Beyond Berkshire & Burroughs

Do you say MapSO? Or do you prefer SOMa? Whatever camp you're in, there's so much to do in our two towns! When we find out about family events and kid-friendly activities we think our Clinton community will want to know about, we'll post them here. And if you hear of something amazing you think we should share, simply shoot us an email at

Check back often for new adventures! 


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Lessons Learned From "Nice White Parents"


Roadmap to Equitable School Integration: Lessons Learned from "Nice White Parents"  

The Schools Committee of South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is partnering with the Presidents' Council to sponsor a free community program called "Lessons Learned from 'Nice White Parents'" 

Join us for a virtual discussion featuring Julie Snyder, executive producer, "Nice White Parents" podcast. The webinar takes place Tuesday, April 13th at 7 pm via Zoom. Register here in advance.

"Nice White Parents" is a five-part podcast series about building a better school system and what gets in the way. 

Listen here: "Nice White Parents" podcast

  • What's the case for intentionally integrated schools?
  • What individual or institutional behavior stands in the way? 
  • What can you do to support integration?
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New Field Hockey Clinic Program


A brand-new field hockey program is starting in South Orange, open all current students in grades K - 8. Registration takes place on the South Orange Rec website

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Maplewood Library Celebrates Black History Month


Join Maplewood Library and Express Yourself Studios, LLC in exploring the work of Black Artists Faith Ringgold and Mark Bradford. These programs are for ages 6-10. For more details and registration, please visit

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2021 MLK Luminaries


Community Celebration of MLK Day

Join your neighbors for SOMA's 20th annual observance of MLK Day. Click HERE for details on the virtual program. 

You can also observe the day by participating in the SOMA tradition of displaying luminaries; click HERE for details on where to purchase luminary kits ($10 for four bags and candles). 

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Spring Baseball Registration Now Open


Registration for SOM Recreational League Baseball is now open through January 31! The SOM Baseball spring recreation baseball program is open to all South Orange and Maplewood children between the ages of 5 and 15 (as of April 30, 2021).

Registration will only take place ONLINE ONLY through the South Orange Recreation Department catalog:

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OLS Food Pantry Drive-Through Food Drive

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Parenting Center Toy Drive 2020

The Parenting Center Toy Drive Needs your Help!


South Orange Maplewood School District’s Parenting Center needs you to help us make the holidays magical for all SOMA families! Please support our TOY DRIVE in the following safe ways (there will be no toy bins):

• Make an on-line tax-deductible contribution at or search SOMSD Parenting Center Toy Drive at

• Mail a check, payable to SOMSD Parenting Center to 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040

• BODO (Buy One, Donate One) at the following local stores: Sparkhouse, No. 165, Words and Toy Division. When you shop at these stores, you can purchase a gift or gift card which the store will collect and give directly to one of the families in need.


We need your help more than ever as we change the way to give to protect us all, while continuing to do what SOMA does best: help our neighbors and friends!!

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SOMA Shares Glove and Coat Drives

SOMA Shares will be running winter gear drives this month. Check out the details below, and learn more by emailing


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South Orange Public Library Adventure Festival

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