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Golda Och Academy to Honor Livingston Couple at Annual Spring Gala

May 30, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Golda Och Academy will honor Livingston residents Michele and Jeffrey Landau, two exceptional school parents and leaders, at the annual Spring Gala at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston on June 8.

Having served on the board of trustees since 2009 and as board chair from 2014-16, Jeffrey Landau has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to Golda Och Academy.

Thespian Honor Society Induction Ceremony Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Thespian Honor Society inductions were held on May 15, welcoming in a new group of students and board members for the 2017-18 school year. 

Advisor Wendy Mapes greeted parents and friends as new students were inducted. Following that, outgoing board members named their replacements.  

Graduating seniors will receive their Thespian ...

Fallen Hero Honored for His Sacrifice Saving his Polish Comrade in Afghanistan

For many Americans, Memorial Day is a day away from school and work. It's the unofficial start of summer across the United States and means picnics, parades and pool openings. However, for military families, Memorial Day takes on a different meaning especially those who have lost servicemen and women in the line of duty.

Memorial Day began following the American Civil War. Then, it was ...

Sarah Kay Named Director of Student Life at Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy recently announced that Sarah Kay has been appointed Director of Student Life. Jordan Herskowitz, current Director of Student Life, will remain at Golda Och Academy as Arts Department Chair and will be instrumental in transitioning Kay to her new role beginning in July.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Sarah’s caliber join our ...

Police Respond to Home and Business Burglaries in West Orange

May 27, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange police recently responded to multiple reports of home and business burglaries and on shoplifting incident.

Home Thefts

1. Black Mongoose bicycle, May 6, $80 value. A bicycle was stolen from the backyard of a home on Pillot Place. The victim said her fence was bent as if someone jumped on it to steal the bicycle from the backyard. Her son noticed the ...

Two Hit-and-Runs in West Orange Lead to DWI Arrests

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Two hit-and-run incidents resulted in two individual DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) arrests in West Orange this month.

Police officers responded to the area of 45 Whittlesey Avenue on a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident on May 6. While en route, headquarters advised responding units that the operator of one of the vehicles, a Hispanic male, fled the scene ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Honors Community Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Leaders of the business, education and public service communities of West Orange were honored at the annual awards dinner hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at The Manor on May 17.

This year’s honorees included: Business of the Year, JAG Physical Therapy; Educator of the Year, Debra Coen; Firefighter of the Year, Chief Peter Smeraldo; and ...

Golda Och Academy to Honor Livingston Couple at Annual Spring Gala

May 30, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Golda Och Academy will honor Livingston residents Michele and Jeffrey Landau, two exceptional school parents and leaders, at the annual Spring Gala at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston on June 8.

Having served on the board of trustees since 2009 and as board chair from 2014-16, Jeffrey Landau has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to Golda Och Academy.

Thespian Honor Society Induction Ceremony Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Thespian Honor Society inductions were held on May 15, welcoming in a new group of students and board members for the 2017-18 school year. 

Advisor Wendy Mapes greeted parents and friends as new students were inducted. Following that, outgoing board members named their replacements.  

Graduating seniors will receive their Thespian ...

Sarah Kay Named Director of Student Life at Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy recently announced that Sarah Kay has been appointed Director of Student Life. Jordan Herskowitz, current Director of Student Life, will remain at Golda Och Academy as Arts Department Chair and will be instrumental in transitioning Kay to her new role beginning in July.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Sarah’s caliber join our ...

Seton Hall Prep Dedicates Tevlin Memorial Field and Zimmermann Scoreboard

May 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The family, friends, teachers and teammates of Brendan Tevlin (Class of 2013) and Billy Zimmerman (Class of 2011) gathered at the Seton Hall Preparatory School’s (SHP) Kelly Athletic Complex on Saturday as the high school officially dedicated the Brendan Patrick Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field and Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard.

The ceremony marked a ...

Baseball: Seton Hall Prep Wins Greater Newark Tournament, Defeats Millburn, 4-2, in Final

BELLEVILLE, NJ - Defeating a baseball team with as few flaws as Seton Hall Prep possesses in a championship game requires an effort of nearly flawless execution.

For Millburn, the effort was there and the fighting spirit was evident, but the execution strayed too far from flawless to complete the championship mission.

Second-seeded Seton Hall Prep won its fifth consecutive Greater Newark ...

West Orange Seniors Receive Prestigious Essex County Scholar-Athlete Awards

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) seniors Sophia Adelson and Abraham Dada were recognized as top scholar-athletes at the annual Essex County Awards, held at Mayfair Farms earlier this month.

The event recognizes top male and female academic athletes from schools across Essex County. Abraham Dada, a WOHS wrestler, and Sophia Adelson, a girls varsity softball player, ...

Golda Och Academy to Honor Livingston Couple at Annual Spring Gala

May 30, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Golda Och Academy will honor Livingston residents Michele and Jeffrey Landau, two exceptional school parents and leaders, at the annual Spring Gala at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston on June 8.

Having served on the board of trustees since 2009 and as board chair from 2014-16, Jeffrey Landau has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to Golda Och Academy.

Sixth Annual "Concert for Nikhil" Brings Tears and Cheers in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Sixth Annual “Musical Celebration and Tribute to Nikhil" was held on May 16 at Liberty Middle School, bringing together students, faculty and local musicians to celebrate the life of Nikhil Badlani and the Work of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation.

Nikhil, who died following a car crash in June, 2011, would have graduated with his fellow classmates next month from ...

More Than 1000 Attend Sixth Annual Diversity Festival at West Essex YMCA

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than 1000 residents from Livingston and surrounding communities spent Sunday afternoon on the lawn in front of the West Essex YMCA, where the Y partnered with the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) to host the sixth annual Livingston Diversity Festival.

The event marked the end of Livingston’s Youth Appreciation Week (YAW), which ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Honors Community Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Leaders of the business, education and public service communities of West Orange were honored at the annual awards dinner hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at The Manor on May 17.

This year’s honorees included: Business of the Year, JAG Physical Therapy; Educator of the Year, Debra Coen; Firefighter of the Year, Chief Peter Smeraldo; and ...

Seton Hall Prep Dedicates Tevlin Memorial Field and Zimmermann Scoreboard

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The family, friends, teachers and teammates of Brendan Tevlin (Class of 2013) and Billy Zimmerman (Class of 2011) gathered at the Seton Hall Preparatory School’s (SHP) Kelly Athletic Complex on Saturday as the high school officially dedicated the Brendan Patrick Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field and Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard.

The ceremony marked a ...

West Orange's Annual “Mountaineers’ Care Day” Lights Up Suriano Stadium with Smiles

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The annual “Mountaineers’ Care Day,” a long-standing tradition at West Orange High School (WOHS) that pairs Mountaineer Mentors with special needs students in middle and high school for a fun afternoon of sports games and dances, was was held in Suriano Stadium on May 12 under sunny skies.

The Mountaineer Mentors, the ambassadors of the high school, ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Honors Community Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner

May 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Leaders of the business, education and public service communities of West Orange were honored at the annual awards dinner hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at The Manor on May 17.

This year’s honorees included: Business of the Year, JAG Physical Therapy; Educator of the Year, Debra Coen; Firefighter of the Year, Chief Peter Smeraldo; and ...

Annual Downtown Street Fair Returns to West Orange June 3

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Downtown West Orange Street Fair, the Downtown West Orange Alliance’s (DWOA) signature event of the year, returns to West Orange for its 13th year on Saturday, June 3.

The street fair will feature more than 100 vendors, including a classic car show, beer and wine garden, food court, street-performer robots, a parachute ride, the Red Bulls soccer team and ...

Thespian Honor Society Induction Ceremony Held at West Orange High School

May 29, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Thespian Honor Society inductions were held on May 15, welcoming in a new group of students and board members for the 2017-18 school year. 

Advisor Wendy Mapes greeted parents and friends as new students were inducted. Following that, outgoing board members named their replacements.  

Graduating seniors will receive their Thespian ...

Sixth Annual "Concert for Nikhil" Brings Tears and Cheers in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Sixth Annual “Musical Celebration and Tribute to Nikhil" was held on May 16 at Liberty Middle School, bringing together students, faculty and local musicians to celebrate the life of Nikhil Badlani and the Work of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation.

Nikhil, who died following a car crash in June, 2011, would have graduated with his fellow classmates next month from ...

Roosevelt Middle School Musician Receives Top Award at Music Festival

BETHLEHEM, PA – Eighth-grade Roosevelt Elementary School musician Matthew Holland recently received the coveted "Overall Jazz Soloist" award at the Music in the Parks Music Festival, held in Bethlehem, PA.

Holland soloed on "Mission Impossible" and "Blue Train" on the baritone sax. He was selected by a panel of judges over several other students across the ...

West Orange Council Adopts Municipal Budget with $65 Increase to Average Homeowners

May 24, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After a three-month review period, the West Orange Township Council officially approved the 2017 municipal budget containing additional taxes and services. Taxes will increase by approximately $65 per household to meet the expenditures that now exceed $79 million.

All council members with the exception of Council President Joe Krakoviak voted in favor of the budget at ...

Expo at OSPAC Spreads Love and Wellness to West Orange Community

May 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), in conjunction with the township and the West Orange Public Relations Commission, hosted the second annual West Orange Loves Wellness Expo on Sunday, where many health and public safety establishments gathered to promote their beneficial services to the public.

The expo also featured free health screenings, like ...

West Essex YMCA Adds West Orange Singer to EMPOWER Event, May 18

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Carl Brister, a West Orange resident with two children in the after-care program at the West Essex YMCA, has been invited to perform his original songs “Turning Point” and “Stronger” when the Y launches its new “EMPOWER” program on Thursday.

According to YMCA Associate Executive Director Cheryl Francione, Brister’s songs ...

April in Review: TAPinto West Orange Reviews Top 10 Stories of the Month

May 7, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As April comes to a close and May begins, TAPinto West Orange takes a look at the Top 10 local stories of April 2017, based on pageviews. Click on the headlines to refresh:

1. West Orange High School Students Walk Out with a Purpose

2. Tensions Arise at West Orange Board of Education Meeting Amidst Calls for Community Healing

3. West Orange Superintendent of ...

West Orange Community Celebrates Arbor Day at Gregory Elementary School

May 3, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Township partnered with Gregory School on April 28 to plant a Japanese Lilac tree in celebration of Arbor Day.  

Mayor Rob Parisi, Nick Salese (Assistant Director of Public Works), John Linson (township Forester) and Councilwoman Susan McCartney joined with Gregory Elementary School Principal Michelle Thompson to acknowledge the importance of trees ...

More Than 1000 Attend Sixth Annual Diversity Festival at West Essex YMCA

May 23, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than 1000 residents from Livingston and surrounding communities spent Sunday afternoon on the lawn in front of the West Essex YMCA, where the Y partnered with the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) to host the sixth annual Livingston Diversity Festival.

The event marked the end of Livingston’s Youth Appreciation Week (YAW), which ...

Fallen Hero Honored for His Sacrifice Saving his Polish Comrade in Afghanistan

May 29, 2017

For many Americans, Memorial Day is a day away from school and work. It's the unofficial start of summer across the United States and means picnics, parades and pool openings. However, for military families, Memorial Day takes on a different meaning especially those who have lost servicemen and women in the line of duty.

Memorial Day began following the American Civil War. Then, it was ...

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Newark Airport Shuts Down Temporarily Due to Airplane Engine Fire

May 24, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Liberty International Airport shut down the airport at approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening due to an apparent engine fire of a plane as it was preparing for flight. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, emergency response teams are at the scene and no injuries have been reported.

According to news sources, the right engine of United flight ...

Gavin Seaver, Age 12, Missing from East Brunswick

May 22, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing 12 year old boy. The missing boy, Gavin Seaver is 5’5” weighing approximately 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a #11 Misfits baseball shirt, dark colored shorts, white Nike sneakers along with a black Adidas ...

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Thu, June 1, 6:00 PM

Wilshire Grand Hotel, West Orange

Air Force JROTC Military Formal

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Sat, June 3, 11:00 AM

Downtown West Orange Alliance, West Orange

West Orange Street Fair

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

West Orange Board of Education Proposed Memorandum of Agreement to Education Association

May 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education has proposed a significant increase in salary raises that would deliver a 13-percent increase in salaries for the West Orange Education Association (WOEA) members over five years, and would send all members of the WOEA a retroactive pay check, in June. Additionally, the health benefits that we have proposed are highly competitive in ...

Air Boxing

I went to a boxing match the other night and an overbooked flight broke out.

 

It may be a new twist on an old joke, but it is no laughing matter.  

 

OK, actually, it is.  I am sorry, but for anyone who has ever flown, the notion of a ringside seat on an airplane is a pretty entertaining thought.  

 

As long as it is on someone else's ...

Merchant of Venice Makes Memorable Opener at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – “The Merchant of Venice” has plenty to say about prejudice, suspision, money and cruelty.

Yet it has redeeming features as well, with Portia’s “quality of mercy” speech and Shylock’s insistence that Jews are individuals with feelings, thoughts and emotions as much as any other man or woman.  

Director Robert Cuccioli has gathered ...