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President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

February 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

Preliminary Accreditation given to Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at On3

NUTLEY, NJ - Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is an essential requirement in the complex process of establishing a new medical school. 

Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is creating a rigorous academic curriculum that combines ...

South Orange Middle School Principal Addresses '7th Grade Incident' in Email

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Lynn Irby, Principal of South Orange Middle School (SOMS), sent an email to the school community at about 6 p.m. on Thursday, about an incident that happened on Tuesday involving a 7th grade student making what Irby described as "inappropriate" and "racially charged comments during the classroom discussion."

Irby's email also addressed that ...

South Orange - Maplewood School District Responds to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia H.S. Lot

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to Columbia High School (CHS) families at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with information about the threatening message that was found painted in the CHS lot that morning. 

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS, and stated, ...

Police Respond to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia High School Lot

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police are investigating an apparent offensive message painted on the parking lot surface at Columbia High School (CHS) on Wednesday, which includes a threat to obtain a gun in response to alleged name-calling.

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS and stated, “If they keep calling me a b**ch ...

South Orange - Maplewood School District Sends Flu Prevention Update

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following email was sent to the South Orange - Maplewood School district on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra about precautions being taken at schools to prevent the spread of flu.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In light of the growing influenza epidemic, and in consultation with the Health Department, we wanted to inform you that ...

Over 25 Camps Share What's Hot this Summer at the Second Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Families from South Orange and Maplewood got the chance to learn about more than 25 area summer camps on Saturday, at the second annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair, hosted by Susie Adamson and Bonnie Ramsey of Adamson Ramsey Homes.

At the fair, which was held at Winchester Gardens, parents and kids could meet with representatives from a variety of camps, and learn more ...

Registration Now Open for Maplewood Kid's Camp

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Where else can kids be a meteorologist for a day, swim twice a week and safely check out the habitat of wolves, while having fun and making friends? Maplewood Kid's Camp!

Maplewood Kid’s Camp is open for registration, and "planning an unforgettable summer for kids in kindergarten through 4th grade," according to a press release from Melissa ...

School Tax Increase Likely to Be Lower Than Last Year in SOMA; But Enrollment, Costs Growing

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The first glimpse of the upcoming South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) budget indicates the tax hike for residents will be well below last year’s 3.56 percent hit, with estimates of an increase of just over 2 percent, the state legal limit.

School District Business Administrator Paul Roth briefed the school board on ...

Seth Boyden Is Second South Orange - Maplewood School In Two Weeks to Have Principal Removal

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second time in two weeks a South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) elementary school is seeing a change in principal, as the school board voted to appoint an acting principal for Seth Boyden, but with no explanation.

The board voted, 8-0, on the appointment on Saturday, with board member Robin Baker absent. 

The vote occurred at a special ...

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Maplewood Middle School Auditorium, Maplewood

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Maplewood Garden Club Presents “Birding for All Seasons in New Jersey”

February 10, 2018

Learn how birding leads to environmental stewardship on Monday, March 5, when Maplewood Garden Club hosts Tedor Whitman, Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills. One of Tedor’s favorite topics is birds, birding, and conservation; and during his presentation, “Birding for All Seasons in New Jersey,” he will explain why New ...