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Affordable Housing Issues Dominate West Orange Township Council Meeting

February 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Affordable housing issues, particularly as they affect the West Essex Highlands, dominated the agenda of Monday’s West Orange Township Council meeting.

Shirley Bishop, the council’s adviser on the Fair Share Housing Center’s legal actions to create more affordable housing units in West Orange, presented an in-depth analysis of the township’s ...

Charges Against Lieutenant Disputed Amidst Ongoing Lawsuit with Borough of Caldwell

CALDWELL, NJ — A public hearing recently held in Caldwell was the newest development in an ongoing legal battle between the Borough of Caldwell and Lt. Michael Geary, in which Chief of Police James Bongiorno and Detective Sgt. Brad Palatucci testified that Lt. Geary was insubordinate to a direct order related to an incident that occurred in August.

Lt. Geary, who previously filed a ...

Man Jumps from Moving NJ Transit Bus on Main Street in West Orange

 

 

e Township of West Orange confirmed that the pedestrian in question was not a pedestrian, but a man who jumped from the NJ Transit bus while it was still moving. 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A passenger on an NJ Transit bus in the area of 80 Main Street in West Orange jumped from the moving vehicle on Wednesday morning, according to the Township of West ...

Wrestling: West Orange High School to Host Region 3 Tournament Beginning Wednesday

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Teams participating in the preliminary round of Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School on Wednesday include West Orange, Livingston, Caldwell, Nutley, Bloomfield, Chatham, Columbia, Delbarton, East Side (Paterson), Hanover Park, Madison, Montclair, Morristown, Randolph, Verona.

The following is a list of West Orange wrestlers who advanced to this round ...

Man Jumps from Moving NJ Transit Bus on Main Street in West Orange

February 22, 2017

 

 

e Township of West Orange confirmed that the pedestrian in question was not a pedestrian, but a man who jumped from the NJ Transit bus while it was still moving. 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A passenger on an NJ Transit bus in the area of 80 Main Street in West Orange jumped from the moving vehicle on Wednesday morning, according to the Township of West ...

Nearly 30 Summonses Issued During Pedestrian Safety Detail in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While conducting a two-hour Pedestrian Safety Detail in front of the Edison Museum on Main Street in West Orange on Thursday, the West Orange Police Department reported that 29 summonses were issued for Failure to Stop for Pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Almost half of the violators were township residents, according to police.

“We would like to remind all ...

West Orange Police Search for Missing Dementia Patient

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police reported a missing person Saturday morning, according to the Breaking News Network (BNN), which monitors emergency radio activity.

In the area of 25 Park Avenue, the police department was searching for a 6-foot-2-inch black male dementia patient. According to BNN, the man’s direction was unknown.

West Orange Board of Education Approves Special Education Audit

February 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although the West Orange Public Schools District is generally well-known for its excellent special education program, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) authorized a special education audit to review how it can be even stronger during its meeting on Monday.

The audit will be conducted over a 22-day period by EIRC (Educational Information and Resource ...

Superintendent Explains West Orange High School's 85-Percent Graduation Rate 

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With only an 85-percent graduation rate this past year, West Orange High School fell well short of its goal of having a 95-percent graduation rate, according to Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky, who addressed this challenge head-on at the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting Monday.  

Rutzky said that West Orange is penalized for having an 18-21 ...

Academic and Artistic Success Stories Featured at West Orange Board of Education Meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange students who are considered to be succeeding brilliantly in academic, artistic and musical pursuits at both Mount Pleasant Elementary School and St. Cloud Elementary School as well as West Orange High School (WOHS) made special presentation to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) and those in attendance at its meeting on Monday.

Students from ...

Wrestling: West Orange High School to Host Region 3 Tournament Beginning Wednesday

February 21, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Teams participating in the preliminary round of Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School on Wednesday include West Orange, Livingston, Caldwell, Nutley, Bloomfield, Chatham, Columbia, Delbarton, East Side (Paterson), Hanover Park, Madison, Montclair, Morristown, Randolph, Verona.

The following is a list of West Orange wrestlers who advanced to this round ...

West Orange Girls Basketball Captain Jewel Burnett Named to NJSIAA All-Star Team

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Senior and co-captain of the record-breaking West Orange High School (WOHS) girls basketball team Jewel Burnett was recently named to the NJSIAA All-Star Team and will play in the all-star game on March 19 at Rider University in Lawrenceville.

Burnett will represent WOHS as the first player from West Orange girls basketball to be invited to the all-star ...

West Orange High School Cheerleaders Place Third and Seventh Nationally in NHSCC Competition

ORLANDO, FL - The West Orange High School varsity cheerleaders returned from a whirlwind weekend in Orlando competing in the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) as Third Place Bronze medalists in the Large Varsity Non-Tumble Game Day and Seventh Place in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumble Division.  

According to head coach Olivia Del Spina, the team outscored 23 other teams ...

Township of West Orange Receives $440,000 from County for Government-Sponsored Projects

February 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange was among 13 Essex County municipalities and 36 non-profit community organizations that received part of a total of approximately $5 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program this week. The total amount presented to West Orange was $440,000.

According to Essex County ...

Mayor Recognizes Outstanding Community Members at Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange kicked off 2017 by celebrating the many accomplishments of 2016 during the 43rd Annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Wednesday, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC).

Held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, the annual breakfast invites local dignitaries, members of the business community and members of the public to ...

West Orange Historic Preservation Commission and Township Council Pay Tribute to Gerald Gurland

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council paid tribute to the late Gerald Gurland, a renowned architect and long-time chair of the West Orange Historic Preservation Commission (WOHPC), at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Current WOHPC chairman Brian Feeney said Gurland cared deeply about the Township of West Orange and that the WOHPC will miss him.

“Gerald always ...

West Orange Rite Aid Celebrates Grand Reopening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

February 16, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, members of the West Orange Township Council and members of the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) helped the staff and managers at the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 262 Main Street commemorate its grand reopening with a celebratory ribbon cutting on Thursday.

Megan Brill, executive director of the DWOA, which hosted the ...

Mayor Recognizes Outstanding Community Members at Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange kicked off 2017 by celebrating the many accomplishments of 2016 during the 43rd Annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Wednesday, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC).

Held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, the annual breakfast invites local dignitaries, members of the business community and members of the public to ...

West Orange High School Cheerleaders Place Third and Seventh Nationally in NHSCC Competition

February 20, 2017

ORLANDO, FL - The West Orange High School varsity cheerleaders returned from a whirlwind weekend in Orlando competing in the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) as Third Place Bronze medalists in the Large Varsity Non-Tumble Game Day and Seventh Place in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumble Division.  

According to head coach Olivia Del Spina, the team outscored 23 other teams ...

Academic and Artistic Success Stories Featured at West Orange Board of Education Meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange students who are considered to be succeeding brilliantly in academic, artistic and musical pursuits at both Mount Pleasant Elementary School and St. Cloud Elementary School as well as West Orange High School (WOHS) made special presentation to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) and those in attendance at its meeting on Monday.

Students from ...

West Orange Arts Council Presents "I Did It My WAE" Art Collection

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students from JSDD’s (Jewish Services for the Developmentally Disabled) WAE Center showcased their artwork at The West Orange Arts Council’s first art show of the year.  Entitled “I Did It My WAE,” this collection of artwork will be on display until Feb. 26.

JSDD's WAE (Wellness, Art & Enrichment) Center is a nonprofit ...

Affordable Housing Issues Dominate West Orange Township Council Meeting

February 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Affordable housing issues, particularly as they affect the West Essex Highlands, dominated the agenda of Monday’s West Orange Township Council meeting.

Shirley Bishop, the council’s adviser on the Fair Share Housing Center’s legal actions to create more affordable housing units in West Orange, presented an in-depth analysis of the township’s ...

Township of West Orange Receives $440,000 from County for Government-Sponsored Projects

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange was among 13 Essex County municipalities and 36 non-profit community organizations that received part of a total of approximately $5 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program this week. The total amount presented to West Orange was $440,000.

According to Essex County ...

Mayor Recognizes Outstanding Community Members at Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange kicked off 2017 by celebrating the many accomplishments of 2016 during the 43rd Annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Wednesday, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC).

Held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, the annual breakfast invites local dignitaries, members of the business community and members of the public to ...

Man Jumps from Moving NJ Transit Bus on Main Street in West Orange

February 22, 2017

 

 

e Township of West Orange confirmed that the pedestrian in question was not a pedestrian, but a man who jumped from the NJ Transit bus while it was still moving. 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A passenger on an NJ Transit bus in the area of 80 Main Street in West Orange jumped from the moving vehicle on Wednesday morning, according to the Township of West ...

Affordable Housing Issues Dominate West Orange Township Council Meeting

February 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Affordable housing issues, particularly as they affect the West Essex Highlands, dominated the agenda of Monday’s West Orange Township Council meeting.

Shirley Bishop, the council’s adviser on the Fair Share Housing Center’s legal actions to create more affordable housing units in West Orange, presented an in-depth analysis of the township’s ...

January in Review: Six-Year-Old Cancer Patient Feels Support of Community & More

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

 

 

Resident Organizes March on West Orange to be Held After Presidential Inauguration

Mayor Parisi: No Plans for West Orange to Become Sanctuary City, Despite Petition

West Orange ...

Prospective Camp Families Are Invited to Two Meadowbrook Country Day Camp Open House Events

February 6, 2017

LONG VALLEY, NJ – Meadowbrook Country Day Camp is inviting all prospective camp families to attend one of an upcoming Open House event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 5.

Attendees will meet the on-site owners/directors George Stein and Dan Millman as well as the camp’s leadership team members. They will also learn about the camp’s programs, be able to ask questions and ...

Morris Museum Brings "Tree Tales" to Hazel Elementary School

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Third-grade students at Hazel Elementary School received a visit in January from Dawn Esposito of the Morris Museum, who brought a curated collection of tree leaves and branches as part of the museum's "Tree Tales" visiting outreach program.

Students were able to explore the collection and learn about the lifecycle of trees, animals that depend on trees, ...

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Charges Against Lieutenant Disputed Amidst Ongoing Lawsuit with Borough of Caldwell

February 22, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — A public hearing recently held in Caldwell was the newest development in an ongoing legal battle between the Borough of Caldwell and Lt. Michael Geary, in which Chief of Police James Bongiorno and Detective Sgt. Brad Palatucci testified that Lt. Geary was insubordinate to a direct order related to an incident that occurred in August.

Lt. Geary, who previously filed a ...

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Thu, February 23, 6:30 PM

Township of West Orange, West Orange

Mayor Parisi's Open Office Hours

Community Calendar Government

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Fri, February 24, 8:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, February 25, 12:00 PM

University Center, South Orange

Seton Hall Graduate Open House

Education

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

February 15, 2017

To the Editor:

There has been much discussion recently about representatives in our government who pretend to represent their constituents, but who have been corrupted by special interest groups or blind self-interest. Unfortunately, in the 11th District, we have one such politician who, by his actions, is a significant part of the problem that we have in the federal government.

Orange/West Orange UNICO to Host 43rd Annual Sports Breakfast

February 17, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Orange/West Orange Chapter of UNICO National will be hosting its 43rd Annual Sports Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School (WOHS).

The event, which typically attracts more than 300 people, honors the “unsung heroes” from West Orange High School, Seton Hall Prep, Golda Och Academy and Orange ...

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...

‘Shipwrecked’ Rollicks Along at Dreamcatcher Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).”

This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with ...