Orange Housing Authority Launches Black History Month With Exciting Dance Performance

Credits: Orange Housing Authority
Credits: Orange Housing Authority
Credits: Orange Housing Authority

ORANGE, NJ – February 9, 2018 – The Housing Authority of the City of Orange kicked off its Black History Month festivities with a dance performance that brought generations together to the community room at the HACO headquarters on Thomas Blvd., February 7.

Students from the Orange Conservatory, Park Avenue School, and Concepts in Choreography, performed before an audience of seniors residents. “We are happy to be able to host such an event annually,” said HACO Executive Director Walter McNeil. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to have the children engage with the seniors.”

The students were accompanied by Orange Schools Superintendent Dr. Ronald Lee who addressed the seniors, saying, “You are vitally important to our community. Our young people need to hear of your struggles. Your history is our history. Your past affects our future, so you need to share it. This is an honor for what you did, for the path you laid down for us.”

Sign Up for E-News

It was a lesson that students didn’t miss. “Giving back is a good feeling,” said 14-year-old Gabby Rembert, daughter of the dance teacher Debbie. Added 16-year-old Looamy Attema, “I like to make people smile. It makes you happy.”

The dancers represent the Orange School District’s commitment to the arts. The program already has an honor roll of successful graduates. For example, dancer Grant Braden, 18, has already received a full college scholarship. Said fellow dancer Daveigh Hedgeman, “We always like to take different opportunities to show what we do.”

Said teacher Debbie Rembert, “It is important for our dancers to understand about giving back.”

The group already inspired Kiehi Gittens, almost three years old, who told her grandmother, Terry, that she wanted to be a ballerina.

“For me, the program is bringing out the best of Orange,” said Councilwoman-at-Large Donna K. Williams. “Zeal meets knowledge. We have youth meeting our seniors. That is the best of Orange.”

For resident Patricia Battle, the lesson was even simpler. “This is a reach out, an awakening. We have to reach out more.”   

About the Orange Housing Authority

The City of Orange Housing Authority works to transform the City of Orange by providing safe, livable and affordable housing that promotes the development of communities. At the Orange Housing Authority, participants are not statistics, they are neighbors. The OHA knows the community and tailors programs to better serve the participant’s needs. Whether it is a search for housing, assistance with foreclosure or neighborhood development, the Orange Housing Authority stands ready to offer its services to all residents.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

Man Charged with Crashing Truck into East Orange Planned Parenthood Clinic

February 18, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheliah Coley announced Friday that Marckles Alcius, 31, with a last known address in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been charged with carrying out a truck attack on the Planned Parenthood East Orange Health Clinic on February 14, 2018, using a stolen bakery delivery truck.

Alcius has ...

Mayor Green and the City of East Orange Hosts A Black History Debate

February 19, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Ted R. Green, East Orange City Council and Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will host a reenactment of the age-old debate between Booker T. Washington and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois on Thursday February 22, 2018 at the East Orange Campus High School Auditorium.

The debate which pits those in favor of Washington’s philosophy of self-help and racial solidarity ...

Essex County Freeholders Celebrate African-American History Month

February 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community.

Brendan Gill, board president and Freeholder At-Large, first acknowledged African-American contributions, both past and present, in ...

Procrastinating About Keeping Up to Date on Your Data Entry

Last time we talked about maintaining good records and saving receipts; this time we’ll focus on why you should not procrastinate on your data entry.

Taxes are on a pay-as-you-go basis. You owe taxes every quarter on your earnings minus your expenses. If you’re not doing your bookkeeping as needed, including reconciliation of accounts and closing out accounts, then you’re ...

Not Saving All Receipts and Keeping Good Records

We talked last time a little bit about overstating income and not counting the deductions that you can. We also talked a bit about receipts. But, it’s so important that we’re going to bring it up again here.

Keeping receipts and keeping good records is an important thing to do for your business because it’s going to make a lot of difference when you look at your financial ...

Cheating Yourself Out of Money

Do you have a system in place for saving relevant receipts for your business? If not, you need to get one. One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is avoiding saving receipts in an organized manner, which forces them to end up not deducting what could be deducted. This can cause you to overstate your business income, and consequently, you’ll end up paying more taxes.

The best ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, February 26, 6:00 PM

Lincoln Avenue School Gymnasium , Orange

Football Lovers, the Season Is Not Over: Orange ...



Thu, March 1, 6:00 PM

Lincoln Avenue School Gymnasium , Orange

Football Lovers, the Season Is Not Over: Orange ...