About Us

The Village Green provides day-to-day, granular news coverage of the issues that matter to the people of Maplewood, South Orange, and environs — including education, redevelopment, taxes, public safety, governance, local business, the arts and culture, and lifestyle — with fairness, thoroughness, humanity and a distinct voice.

Co-founder Mary Barr Mann was editor of Maplewood Patch from October 2009 through May 2012. She formerly worked at the Springfield Avenue Partnership and for and with other area business and neighborhood economic development agencies (in Red Bank, Philadelphia, Newark, Bloomfield, DUMBO, Long Island City), and was most recently the Deputy Director at Montclair State University’s NJ News Commons and Center for Cooperative Media. Mary now works as a Communications Specialist at Montclair State University.

Co-founder Carolyn Parisi served as editor of Maplewood and South Orange Patch and contributed to and edited Livingston and West Orange Patches. She was a regular contributor for The NY Times Local, and wrote for and edited Baristanet for more than a year. She is a writer and editor with more than 25 years of experience in print and online journalism, grant writing and development, marketing and public relations.