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Lead Testing Update from the South Orange Maplewood School District

September 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following update was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Saturday, September 23.

Dear SOMSD Families and Staff,

As you know, state mandated testing this past May found elevated lead levels in 9 district plumbing fixtures which provide water for drinking or food preparation. The ...

Lead Update from the South Orange Maplewood School District

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following update was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Friday, September 15.

Dear SOMSD Families and Staff,

On September 5th, we updated you that, after remediating all plumbing fixtures which provide drinking water or water used in food preparation this summer, our retesting of 225 plumbing ...

Three Years Since Arrest, Accused Columbia HS Teacher Still Awaits Trial

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sunday, September 17, marks three years since former Columbia High School (CHS) teacher Nicole Dufault was arrested for allegedly having sex with at least six CHS students, most of them age 16 or younger.

But don’t expect the case to be resolved anytime soon, according to her lawyer.

Attorney Timothy Smith, who has represented Dufault since she was taken into ...

School Mice Update: South Orange Clear; Exterminator Responds to Criticism

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The exterminating firm hired to keep pests out of South Orange and Maplewood schools says they are in contact with the district about the mice problem that health officials this week labeled a “hazard” and “infestation.”

But the firm offered no further explanation for its apparent poor practices in mice remediation and prevention that ...

Underhill Scoreboard A Gift From Columbia High School Class of ‘65

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Columbia High School (CHS) football fans will see something new when the Cougars take the field Saturday for their home opener.

Not just new players on the roster, but a new scoreboard out beyond one end zone.
 
The $19,000 state-of-the-art signage is the gift of the CHS Class of 1965, according to Athletic Director Larry Busichio.
 
“We had wanted to ...

School District Sends Email: 'Combatting Mice in SOMSD Schools'

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following letter, "Combatting Mice in SOMSD Schools," was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) to the school community via email on Wednesday, September 13:

Dear SOMSD Community,

SOMSD recently received a letter from the Maplewood Health Officer about the problem of mice in school buildings. This is, of course, an ...

Mice Infestation in Maplewood Schools Declared 'Health Hazard' by Maplewood Officials

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood School District has a mice “infestation” in several district schools, which the Maplewood Township describes as “an immediate health hazard,” according to a letter from Township Health Officer Robert Roe to the district last month.

The letter, dated Aug. 24, 2017, was sent by Roe to Interim Superintendent ...

Maplewood Main Library Closed Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The main branch of the Maplewood Library (51 Baker Street) will be closed for two days on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16.

The closure is so that electrical upgrades can be made that will "enable the library to utilize its generator, making it possible for the building to remain open to the public during electrical outages," stated an email from the ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Issues Lead Update - 13 Fixtures had Elevated Lead Levels in Retesting

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following update was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Tuesday, September 5.

Dear SOMSD Families and Staff,

As you may recall, in May 2017, SOMSD tested all of our plumbing fixtures which provide drinking water or water used in food preparation, and 9 were found to have elevated levels of lead at that ...

Studio 509 Kids Fall Session Begins September 25 - Registration Open Now

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Fall classes at Studio 509 Kids begin Monday, September 25.

There are lots of new offerings this session, including Move-N-Groove for pre-k and k on Mondays at 5 p.m., and Dance Fusion for 7th to 12th grade boys on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Studio 509 kids classes are geared towards introducing kids to the fun of fitness and dance in a supportive and ...

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Lightbridge Academy to Support Children Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with 2,000-plus Backpacks Filled with Comfort and Care

September 18, 2017

The early education and child care brand will help provide needed supplies for the school year while teaching children empathy, community service, and how to be a leader

Lightbridge Academy, a leading early education and child care franchise system with almost 30 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic is reaching across the country to support the children and families in Texas and Florida. The ...