Columbia H.S. Students Walkout of School on Friday as Part of National April 20 Protests

April 20, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - More than 200 students from Columbia High School (CHS) participated in a protest on Friday morning, one of many school walkouts planned nationwide to mark the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School school shooting, and to advocate for gun violence prevention legislation.

Students begin exiting the CHS building at about 10 a.m., with student leaders, who were ...

South Orange Rescue Squad Member Recognized with 'Outstanding EMS Action by Youth Award'

ROSELAND, NJ – South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) member and West Essex Regional High School student Lea Backenheim was recently honored by the New Jersey Department of Health and presented with the “Outstanding Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Action by a Youth Award.”

Roseland Mayor John Duthie and members of the borough council presented the young Roseland resident with ...

SOMA Students and Local Officials Participate in 'Town Hall for Our Lives' in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - SOMA Action Student Leadership Committee members organized a "Town Hall for Our Lives" in partnership with Essex County College, SOMA Action, and Moms Demand Action, on Saturday, April 7.

The Town Hall, which according to event materials, focused on sensible gun reform and ending gun violence in schools and communities, was the third event from the group, ...

South Orange Now Offers Guest Pass for Free Overnight Parking

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Parking Authority (SOPA) now offers a guest pass, which allows free overnight parking, according to an update on the South Orange website.

According to the website update:

Your exhausted overnight guest has just arrived and needs a place to park their car before they hit the sack. If they park on the street outside your house, they will likely have a ...

Maplewood Mayor Joins Others to Collaborate on State Issues at Meet the Mayors Breakfast

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The eighth annual Meet the Mayors event at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston on Saturday morning saw a wide cross-section of mayors from throughout Essex County, business leaders from across the same communities and residents looking to hear from this year’s panelists.

In addition to a panel discussion—featuring guest speakers Sheila Oliver, Lt. Governor; ...

Maplewood Spring Rake Out Until May 18

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Spring Rake Out program is currently underway, with the last collection ranging from May 11 through May 18, depending on section.


The Spring Rake Out provides residents of Maplewood with "the opportunity to dispose of any unwanted branches, leaves, and other raked items from their lawns," according to an update to the Maplewood ...

Maplewood Township Committee Appoints New Chief of Police

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee voted 4 to 1 to appoint Acting Chief of Police Jimmy DeVaul to the position of Chief of Police, effective Wednesday morning, April 4, when he will officially be sworn into office.

DeVaul, who is a lifelong resident of Maplewood and a graduate of Columbia High School, was accompanied at the meeting by his wife, Krista, as well ...

Snow in SOMA on Monday Delays Schools

This article was updated at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, April 2

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Snow is falling in SOMA, and this April storm has already caused South Orange Maplewood School District schools to have a delayed opening.

A winter weather advisory issued from the National Weather Service (NWS) lasts until 2 p.m. on April 2, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches expected, an ...

Community Summit Held to Discuss the Future of Springfield Avenue

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - What is the future of Springfield Avenue? This is the question that was asked at the Springfield Avenue Community Summit on March 22, at the DeHart Community Center.

The Township of Maplewood and the Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAP) held the community summit, "to generate ideas and strategies for the future development and business recruitment for Springfield ...

Students Lead March for Our Lives Rally in Maplewood on Saturday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Student activists from Columbia High School (CHS) and Maplewood Middle School (MMS) led a rally with the message that the time to support gun violence prevention is now on Saturday morning at the Maplewood train station.

After the rally, participants boarded trains for the NJ March for Our Lives in Newark and to Penn Station for the NYC March for Our Lives.

The speakers at ...

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Essex County Executive Announces Improvements to County Parks System

April 15, 2018

Using the tennis courts in Essex County Irvington Park as the backdrop, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that the tennis courts in Irvington Park and Weequahic Park, and the basketball courts in Ivy Hill Park and Monte Irvin Orange Park will receive facelifts with new asphalt playing surfaces, equipment and fencing on Wednesday, April 11th. The project is part of the ...