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20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

Saint Barnabas Recognized as a United States Top Hospital for Second Consecutive Year

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was named a Top Hospital for the second-consecutive year on Tuesday, showcasing SBMC's ongoing commitment to patient safety and quality.

Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital by the Leapfrog Group, which recognizes the highest-performing hospitals in the country through its annual survey, is one of the most ...

West Orange Police Report Multiple Armed Robberies in November

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Police recently identified Casey Clervil as the suspect in two armed robberies on Nov. 16 am 17 and are still investigating two unknown suspects in a third armed robbery that occurred earlier this month.

Police responded on Nov. 16 to 284 Watchung Avenue, where Derrick Pierre reported that he was smoking outside of 89 Franklin Avenue when a black male ...

Livingston's Elves Celebrate with Area Residents as Camuso Holiday Display is Lit

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Known throughout Livingston as the former editor of the “West Essex Tribune” and a longtime member of the planning board and other committees, Nancy and Richard Dinar, alongside their family, had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso display at the Livingston Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the Livingston ...

20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

West Orange Police Report Multiple Armed Robberies in November

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Police recently identified Casey Clervil as the suspect in two armed robberies on Nov. 16 am 17 and are still investigating two unknown suspects in a third armed robbery that occurred earlier this month.

Police responded on Nov. 16 to 284 Watchung Avenue, where Derrick Pierre reported that he was smoking outside of 89 Franklin Avenue when a black male ...

West Orange Fire Department Responds to Fire on Harrison Avenue

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Fire Department personnel reported that the main body of a fire at 70 Harrison Avenue was knocked down just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Breaking News Network (BNN), which monitors emergency radio activity.

The service was unable to confirm the type of structure or whether any injuries were reported at this time. More information will be ...

Tony Winner Lends Song to West Orange High School Holiday Concert Thursday

December 6, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – “I Like Musicals,” an original song penned by Tony winner and multiple Tony nominee Laura Benanti, will be a featured musical piece at the West Orange High School Holiday Concert on Thursday—and the trip from Broadway to West Orange is one of friendship and camaraderie that spans decades.

Benanti and WOHS Chorus Director John Hellyer have been close ...

Golda Och Academy to Host Programs for Families Interested in Transitioning from Public to Private School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Recognizing that families looking to switch their children from public school to private Jewish day school often have several questions about the transition process, Golda Och Academy is hosting two upcoming Coffee & Conversation meetings at the Wilf Lower School Campus in West Orange on Dec. 15 and Jan. 18.

Although students from a variety of Jewish ...

West Orange Students Explore Educational and Career Options at Disability Mentoring Day

EAST HANOVER, NJ — Ten West Orange High School students with disabilities were among more than 100 students from 11 schools that recently visited Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) for National Disability Mentoring Day, a day of career exploration for students with special needs.

The annual event in October, held at the company’s East Hanover campus, helped these ...

West Orange Rotary Club Provides Dictionaries to Third Graders

November 28, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Each year, members of the West Orange Rotary Club give dictionaries to all third-grade students in the West Orange Public School District as part of the organization’s community outreach.

Rotary volunteers recently stopped by Hazel Elementary School to distributed the dictionaries.

"The students are always excited to receive the dictionaries and learn ...

Annual Frank Schott Memorial Blood Drive Achieves 1000 Pints in Ten Years

WEST ORANGE, NJ– The Frank Schott Blood Drive, held annually in memory of former Orange Fire Chief Frank Schott, surpassed 1000 pints of blood collected at its tenth annual event held on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Shillelagh Club.

According to Francine Schott, daughter of Frank Schott, last week’s event brought in more than 150 pints, making it the most successful ...

West Orange Scholarship Fund Hosts Successful 'Master Chef' Fundraiser

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of West Orange's school and local community gathered in the Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School (WOHS) on Nov. 18 for the Mountaineer Master Chef competition, all in an effort to benefit the Principal's Scholarship Fund. The event was also sponsored by the West Orange Scholarship Fund and underwritten by Sodexo.

The evening featured five teams ...

First Annual “BARKtoberfest” Raises More Than $3300 for Participating Shelters and Rescue Groups

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The first-annual “BARKtoberfest” pet adoption event at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange raised more than $3,300 for participating animal shelters and rescue groups, including The Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter, part of the Healthy Community Healthy Youth Initiative of Livingston. A total of 20 dogs and cats were adopted, with many applications still ...

Gratitude is Theme of 2016 West Orange Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2016 Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at Mayfair Farms on Wednesday, where more than 100 members of the community mingled over food and drink. Guests participated in a 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefiting the West Orange Food Pantry at Holy Trinity and won door prizes.

Master of Ceremonies Ken Baris hosted ...

Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Needy and Homeless Feeds Essex County Families

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Approximately 20 pick-up trucks, SUV’s and vans were loaded to the brim with four tons of bulk foodstuffs, hundreds of turkeys and holiday meals by Essex County Sheriff’s officers at the emergency management headquarters in West Orange for delivery on Tuesday as part of the sheriff’s Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Needy and Homeless.

“This ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce Invites Area Residents to Holiday Celebration Tuesday

December 6, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Different from many North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) events, Tuesday’s holiday celebration at The Manor in West Orange will not have a formal program and instead encourages both members and non-members to come shop, eat and be merry together.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Manor’s new “Garden Room,” located at 111 Prospect Ave., will be decorated ...

West Orange Restaurant Week Hits its Midpoint; Participating Restaurants & Menus Included

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first annual West Orange Restaurant Week, sponsored by the West Orange Downtown Alliance, the West Orange Public Relations Commission and the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, is now in full swing and will continue through Saturday.

The following is a current of participating restaurants that will offer prix fixe menus and specials for residents and ...

Gratitude is Theme of 2016 West Orange Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2016 Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at Mayfair Farms on Wednesday, where more than 100 members of the community mingled over food and drink. Guests participated in a 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefiting the West Orange Food Pantry at Holy Trinity and won door prizes.

Master of Ceremonies Ken Baris hosted ...

Tony Winner Lends Song to West Orange High School Holiday Concert Thursday

December 6, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – “I Like Musicals,” an original song penned by Tony winner and multiple Tony nominee Laura Benanti, will be a featured musical piece at the West Orange High School Holiday Concert on Thursday—and the trip from Broadway to West Orange is one of friendship and camaraderie that spans decades.

Benanti and WOHS Chorus Director John Hellyer have been close ...

West Orange Christmas Tree Lighting Caps Off Full Day of Activities for Families

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A full day of free, family-friendly activities to kick off the holiday season was capped off by Mayor Robert Parisi’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday at West Orange Town Hall.

Highlighting this event was Santa’s quick arrival in his sleigh after getting a police escort down Main Street.

Hundreds of West Orange residents were greeted ...

West Orange High School Senior Performs with New Jersey All-State Orchestra

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School senior Austin Bartola had the unique opportunity to perform with the New Jersey All-State Orchestra in Atlantic City, Nov. 9-11.

Bartola, a battery percussionist, performed with the all-state band in February 2016. A number of string and wind musicians and percussionists were selected for the Atlantic City performances, including ...

West Orange Township Council Approves Commercial Tax Appeals That Will Reduce Revenue

November 24, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In order to stop the long-term financial drain to the community, the West Orange Township Council approved a resolution on Tuesday to accept various outstanding tax appeals for commercial buildings that were reassessed at lower tax rates.

According to Councilman Joe Krakoviak, 52 commercial buildings will be able to pay reduced taxes due to the reassessments and the ...

Projected West Orange Township Council Results are In

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Election officials have reported 36 out of the 37 districts for 97.30 percent of the total votes counted. Residents have chosen three candidates for the West Orange Township Council at Large.

Jerry Guarino is the projected winner of one of three open seats for council with 7,305 votes (20.73 percent of the 27,070 total votes).

Joe Krakoviak is projected to ...

Saint Barnabas Recognized as a United States Top Hospital for Second Consecutive Year

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was named a Top Hospital for the second-consecutive year on Tuesday, showcasing SBMC's ongoing commitment to patient safety and quality.

Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital by the Leapfrog Group, which recognizes the highest-performing hospitals in the country through its annual survey, is one of the most ...

RWJBarnabas CEO Shapes National Strategies for Ensuring Health Access in Vulnerable Communities

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barry Ostrowsky, recently participated in developing a report that outlines a menu options for communities, hospitals and policymakers to ensure that vulnerable rural and urban communities have access to essential healthcare services

Ostrowsky, a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Task Force ...

Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Warns of the Dangers of Deep Fried Turkey

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although many find it a delicious tradition, deep-frying a turkey can be dangerous, according to the staff at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Burn Center.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes and more than $15-million in property damage each ...

West Orange Restaurant Week Hits its Midpoint; Participating Restaurants & Menus Included

November 30, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first annual West Orange Restaurant Week, sponsored by the West Orange Downtown Alliance, the West Orange Public Relations Commission and the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, is now in full swing and will continue through Saturday.

The following is a current of participating restaurants that will offer prix fixe menus and specials for residents and ...

West Orange Scholarship Fund Hosts Successful 'Master Chef' Fundraiser

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of West Orange's school and local community gathered in the Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School (WOHS) on Nov. 18 for the Mountaineer Master Chef competition, all in an effort to benefit the Principal's Scholarship Fund. The event was also sponsored by the West Orange Scholarship Fund and underwritten by Sodexo.

The evening featured five teams ...

Gratitude is Theme of 2016 West Orange Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2016 Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at Mayfair Farms on Wednesday, where more than 100 members of the community mingled over food and drink. Guests participated in a 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefiting the West Orange Food Pantry at Holy Trinity and won door prizes.

Master of Ceremonies Ken Baris hosted ...

West Orange November in Review: Township Honors Fallen Police Officer; Board of Education News & More

December 3, 2016

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

 

Man Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated Near West Orange High School

 

Heavy Fire Tears Through West Orange Home; No Injuries Reported

 

Body of Missing Montclair Resident Found at Eagle Rock Reservation in West ...

West Orange Firefighter Promoted to Captain; St. Joseph Church Turns 85

November 24, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange firefighter Carmine S. Ruta was officially promoted to the rank of Fire Captain at the Nov. 22 township council meeting. Mayor Robert Parisi was on hand to congratulate Ruta, who was joined by his wife, Marybeth, and sons Jack and Matthew at the ceremony.

The ceremony was followed by the council’s recognition of St. Joseph Church’s 85th ...

First Annual “BARKtoberfest” Raises More Than $3300 for Participating Shelters and Rescue Groups

November 27, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The first-annual “BARKtoberfest” pet adoption event at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange raised more than $3,300 for participating animal shelters and rescue groups, including The Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter, part of the Healthy Community Healthy Youth Initiative of Livingston. A total of 20 dogs and cats were adopted, with many applications still ...

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Livingston's Elves Celebrate with Area Residents as Camuso Holiday Display is Lit

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Known throughout Livingston as the former editor of the “West Essex Tribune” and a longtime member of the planning board and other committees, Nancy and Richard Dinar, alongside their family, had the honor of officially lighting the Camuso display at the Livingston Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the Livingston ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...