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Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

February 19, 2018

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, ...

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 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.

West Orange Superintendent Responds to Florida Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following the tragic shooting in Florida, West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky released the following message to the school community on behalf of the district.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident. As educators, each and every time this occurs, it cuts us to our core and we feel every one of these senseless ...

West Orange Superintendent Responds to Florida Students

February 16, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following the tragic shooting in Florida, West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky released the following message to the school community on behalf of the district.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident. As educators, each and every time this occurs, it cuts us to our core and we feel every one of these senseless ...

Intense Debate Affects Voting on Renewal of West Orange Superintendent Contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Although the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) delayed the vote on whether to renew Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract on Monday, the topic dominated the meeting with comments from  community residents, teachers and school administrators who came out to either support or attack the superintendent for the job he has done over the past three-and-a-half ...

West Orange Technology Course Recognized by NJ School Boards Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The “Materials Engineering Unit” of the West Orange High School Principles of Engineering course was recently recognized by the New Jersey School Boards Association’s (NJSBA) A+ Ideas, Programs and Practices as an “exemplary” school program. The "Car Crash Simulation" performance-based assessment was also recognized.

The ...

West Orange Wrestlers Advance to Region Tournament; Rawls Wins 100th Match

February 18, 2018

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 Girls Basketball Celebrates Women in Sports Day; Earns Two Victories

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School (WOHS) girls basketball team recognized Women in Sports Day this week and took a decisive win over Newark Tech, 63-44, on Tuesday before also defeating Saddle River Day, 64-63, on Thursday.

Coach Doug Nevins recognized the 32nd anniversary of Title IX, celebrating women and girls in sports.

“With tonight’s event, WOHS, ...

West Orange Wrestling Takes Sectional Crown in Win Over Passaic Tech

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Wrestling team captured the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 sectional title at home on Friday in a hard-fought final against Passaic Tech, 33-26.

This was the Mountaineer’s second sectional in 56 years, having won their first championship in 2012.

“This year, we knew going in that Passaic Tech was the favorite in our state ...

NY Jets Player Inspires Liberty Middle Schools Students to Live Healthy

February 15, 2018

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 ...

More than 11 Tons of Food, Toys and Coats Collected at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition the 97,459 people who visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo in 2017, the second-largest attendance figure for the event, behind the 131,594 people who came in 2015, more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., said it ...

More Than $4,000 Raised for Graduating Seniors at Bowling for Scholarship Dollars

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The fifth annual Bowling for Scholarship Dollars fundraiser held at Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange on Monday raised $4,225 this year, and has raised approximately $20,000 overall, to help provide scholarships for graduating West Orange High School (WOHS) seniors.

For $25 each, members of the West Orange Public Schools community and public supporters came together for a ...

West Orange Mayor Recognizes Outstanding Students, Employees and Volunteers at 44th Annual Chamber Breakfast

WEST ORANGE, NJ – When Mayor Robert Parisi gave his eighth annual “State of the Township” address at the 44th annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) Breakfast held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel last week, he recognized ten academically outstanding West Orange High School (WOHS) seniors and three outstanding athletes and presented the Employee of the Year award to 911 ...

Golda Och Academy Senior Wins Prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sarah Cehelyk, a senior at Golda Och Academy, recently became one of only 106 high school students in the country to be awarded the prestigious 2018 Horatio Alger National Scholarship.

The East Brunswick resident was selected out of more than 40,000 applicants to receive this award, which “recognizes outstanding students, who, in the face of great personal ...

Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

February 19, 2018

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 ...

West Orange Council Votes on New Parking on Eagle Rock Avenue

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Following the Matrix Development Group’s positive assessment of converting the open lot at 665 Eagle Rock Avenue into a public parking lot for shoppers and commuters, the administration asked the West Orange Township Council to approve the release of $400,000 in funds to purchase the property for this purpose. The council voted 4-1 to approve this funding, with only ...

West Orange High School Boys Step Team Wins Regional Title

February 17, 2018

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 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 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 ...

West Orange Council Votes on New Parking on Eagle Rock Avenue

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Following the Matrix Development Group’s positive assessment of converting the open lot at 665 Eagle Rock Avenue into a public parking lot for shoppers and commuters, the administration asked the West Orange Township Council to approve the release of $400,000 in funds to purchase the property for this purpose. The council voted 4-1 to approve this funding, with only ...

NY Jets Player Inspires Liberty Middle Schools Students to Live Healthy

February 15, 2018

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 ...

Pot Poll: Majority of NJ Opposes Legalized Marijuana

February 7, 2018

NEW FDU POLL SHOWS MAJORITY OF NEW JERSEYANS OPPOSE LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

TRENTON, NJ – The majority of New Jerseyans oppose legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.  This marks the first time a recent poll in New Jersey has found less than 50 percent support for legalization.

According to ...

Six Local Restaurants to Book for Valentine's Day

February 7, 2018

WEST ESSEX, NJ - Valentine’s Day is only a week away. In addition to sorting through the very best chocolates, flowers and romantic gifts, finding the best place to take your date can be equally overwhelming.

Here are six local eateries offering a romantic atmosphere and delicious eats for Valentine’s Day:

Marble & Moxie - Livingston NEW!  This ...

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 Council Renews Forester Contract Despite Pushback from Residents

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Although many residents attended the West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday to urge the council not to renew the contract of township forester John Linson due to what they viewed as his excessive tree cutting, the council voted 4-1 to renew his contract.

Councilman Joe Krakoviak was the only member to vote no on this issue, which was among the contentious ...

West Orange Man One of Six Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

February 8, 2018

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 ...

No Time to Travel Wednesday? How About a Romantic Travel Film Instead?

February 13, 2018

TAPintoTravels - Normally, it is not a practice of TAPinto Travels to discourage vacationing for such a romantic holiday—but with Valentine’s Day landing on a Wednesday, it simply isn’t practical. Instead, why not watch a romantic movie that will certainly encourage you to travel to a wonderful location? TAPinto Travels recommends Somewhere in Time. 

It is one ...

TAPinto Travels Presents: Our Winter Olympic Connections

TAPintoTravels - The Winter Olympics are in South Korea and many members of the TAPinto community are there competing, spectating, traveling, or behind the scenes.

For TAPinto athletic competitors, see this article.

For TAPinto professional broadcasters, see this article on a Cranford High resident’s journey and her NBC colleague from Somers.

Ten 2018 ...

Travel to Camelback for the Best Snowtubing Conditions

TANNERSVILLE, PA - The powder may be nonexistent, but the weather has created some of the best snowtubing conditions ever seen in the Pennsylvania Poconos’ Camelback Resort in Tannersville.

Camelback features skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, mountain adventures along with the wet and wonderful fun of its grand ...

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Nutley High School Closes After Security Threat Friday

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office confirmed to TAPinto Nutley that the bomb disposal unit was parked in front of Nutley High School Friday afternoon.

Members of the Essex County Sheriff's Office are working with the Nutley Police Department as the investigation following the Instagram incident continues. The bomb disposal unit conducted a sweep of the school ...

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 ...

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Thu, February 22, 12:00 PM

Marriot Courtyard, West Orange

BIZ 2.0 WORKSHOPS - Lunch & Learn | Presented by ...

Business & Finance Food & Drink

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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

Arts & Entertainment

Brrr, It’s Old! Come Inside the West Essex YMCA to Explore Summer Camp Fun

February 7, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — While the thermometer may not budge above 40 degrees, the summer planning season is here. Families are invited to a summer camp information session at the West Essex YMCA from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Throughout the summer, the West Essex YMCA runs five development-appropriate programs for children ages 3 1/2 to 15, building self-esteem, confidence ...

Paterson Firefighter Opens Up About Struggles, Urges Others not to Suffer in Silence

February 8, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Not a week goes by when a tale of heroism and bravery on the part of firefighters is not told. For them, running into a burning building is as natural as running out of one is for the rest of us.

That became apparent again on Monday when members of the Paterson Fire Department responded to a fire at 268 Main Street, which led to the eventual total collapse of ...

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 ...

In the Driver's Seat

Honey, I am going to take the Roadster out for a quick spin around the sun. I’ll be back in a few million years.

 

That’s nice dear. While you are out, could you pick up a gallon of milk?

 

In what has to be the greatest road trip of all time and space, Elon Musk, the visionary inventor, engineer, and billionaire investor loaded his very own red Tesla ...

'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 ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...