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Jones and Baker Join Forces in Campaign for SOMA Board of Education


MAPLEWOOD, NJ – August 20, 2014 -- Maureen Jones and Elizabeth Baker announced today that they will run a joint campaign for two of the three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education in this November’s election.

From the candidate:

"We are joining together to run as a team for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education because we agree on a common educational vision for our school district. We have good public schools here in our unique community, but we believe they must become even better.  And we believe our complementary experience, skills and backgrounds can help the move the district forward.

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With the major initiatives already underway, the district is poised to offer our students a world-class experience that more consistently provides the rigor, challenge and opportunity they all deserve.  But these changes are not simple and they won’t happen overnight. We need patience and  persistence, and we need to learn from both our successes and our struggles in the classroom.

We need a district where no child is bored, whether he or she is a high achiever or a struggling learner. We want a district where children are seen -- really seen -- and understood as they are today and as the learners they can become.  We believe this vision is achievable, but it will require a continuing commitment from the Board of Education, the administration, our teachers and our community.  We need to hire a superintendent who shares this vision and has the commitment, expertise and experience to make it a reality. 

We know teachers make the difference in the classroom. With the recent changes in curriculum and assessment we need to make sure our teachers feel confident and supported. We need to identify best practices, create a collaborative atmosphere and adopt reasonable implementation timeframes to enable teachers to master the new approaches.

Parents must be full partners in their children’s education.  Better information needs to be provided to parents in ways they can access hassle-free. Our schools should actively listen to and learn from parent feedback.

Our school system is essential to the long-term vitality of our community; as such, we must demonstrate that the district is an efficient and effective steward of our tax dollars. We need a more transparent budget process and consistent year-round, community outreach to demonstrate the benefit of every dollar spent.”

Also from the Candidates:

Maureen Jones, a four-year resident of Maplewood, is an educator who works with special needs children, specializing in speech and language pathology. She has broad experience working with children from birth through age 12 in a variety of settings, including preschool programs, public schools, community health delivery and home-based services. A parent of two girls at Clinton Elementary School, Jones served as President of the school’s PTA for this past year and as Vice-President for the 2012-2013 school year.

Elizabeth Baker, a twelve-year resident of Maplewood, is the parent of two girls, one a Tuscan Elementary student and the other a rising seventh-grader at Maplewood Middle School. She served on the Tuscan Elementary School PTA Board from 2010 to 2012 and as the PTA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) co-chair during the 2012-13 school year. In the spring of 2014,  Baker served on the Schools Subcommittee of the Maplewood Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee, reviewing the school budget. Professionally, Baker is an associate general counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ in New York City, with experience in financial oversight, negotiations, and governance.

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South Orange Police Blotter - More Than 10 Vehicle Burglaries Reported

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Food, Fun, Music and Murals at MayFest in Maplewood on Sunday {Photos}

May 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Crowds came out to enjoy MayFest on Springfield Avenue on Sunday, with plenty of food, live music and performances, and a chance to see the new murals and meet the artists who created them, as well as local residents Michael and Viktorija painting their mural “I Am Maplewood." 

Thank you to Carl Patterson of CP Photo Op Photography for use of ...

South Orange Community Pool Will Not Be Open Memorial Day Weekend; Opening Day Planned for June 2

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Community Pool will have a delayed season opening, and will not be open Memorial Day Weekend, according to an update from the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

According to the Recreation Department, "weather issues, both the early spring snow and the ongoing spring rain, have caused delays in the construction project underway to ...

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Fri, May 25, 7:00 PM

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Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


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May 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Bridges Outreach, Inc. Executive Director Lois Bhatt and Deputy Executive Director Bethany Tulloch have announced their retirement and, effective May 29, Richard J. Uniacke will begin his tenure as the Summit-based nonprofit's new Executive Director.

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Bus Accident in Livingston Kills One Wednesday

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston police are investigating a fatal bus accident in the township Wednesday afternoon.

The police department has confirmed a death in the accident, which occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Latham Court and South Orange Avenue.

As of 4:30 p.m., detectives were still on the scene investigating the crash. A full report has not yet been released ...

Phase II of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project Set to Begin in Union

May 22, 2018

UNION, NJ – A groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday morning for Phase II of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project which is set to begin soon.

“Phase I is complete and everyone loves it,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  Florio said construction on the south end of Stuyvesant Avenue, from Morris Ave. to the cannon turnaround near Elmwood, should be complete by ...

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2nd Annual Theater in The Park Returns to Founders Park in South Orange on June 3

May 22, 2018

The 2nd Annual Theater in The Park is coming to Founders Park on Sunday, June 3, from noon to 4 p.m.

Bring your blankets and chairs, grab some food and fun from one of our vendors and enjoy one or all of the performances by local talent. The event is free and open to everyone who wants to stop in and enjoy some entertainment.

Founders Park is located at 265 Valley St. in South ...

Career Change for Working Moms Presentation at Millburn Library

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to offer a program on changing careers for working moms, presented by local career coach Tracey Gutierrez. This program will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm.

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Third Annual South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl is Sunday, May 20

The South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl is back!

On Sunday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the South Orange Village Center Alliance hosts its third annual South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl, a tasting event that showcases the diverse restaurants and unique retailers in our Village Center.

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