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West Orange Board of Education to Allocate $500,000 Back to Taxpayers

July 26, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After an often heated discussion about how to divide up the additional $1.5 million in state aid the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) received this month, the members of the board voted on Monday to give $500,000 of the aid back to the township’s taxpayers.

Voting in favor of giving back a third of the aid to the taxpayers was board president Sandra ...

New Preschool Still On Hold in West Orange  

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) is still trying to work out a lease agreement with The Life Christian Church, which would be the site for the township’s preschool if an agreement can be reached soon, according to Jeffrey Rutzky’s superintendent report at Monday’s WOBOE meeting.

“We are very close to an agreement,” said ...

Local Teens Learn From Chinese Visitors at West Essex YMCA Teen Camp

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Teens from Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells and Roseland have spent the last two weeks learning from and enjoying the company of 19 teens from Zhuhai, China at the West Essex YMCA’s Teen Adventure Camp.

YMCA employee Lisa Zhang recently connected the Y with a Chinese organization called EduAcross AmeriChina, which has US representatives who organize overseas ...

Thomas Edison National Historical Park Displays "The Origins of Sound Recording" Exhibit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s birth, West Orange’s Thomas Edison National Historical Park (TENHP) hosted an international symposium entitled “The Origins of Sound Recording: Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville Bicentennial Symposium.”

The National Park ...

Arrests Made for Criminal Mischief, Forgery and DWI in West Orange

July 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Dangerous driving led to the capture and arrest of individuals who have bench warrants out in West Orange and beyond. In addition, recent arrests in the township included a person causing havoc at a local gas station, someone buying a cheap meal with a $100 counterfeit bill, and an individual who made his DWI arrest worse by threatening police.

The major arrests taking ...

Burglaries and Thefts Occur Throughout West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Numerous thefts from cars that were left open, reports of shoplifting from K-Mart and CVS, and stolen cash that happened to victim who may have been too trusting of where he left a bag filled with money were reported to West Orange police in late June.

The major burglaries and thefts included:  

 1. An officer responded to a report of a burglary at a ...

West Orange Board of Education to Allocate $500,000 Back to Taxpayers

July 26, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After an often heated discussion about how to divide up the additional $1.5 million in state aid the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) received this month, the members of the board voted on Monday to give $500,000 of the aid back to the township’s taxpayers.

Voting in favor of giving back a third of the aid to the taxpayers was board president Sandra ...

New Preschool Still On Hold in West Orange  

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) is still trying to work out a lease agreement with The Life Christian Church, which would be the site for the township’s preschool if an agreement can be reached soon, according to Jeffrey Rutzky’s superintendent report at Monday’s WOBOE meeting.

“We are very close to an agreement,” said ...

Local Teens Learn From Chinese Visitors at West Essex YMCA Teen Camp

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Teens from Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells and Roseland have spent the last two weeks learning from and enjoying the company of 19 teens from Zhuhai, China at the West Essex YMCA’s Teen Adventure Camp.

YMCA employee Lisa Zhang recently connected the Y with a Chinese organization called EduAcross AmeriChina, which has US representatives who organize overseas ...

West Orange High School Scholar-Athletes Recognized by NJSIAA

July 23, 2017

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – West Orange High School’s Derek Lim and Mark Starbinski were recently among the 365 high school students recognized by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) at its annual scholar-athlete luncheon for their achievements. The NJSIAA awarded a total of $203,000 in college scholarships.

Under the ongoing scholar-athlete program, each ...

West Orange Council Approves Contract for Creation of Skate Park

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution awarding a contract to the American Ramp Company to create a skate park in West Orange with all the necessary equipment and concrete padding for the amount of $169,031 was passed at the mayor and council meeting this week.

The park will be built in Jenkins Park, which is at the end of Rose Terrace in the rear of the Fire Headquarters ...

Local Teens Learn From Chinese Visitors at West Essex YMCA Teen Camp

July 26, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Teens from Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells and Roseland have spent the last two weeks learning from and enjoying the company of 19 teens from Zhuhai, China at the West Essex YMCA’s Teen Adventure Camp.

YMCA employee Lisa Zhang recently connected the Y with a Chinese organization called EduAcross AmeriChina, which has US representatives who organize overseas ...

West Orange Public Library to Help Feed Hungry Local Children

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Public Library will be one of 22 Essex County libraries to participate in the Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (MEND) Summer Hunger Busters Community Food Drive to help feed the 44,471 children in Essex County who often go hungry once school ends.

Many families depend on the school lunch-and-breakfast project to help fulfill their children’s ...

West Orange Receives $182,100 Grant to Improve Local Parks

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A $182,100 Green Acres grant was recently awarded to the Township of West Orange to be used toward the improvement of Lafayette and Degnan parks.

The grant from the 27th District Legislative Team of Governor Richard Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon is part of $80.7 million announced by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ...

Regal Bank Announces Branch Manager Changes

July 20, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Regal Bank, a full-service community bank headquartered in Livingston that offers a wide range of products and services designed to help customers meet their personal financial goals, is making some changes to branch manager locations due to a recent opening at the Springfield branch.

According to Regal, Anna Pedreiras, assistant vice president and branch manager, will ...

Thomas Edison National Historical Park Displays "The Origins of Sound Recording" Exhibit

July 25, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s birth, West Orange’s Thomas Edison National Historical Park (TENHP) hosted an international symposium entitled “The Origins of Sound Recording: Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville Bicentennial Symposium.”

The National Park ...

International Food Festival to Offer a Taste of West Orange July 22

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The New Jersey Arts Incubator’s (NJAI) first annual Taste of West Orange International Food Festival on July 22 will celebrate the rich, diverse cultures represented in the West Orange community.

Held at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., the free event is open to the public and will feature cuisine from Japan, the ...

“iPadology/Abstract Expressions” Exhibit Opens in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — “iPadology/Abstract Expressions,” an exhibit curated by local artist Mansa Mussa that explores how the combination of the iPad, apps and printers can be used to create abstract images that extend the vitality and reality of photography, will be held at the West Orange Arts Council Art Center, located at 551 Valley Road in West Orange, from now ...

West Orange Council Approves Contract for Creation of Skate Park

July 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution awarding a contract to the American Ramp Company to create a skate park in West Orange with all the necessary equipment and concrete padding for the amount of $169,031 was passed at the mayor and council meeting this week.

The park will be built in Jenkins Park, which is at the end of Rose Terrace in the rear of the Fire Headquarters ...

Llewellyn Park Residents Say Taxes are Preventing House Sales

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A lengthy discussion between Llewellyn Park residents and members of the West Orange Township Council ensued on Tuesday as five residents spoke about what they viewed as excessive taxes at a time when many residents are aging and finding it harder to either maintain or sell their homes.

The council was set to discuss a proposed resolution to approve sewer and road ...

West Orange Council Follows Up on Concerns of Upkeep at Renna House

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing complaints at a recent West Orange Township Council meeting from residents of the John P. Renna House for seniors about the poor upkeep of the facility, West Orange Councilman Jerry Guarino spoke with officials at the Raymond P. Marzulli real estate firm to make sure they are addressing issues of concern.

He announced at Tuesday’s council ...

International Food Festival to Offer a Taste of West Orange July 22

July 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The New Jersey Arts Incubator’s (NJAI) first annual Taste of West Orange International Food Festival on July 22 will celebrate the rich, diverse cultures represented in the West Orange community.

Held at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., the free event is open to the public and will feature cuisine from Japan, the ...

Llewellyn Park Residents Say Taxes are Preventing House Sales

July 13, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A lengthy discussion between Llewellyn Park residents and members of the West Orange Township Council ensued on Tuesday as five residents spoke about what they viewed as excessive taxes at a time when many residents are aging and finding it harder to either maintain or sell their homes.

The council was set to discuss a proposed resolution to approve sewer and road ...

West Orange Council Follows Up on Concerns of Upkeep at Renna House

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing complaints at a recent West Orange Township Council meeting from residents of the John P. Renna House for seniors about the poor upkeep of the facility, West Orange Councilman Jerry Guarino spoke with officials at the Raymond P. Marzulli real estate firm to make sure they are addressing issues of concern.

He announced at Tuesday’s council ...

TAPinto West Orange Takes a Look at the Top 10 Stories in June

WEST ORANGE, NJ — TAPinto West Essex takes a look at the top 10 stories of the month, based on pageviews. Click on the headlines to refresh:

1. Three Vehicles Stolen in West Orange, All Recovered

2. West Orange Board of Education Approves Contract with Education Association

3. West Orange Street Fair Brings Good Old-Fashioned Fun to Downtown

4. West Orange Police ...

West Orange Receives $182,100 Grant to Improve Local Parks

July 18, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A $182,100 Green Acres grant was recently awarded to the Township of West Orange to be used toward the improvement of Lafayette and Degnan parks.

The grant from the 27th District Legislative Team of Governor Richard Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon is part of $80.7 million announced by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ...

TAPinto Travels Weekend Event Suggestions

July 20, 2017

With very little rain in the forecast, Northern New Jersey’s weather will be perfect for the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. All of the events featured this week are family friendly with low to no cost admission prices.

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage

If you have yet to visit Bergen County’s famed Gothic revival museum, you must make it a point to tour the ...

TAPinto Travels Suggestions for Weekend Fun

July is one of the hottest months of the year in New Jersey and the festival scene is scorching as well. Most townships hold their community fairs throughout the summer months to draw the most crowds. Go early and stay late at any of these fun-filled events this coming weekend.

Touch-a-Truck

Boys and girls alike always have a ball at touch-a-truck events. The South Plainfield Lions Club is ...

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Turtle Back Zoo-vies to Show "The Secret Life of Pets" Wednesday, July 26

July 25, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Turtle Back Zoo's annual "Zoo-vies" continue this Wednesday, July 26, with "The Secret Life of Pets."

On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have Family Nights with extended evening hours until 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo at 8 p.m. 

On Wednesday evenings during ...

Fire and Blood Make Appearance on Game of Thrones

The first blood was drawn in the war for the Seven Kingdoms on HBO's "Game of Thrones" on Sunday, but not at the hands of Daenerys Targaryen.

Goodbye Flayed Man, hello Kraken. Between the Joker-esque cackle and the Ramsay-esque war tactics, Euron Greyjoy showed us that he truly is as ruthless as he promised. His warship is a monster compared to Yara’s, he collected ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, August 10, 8:00 PM

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, West Orange

FREE Movie Night: Monster Trucks

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, August 12, 12:00 PM

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, West Orange

3rd Annual Househead Summerfest

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, August 13, 2:00 PM

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, West Orange

Gospel Summerfest

Arts & Entertainment Religions And Spirituality

Bipartisan or Bystander?

July 18, 2017

Bipartisan or Bystander?

Bipartisanship means active, often contentious, yet respectful  cooperation, (and ultimate compromise), between two political parties for the ultimate betterment of their constituents. It is creating productive discussion to achieve a synthesis of ideas. Thus, the welfare of the people always comes before party loyalty. 

It's also about speaking up.

Don't Miss Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin at Thatcher McGhee's Fairfield

July 26, 2017

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The fourth annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival will receive 20 percent of the sales from the “Bar Night for Brendan” at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub and Eatery in Fairfield on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m.

Share the attached flyer with friends, family and neighbors and show it to your server to help the Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival raise ...

Rutgers University Named Best Four-Year College in New Jersey

July 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University-New Brunswick has been ranked the No. 1 college in New Jersey by a national online education service.

The rankings released Monday by schools.com are based on an analysis of 13 different criteria.

Thirty-three four-year schools in New Jersey were each scored on a 100-point scale using the most recent data available from government sources and ...

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Recently my dad showed me a plaque he had been awarded from his alma mater.  He graduated from a well-respected University in the Midwest after WWII.  It was where he met my mom.  

 

He is 90 now.

 

The honorific award was for his participation in the University’s “Hall of Fame” football team of 1948, on which, as I had been informed many ...

'Skeleton Crew' hits home

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, in its quest for new, richly layered plays, is now presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau.

The playwright had her play “Follow Me to Nellie’s” work shopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut several years ago. That was followed by s fine production at the Kean University ...