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West Orange Girls Soccer Named Team of the Year; Two Named Top Players

December 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – It was an exciting day for West Orange High School (WOHS) soccer when it was announced that boys soccer player Maurice Williams and girls soccer player Natalie Nevins were named top male and female Super Essex Conference Soccer Players of the Year and the West Orange Girls Soccer Team was named the Super Essex Conference Girls Soccer Team of the Year.

Sophomore Natalie ...

CycleBar Livingston Ride to Benefit Lung Transplant Recipient

LIVINGSTON, NJ — CycleBar Livingston is hosting a fundraising ride to benefit Chelsea
Gaynes, a young woman waiting for a double lung transplant, on Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The cost to participate in the ride is $50.

Nearly 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Chelsea, as her family struggles to pay for her medical care.
Gaynes suffers from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis ...

Jordan Baris Encourages Homeowners to Consider Paint Colors of 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When it comes time to refreshing walls with a new coat of color, homeowners typically have favorite hues—but as the new year approaches, Jordan Baris, Inc., Realtors, says it’s always worth taking a look at the colors the experts choose as trending shades for the year ahead.

According to Jordan Baris, which is located in Livingston and West Orange, the ...

Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Cyber Attack

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on Dec. 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

Special Education Audit Applauds West Orange and Makes Recommendations for Improvement

December 5, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Public Schools’ desire to maintain students with disabilities in general educational settings was commended in the Special Education Audit recently completed by Bryant, Gemza, Kennoy & Kozlik.

Educational consultants Patrick Keenoy, Jr. and Charles Bryant of the firm reported major audit findings to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) at its ...

West Orange District Receives $14,680 “Fuel Up to Play 60” Grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange School District recently received a check from the National Football League (NFL) in the amount of $14,680 thanks to the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, the NFL, and the USDA to support young people in leading healthier lives.

This is the third grant ...

Science National Honor Society Donates Trees to West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) recently spent a morning planting six new trees to beautify the landscape on the Pleasant Valley Way side of West Orange High School (WOHS).

"We have wanted to do something for a while now," said SNHS Advisor Dr. Ronald Brandt. "We all decided to that we would purchase the trees for the high school ...

West Orange Girls Soccer Named Team of the Year; Two Named Top Players

December 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – It was an exciting day for West Orange High School (WOHS) soccer when it was announced that boys soccer player Maurice Williams and girls soccer player Natalie Nevins were named top male and female Super Essex Conference Soccer Players of the Year and the West Orange Girls Soccer Team was named the Super Essex Conference Girls Soccer Team of the Year.

Sophomore Natalie ...

West Orange Students Take Gold at Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest District Finals

NUTLEY, NJ — The West Orange Elks Lodge 1590 recently hosted its annual Elks Hoop Shoot basketball free throw contest at West Orange High School and two West Orange students took home gold on Dec. 10 in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest District finals held at the Nutley Recreation Center.

West Orange students Alex Massung (Roosevelt) was the first-place winner in the boys ages ...

West Orange Council Recognizes Accomplishments of PAL Sports Teams

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three teams of the West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) were recognized by the mayor and council on Tuesday for their accomplishments in the recent season.

Teams recognized included the undefeated PAL Peewee Football team, the PeeWee Cheerleading Team and the PAL 8U baseball team.

 

CycleBar Livingston Ride to Benefit Lung Transplant Recipient

December 14, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — CycleBar Livingston is hosting a fundraising ride to benefit Chelsea
Gaynes, a young woman waiting for a double lung transplant, on Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The cost to participate in the ride is $50.

Nearly 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Chelsea, as her family struggles to pay for her medical care.
Gaynes suffers from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis ...

More Than 1000 Toys Donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at Night with Santa Toy Drive

WEST ORANGE, NJ – More than 1000 toys to be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital filled the stage as Santa danced in to the Christmas music that was playing at the seventh annual “Night with Santa Toy Drive” event held on Thursday at 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange.

In addition to donating toys, many of the attendees joined with others in the community in supporting the ...

Israel Bonds New Jersey to Honor Local Health Professionals

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Dr. Stuart Geffner of Livingston and Morristown Medical Center’s Dr. Renee Frankel of Short Hills will be honored at this year’s Health Professionals Dinner at Crystal Plaza on Monday, hosted by Israel Bonds New Jersey.

Geffner, the Director of Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at SBMC since 1995, has ...

Night with Santa Toy Drive to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Coat Drive for Local Shelters

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In partnership with the We Care 4 All Foundation, the West Orange Council of PTA’s, and Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, West Orange Board of Education member Ron Charles and his family invite the public to the seventh annual “Night with Santa Toy Drive” on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This free, family-friendly ...

Christmas Tree Lighting Caps Off Full Day of Holiday Open House Activities in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – From the time it opened with a Breakfast with Santa event attended by nearly 200 people to its climax with a festive tree lighting ceremony in front of West Orange Township Hall, the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday delivered on its promise to kick off the holiday season in a memorable way.

“It was exciting to see so many people turn out to our new events ...

Science National Honor Society Donates Trees to West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) recently spent a morning planting six new trees to beautify the landscape on the Pleasant Valley Way side of West Orange High School (WOHS).

"We have wanted to do something for a while now," said SNHS Advisor Dr. Ronald Brandt. "We all decided to that we would purchase the trees for the high school ...

Three RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2017 Top Hospitals

December 10, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals in 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Among thousands of hospitals in the ...

Essex Green Redevelopment Debate Continues in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing debate on whether Essex Green and its adjoining Executive Drive should be declared an “area in need of redevelopment” became a major focus of the West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday when residents came to speak out on the subject.  

If approved by the West Orange Planning Board and Township Council, this declaration would ...

Fashion and Food Come to CycleBar Livingston

December 9, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to offering heart-pumping indoor cycling classes, CycleBar Livingston is opening its doors to various local businesses.

 “Community is one of our central guiding principles and although we use exercise as a focal point for that we recognize that there are other complimentary businesses that could benefit our riders," said owner Delvin ...

Christmas Tree Lighting Caps Off Full Day of Holiday Open House Activities in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – From the time it opened with a Breakfast with Santa event attended by nearly 200 people to its climax with a festive tree lighting ceremony in front of West Orange Township Hall, the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday delivered on its promise to kick off the holiday season in a memorable way.

“It was exciting to see so many people turn out to our new events ...

West Orange Student, Activist and Author Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Roosevelt eighth-grade student Marley Dias continues to achieve international recognition as the result of the creation of her “1,000 Black Girl Books” movement.

After bringing attention to the lack of literature that Dias felt reflected her and other young black women, she collected tens-of-thousands of books and became an overnight sensation, ...

Essex County Executive Launches 2018 Re-Election Campaign

December 11, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Amid a sea of supporters from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, from Newark City Hall to the outer reaches of West Essex, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo formally announced his re-election campaign in Newark on Monday morning at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park.

DiVincenzo, a Newark native who now lives in Roseland, is seeking his fifth ...

West Orange Historic Preservation Commission Surveys Lower Gregory and Valley Neighborhoods

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The findings of a recently completed survey of historic architecture in the Lower Gregory and Valley neighborhoods of West Orange were revealed at Tuesday’s council meeting during a presentation given by Brian Feeney and Marty Feitlowitz of the West Orange Historic Preservation Commission and Patrick Harshbarger, vice president of Hunter Research, which conducted the ...

Essex Green Redevelopment Debate Continues in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing debate on whether Essex Green and its adjoining Executive Drive should be declared an “area in need of redevelopment” became a major focus of the West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday when residents came to speak out on the subject.  

If approved by the West Orange Planning Board and Township Council, this declaration would ...

CycleBar Livingston Ride to Benefit Lung Transplant Recipient

December 14, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — CycleBar Livingston is hosting a fundraising ride to benefit Chelsea
Gaynes, a young woman waiting for a double lung transplant, on Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The cost to participate in the ride is $50.

Nearly 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Chelsea, as her family struggles to pay for her medical care.
Gaynes suffers from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis ...

Three RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2017 Top Hospitals

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals in 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Among thousands of hospitals in the ...

Fashion and Food Come to CycleBar Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to offering heart-pumping indoor cycling classes, CycleBar Livingston is opening its doors to various local businesses.

 “Community is one of our central guiding principles and although we use exercise as a focal point for that we recognize that there are other complimentary businesses that could benefit our riders," said owner Delvin ...

Jordan Baris Encourages Homeowners to Consider Paint Colors of 2018

December 13, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When it comes time to refreshing walls with a new coat of color, homeowners typically have favorite hues—but as the new year approaches, Jordan Baris, Inc., Realtors, says it’s always worth taking a look at the colors the experts choose as trending shades for the year ahead.

According to Jordan Baris, which is located in Livingston and West Orange, the ...

November in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Month in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Check out TAPinto West Orange’s Top Ten stories of November, based on pageviews:

1. Suspect Identified in String of Cat Burglaries in West Orange

2. West Orange Board of Education Election Results Are In

3. West Orange Residents Speak Out Against Giving Tax Abatements to Essex Green Owners

4. Three Vehicles Stolen and Four Burglarized in West ...

West Orange to Celebrate Festival of Lights with Menorah Lighting on Thursday

December 12, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The public is invited to join West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and local dignitaries in a Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the third night of Chanukah at West Orange Town Hall, located at 66 Main Street, at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Hosted by Chabad of West Orange, this event will also include music, Chanukah Gelt and donuts.

For a free Menorah and Candle set, email Rabbi ...

Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations to Start with Chanukah Pajama Party

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A new series of Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations is being launched by Bnai Shalom in West Orange with a Chanukah Pajama Party on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The three Havdalah celebrations prior to Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat and Passover will provide a wonderful opportunity for children, parents and grandparents to share a joyous Havdalah ...

Jordan Baris Shares: 6 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

November 20, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — According to Jordan Baris, Inc., Realtors, there are many reasons why the holiday season is a good time to list a home.

The firm, located in West Orange and Livingston, encourages area residents to consider the following:

People who are looking for a home during the holiday season are most likely pretty serious about making a move. In fact, they may be in a ...

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Essex County to Host Open Forum to Discuss Refurbishment of Riker Hill Art Park

December 12, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The county will host a meeting in Livingston on Jan. 11 at town hall to discuss ideas and answer questions regarding the upcoming renovation of Riker Hill Art Park.

Essex County Riker Hill Art Park is a 42-acre complex that was once housed army facilities and is now the home of 38 artist studios. Since it is owned by the county, the county has been working ...

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Highlight Need for Greater Awareness and Proactive Treatment

December 1, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – According to new guidelines issued in November by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, 46 percent of U.S. adults—about 103-million Americans—are now considered to be in the high blood pressure range. Under the previous guidelines, which had not been updated in over a decade, only 32 percent of U.S. adults (or 72 ...

Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Cyber Attack

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on Dec. 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

The Thought that Counts

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains.

Yeah, but they only use a ...

'An Act of God' takes a leap of faith at George Street

‘An Act of God’ takes leap of faith at George Street Playhouse

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If anyone can portray God, it must be Kathleen Turner. Local theatre goers are fortunate indeed, to have the throaty, stage smart Turner in our midst.

Turner, of course, is not only an acclaimed actress, but a female God with plenty to say about the ups and downs of religion ...