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School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

West Orange Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

West Orange Board of Education Releases Statement Regarding Superintendent's Contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Due to a number of inquiries concerning the West Orange Board of Education’s (WOBOE) consideration of Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract, the West Orange Board of Education released a letter to the school district community today reminding community members that the board is legally precluded from publicly discussing personnel matters, but assuring ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

West Orange Board of Education Releases Statement Regarding Superintendent's Contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Due to a number of inquiries concerning the West Orange Board of Education’s (WOBOE) consideration of Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract, the West Orange Board of Education released a letter to the school district community today reminding community members that the board is legally precluded from publicly discussing personnel matters, but assuring ...

West Orange Superintendent Responds to Florida Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following the tragic shooting in Florida, West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky released the following message to the school community on behalf of the district.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident. As educators, each and every time this occurs, it cuts us to our core and we feel every one of these senseless ...

West Orange High School Cheerleaders Place Fourth in National Championship

February 20, 2018

ORLANDO, FL — The West Orange High School (WOHS) cheerleaders recently took fourth place in the Large Non-Tumbling Division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The NHSCC is the most prestigious championship in the country and is televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2.

"We had a very successful trip and ...

Girls Basketball: West Orange Heads to County Semifinals

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In the past week, the West Orange girls basketball team has defeated top teams Newark Tech and Saddle River Day in dramatic fashion, and on Saturday took a 41-35 victory over Arts in the quarterfinal of the Essex County Tournament.

Mya Bembry led the third-seeded Mountaineers with 16 points and Nathali Simpson followed her with eight. Fredreyah Howard and Alathea ...

West Orange Wrestlers Advance to Region Tournament; Rawls Wins 100th Match

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) wrestling team finished second in the District X Tournament on Saturday and eight Mountaineers qualified for the regional tournament, held annually at WOHS.

Qualifying for the regional tournament were:

James Benjamin (120 lbs.)

Edgar Moreno (132 lbs.)

Michael Charles 145 lbs.)

Colin Morgan (160 lbs.)

Sebastian ...

NY Jets Player Inspires Liberty Middle Schools Students to Live Healthy

February 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The popular National Football League health and fitness initiative Fuel Up to Play 60 made a special appearance at Liberty Middle School on Tuesday accompanied by Jonnothan Harrison of the New York Jets, who gave students some nutrition tips before leading them in a seventh grade vs. eighth grade fitness challenge. 

Students from both grades enjoyed a morning ...

Metro YMCA Ranked in Top 4 Percent of US Nonprofits for Seventh Year

LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the seventh consecutive year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges—which includes the West Essex YMCA and six other branches—has received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the U.S. for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability.

The Metro YMCA serves an estimated 30,000 people through its ...

More than 11 Tons of Food, Toys and Coats Collected at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition the 97,459 people who visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo in 2017, the second-largest attendance figure for the event, behind the 131,594 people who came in 2015, more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., said it ...

West Orange Biz 2.0 Lunch and Learn to Focus on Elevating Presentation in Business

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A certified professional coach and communications consultant with in-depth expertise in the media and lifestyle industries will serve as the featured guest speaker on Thursday at a Biz 2.0 Lunch & Learn Workshop for Growing Businesses, sponsored by Advantage Pest Control and hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, at Marriott ...

Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

Local officials and experts react to new federal tax reform plan that has caused unease among Essex County homeowners and businesses.

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — In response to the apprehension and confusion surrounding the recently passed federal tax bill as it relates to Essex County, local professionals and political leaders are weighing in on the subject to help homeowners, ...

TAPinto.net Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

Children’s Theater to Present "The Big Bad Musical” at United Presbyterian Church

February 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The popular children’s musical, “The Big Bad Wolf,” hopes to make audiences howl with laughter when it is presented in the Fellowship Hall at United Presbyterian Church, 20 Old Indian Road, West Orange on Feb. 24 and 25 beginning at 3 p.m.

The Big Bad Wolf, backed by his two faithful Wolfettes, is on trial and the audience is the jury that decides his ...

West Orange High School Boys Step Team Wins Regional Title

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School boys step team took the regional crown at the Youth Step USA Regional Competition held at the high school last week.

The WOHS girls step team placed third in the competition.

The boys team will advance to the National Competition to be held at Newark Symphony Hall on May 25 and May 26.

Regional Stepping Championship to be Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The award-winning West Orange High School girls and boys step teams will be competing at the 2018 Youth Step USA New Jersey Regional High School Stepping Championship on Saturday at West Orange High School.

Winners of the regional competition will move on to the state competition in Harrisburg, PA, in May.

The event is sponsored by Youth Step USA. The West Orange High ...

West Orange Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

West Orange Council Votes on Environmental Compliance Officer Agreement

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After voting against the approval of Wayne DeFeo’s contract to serve as the township’s Environmental Compliance Officer at its Jan. 23 meeting, the West Orange Township Council revisited the issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

The conversation began after Casalino and Council President Susan McCartney attended a meeting set up by the administration to air out ...

West Orange Man One of Six Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including Rabbi Elliot Tepperman of West Orange and three of his fellow clergy members, were arrested on Monday after holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers,” according to Westfield police.

Tepperman, a rabbi at B’nai Keshet in Montclair, was charged with defiant ...

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

NY Jets Player Inspires Liberty Middle Schools Students to Live Healthy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The popular National Football League health and fitness initiative Fuel Up to Play 60 made a special appearance at Liberty Middle School on Tuesday accompanied by Jonnothan Harrison of the New York Jets, who gave students some nutrition tips before leading them in a seventh grade vs. eighth grade fitness challenge. 

Students from both grades enjoyed a morning ...

West Orange Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

January in Review: Top 10 Stories of the month in West Orange

February 5, 2018

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

1. Dog Dies in Structure Fire on Hazel Avenue in West Orange

2. Four Plead Guilty to Armed Invasion of West Orange Family Home

3. West Orange Council Renews Forester Contract Despite Pushback from Residents

4. Essex Green and Executive Drive Designated ...

West Orange Council Votes on Environmental Compliance Officer Agreement

February 8, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After voting against the approval of Wayne DeFeo’s contract to serve as the township’s Environmental Compliance Officer at its Jan. 23 meeting, the West Orange Township Council revisited the issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

The conversation began after Casalino and Council President Susan McCartney attended a meeting set up by the administration to air out ...

West Orange Council Renews Forester Contract Despite Pushback from Residents

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Although many residents attended the West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday to urge the council not to renew the contract of township forester John Linson due to what they viewed as his excessive tree cutting, the council voted 4-1 to renew his contract.

Councilman Joe Krakoviak was the only member to vote no on this issue, which was among the contentious ...

West Orange Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

West Orange Man One of Six Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including Rabbi Elliot Tepperman of West Orange and three of his fellow clergy members, were arrested on Monday after holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers,” according to Westfield police.

Tepperman, a rabbi at B’nai Keshet in Montclair, was charged with defiant ...

WATCH: Celebrity Politicians Weigh in on Travel Preferences

February 21, 2018

TAPintoTravels - We frequent many events in the course of our travels. One of our favorite experiences is interviewing famous people about their travel preferences.  Here are a couple of our favorite interviews featuring politicians.

In this clip, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speaks about his love of Jersey City and what it has to offer.

In this clip, ...

Travels Spotlight: Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure. Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However, on rare occasions, we do have to report on heartbreaking stories.  

It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea. Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or prayers.

The ...

Travel Spotlight: Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

SPRING LAKE, NJ — A baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion in Spring Lake early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on Monday comes one day after a whale was spotted off the Belmar ...

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Local Children Invited to Register for Essex County Summer Camps

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center.

The zoo has several weeklong camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. Campers and their parents/guardians are ...

Game of Thrones: A Definitive Ranking of Seasons 1-7

Groundhog Day. The day a tiny mammal’s shadow tells us when winter will come to an end. Me? I prefer my weather forecast in the form of a white raven (the telltale changing of seasons in Westeros).

For a few days, rumors spread that Game of Thrones will not return for its final season until April 2019, and while it was clarified that the April return date was likely a false rumor, HBO ...

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2017 Orange/West Orange UNICO Scholarship Dinner

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Celebrate Your Health this Nutrition Month

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor,

This year, we learned that the number of Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke just got a lot higher.  An estimated 103 million adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association, and about 39.7 percent of Americans have high cholesterol.  With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s a great time to ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...