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Annual CubMobile Derby Attracts Record Number of Local Scouts

August 29, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 100 local scouts participating, more than twice the number from previous years, volunteers from packs in West Orange, Livingston, West Caldwell, Verona, East Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Short Hills, Millburn and Newark recently collaborated on the annual CubMobile Derby in Maplewood.

In the CubMobile Derby, Scouts use gravity to race down the hill at Memorial ...

Daughters of Israel to Host Casino Night, Complete Rigorous Training, Host Summer Olympics and More

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Daughters of Israel Casino Night at Crystal Plaza in Livingston on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., underwritten by Valley National Bank.

General admission to Casino Night is $100 per person, which includes $50 in casino chips and admission to the dinner buffet and open bar.

The evening will also feature ...

Marina's Mission: Local EMT Heading to Louisiana to Aid Flood Victims

STAFFORD, NJ - In the wake of the Louisiana flood that occured only two weeks ago, a local EMT wants to make it "her mission" to aid those victims in this sudden crisis.

Southern Regional Class of 2013 graduate, Marina Milia, is the local EMT traveling to the Golf Coast and leading a convoy to help her hand out the donations to the families ...

West Orange High School Class of 2015 Alumnus Completes Basic Training at West Point

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Cadet Christopher Morgan, son of Chris and April Morgan of West Orange, recently completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. 

Morgan entered West Point on June 27 and successfully completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years ...

West Orange Week in Review: Search and Rescue Dog Added to Sept. 11 Memorial, Updates to Northfield Ave. Completed & More

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories? Click on the headlines to catch up:

 

Mountain Top League to Host First-Annual “Over the Hill” Soccer Tournament/Fundraiser in West Orange

 

Essex County Officials Dedicate Search and Rescue Dog Statue at Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial

 

Nike Provides Saint ...

PSE&G Begins Upgrading Aging Cast-Iron Gas Facilities in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in West Orange to replace approximately three miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

“These upgrades are part of PSE&G’s ...

Annual CubMobile Derby Attracts Record Number of Local Scouts

August 29, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 100 local scouts participating, more than twice the number from previous years, volunteers from packs in West Orange, Livingston, West Caldwell, Verona, East Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Short Hills, Millburn and Newark recently collaborated on the annual CubMobile Derby in Maplewood.

In the CubMobile Derby, Scouts use gravity to race down the hill at Memorial ...

West Orange High School Class of 2015 Alumnus Completes Basic Training at West Point

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Cadet Christopher Morgan, son of Chris and April Morgan of West Orange, recently completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. 

Morgan entered West Point on June 27 and successfully completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years ...

Decrease in Bullying Incidents Reported at West Orange Schools and More From West Orange Board of Education

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Despite a student population of more than 7,000, there were only 37 confirmed incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying this past year for the West Orange Public School District, according to Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky.

In reviewing the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Report at the Aug. 22 West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) ...

Meet Eveny de Mendez, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for West Orange Public Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Eveny Pagan de Mendez began work as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in the West Orange School district on July 1, bringing with her more than twenty years of teaching and administrative experience.

De Mendez replaced the recently retired Dr. Donna Rando, and is excited to begin work in the West Orange School District.

“In ...

Meet the Supervisor: Stephanie Diegmann, District Testing Coordinator for West Orange Public Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In a district comprising nearly 7,300 students in grades K-12, District Testing Coordinator Stephanie Diegmann plays an integral role in ensuring successful state and district assessment programs.

“A District Test Coordinator oversees test security, test administration, and test distribution which is necessary to comply with state laws and regulations,” said ...

Meet the Supervisor: Stephanie Suriano, Supervisor of Science K-12 for West Orange Public Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ – STEM-related careers are expected to grow at nearly twice the rate of non-STEM-related careers through 2018 (17.8 percent as compared to 9.8 percent). In response, the West Orange School district is launching new curriculum, clubs, and activities to prepare students for 21st century jobs.

Enter Stephanie Suriano, K-12 Supervisor of Science for the West Orange ...

West Orange Man Sought in Chatham Jewelry Store Armed Robbery Now in Custody

August 17, 2016

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Raiys Grimes, 35, of West Orange, who had an arrest warrant issued for him in relation to the July 28 armed robbery of Crescent Jewelers in Chatham, turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

Morris County Superior Court Judge Ira Cohen set his bail at $200,000. Grimes and Michael Reed, 46, of Newark, have been charged with the armed robbery. A gun and some of the ...

West Orange Man Still at Large in Connection with Armed Robbery of Chatham Jewelers

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that Newark resident Michael Reed is in custody while 36-year-old Raiys Grimes of West Orange is still at large in connection with the July 28 armed robbery of Chatham's Crescent Jewelers.

Convicted felon Reed, 46, is charged with being one of three males who conspired to commit the robbery.

West Orange Fire Department Responds to Overnight Car Fire on I-280

August 23, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Fire Department responded to and exterminated an overnight truck fire on I-280 in West Orange at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Monday. According to New Jersey State Police, the driver was not injured.

The westbound driver of a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup immediately pulled over near Exit 8A when he noticed smoke coming from his vehicle. Subsequent to ...

Car Reported Stolen Friday from Essex County Country Club and More From TAP into West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ—A Long Valley resident reported to township police that his 2014 Toyota Corolla was stolen from a parking lot of the Essex County Country Club sometime between the morning and the afternoon on August 19.

According to the victim, a number of items were in the car, including men’s golf clothing, children’s clothing, golf clubs and shoes, a child’s car ...

Two Maplewood Fires on Saturday Under Investigation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Aug. 20, two fires were reported in Maplewood within thirty minutes of each other: one at the Dollar Tree store on Springfield Ave., and one at a residential home on Burnett Ave.

At about 7:10 p.m. on Saturday, the Maplewood Fire Department received a report of an "extinguished fire with a smoke ...

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown Begins Locally as Part of National Campaign

WEST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown is here. Beginning Aug. 19 and running through Sept. 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Law enforcement officers from West Orange will be participating in the 2016 Labor ...

Family and Community Mourn Loss of West Orange Father and Millburn Police Officer

MILLBURN, NJ – Friends, family and Millburn Police Officers gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Monday to pay final respects to West Orange resident and Millburn Police Officer Sean Cassels, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 2.

Cassels began his law enforcement career with the West Orange Police Department in 2009, and was hired by the Millburn Police Department in 2011. Cassels ...

Thefts of Packages from Homes, Vehicles, Damage to Vehicles Reported in West Orange This Week

WEST ORANGE, NJ—Residents of a Haggerty Drive home reported to township police on August 5 that two packages delivered to the home by UPS on Aug. 1 had been stolen.

The packages contained a pair of Ann Taylor denim jeans valued at $60 and American Standard plumbing parts valued at $12.

On Aug. 7, a Maple Street resident reported that someone had engraved wording on the hood ...

Mountain Top League to Host first-annual "Over the Hill" Soccer Tournament/Fundraiser in West Orange

August 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There is still time to register for the first-annual "Over the Hill" Soccer Tournament/Fundraiser on Aug. 28, hosted by the Mountain Top League (MTL) at O'Conner Park in West Orange. The event is open to anyone over the age of 25 and is intended as a fundraiser for MTL in order to make the growing program more affordable for participating children.

This ...

Maplewood's Ibtihaj Muhammad and Team USA Women's Fencing Win Bronze Medal at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood will be bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics as a member of the USA Women's Saber team. 

Muhammad and the other members of the USA Women's Saber team defeated Italy by a wide margin, with a final score of 45-30 to win the bronze medal.

In addition to Muhammad, the USA Women's Saber team ...

Men of Essex to Host 56th Annual Golf Classic at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Men of Essex will host its 56th-annual Golf Classic at the Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.

Long ago, Men of Essex made a grand reputation of making a difference in the lives of young athletes in Essex County for more than five decades. The Men of Essex has the distinction of being one of New Jersey's ...

Downtown Thursdays Conclude Tonight in West Orange; Local Businesses to Participate

August 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Downtown West Orange Alliance’s first annual Downtown Discovery Club, held in conjunction with help local downtown businesses this summer, comes to an end on Aug. 25.

Downtown Thursdays will conclude with a “shopping and eating till you drop” event in the Valley. The Downtown West Orange Alliance invites residents of West Orange and ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

Beyond the Business Card; Swap the Biz Hosts Social Speed Networking in Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ – Swap the Biz has taken business networking to a new level, primarily focused on building social relationships combined with attractive events.  Going beyond the precepts of traditional networking, the NYC based company recently sponsored a speed-networking event at the Moonshine Supper Club in Millburn. 

The invite only event introduced its members and newcomers ...

Pokémon GO Reaches Turtle Back Zoo with Pokémon GO Zoo Nights in August

August 9, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Wednesday and Thursdays in August are now known as Pokémon GO Zoo Nights at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on both nights throught the month, Pokémon GO players can enjoy catching unique creatures throughout the zoo.

The Turtle Back Zoo currently inhabits 17 PokéStops and one “Gym” that are only ...

August Events for Adults and Kids at the Essex County Environmental Center

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of August that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the environment.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where ...

Prairie Dog Exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo Reopens with Renovations and Upgrades

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Renovations to the Prairie Dog Exhibit at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo are officially complete and the interactive attraction has been reopened to the public.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., who announced the project’s completion this week, renovations were made in order to enhance visitors’ viewing perspective.

“We are always ...

PSE&G Begins Upgrading Aging Cast-Iron Gas Facilities in West Orange

August 26, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in West Orange to replace approximately three miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

“These upgrades are part of PSE&G’s ...

Essex County Completes Intersection Upgrade on Northfield Avenue

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The intersection of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded ont Thursday, Aug. 25 with new traffic signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety on Thursday.

The work is part of the Executive Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.'s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure ...

West Orange Week in Review: Search and Rescue Dog Added to Sept. 11 Memorial, Updates to Northfield Ave. Completed & More

August 27, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories? Click on the headlines to catch up:

 

Mountain Top League to Host First-Annual “Over the Hill” Soccer Tournament/Fundraiser in West Orange

 

Essex County Officials Dedicate Search and Rescue Dog Statue at Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial

 

Nike Provides Saint ...

Drought Watch Issued for Essex County; Reduce Lawn Watering and Other Water-Related Activities

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents throughout Essex County have been asked to conserve water and to reduce lawn watering following a Drought Watch issued by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

The Drought Watch for the state’s Northeast region includes West Orange and all of Essex County.

According to a release, the Drought Watch designation was ...

Following More Than 70 Reported Incidents, McDonald's Recalls "Happy Meal" Toy

August 24, 2016

OAKBROOK, ILL. ‚ McDonald’s is recalling the Step-iT activity wristband, a child’s toy that was part a recent Happy Meal promotion at the restaurants between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17, according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, after wearing the ...

Nike Provides Saint Barnabas Medical Center Babies with Shoes in Honor of West Orange Native Kyrie Irving

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nike sent special infant shoes to babies born at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Sunday, August 21, 2016, in honor of Kyrie Irving’s gold medal win in basketball at the Rio Olympics.

Irving grew up in neighboring town West Orange, NJ. The “My First Nike” box features a special pair of Nike Waffle 1 shoes, and an inspirational note.

Matt Becht of Maplewood Promoted to Associate Marketing Director for Metro YMCA

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A Maplewood native has been named associate director of marketing of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey.

Matthew Becht, who joined the Metro YMCA in 2012 as marketing specialist, “uses his creative talents to advance the Y’s six branches and promote the organization as it takes on new challenges,’’ ...

Marina's Mission: Local EMT Heading to Louisiana to Aid Flood Victims

August 28, 2016

STAFFORD, NJ - In the wake of the Louisiana flood that occured only two weeks ago, a local EMT wants to make it "her mission" to aid those victims in this sudden crisis.

Southern Regional Class of 2013 graduate, Marina Milia, is the local EMT traveling to the Golf Coast and leading a convoy to help her hand out the donations to the families ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

KEANSBURG on the Bayshore of New Jersey for a Delightful Day Trip

KEANSBURG, NJ.  Summer fun is ready and waiting for you at Keansburg Amusement Park, located in the heart of the New Jersey bayshore.

The venue includes a great waterpark, rides for all ages, games and tempting food choices.   With just a few weeks remaining in the summer season, Keansburg is a fantastic destination for families, couples and many more.  

Start your day at ...

Montclair Fire Official John Thomas Awarded for Saving Life of Choking Driver

August 28, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Fire Official John Thomas, of the Montclair Fire Department was awarded The Lifesaving Award of Merit by the American Red Cross on Wednesday, August 24 for his swift action that led to saving a life while off-duty. 

While driving home from work on July 5, Thomas observed the driver of the car behind him acting erratically and exit the vehicle. He got out of his car to ...

Essex County Completes Intersection Upgrade on Northfield Avenue

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The intersection of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded ont Thursday, Aug. 25 with new traffic signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety on Thursday.

The work is part of the Executive Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.'s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure ...

Dead Body Found Inside Stolen Vehicle in Bloomfield, Sources Say

August 4, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a person found deceased inside of a stolen auto this evening, according to the Breaking News Network. Reports indicate that the body was found at 242 Lakewood Drive in Bloomfield and officers were on the scene investigating throughout the evening.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office ...

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Modernization of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane Intersection Announced

August 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, officially announced today that the intersection of Northfield Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded with new traffic-signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety.

The work is part of the Executive’s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure is up-to-date and ...

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PSE&G Begins Upgrading Aging Cast-Iron Gas Facilities in West Orange

August 26, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in West Orange to replace approximately three miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

“These upgrades are part of PSE&G’s ...

Daughters of Israel Receives Prestigious Recognition for AHRQ Safety Program in Long Term Care

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Daughters of Israel participated in a training course under the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust of NJ (HRET), a program of the NJ Hospital Association (NJHA) Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, to reduce HAI/CAUTIs (healthcare care associated infection/catheter-associated urinary tract infections), a common issue in older adults, particularly those in ...

TAP into West Orange is Seeking High School Student Interns

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on college transcripts and right now, TAP into West Orange is interviewing Student Interns. We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to fill multiple positions. Schedules and weekly hours are flexible. Student Interns will write on school sporting events and school events. They will also take photos. Students ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  

 

This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...

The Dirty Dozen, Less One

I recently experienced something of a meltdown in the egg aisle at the supermarket over which kind of eggs to buy.  After much consideration, I finally settled on the eggs I wanted (organic, free-range, and cage-free), when I discovered another problem.

The next time I opened an egg carton at the store, there was an egg missing.

Having been the victim of covert cracked eggs in the ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...