Former Jefferson School Staffer Facing Criminal Charges For Alleged Lewd Photos of Students

June 21, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A former Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional has been charged with criminal behavior believed to be related to lewd photos of students at the school that were found on his cell phone after he was arrested in Morris County on an unrelated sexual charge.

It also appears that South Orange Maplewood School District officials knew about the arrests as early as ...

Internal Investigation of Columbia H.S. Attendance and Grading “Inconsistencies” Sparks Outside Audit

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A week after launching an internal investigation into what were dubbed “sloppy” procedures related to Columbia High School (CHS) student attendance requirements, the school board voted to hire an outside firm to conduct an audit of attendance and grading policies after district officials described the situation as “too much for them to look into by ...

Columbia High School Prom Photos

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Columbia High School's prom was Monday night, and readers are being asked to share their photos.

Want your pictures featured in this story? Email them to and we’ll add them to our online gallery.

Check back for more photos later.

Seth Boyden School Performs at John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Seth Boyden Elementary School students performed for parents and other school community members at Montclair State University (MSU) on May 24, according to an email from James Manno, Fine Arts Supervisor for the South Orange Maplewood School District.

"This performance was a demonstration of students’ cumulative growth as participants in the ...

Maplewood South Orange Book Festival Hosted SOMA Libraries Benefit With David Baldacci

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The second annual Maplewood South Orange Book Festival opened on Friday night, June 8, with a SOMA Library Benefit at The Woodland featuring best-selling author David Baldacci.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Maplewood and South Orange Library Foundations equally, according to event organizers. Each library foundation is fundraising to support ...

South Orange Middle School Students Have Photo Op With Rep. Payne in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students on a visit to Capitol Hill as part of the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C., had the chance to meet with and take a photo with Donald Payne, Jr. on Friday. Payne is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey District 10, which includes South Orange and Maplewood.

Photos of the students with Rep. Payne were ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent Investigating Alleged 'Sloppy' Columbia H.S. Attendance Make-up Practices

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  An investigation into what is being deemed “sloppy” procedures related to some Columbia High School (CHS) student attendance requirements is being conducted by South Orange Maplewood School District Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra, who said it could affect “tons of students.”

“We’re going to issue a report on ...

Second Year of Maplewood South Orange Book Festival Brings Authors and Readers Together

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Anna Quindlen. Rosemary Wells. Keith Hernandez. Tayari Jones. These are just a few of the authors who were speakers at the Second Annual Maplewood South Orange Book Festival on Saturday.

The book festival, which attracted about 2,000 attendees according to organizers, had a full day of author panels covering a wide range of topics that included "#MeToo: From ...

Genius Gems STEM Focused Learning Space Holds Grand Opening in Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ — Genius Gems, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based learn and play space welcomed the Millburn community to experience this new 5,000 square foot space on June 3 for their official grand opening. With over 24,000 magnetic tiles for building, activities and classes that include design challenges, competitions, team-based games, ...

Lightbridge Academy of Millburn Hosted Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday

MILLBURN, NJ - Lightbridge Academy of Millburn, a child care and education center, hosted its grand opening and open house on Saturday to introduce the community to its new franchise located at 27 Bleeker Street. It was also a celebration of its two-month anniversary. A lively crowd of parents, grandparents and children joined the festivities which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with ...

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Columbia High School Cougar Marching Band Looking for New Members

June 17, 2018

Calling All Columbia High School and Middle School Musicians!

It’s time to register for the CHS Cougar Marching Band! All CHS students (and rising 8th graders with a commitment and focus to band -- speak to your middle school band teacher if interested!) are invited to join the marching band! Don’t play an instrument but want to participate? We’re ...