Monday, August 6, 2012
John Gross was arrested in Maplewood for a DWI on Thursday.
The West Orange and South Orange chief financial officer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Maplewood last week, according to the Maplewood Police Department. John Gross was reportedly found in his Ford Mustang at 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning on a grassy median at the intersection Springfield Avenue and Tuscan Road in Maplewood. Gross told Maplewood police that he “swerved to avoid a dog," according to Sgt. Christopher Black of the MPD. Gross failed a field sobriety test. He also gave a breathalyzer reading higher than the legal limit, according to reports. He was briefly placed under arrest and charged with a DWI. Gross began a four-year contract as West Orange’s CFO in Oct. 2011. His salary is $130,000 a year. …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Village President says he, administrator and clerk will decide what is discussed at meetings.
South Orange Trustees are upset their items aren’t getting onto the village agenda and asked the Village President to clarify the policy. The issue came up at a Board of Trustees meeting on Monday. After Trustee Howard Levinson raised the issue, Village President Alex Torpey replied that an agenda request must be submitted via online form to the Village Clerk or Village Administrator – and the three of them meet together to choose what will be discussed during the next meeting. The online form is new, according to Torpey. One of its advantages over email is that it discourages lengthy email discussion of issues better suited to the public arena. Torpey said trustees are notified if their agenda request has been turned down or referred to a…
Here are a few of the stories that caught readers' attention this month on South Orange Patch.
South Orange Middle School teacher Steven Cohen learned that he will not return to the district in September. He was notified that the Board of Education chose to uphold the decision not to rehire that was made in May by Principal Joseph Uglialoro. The Columbia High School Class of 2012 is headed to college! The school district released a list of where students plan to pursue their education in the fall. The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill and the Assembly is considering the bill to exempt private universities, such as Seton Hall, from complying with municipal zoning. After being closed for almost a year and then vowing to open in April or May, Tinga, a Mexican restaurant with branches in Montclair and Westfield reopened. Whole Foods …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Library, Baird, and Village Hall are open
Monday, July 16, 2012
With temperatures expected to hit at least 95 degrees on Tuesday, before declining slightly throughout the rest of the week, the Village of South Orange reminds residents that the following buildings are "cooling centers." Library: 65 Scotland Road Weds and Thurs 9-6 Fri 10-6 The Baird Center: 5 Mead Street Today - Friday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Village Hall: 101 South Orange Ave Wednesday - Friday: 8:30-4:30
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Villagers come out in their red, white and blue.
South Orange celebrated the Fourth of July with some recreation and the annual parade of patriotic and uniquely decorated bikes, strollers and citizens. Medals and gift certificates were given out for the most patriotic, most creative and zaniest costumes. "It was a great event put together by the Recreation Department," said Village President Alex Torpey. "[Picking winners at the parade] is probably the hardest decision I've had to make in a long time." Patch has pictures of the parade and the winners, along with some images of what Maplewood was up to this morning.
Monday, May 28, 2012
‘These men were more than names on an honor roll.’
With a bugler mournfully playing Taps across the pond, South Orange on Memorial Day held a solemn service for the local heroes of our nation’s wars. A quiet crowd gathered under the shade of the park’s trees to reflect on the holiday. The group included veterans and families as Police Chief James Chelel and Fire Chief Jeff Markey placed wreaths by the memorial rock, which bear the names of South Orange’s fallen. While Maplewood stepped out with a lively parade, the mood in South Orange was much more somber. Scouts in Troop 60 of the Boy Scouts of America read names of soldiers from South Orange killed in action – seven from World War I, six from Korea, five from Vietnam, two from Iraq, and 59 when World War II took its terrible toll. “…
Friday, May 4, 2012
South Orange and Maplewood kids sharpen writing skills via technology.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Seventh graders in South Orange and Maplewood are learning about feature writing. But that's not all. They're also using technology to hone their writing skills, and then publishing their work on line. English Language Arts Supervisor Gary Pankiewicz said the recently revised English Language Arts curriculum calls for seventh-grade students to use Moodle software to develop feature articles and publish them on a private on-line site. Although Moodle offers about 20 different types of activities, the main activity helps students learn to sequence and group their work to build on outcomes of previous lessons. Recently, Eve Kingsbury, a Maplewood Middle School English Language Arts teacher, held a “publishing party” in her class where her …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Village President Torpey touts the community's preparedness
South Orange has successfully come through another year, and is looking forward, said Village President Torpey on Monday night in his State of the Village address. An annual written report is required; Torpey chose to present his report to the public. He said, "As the Village President, it's my responsibility to be accountable for what happens here on a day to day basis and it's my responsibility to report to the Board and the public about what we're doing. I hope people will join us on April 30th for what I hope will be the (re)start of a great annual tradition in South Orange." To view the address, click on the video above.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
A best of the best of 2011 photos on Patch
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Advance Placement Studio Art students from Columbia High School, Arts High School in Newark and Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights show off their work.
From now through January 8, 2012, local art lovers can see what students in three local high schools are up to in their Advanced Placement in Studio Art classes in FRESH 4.0 at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center. Over 50 works of art created by students from Columbia High School in Maplewood/South Orange, Arts High School in Newark and Governor Livingston High School in Berekley Heights grace the walls of the gallery in Maplewood. In its fourth year, the annual show, curated this season by 1978 board member Onnie Strother, serves an important purpose. "The kids get to see what the other AP's are doing," says Strother. "It helps them get ideas for their portfolios." Strother would like next year's show to include even more students from more …