Cultural Heritage Festival 2014 Sponsored by the South Orange / Maplewood Community Coalition on Race ITA

Why Integration?

Our vision is to achieve and sustain the benefits of a thriving, racially integrated and truly inclusive community that serves as a model for the nation.

Many communities are diverse; few are integrated. Diversity may find people of different races and ethnicities living near each other, but integration finds them living with each other—interacting, forming friendships, participating fully in the community’s economic, political, civic, and cultural life. Read More...

South Orange/Maplewood Video

Two Towns, One Community

South Orange and Maplewood are…
    • adjoining suburbs with tree-lined streets and good schools
    • 29 minutes from NYC by train
    • full of parks and recreation
    • arts and culture destinations
    • graced by historic buildings and homes
    • one community where everyone is welcome!

What people find here is a small town feel with the conveniences and cachet of cosmopolitan living. There are 17 beautiful parks with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging paths, great sledding, and each town has a community pool. Both towns border the South Mountain Reservation—a 2020 acre preserve with hiking and biking trails. Residents refer to the down-towns of South Orange and Maplewood each quaintly as 'The Village.' Take the train to either of 'The Villages' to visit our wonderful stores, restaurants, arts centers, and take a walk through our neighborhoods to see the range and beauty of our homes!

News & Events

  • Talking about Everyday Racism at ‘Conversations’May 14th 2015

    Over 150 people gathered at Congregation Beth El to listen to Prof. Michael Jeffries presentation on micro-aggressions and then to talk in small groups about how to overcome this form of racism.

  • 2nd Annual Cultural Heritage FestivalMay 3rd 2015

    Celebrate the many cultures of our beloved community with this entertaining festival that includes live performances, activities, food, and dancing. Perfect for the entire family. Saturday, June 6th, 11-5, Maplewood Memorial Park

  • Coffee House ConversationsMar 14th 2015

    Join us for the first of this series of informal conversations on June 18th, 6:30 pm at The Rack in Maplewood.

  • Planning Ahead: Workshop for Middle School ParentsMar 1st 2015

    Planning Ahead is a workshop developed and presented by parents for the benefit of parents of middle school students. The workshop teaches parents how to read the Course Offerings Guide, how to plan backwards, and offers proven strategies for early college planning. We also discuss how to manage the complications of sports and learning disability.