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West Orange Kid Continues Search for Kidney Donor for His Father

February 25, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A week after a 10-year-old boy from West Orange called News 12 New Jersey to ask for help in finding a kidney for his dad, the father’s transplant coordinator told him that calls are coming in from people throughout the nation who want to see if they are a possible match.

“My coordinator told me that calls are flooding in from many places, including calls ...

Nutley Police Make Arrest In Instagram School Threat Case

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department made an arrest in the case of an Instagram video post. An 18-year-old resident was charged with Third Degree False Public Alarm.

Joseph Rafanello, a senior at Nutley High School, was arrested and taken to Essex County Jail. The arrest followed a full investigation by the police.

Chief Thomas Strumolo stated that ...

18-Year-Old Man Arrested for Threats Made to James Caldwell High School

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — An 18-year-old West Caldwell resident was arrested and charged with a second-degree crime of creating a false public alarm on Saturday after the West Caldwell Police Department’s (WCPD) investigation revealed that Michael Schmitt sent a threatening message to James Caldwell High School students via a social media website, according to Chief of Police Gerard ...

EarthCam Shares Live Webcam Views of Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

TAPintoTravels - If you saw our article, you know about the Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to support the Special Olympics.  If you cannot be there, but want to see the festivities, this press release tells you how you can.

WHAT: Tomorrow, February 24 from 9am-1pm ET, thousands of people will make a mad dash into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the ...

West Orange Public Schools to Host Safety and Security Open Forum

February 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In conjunction with the West Orange Police Department, the West Orange Public Schools will host an open discussion on safety and security in the schools at 7 p.m. on Wednesday for parents, guardians, students, district employees and community members.

The police department representatives and I both want to hear from you on this critical topic,” said ...

West Orange Board of Ed Member Honored at African-American History Month Ceremony

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community by recognizing two outstanding Essex County residents for their leadership: West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) Member Sandra Marie ...

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

West Orange High School Cheerleaders Place Fourth in National Championship

February 20, 2018

ORLANDO, FL — The West Orange High School (WOHS) cheerleaders recently took fourth place in the Large Non-Tumbling Division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The NHSCC is the most prestigious championship in the country and is televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2.

"We had a very successful trip and ...

Girls Basketball: West Orange Heads to County Semifinals

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In the past week, the West Orange girls basketball team has defeated top teams Newark Tech and Saddle River Day in dramatic fashion, and on Saturday took a 41-35 victory over Arts in the quarterfinal of the Essex County Tournament.

Mya Bembry led the third-seeded Mountaineers with 16 points and Nathali Simpson followed her with eight. Fredreyah Howard and Alathea ...

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 Kid Continues Search for Kidney Donor for His Father

February 25, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A week after a 10-year-old boy from West Orange called News 12 New Jersey to ask for help in finding a kidney for his dad, the father’s transplant coordinator told him that calls are coming in from people throughout the nation who want to see if they are a possible match.

“My coordinator told me that calls are flooding in from many places, including calls ...

13-Year-Old West Orange Author Speaks at Book Signing 

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Not many 13 year olds can say they have started a social movement, but Marley Dias, a student at the Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) in West Orange, is one who can. Dias spoke about her founding of #1000BlackGirlsBooks, and her critically acclaimed book “Marley Dias Gets It Done—And So Can You” at a West Orange Human Relations Commission (WOHRC) event on ...

West Orange Board of Ed Member Honored at African-American History Month Ceremony

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community by recognizing two outstanding Essex County residents for their leadership: West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) Member Sandra Marie ...

NY Jets Player Inspires Liberty Middle Schools Students to Live Healthy

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 ...

West Orange Biz 2.0 Lunch and Learn to Focus on Elevating Presentation in Business

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A certified professional coach and communications consultant with in-depth expertise in the media and lifestyle industries will serve as the featured guest speaker on Thursday at a Biz 2.0 Lunch & Learn Workshop for Growing Businesses, sponsored by Advantage Pest Control and hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, at Marriott ...

Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

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, ...

13-Year-Old West Orange Author Speaks at Book Signing 

February 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Not many 13 year olds can say they have started a social movement, but Marley Dias, a student at the Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) in West Orange, is one who can. Dias spoke about her founding of #1000BlackGirlsBooks, and her critically acclaimed book “Marley Dias Gets It Done—And So Can You” at a West Orange Human Relations Commission (WOHRC) event on ...

Children’s Theater to Present "The Big Bad Musical” at United Presbyterian Church

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The popular children’s musical, “The Big Bad Wolf,” hopes to make audiences howl with laughter when it is presented in the Fellowship Hall at United Presbyterian Church, 20 Old Indian Road, West Orange on Feb. 24 and 25 beginning at 3 p.m.

The Big Bad Wolf, backed by his two faithful Wolfettes, is on trial and the audience is the jury that decides his ...

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 Alumnus to Report to USS Chung Hoon Following Naval Academy Graduation

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2014 alumnus and top-ranking Naval Academy midshipman Dylan Pennell will be commissioned as an Ensign with a Bachelor of Science degree and assigned to the USS Chung Hoon following his graduation in May.

Pennell chose the Pearl Harbor-stationed USS Chung Hoon during the January Naval Academy ship selections. He ranked fourth out ...

West Orange Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

West Orange Kid Continues Search for Kidney Donor for His Father

February 25, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A week after a 10-year-old boy from West Orange called News 12 New Jersey to ask for help in finding a kidney for his dad, the father’s transplant coordinator told him that calls are coming in from people throughout the nation who want to see if they are a possible match.

“My coordinator told me that calls are flooding in from many places, including calls ...

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

NY Jets Player Inspires Liberty Middle Schools Students to Live Healthy

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 ...

West Orange Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

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 Man Pleads "Not Guilty" to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman Lance’s Office

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including West Orange resident Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Tepperman ...

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 ...

EarthCam Shares Live Webcam Views of Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

February 25, 2018

TAPintoTravels - If you saw our article, you know about the Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to support the Special Olympics.  If you cannot be there, but want to see the festivities, this press release tells you how you can.

WHAT: Tomorrow, February 24 from 9am-1pm ET, thousands of people will make a mad dash into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the ...

Save the Date: New York Auto Show Scheduled for 2018

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away. This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

WATCH: Celebrity Politicians Weigh in on Travel Preferences

TAPintoTravels - We frequent many events in the course of our travels. One of our favorite experiences is interviewing famous people about their travel preferences.  Here are a couple of our favorite interviews featuring politicians.

In this clip, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speaks about his love of Jersey City and what it has to offer.

In this clip, ...

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Nutley Police Make Arrest In Instagram School Threat Case

February 25, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department made an arrest in the case of an Instagram video post. An 18-year-old resident was charged with Third Degree False Public Alarm.

Joseph Rafanello, a senior at Nutley High School, was arrested and taken to Essex County Jail. The arrest followed a full investigation by the police.

Chief Thomas Strumolo stated that ...

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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

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Can Frelinghuysen At Least Stand with Working Families On His Way Out?

February 25, 2018

On January 29, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced his decision to retire.  Presumably he is now free to vote his conscience rather than blindly go along with his party’s agenda against the interests of the working class in America.

On February 14, he voted to support a bill that allows usurious credit card rates to apply when loans are sold from one institution to another.

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

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 ...

'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 ...