Gas Odor Prompts Brief Evacuation at South Mountain 'Big School' on Monday

November 6, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a brief evacuation at South Mountain Elementary School (the "big school") on Monday due to a gas odor, according to an email sent to South Mountain families at about 11 a.m. 

According to the email, this morning the school nurse noticed a smell of gas, which was reported to the South Orange Fire Department. While the Fire Department ...

Social Media Rumors of Violence at Columbia H.S. on Thursday Investigated: 'No Credible Threat' Found

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With rumors on social media of a threat to "blow up" or "shoot up" Columbia High School (CHS) on Thursday, the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to the CHS community at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday stating that the social media rumor has been investigated and there is "no credible threat."

According to the email, the ...

Police Blotter: Two Boys Arrested for Robbery in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Two boys were arrested for robbery on Monday, October 23, according to the South Orange Police Blotter.

According to police, a South Orange resident reported that while he was walking on Tichenor Ave. on October 23, "two juvenile males approached him from behind, demanded his cell phone, and struck him multiple times on the back of his head."

Unable to get the ...

Evacuation Thursday Morning at Columbia High School

Updated at 9:30 a.m.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Columbia High School (CHS) students and staff evacuated the building on Thursday morning, according to an email from CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron at about 8:30 a.m. 

A second email was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) at about 9:20 a.m., stating that students and staff had returned to class and confirming the reason ...

South Orange Police to Increase Traffic Safety Enforcement

The following is from Kyle Kroll, South Orange Police Chief:

The South Orange Police Department (SOPD) in conjunction with the Village President, the Board of Trustees and on behalf of several concerned residents will be increasing its aggressive enforcement of traffic safety laws. Our goal will be to curb motor vehicle violations in particular those offenses for “Failing to Stop for a ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Violence and Vandalism at 10-Year Low; Most Maplewood Crime Down, South Orange Up

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Recent data released by the South Orange Maplewood School District finds a sharp drop in incidents of violence and vandalism in the schools, the lowest in at least 10 years, with the only increase coming in complaints of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB).

But even HIB cases remain low compared to just a few years ago and the overall data is ...

Evacuation at Columbia High School on Wednesday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was an evacuation at Columbia High School (CHS) at about 11:52 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, according to an email from CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron.

Aaron also noted in her email that students should have devices "off and away" at school, and that this is especially important so that they can hear directions from staff or the PA system.

The full email is ...

Woman Struck by Vehicle While Crossing Street in South Orange on October 17

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A South Orange woman , age 70, was struck by a vehicle driven by a Maplewood resident, age 63, at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17. The victim was crossing Walton Avenue, according to an update from South Orange police on their Facebook page.

According to South Orange police, preliminary investigation showed that the woman appeared to have been crossing in the ...

Two Maplewood Teens Struck by Vehicle in South Orange on Saturday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Two 13-year-old Maplewood girls were struck by a vehicle while crossing South Orange Avenue in the crosswalk at about 12:10 p.m. last Saturday, Oct. 14, according to South Orange police. 

According to South Orange police, the girls were crossing south bound on South Orange Avenue adjacent to the flag pole when they were struck by a motorist traveling eastbound ...

Jefferson Elementary School Evacuated on Thursday due to Gas Leak

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Jefferson Elementary School was evacuated Thursday morning after a custodian at the school "smelled gas near one of the boilers and immediately turned off the gas and notified the Maplewood Fire Department," according to an email from the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) that was sent to Jefferson families.

Students and staff were safely evacuated ...

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