Education

Students from Across NJ Flocked to Women's Club of Upper Montclair for Spelling Bee

District Spelling Bee winners Keilah Torrillo, Saffia Ouali and Emily Gao with official pronouncer Brandi-Leigh Miller.

UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ — Emily Gao, a fifth grader at Washington Elementary School in Westfield, finished in second place in the Liberty District Spelling Bee Saturday, securing a spot in next month’s State Spelling Bee.

After 11 rounds, fifth grader Keilah Torriollo of Summit won with the word “milling,” but competition continued with an intense spell-off to determine the second- and third-place finalists, according to organizers.

Since 1999, local women's clubs in the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (NJSFWC) have been sponsoring spelling bees for fourth and fifth graders across the state of New Jersey. Eithe the clubs hold spelling bees or they collaborate with local schools to hold them. The club then will sponsor the top three winners to compete in the state spelling bee.

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Claire Qin, a fourth grade student at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield, took home the honorable mention. Third place went to Saffia Ouali, a fourth grader from Kearny.

The Liberty District Spelling Bee was hosted by the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair. 

All of the finalists will go on to compete against fourth and fifth graders from towns throughout New Jersey on Saturday, March 4 (snow date of March 11) in the State Spelling Bee at the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs’ headquarters on the campus of Douglas Residential College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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Holiday Lights Spectacular Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

November 18, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After reaching its 12th-consecutive attendance milestone in 2016 with 795,558 visitors, the Turtle Back Zoo invites the public to the 11th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular, featuring 50 figures illuminated by one million lights both at the zoo and the surrounding Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex.

Officially opened on Friday, the Holiday Lights ...

Hub City native, longtime boxer, facing off for global title in Atlantic City this weekend

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - New Brunswick native and legendary boxer Jorge “King” Diaz has certainly had his ups and downs over the years, and in some ways, he’s epitomized the rags to riches story.

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Montclair Police Blotter: Juveniles Charged for Entering & Utilizing Vacant Apartment, and More

November 16, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following is the blotter released by the Montclair Police Department on November 14, 2017:

11-13- 2017 (Mission Street) Four Montclair juveniles were charged with Defiant Trespass for entering
and utilizing a vacant apartment.

Burglary/Theft:
11-07- 2017 (Wayside Place) Burglary to a residence. No sign of forced entry. Jewelry was taken in this
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Historic Holiday House Tours at the Kingsland Manor

November 17, 2017

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tours at the

Kingsland Manor in Nutley

Saturday, December 2 and Sunday December 3

1 pm to 4 pm

A 1700s brownstone Dutch colonial steeped in history and decorated for the holiday season. Come explore this  historic Homestead of the Kingsland family and beyond, set  within park like grounds overlooking a pond and waterfalls.

Free ...