The Week That Was: June 29, 2014 Edition

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This week on The Village Green, school news was big as the year wound down. We posted stories on “clap-outs” at Jefferson and Seth Boyden, a moving-up ceremony at South Mountain School, a graduation story from Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School, and prom photos.

And we posted last-minute summer camp ideas for parents who’d left planning to the last minute.

The South Orange-Maplewood School District also provided plenty of material, with a new teachers contract, the news that MMS Principal Jeff Truppo was leaving, and announcements from Donna Smith and Tony Mazzocchi that they are running for Board of Education.

The Columbia High School Girls Track Team and Coach Lisa Morgan received a commendation from the state legislature.

The South Orange Village Trustees made news on Monday night approving an RFP for the sale of Village Hall that they said guaranteed historic preservation of the building, and passing a $33.8 million budget that preserved funding for SOPAC. After South Orange Village President Alex Torpey announced last week that he would not seek re-election, we published an interview with him this week.

PSE&G announced a planned power outage for the Montrose and West Montrose neighborhoods on July 1.

In public safety news, the death of a Livingston teen impacted Maplewood’s bravest, and an assault in Memorial Park led to the arrest of two MMS students. Columbia High School staff and Maplewood police responded to an “unsubstantiated threat” at the school.

In business news, Coda announced Maplewood Appreciation Week to thank the community for helping support the family of a worker killed in a tragic construction accident. Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery received notice for its incomparable sconewich.

We look forward to another week of bringing you the local news.

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