West Orange Top Stories

April 30, 2021

West Orange High School (WOHS) bowling team co-captains Kieryn Knox and Scott Lillis are fighting to ensure that West Orange will have its own bowling alley again.  Knox explained, “When Eagle Rock Lanes closed last year, the owner wanted to make it a high-rise building, so he wouldn't give ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — The budget season for the 2021-2022 school has almost come to a close, but not without changes that will potentially change the educational landscape of West Orange Schools.  Several community members including the West Orange staff came out to speak against the potential cut ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — As the end of the school year approaches, many are wondering if West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) has a plan to expand options for on-site students for the remainder of the year and for the upcoming school year. WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone shared that even though ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Earlier this month, someone drove a heavy, four-wheel-drive vehicle onto Mayapple Hill field in the South Mountain Reservation and created a great deal of damage by digging deep tire tracks throughout the area. In addition to making the field unusable until it's fixed, the ...

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Governor Murphy announced reductions of restrictions for indoor events like weddings, graduations, proms and other celebrations. Venues can now fill to 50 percent capacity (maximum 250) beginning May 10. Events in the 50 percent capacity include weddings, proms (and other catered ...

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Governor Murphy tweeted on Sunday, “Tomorrow at 1:00 PM, I will make a major announcement regarding our reopening efforts. As our key metrics improve and our vaccination progress continues, we’re ready to move forward.” His tweet was met with both supportive and derisive comments. Murphy's ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2009 grad Elijah Minton, aka “The Art Alchemist,” is enjoying a flourishing career as a muralist and painter regionally and nationally. Minton's talents include Fine Art, Original Art, Illustrations, Portraits, Acrylic Painting, Murals and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Verona baseball team is red-hot to start the 2021 season, winning its third game in a row with a 4-1 decision over West Orange under the lights on Friday night.  “That was a big win because that is a good team right there, two teams off to quick starts. I think we’re the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Spring Musical “The Shows Must Go On” is a not-to-be-missed event featuring songs previously performed over the past two decades of musical theater. The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center at 4 Boland Drive, is opening its 2021 season with the ...

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  The 200 Club of Essex County presented their 2020 Valor Awards at West Orange Fire Headquarters on April 22. The awards were originally scheduled to be presented at their annual Valor Awards luncheon last year but was canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Members of the West Orange Fire ...

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Essex County, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29th at Colgate Park ...

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Town Council President Cindy Matute-Brown announced that the second mobile vaccination is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 at Bethany Church, 30 Ashford Terrace in West Orange. Those who want to be vaccinated on April 23 MUST register at Colgate Park between 3:30 and 6:00 pm on Friday, April ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The West Orange baseball team scored eight runs in the second inning and went on to a 14-4 victory over Cedar Grove on Thursday. Jayson Raines went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, and Aidan Healey also had two doubles and a single, scoring two runs and driving in one for ...

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West Orange resident Stacey Reese posted an open invitation on Facebook’s West Orange 411 asking people to join her in picking up debris that’s accumulated behind Eagle Rock Lanes. Reese shared, “My 3-year-old son Finn and I were taking our dogs for a nature walk around Crystal Lake and decided ...

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The West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) responded this morning at approximately 4:20 am to a smoke condition reported by a neighbor at 31 Cross Street in West Orange. Upon arrival, crews confirmed a working structure fire at an occupied 2.5 story wood frame house with a fire on the 2nd and 3rd ...

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Right at Home, an organization that offers in-home care and assistance for seniors and adults with disabilities, was previously located on Park Avenue in West Orange. A ribbon-cutting commemorating the opening of their new location was held on April 20th. In attendance, while caregivers looked ...

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The jury’s decision in Minneapolis demonstrates the core values of the American judicial system where justice prevails by due process. The West Orange Municipal government remains hopeful this decision will help restore public confidence and trust in our system as our nation seeks to heal from the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Owen Murphy pitched six innings of one-hit ball and the West Orange baseball team posted a 4-1 victory over Columbia on opening day Monday. Murphy struck out eight, walked five batters and gave up one run before Matthew Bove came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning for the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange boys lacrosse team scored two unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to put the capper on an 8-5 victory over Fair Lawn on opening day Monday. Zander Lipsey and Remy Frolow each scored three goals for West Orange, which outscored Fair Lawn, 3-2, in the third ...

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Prescription drug prices are too high, any New Jerseyan can tell you that. This was true before the global Coronavirus pandemic, during the pandemic, and without action from our leaders it will still be true after. That countless families must struggle to afford basic life-saving medication is a ...

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West Orange native Melissa Brady Petrillo was inspired to become a special needs teacher after working as a camp counselor at Camp Hope, a camp for children with disabilities—those who are differently abled—run by The Arc of New Jersey. She had noticed during an undergraduate children’s ...

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West Orange, NJ -- West Orange Township Historian Joseph Fagan met with Cub Scout Pack 107 of West Orange at the South Mountain Reservation on April 17th. The scouts were seeking to learn more about local history to achieve a merit badge. Fagan displayed a picture from the 1930s as he spoke about ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — A fully staged, reimagined, digitally captured production of Pete 'N' Keely continues Paper Mill Playhouse's 2020-2021 season. Pete ’n’ Keely is a musical comedy about a divorced singing duo who reunite for a television special in 1968, packed with jazzy standards, torch songs, ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — This week the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) read three policies for first reading during its policy meeting, but the focus was on the Remote Learning Options for Families policy, which updates the district's prior turnaround time for parents to request a shift from ...

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ESSEX COUNTY. NJ — When the pandemic began in March 2020, direction regarding the school day and instruction from the New Jersey Department of Education to local public-school districts was issued in broad strokes with little specifics, leaving much of the details to the individual districts until ...

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West Orange, NJ — According to Mayor Robert Parisi’s April 14 COVID-19 update, a 67-year-old West Orange resident passed away on April 9, bringing West Orange’s COVID-19 death tally to 224. Parisi extended condolences to everyone who’s lost a loved one to COVID-19. “Our sympathies to the ...

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  The West Orange Human Relations Commission held a vigil on the steps of Town Hall on April 13th in support of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The event was lead by WOHRC Chairman Dr. David E. Jones who introduced several commission members as well as town officials who spoke. The ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug ...

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West Orange, NJ -- In partnership with the non-profit Tree-Plenish, students at West Orange High School (WOHS) will be planting 300 trees in the yards of local residents in order to offset their school’s paper usage. The event will be taking place at 51 Conforti Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052 (at ...

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