Cynthia Cumming, West Orange Licensee: Why I Love Being a Licensee of The Alternative Press

September 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

As a 17-year resident of West Orange, with two sons who have gone through the West Orange public schools, I have been able to not only give back to my community but begin a successful business through The Alternative Press (TAP).

Prior to The Alternative Press, I began getting involved in town as a class parent for my kids in their elementary school and continued my involvement in PTAs.  As the kids became older I expanded into community and township work.  I built relationships and got to know people and realized that there was so many good things going on in West Orange that were never reported.

I met Mike Shapiro and really liked him and his vision for local news sites that support their communities and provide news that is objective, proactive, and balanced.  When the opportunity presented itself to become the West Orange licensee, I accepted the challenge with the hope that an honest and objective picture of the town could be developed through fair and balanced reporting.  The West Orange Alternative Press is now one of the most read sites on The Alternative Press with over 100,000 people reading the West Orange site this year alone!  I am very proud of that.

Sign Up for E-News

This year we are continuing to expand our coverage and are also providing mentoring opportunities for high school and college students, as well as residents that enjoy writing and have journalistic backgrounds.

Recently, Jackie Schatell and Jessica Marrone Parkes of the Livingston TAP have partnered with me to further expand the site and work more closely with West Orange's business community.

If you love your town and the people that live there, and take the time to build relationships with the business community, it is incredibly satisfying to make a difference in people's lives and businesses through The Alternative Press.
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Deadline Announced for 2017 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest

January 14, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — The deadline for Essex County seniors to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2017 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest is Monday, March 27.

Seniors ages 60 and older are encouraged to participate, as Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo these individuals have led ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e1aa8c0ac79deb1d97ed_acg_woodbridge_jan_17

Tue, January 17, 7:30 AM

Apa Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin

ACG Breakfast Meeting January 17, 2017

Business & Finance Food & Drink

Carousel_image_dcd4869c222de7d05057_acg_womens_jan_19

Thu, January 19, 12:00 PM

Convene Midtown East, New York

ACG New York Women of Leadership Summit

Business & Finance Food & Drink

Thu, January 19, 7:00 PM

Fire Station #5, West Orange

West Orange CERT Monthly Meeting

Giving Back

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers Summer Internships for High School Juniors

January 10, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced this week that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) is seeking high school juniors to participate in the ECPO’s annual summer internship program.

The five-week program is designed to expose high school students to careers in law, law enforcement and government. The summer internship program will ...

Man vs. Waze

A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.  

Waze.

Ever since bridge repair closed a major thoroughfare near my house, the traffic on my sleepy street has increased dramatically.  And it is not by accident that commuters have figured out ...