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West Orange Board of Ed Member Honored at African-American History Month Ceremony

February 23, 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 by recognizing two outstanding Essex County residents for their leadership: West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) Member Sandra Marie ...

Save the Date: New York Auto Show Scheduled for 2018

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away. This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

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 Alumnus to Report to USS Chung Hoon Following Naval Academy Graduation

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2014 alumnus and top-ranking Naval Academy midshipman Dylan Pennell will be commissioned as an Ensign with a Bachelor of Science degree and assigned to the USS Chung Hoon following his graduation in May.

Pennell chose the Pearl Harbor-stationed USS Chung Hoon during the January Naval Academy ship selections. He ranked fourth out ...

West Orange Board of Ed Member Honored at African-American History Month Ceremony

February 23, 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 by recognizing two outstanding Essex County residents for their leadership: West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) Member Sandra Marie ...

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

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 Alumnus to Report to USS Chung Hoon Following Naval Academy Graduation

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2014 alumnus and top-ranking Naval Academy midshipman Dylan Pennell will be commissioned as an Ensign with a Bachelor of Science degree and assigned to the USS Chung Hoon following his graduation in May.

Pennell chose the Pearl Harbor-stationed USS Chung Hoon during the January Naval Academy ship selections. He ranked fourth out ...

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 ...

West Orange Board of Ed Member Honored at African-American History Month Ceremony

February 23, 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 by recognizing two outstanding Essex County residents for their leadership: West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) Member Sandra Marie ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Alumnus to Report to USS Chung Hoon Following Naval Academy Graduation

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2014 alumnus and top-ranking Naval Academy midshipman Dylan Pennell will be commissioned as an Ensign with a Bachelor of Science degree and assigned to the USS Chung Hoon following his graduation in May.

Pennell chose the Pearl Harbor-stationed USS Chung Hoon during the January Naval Academy ship selections. He ranked fourth out ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Save the Date: New York Auto Show Scheduled for 2018

February 23, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away. This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

WATCH: Celebrity Politicians Weigh in on Travel Preferences

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 ...

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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 ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

West Orange High School (Tarnoff Cafeteria), West Orange

44th Annual Orange West Orange UNICO Sports ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Sun, February 25, 12:00 PM

AMC Essex Green, West Orange

The 2018 West Orange Classic Film Festival

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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 ...