Towns unite to find solution for NJ Transit

16 nearby mayors, including Parisi, join Collum and DeLuca in demanding changes to help frustrated commuters

Towns unite to find solution for NJ Transit

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Nearly a month after South Orange and Maplewood sent a joint letter and the results of a survey about NJ Transit to Gov. Phil Murphy asking for improvements to the rail organization, Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and South Orange President Sheena Collum were joined by 16 mayors, including West Orange Mayor […]

SOMA Action revs up for midterm elections

SOMA Action revs up for midterm elections

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After the 2016 presidential election, two groups of people gathered in their kitchens and living rooms in Maplewood and South Orange to discuss what it would mean for politics in the United States. When the groups heard about each other, they joined forces to become SOMA Action, an organization […]

Village resumes search for business administrator

Village resumes search for business administrator

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange has had to begin anew its search for a village administrator after Steve Gallo, who was supposed to assume the position in September, has had to step aside. The village had chosen Gallo to replace Barry Lewis Jr., who had been administrator in South Orange for six years before […]

BOT discusses permitting dogs in parks

Ordinance also calls for restriction on retail sales of puppies and kittens other than from shelters

BOT discusses permitting dogs in parks

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange is one step closer to lifting the ban on dogs in public parks after the village Board of Trustees unanimously voted to move the ordinance to a second reading at the Aug. 13 meeting. “We love our dogs in South Orange, it’s evident, and this ordinance I think demonstrates […]

SO ordinance will allow hookah lounges

Trustees pass an ordinance on first reading with a split vote to allow hookah lounges, vape stores

SO ordinance will allow hookah lounges

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a close vote on Aug. 13, the South Orange Board of Trustees passed business code revisions, which will allow hookah lounges and vape stores to operate in town. There were two revision ordinances on the agenda for the Aug. 13 meeting: one permitting hookah lounges and vape stores on Valley […]

Survey shows commuters are ‘very dissatisfied’ with NJT

Survey shows commuters are ‘very dissatisfied’ with NJT

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood are known as transit-based towns but with problems plaguing NJ Transit this summer, travelers in both municipalities have grown frustrated while trying to reach their destinations. In a survey jointly circulated by the towns between Aug. 5 and 8, residents overwhelmingly stated that their lives […]

Village celebrates 25 new U.S. citizens

At South Orange’s first naturalization ceremony, Americans representing 18 nations earn certificates

Village celebrates 25 new U.S. citizens

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Twenty-five new U.S. citizens earned their naturalization certificates at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on June 27 at the first naturalization ceremony in village history. They were cheered on by friends, family and village officials who proudly waved their American flags as the candidates — representing 18 native countries — […]

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad took time to address the incident that occurred when a South Orange police officer pulled her over for speeding. She apologized again for her behavior and reaffirmed her commitment to the school district and to serving the community. […]

BOE member in hot water after altercation with police

BOE member in hot water after altercation with police

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad is facing backlash after an altercation became public in which she argued with a South Orange police officer after being pulled over for speeding April 27. According to video footage of the incident, which the News-Record obtained along with a police report after […]