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What To Do With The Ridge Road Forest? Discussion Begins

May 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A resolution on the preservation of 12 acres of forest on Ridge Road remains tabled.

During the public comment portion of Tuesday's West Orange Township Council meeting, resident Sally Malanga urged the council members to preserve the 12 acres of forest on Ridge Road. She urged the council to pass a resolution to have an appraiser come out to assess how much the property ...

Softball: West Orange Snags Division Championship Title

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School (WOHS) girls softball became the Super Essex Conference (SEC) Colonial Division champions following this week’s victory over Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA), 14-6.

The Mountaineers’ 7-1 record in division play placed the Mountaineers at the head of the tournament, and added to the excitement of Nathali Simpson’s shattering the ...

West Orange Municipal Budget Presentation Clarifies Challenges

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Giving the public a greater understanding of where West Orange’s 2018 municipal budget of $83,225,484 will be spent, Chief Financial Officer John Gross brought more clarity to this issue at Tuesday night's West Orange Town Council (WOTC) meeting.

Gross explained that 63 percent (approximately $52 million) of the budget goes towards personnel costs. This represents a ...

West Orange District to Welcome Student Rep onto Board of Education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A new policy to include student representation on the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) was approved at Monday’s WOBOE meeting. Under the new policy, the student representative will take on the responsibility to assist in devising regulations for student conduct and responsibilities that provide all students with a healthy, safe and productive ...

Two Paterson Men Charged in West Orange "Grandparent Scheme"

May 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two Paterson men have been charged with deceiving a Midwestern grandfather in a fake bail scheme, according to West Orange police, after the victim realized that the $600 he was asked to mail to New Jersey to bail his grandson out of jail for driving under the influence (DUI) was a scam.  

Jose Alexander Mercedes, 28, and Reynaldito Ulloacastillo, 31, were arrested ...

West Orange Spared Brunt of Tuesday's Massive Thunderstorms

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The severe thunderstorms that buffeted the area late Tuesday afternoon by and large spared the township.

One exception was a power wire that came down in the area of of Fitzrandolph Road and Conforti Avenue, according to West Orange police.

PSE&G is still conducting cleanup in the area and power remains shut down as of noon Wednesday in that immediate neighborhood ...

West Orange Students Hear from Fire Survivors Thanks to O/WO Unico

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University (SHU) fire survivors Shawn Simmons and Alvaro Llanos recenty visited West Orange High School to share their emotional story with the senior class.

On Jan. 19, 2000, after a SHU basketball victory against rival St. John’s, the third floor of the Boland Hall dorm was engulfed with smoke and flames. The fire was set by fellow students who ...

West Orange District to Welcome Student Rep onto Board of Education

May 23, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A new policy to include student representation on the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) was approved at Monday’s WOBOE meeting. Under the new policy, the student representative will take on the responsibility to assist in devising regulations for student conduct and responsibilities that provide all students with a healthy, safe and productive ...

West Orange Board of Education Delays Vote on New Program for Multilingual Learners

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With more than 50 languages spoken in the homes of West Orange Public School students and more than 1500 students coming from homes that speak languages other than English, strengthening the English Language Learners program (ELL) in the district has become a major priority. Following Monday’s “Preparing Multilingual Learners for Global Competence” ...

Redwood Principal Receives 2018 Allan Morehead Memorial Award

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Redwood Elementary School Principal Timothy Beaumont recently received the prestigious 2018 Allen Morehead Memorial Award from Montclair State University’s (MSU) College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) at the CEHS Annual Awards Ceremony.

The Allan Morehead Memorial Award is given to an MSU alumnus who is “committed to education and service, ...

Softball: West Orange Snags Division Championship Title

May 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School (WOHS) girls softball became the Super Essex Conference (SEC) Colonial Division champions following this week’s victory over Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA), 14-6.

The Mountaineers’ 7-1 record in division play placed the Mountaineers at the head of the tournament, and added to the excitement of Nathali Simpson’s shattering the ...

Baseball: North Bergen Eliminates West Orange from State Tournament, 4-3

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange pitchers gave up just two hits, but North Bergen rallied from a three-run deficit for a 4-3 baseball victory in the opening round of the Section 1, Group 4 state tournament Monday.

West Orange (14-9) led, 3-0, after two innings. North Bergen tied it, and then took a 4-3 lead with a run in the sixth inning.

Christopher Spagnuolo finished with three of West ...

West Orange Girls Softball Has Big Week, Sets Records

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School girls softball has had a big week, shattering one record, setting another and winning the first round of the North 1, Group 4 state playoffs against Passaic Tech, 11-10.

Nahtali Simpson broke the all-time hit record held by Lindsay Flores (Class of 2012) on May 10, with a home run—nailing her 138th hit against Ferris High School. Simpson ...

West Orange Students Hear from Fire Survivors Thanks to O/WO Unico

May 14, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University (SHU) fire survivors Shawn Simmons and Alvaro Llanos recenty visited West Orange High School to share their emotional story with the senior class.

On Jan. 19, 2000, after a SHU basketball victory against rival St. John’s, the third floor of the Boland Hall dorm was engulfed with smoke and flames. The fire was set by fellow students who ...

West Orange Seniors Honored at Essex County Scholastic Awards Dinner

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2018 were recently honored at the 31st Annual Essex County Academic Awards Banquet, which was held at Nanina’s in the Park in Bloomfield to recognize the top two students from of the county’s public high schools.

Aishwarya Kanagala, WOHS Valedictorian, will be attending ...

RWJBarnabas Marketing and Communications Leader Named Association of American Medical Colleges Group Chair

May 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael Knecht, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications, RWJBarnabas Health, was recently appointed chair of the Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the only national professional development group devoted exclusively to the role of institutional advancement in academic ...

Willow & Olivia Hosts Successful Grand Opening Amid Dreary Weather

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Main Street became a bit more magical on Saturday when a new boutique bakery officially opened its doors for business in West Orange.

Willow & Olivia Dessert Café opened its first storefront at 255 Main Street.The bakery was a year in the making and a dream come true for owner, baker and self-appointed "founding fairy" Gia ...

West Orange Chamber Kicks Off Spring with May Mixer

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) continues to grow after members and non-members recently attended a “May Mixer” social hour at the Lobby of Courtyard by Marriott, where refreshments were provided by Regal Bank.

According to WOCC executive director Jessica Parkes, the event was held as part of the chamber’s ongoing effort to provide ...

West Orange High School Artist Part of Gallery Showing at SOPAC

May 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior and artist David Fernandez and his work "Threshold" is part of the "Inspired Minds" showing at the Herb and Milly Iris Gallery at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). The event opening was held on May 17.

"Inspired Minds" recognizes and celebrates local young artists and provides the opportunity ...

West Orange High School Spring Chorus Concert Inspires

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The award-winning West Orange High School Music Department once again proved that it is the best of the best with its spring chorus concert.

Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jubilee Choir and Glee Club came together for an evening of contemporary, classical, Broadway and gospel tunes.

For the second year, the Edison Middle School chorus joined the Treble and ...

West Orange High School Actors Nominated for "Rising Star" Awards

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Gabrielle Florendo and Madelyn Machado of West Orange High School (WOHS) have been nominated for Paper Mill Playhouse "Rising Star" awards for their performances in "In the Heights."

Gabrielle ("Nina Rosario") was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Madelyn Machada ("Carla Rosario") was ...

What To Do With The Ridge Road Forest? Discussion Begins

May 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A resolution on the preservation of 12 acres of forest on Ridge Road remains tabled.

During the public comment portion of Tuesday's West Orange Township Council meeting, resident Sally Malanga urged the council members to preserve the 12 acres of forest on Ridge Road. She urged the council to pass a resolution to have an appraiser come out to assess how much the property ...

West Orange Municipal Budget Presentation Clarifies Challenges

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Giving the public a greater understanding of where West Orange’s 2018 municipal budget of $83,225,484 will be spent, Chief Financial Officer John Gross brought more clarity to this issue at Tuesday night's West Orange Town Council (WOTC) meeting.

Gross explained that 63 percent (approximately $52 million) of the budget goes towards personnel costs. This represents a ...

West Orange Council Votes on Resolution to Prepare Traffic Study

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following a closed discussion at its meeting on Tuesday, the West Orange Township Council publicly voted 4-1 to approve a resolution authorizing the township to retain CME Associates to prepare a traffic study as part of an ongoing declaratory judgment litigation case related to the township’s affordable housing obligations.

According to the council, the main ...

RWJBarnabas Marketing and Communications Leader Named Association of American Medical Colleges Group Chair

May 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael Knecht, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications, RWJBarnabas Health, was recently appointed chair of the Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the only national professional development group devoted exclusively to the role of institutional advancement in academic ...

West Orange Students and Parents Learn From Sexual Assault Video

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) Student Assistant Counselors (SAC) Keshia Golding-Cooper and Amadeo Chirichiello screened an important film for students and parents earlier this month called “The Hunting Ground,” which looks at the statistics of sexual assault on college campuses.

The film was nominated for several awards, including two Emmy nominations and ...

Hundreds of RWJBarnabas Health Employees Run in New Jersey Half Marathon

LONG BRANCH, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health leaders Stephen Zieniewicz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and Bill Arnold, president and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch were joined by 200 RWJBarnabas Health employees as they ran in the New Jersey Half Marathon on at the Jersey Shore.

As the most comprehensive ...

West Orange Woman Among Dozen Arrested in Narcotics Investigation

May 21, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — When seven search warrants were executed this week in Newark, East Orange and Irvington, narcotics valued at $80,000 were recovered and 12 people were arrested, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino.

Among those arrested was West Orange resident Lisa DeRonde, 47, who was charged with charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws.

The ...

Willow & Olivia Hosts Successful Grand Opening Amid Dreary Weather

May 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Main Street became a bit more magical on Saturday when a new boutique bakery officially opened its doors for business in West Orange.

Willow & Olivia Dessert Café opened its first storefront at 255 Main Street.The bakery was a year in the making and a dream come true for owner, baker and self-appointed "founding fairy" Gia ...

What To Do With The Ridge Road Forest? Discussion Begins

May 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A resolution on the preservation of 12 acres of forest on Ridge Road remains tabled.

During the public comment portion of Tuesday's West Orange Township Council meeting, resident Sally Malanga urged the council members to preserve the 12 acres of forest on Ridge Road. She urged the council to pass a resolution to have an appraiser come out to assess how much the property ...

Dedication of Mayor James Sheeran Park Brings Vision of Young West Orange Girl to Fruition

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The vision of 9-year-old Emily Rintzler came to fruition on Saturday with the dedication of the Mayor James Sheeran Park at Collamore Circle in West Orange. More than 100 residents came out for the dedication ceremony for this small park that honors the memory of West Orange residents who dreamed big during their lives.

“It was Emily’s idea to create a nice ...

West Orange Campaign Brings Residents Together to Keep Township Beautiful

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the cold 2018 weather quickly becomes a thing of the past, residents West Orange are encouraged to leave that cabin fever behind this weekend by spending at least an hour outside cleaning up the place they call home to ensure that the township continues to shine.

As part of an ongoing community initiative dubbed "West Orange Clean," residents will take to ...

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Free Flavors Soft Serve Ice Cream (Jr. Cup or Cone) With Coupon

May 23, 2018

Fairfield, NJ - Flavors Homemade Ice Cream is offering a FREE soft serve ice cream (jr. cup or cone) when you spend $10 or more with coupon.

Flavors Homemade Is located at 653 Rt 46 West (1.98 mi) in Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 next to Jose Tejas.

*Homemade Ice Cream

*Italian Ice

*Gelato 

*Fresh waffles 

*ice ...

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Township Hall, West Orange

2018 Memorial Day Observance

Community Calendar

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Mon, May 28, 8:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

Board of Education Meeting

Community Calendar Education

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Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline

Clarifying Points Made in Article About WOHS Air Quality Issues

May 14, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I am the advisor to West Orange High School's student newspaper, The Pioneer. My Editor-in-Chief, Anna Favetta, is the student who researched the topic and wrote the article bringing this issue to light. She worked on the article for 4 months before she had adequate and proper information for it to go to print. 

An article on the BOE presentation of the ...

What It Means to Me - A Baseball Story

We are all in amazement of the dedication and talent of our young West Orange athletes. One of the goals of our youth sports programs is to develop our players so they are ready for high school and are prepared for success at that next level of play. Throughout the course of the year we will be featuring some of our talented young athletes and coaches. This week we have the perspective of ...

West Orange On Three!

The spring season is in full swing, and we are excited to debut this new column focusing on all things youth sports!  We thought we would kick things off with an overview of the programs West Orange has to offer, and then go behind the scenes to see what makes youth sports tick.

West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) and Mountain Top League (MTL), together with the West Orange ...

Summer 2018 Events at the West Orange Public Library

May 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning in June, the West Orange Public Library will offer the following events for area residents of all ages:

Dinosaurs’ Rock!                                             

Monday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Field Station Dinosaur visits with the ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&M@royalwedbot.co.uk.  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...