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West Orange Girls Basketball’s Mya Bembry Named Super Essex Player of the Year

March 28, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School girls basketball sophomore Mya Bembry was named NJ.com's Super Essex Conference Girls Basketball Player of the Year for 2016-17.

Bembry had an impressive season, as she helped to lead the team to its 23-4 overall record, which drove the team to the top of the Liberty Division for the first time in high school history.

West Orange lost two ...

West Orange High School Wind Ensemble Performs at Music for All Festival in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Following the West Orange High School (WOHS) Wind Ensemble’s well-received send-off concert on March 6, the ensemble traveled to the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis and wowed adjudicators, clinicians and audiences.

The Music For All Festival, presented by Yamaha, is considered to be the nation’s most prestigious festival for school ...

Protest Demonstrations Increase Among West Orange Teachers as Contract Impasse Exceeds 600 Days

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Holding signs that read “600 Days—No More Excuses—Settle Now” and “No Contract—Still Working—Still Caring,” a large crowd of West Orange public school teachers held a mass demonstration in front of the West Orange High School on Tuesday.

They were protesting the impasse in contract negotiations that have now exceeded 600 ...

Friends of the West Orange Public Library to Host Immigrants’ Rights Program March 27

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Friends of the West Orange Public Library, in conjunction with the library and various local community organizations, is presenting an Immigrants’ Rights Program on Monday at 7 p.m. at the library.

This educational program, part of the friends’ Combatting Bias/Promoting Diversity Program, will include presentations by the American Friends Service ...

Police Blotter: Two Men Arrested on Outstanding Warrants and Vehicle Stolen in West Orange

March 20, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A white 1998 Ford Wagon was reported stolen on March 1 from the front of a residence on Ashland Avenue, where the victim stated that he had locked the vehicle after parking it the night before. Sometime overnight, some unknown actor(s) removed the vehicle, which was reportedly empty of any valuable possessions and was valued at $2000.

A motor vehicle stop conducted on ...

Police Blotter: Armed Robberies, Drug Arrests, Vehicle Thefts and More in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following police incidents occurred during the month of February, according to police, including two armed robberies, five drug arrests, one burglary to a residence, two vehicle thefts and one simple assault:

ARMED ROBBERIES:

1. When a patrol unit responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at 42 Whittingham Place, a 20-year-old male victim stated ...

West Orange High School Wind Ensemble Performs at Music for All Festival in Indianapolis

March 28, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Following the West Orange High School (WOHS) Wind Ensemble’s well-received send-off concert on March 6, the ensemble traveled to the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis and wowed adjudicators, clinicians and audiences.

The Music For All Festival, presented by Yamaha, is considered to be the nation’s most prestigious festival for school ...

Protest Demonstrations Increase Among West Orange Teachers as Contract Impasse Exceeds 600 Days

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Holding signs that read “600 Days—No More Excuses—Settle Now” and “No Contract—Still Working—Still Caring,” a large crowd of West Orange public school teachers held a mass demonstration in front of the West Orange High School on Tuesday.

They were protesting the impasse in contract negotiations that have now exceeded 600 ...

West Orange Energy Commission Event Support Earth Hour and Raise Environmental Awareness

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In conjunction with people being asked to turn their non-essential lights out this Saturday in support of energy conservation, the West Orange Energy Commission (WOEC) held its Earth Day event to support Earth Hour.

West Orange officials and local students joined others from throughout the region at this event, which was held at the Thomas Edison National Historical ...

West Orange Girls Basketball’s Mya Bembry Named Super Essex Player of the Year

March 28, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School girls basketball sophomore Mya Bembry was named NJ.com's Super Essex Conference Girls Basketball Player of the Year for 2016-17.

Bembry had an impressive season, as she helped to lead the team to its 23-4 overall record, which drove the team to the top of the Liberty Division for the first time in high school history.

West Orange lost two ...

Gregory Elementary Participates in District-Wide Fitness Combine Initiative

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Fifth-grade students in Lisa Asman's Physical Education Class at Gregory Elementary School participated in a district-wide Fitness Combine initiative earlier this month that continues to foster West Orange Public Schools' partnership with the National Football League (NFL) and its "Fuel Up to Play 60" health and fitness program.

The school district began its ...

Friends of the West Orange Public Library to Host Immigrants’ Rights Program March 27

March 26, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Friends of the West Orange Public Library, in conjunction with the library and various local community organizations, is presenting an Immigrants’ Rights Program on Monday at 7 p.m. at the library.

This educational program, part of the friends’ Combatting Bias/Promoting Diversity Program, will include presentations by the American Friends Service ...

West Orange Human Relations Commission to Host Women's History Month Celebration Thursday

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Human Relations Commission of West Orange invites the public to enjoy a short film and discussion at the West Orange Public Library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in celebration of Women’s History Month.

“This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer,” a film about how Hamer fought for life and the right to vote in the Jim Crow South, ...

American Conference on Diversity to Honors RWJBarnabas Health with 2017 Healthcare Humanitarian Award

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The American Conference on Diversity will honor RWJBarnabas Health with the Healthcare Humanitarian Award on Thursday, April 6, during the 69th Annual Awards Gala at the Pleasantdale Château in West Orange.

This year’s Humanitarian Awards Gala is co-chaired by Grammy Award-winning music legend Dionne Warwick (2015 Humanitarian Award honoree) and ...

RWJBarnabas Employee Receives 2017 Althea Gibson Leadership Award

NEWARK, NJ — Margie Heller, Administrative Director Community Health and Outreach of RWJBarnabas Health in Livingston, received the 2017 Althea Gibson Leadership Award on Wednesday at the Annual Essex County Women’s History Month Celebration.

The Essex County's Annual Women's History Month Program, hosted by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, was held in the ...

West Orange’s Muhammad Elgammal Named One of Ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering”

ARLINGTON, VA — Muhammad Elgammal, 27, of West Orange was honored as one of ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering” at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gala in Arlington, VA this weekend.

Elgammal is an associate civil engineer at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As one of the ASCE honorees, Elgammal is described as a professional under 30 ...

66th Annual West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade Packs Main Street

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Amid bagpipes, fife and drums, marching bands, Irish dancing and more, the 66th annual West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade wound its way through Main Street on Sunday.

Grand Marshal Kevin Kinney and Deputy Grand Marshals Gwen Glazier, Marian Reilly Cardace and Robert Hoehn walked the route as the music of multiple organizations filled the downtown air.

West Orange’s Muhammad Elgammal Named One of Ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering”

March 20, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — Muhammad Elgammal, 27, of West Orange was honored as one of ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering” at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gala in Arlington, VA this weekend.

Elgammal is an associate civil engineer at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As one of the ASCE honorees, Elgammal is described as a professional under 30 ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Bagpipes and Corned Beef Fill the Air at West Essex YMCA St. Patrick's Day Luncheon

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A St. Patrick’s Day-themed member appreciation luncheon at the West Essex YMCA on Thursday featured an assortment of refreshments—including classic corned beef sandwiches—entertainment, musical trivia and more.

According to Associate Executive Cheryl Francione, the “St. Paddy’s Day” theme gives the Y the perfect excuse to hold ...

West Orange High School Wind Ensemble Performs at Music for All Festival in Indianapolis

March 28, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Following the West Orange High School (WOHS) Wind Ensemble’s well-received send-off concert on March 6, the ensemble traveled to the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis and wowed adjudicators, clinicians and audiences.

The Music For All Festival, presented by Yamaha, is considered to be the nation’s most prestigious festival for school ...

West Orange Human Relations Commission to Host Women's History Month Celebration Thursday

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Human Relations Commission of West Orange invites the public to enjoy a short film and discussion at the West Orange Public Library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in celebration of Women’s History Month.

“This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer,” a film about how Hamer fought for life and the right to vote in the Jim Crow South, ...

“The Little Mermaid” Aims to Dazzle Audiences at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – “The Little Mermaid,” this year’s spring musical at West Orange High School, is a dazzling display of light, color, and talent that is sure to please children—and adults of all ages, according to the directors.

The cast brings to life the adventures of Ariel the mermaid, who falls in love with a human prince and nearly loses everything in ...

Friends of the West Orange Public Library to Host Immigrants’ Rights Program March 27

March 26, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Friends of the West Orange Public Library, in conjunction with the library and various local community organizations, is presenting an Immigrants’ Rights Program on Monday at 7 p.m. at the library.

This educational program, part of the friends’ Combatting Bias/Promoting Diversity Program, will include presentations by the American Friends Service ...

West Orange Township Council Discusses Best Ways to Manage Growth

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With many new, young families moving to West Orange, and many more expected with the completion of the Edison Village and the building of affordable housing units in the coming years, managing growth in the best possible way came to the fore at the West Orange Township Council Meeting on Tuesday.

During public comment, issues concerning growth as it impacts the quality ...

American Conference on Diversity to Honors RWJBarnabas Health with 2017 Healthcare Humanitarian Award

March 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The American Conference on Diversity will honor RWJBarnabas Health with the Healthcare Humanitarian Award on Thursday, April 6, during the 69th Annual Awards Gala at the Pleasantdale Château in West Orange.

This year’s Humanitarian Awards Gala is co-chaired by Grammy Award-winning music legend Dionne Warwick (2015 Humanitarian Award honoree) and ...

RWJBarnabas Employee Receives 2017 Althea Gibson Leadership Award

NEWARK, NJ — Margie Heller, Administrative Director Community Health and Outreach of RWJBarnabas Health in Livingston, received the 2017 Althea Gibson Leadership Award on Wednesday at the Annual Essex County Women’s History Month Celebration.

The Essex County's Annual Women's History Month Program, hosted by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, was held in the ...

Gregory Elementary Participates in District-Wide Fitness Combine Initiative

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Fifth-grade students in Lisa Asman's Physical Education Class at Gregory Elementary School participated in a district-wide Fitness Combine initiative earlier this month that continues to foster West Orange Public Schools' partnership with the National Football League (NFL) and its "Fuel Up to Play 60" health and fitness program.

The school district began its ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Multiple news media reported Thursday that law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish-American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCC) across the United States.

According to the New York Times, an Israeli judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce Announces Current List of "Taste of Essex" Vendors

March 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC), which is hosting its 17th annual “Taste of Essex” event ‪on April 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Manor in West Orange, recently announced some of the food and drink establishments that will sample some of their finest dishes and drinks at the event.

A portion of the proceeds from this event ...

West Orange Week in Review: 66th St. Patrick's Day Parade, February Police Blotter & More

March 19, 2017

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

Police Blotter: Armed Robberies, Drug Arrests, Vehicle Thefts and More

66th Annual West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade Packs Main Street

Washington Elementary School Hosts Annual Read Across America Event

Bagpipes and Corned Beef Fill the Air at West Essex YMCA St.

February in Review: West Orange Rite Aid Reopens; JCC MetroWest Receives Bomb Threat & More

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As February 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:

1. Affordable Housing Issues Dominate West Orange Township Council Meeting

2. Superintendent Explains West Orange High School’s 85-Percent Graduation Rate

3. West Orange Police Chief James ...

West Orange Energy Commission Event Support Earth Hour and Raise Environmental Awareness

March 26, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In conjunction with people being asked to turn their non-essential lights out this Saturday in support of energy conservation, the West Orange Energy Commission (WOEC) held its Earth Day event to support Earth Hour.

West Orange officials and local students joined others from throughout the region at this event, which was held at the Thomas Edison National Historical ...

Prospective Camp Families Are Invited to an Open House Event on Sunday, March 5 at Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

LONG VALLEY, NJ – Meadowbrook Country Day Camp invites all prospective camp families to attend an 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 take a heated bus ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Multiple news media reported Thursday that law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish-American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCC) across the United States.

According to the New York Times, an Israeli judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at ...

Arrest Made in Connection with 8 JCC Bomb Threats

ST. LOUIS, MO — Police arrested a man in St. Louis Friday morning in connection with bomb threats made to at least eight Jewish Community Centers, according to the United States Department of Justice. According to the Justice Department, Juan Thompson made the threats in a woman’s name in order to harass her.

West Orange police said Friday that there was no information at ...

Community Responds to Anti-Semitic Graffiti on Pedestrian Bridge at South Mountain Reservation

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on the pedestrian bridge that crosses South Orange Ave., at the South Mountain Reservation. Removal of the graffiti by Essex County workers began shortly after it was reported.

Several area rabbis were at the graffiti site, with Matthew Gewirtz, Senior Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills and Maplewood ...

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Obituary: Dr. Jan Huston Pryor

March 25, 2017

The family and friends of Dr. Jan Huston Pryor join the community to mourn her passing. Jan and her favorite dog Peter-Paul died tragically on March 21, 2017.

Jan is survived by her loving husband, Jonathan Pryor, whom she described as her rock and calming influence; Amy Kolb, her confidante and nanny; her twelve children: Lupita, Daniela, Andrew, Julia, Aleona, Timothy, Jessica, Elizabeth, ...

Housewives Star Identified as Owner of Burning Car Found with Dead Bodies

March 20, 2017

PATERSON, NJ - According to multiple reports, the burning car that was found in Paterson on Friday with two unidentified male bodies is registered to Housewives of NJ alum Kim DePaola.

Around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning police and fire  officials arrived to the scene of a burning Audi near the 500 block of East 28th Street in Paterson. 

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish ...

West Orange Board of Education to Present Preliminary Budget Wednesday

March 21, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A presentation of the Preliminary 2017-18 West Orange Public Schools Budget will be held at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, in the auditorium on March 22 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky and Business Administrator John Calavano will present the Preliminary Budget to the board.

The Preliminary Budget will be sent to the county on March 23 and is subject ...

WATCH: Andy's Family Music Teacher Mike Maino Performs Original Song

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight music teacher Mike Maino, guitarist of the popular New Jersey-based cover band “Screaming Broccoli.”

Seen above performing his original composition, “Sky Full of Dreams,” Maino has been a musician for approximately 35 years and an instructor at Andy’s for 12 years. He ...

Snow Blows

There is nothing quite so blissful as a snow day.  

 

The quiet beauty of gently falling flakes swiftly accumulating on the trees and lawns and roadways preventing any sort of travel to work.   Those two magic words:  School Closure.  Knowing that all there is to do is look out the window from your warm house and watch the clean cold blanket of winter stop all ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...