Township officials help celebrate South Orange Commons at groundbreaking ceremony

Township officials help celebrate South Orange Commons at groundbreaking ceremony

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Nov. 3, South Orange Village held a groundbreaking celebration for South Orange Commons, a new affordable housing project that will offer adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families a new residential option, with 26 units in total. JESPY worked with South Orange leadership and other partners to bring about […]

Maplewood mourns the death of Chief DeVaul

Maplewood mourns the death of Chief DeVaul

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, 53, died Oct. 21 at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa. DeVaul will be remembered in Maplewood as a stabilizing force who became chief of the police department following an upheaval, a man who worked to improve the department’s culture and relationship with the community. DeVaul, […]

Two towns band together to protest increase in health premiums

Two towns band together to protest increase in health premiums

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Facing unprecedented and unexpected increases in health care premiums approved by the State Health Benefits Commission last month, elected officials in South Orange and Maplewood joined with local unions, employees and school officials to ask the governor and Legislature to provide immediate relief. The two towns held a rally in Spiotta […]

Groundbreaking to be held for South Orange Commons project

Groundbreaking to be held for South Orange Commons project

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Community members are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for South Orange Commons, located at 41-45 W. 3rd St. in South Orange, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The development will provide affordable housing for low-income families and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will include music […]

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 […]

NJ leaders speak out against reversal of Roe v. Wade

NJ leaders speak out against reversal of Roe v. Wade

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that upheld the constitutional right to abortion. In general, this decision was met with support from Republicans and outcry from Democrats. Those who support the decision say that this new ruling will save unborn […]

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 […]

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