Monuments Restored in West Orange War Memorial Park

October 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The monuments in West Orange War Memorial Park, located on the southeast lawn of Township Hall, have gotten a long-needed facelift.

Spearheaded by Gary Englert, chairman of the Township Commission on Military and Veteran Affairs, and on behalf of Glennon-Sayers VFW Post 376, American Monument Company was contracted to restore and refinish the deteriorating bronze plaques affixed to the monuments honoring the township's sons who perished in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.  

The initiative was undertaken to restore plaques that had not been properly maintained (and defaced by the ill-advised use of acid when cleaning the surrounding stone).  In addition, the stone monument dedicated to those killed in action in Vietnam was re-cut, resulting in a uniform and proper alignment of the names inscribed. In total, 156 West Orange natives gave their lives in the wars of the last century. The total cost of the restoration was $6,630, and those costs were covered by VFW Post 376, using excess funds from a previous project.

The work began on Friday and was completed on Tuesday. Each year, Englert, the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs and VFW Post 376 hold nationally recognized Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies. Last year's Veterans Day ceremony was canceled after Hurricane Sandy destroyed two flagpoles and two light fixtures in the park.  FEMA monies covered those repairs.   This year's Veterans Day Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon at the Elks Club on Main Street immediately following the ceremony.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Livingston's Elves Celebrate with Area Residents as Camuso Holiday Display is Lit

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Known throughout Livingston as the former editor of the “West Essex Tribune” and a longtime member of the planning board and other committees, Nancy and Richard Dinar, alongside their family, had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso display at the Livingston Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the Livingston ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Don't Sacrifice the Environment to Fund the State Treasury

November 23, 2016

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program is an incredibly important and necessary program rising from the state’s history of incremental spills and discharges, as well as historic industrialization. 

NRD requires polluters to go beyond the mandated cleanup and to pay damages for restoration and compensation for the public loss of use of natural ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A with New Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on


George: A six lb.

Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.  

Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...