South Orange and Maplewood share a school system among other town services. The community in general is very diverse and has a strong committment to the arts. In regards to your question , I have no idea I think you left something off the message. If you are searching a community with a well developed arts program, plenty of extra curriculum activities for your kids and a community within 30 minutes of New York City , then I would suggest South Orange and also investigate the neighborhoods in Maplewood.Feel Free to contact me directly , as I do have an office on South Orange Ave in South Orange New Jersey. Best of Luck to you.