s first permanent rainbow-striped crosswalks […]

Maplewood Rec announces partnership with Denise Hayden

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Recreation and Cultural Affairs recently announced a new partnership with Funky Fun Art. Maplewood Community Services Director Melissa Mancuso met Funky Fun Art owner Denise Hayden at a senior event in South Orange last year. In December, the two women sat down to discuss offering new art programming in Maplewood. They […]

MPD addresses ‘Force Report’ at forum

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Officials and residents gathered at The Woodland on Jan. 14 to discuss the “Force Report,” NJ Advance Media’s 16-month investigation and analysis of how often municipal police departments in New Jersey used force from 2012 through 2016, the recent years with the most complete data. According to the report, the Maplewood Police […]

Community meeting to discuss Toomey’s site redevelopment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The township of Maplewood will hold a second community meeting to discuss the draft redevelopment plan for the Toomey’s Automotive site at 104 Baker St. The meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Parlor at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood. In July 2018 the Maplewood Township Committee […]

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 […]

Woman’s Club celebrates 103rd anniversary

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Celebrating the 103rd anniversary of the Maplewood Woman’s Club, members gathered at the club’s former home on Woodland Road to reflect on what they had accomplished during 2018 and to look ahead to the future. The Woman’s Club recently began holding their meetings at The Woodland again, after selling the building to […]