Archive | August, 2010

Celebrating Integration: Creating Communities of Choice

Title: Celebrating Integration: Creating Communities of ChoiceLocation: Woman’s Club of MaplewoodDescription: This annual benefit brings together residents, local businesses, and government, school, and civic leaders for an evening of music, food, and conversation in support of the Coalition and its goals: to work toward a community where people of all races enjoy the benefits of […]

Schools Committee Welcomes New District Teachers


Schools Committee Co-Chairs Carol Barry-Austin and Meredith Sue Willis welcomed new district teachers to the community at the invitation of the School District on August 21, 2010, the first day of New Teacher Orientation.  This is the fifth year that the Schools Committee was invited to introduce new teachers to a community in which people […]

Trustee Meeting

Title: Trustee MeetingLocation: BOE Building, 525 Academy St., Maplewood NJDescription: Monthly meeting general session is open to the public. Everyone is welcome! Start Time: 07:30Date: 2010-08-26

Dog Days of August House Party

Title: Dog Days of August House Party Location: Home of Ulysses Dietz Description: Come have your curiosities identified by Newark Museum Curator and Coalition Trustee, Ulysses Dietz at his home in Maplewood. Enjoy good company with your neighbors along with wine and cheese! Start Time: 04:00 PM Date: 2010-08-14 End Time: 06:00 PM

Stump the Curator Event Please the Community


Coalition Trustee and Newark Museum Curator, Ulysses Dietz , examines one of many curiosities brought by residents and friends to the Coalition’s summer fundraiser, Dog Days of August House Party.

Coalition Takes Position on Seventh Grade Deleveling

At the May 22, 2010 meeting, the Trustees of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race voted to take this position: “Be it resolved that the Trustees of the South Orange/ Maplewood Community Coalition on Race concurs with the Schools Committee’s position in support of the recommendation of the Equity and Excellence Task Force that seventh-grade classes in the SOMSD […]

Mind the Gap II

On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, the Schools Committee of the Coalition offered a follow-up to the Mind the Gap Panel featuring Superintendent Brian Osborne.  Attendees asked questions like: What is causing the Racial Academic Achievement Gap? What are the District’s Plans to eliminate it?  See report and photos on Patch.

Coalition Conversations on Race On May 5th Raises Big Issues

The theme for this year’s Conversations on Race was Some of My Best Friends Are…which included a series of improvisations performed by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater, followed by small group discussions on the successes and challenges of social integration. This event is part of the Coalition’s Integration Through the Arts Program which utilizes the transcending power […]

A Dramatic Gospel Musical at Oheb Shalom

The Coalition held a spring theater event underscoring the theme of “Familiar Faces in Uncommon Places” Also see article in Patch. On Sunday, May 16th, at 4:00 pm, the Coalition presented the award-winning stage play about a family on the Underground Railroad, Singin Wid a Sword in Ma Han. This piece uses the spirituals that […]

Coalition Trustee Nancy Solomon’s NPR Program Wins a Peabody Award!

Coalition Trustee Nancy Solomon’s documentary for PBS, Mind the Gap, has won the most prestigious award in radio — a Peabody. Nancy is a long time member of the Schools Committee as well as a Coalition Trustee. Learn more about the Peabody Awards here. Nancy says, “I’d like to extend my gratitude to SOMSD Superintendent Brian […]