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Essex County Executive Launches 2018 Re-Election Campaign

December 11, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Amid a sea of supporters from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, from Newark City Hall to the outer reaches of West Essex, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo formally announced his re-election campaign in Newark on Monday morning at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park.

DiVincenzo, a Newark native who now lives in Roseland, is seeking his fifth ...

Three RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2017 Top Hospitals

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals in 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Among thousands of hospitals in the ...

More Than 1000 Toys Donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at Night with Santa Toy Drive

WEST ORANGE, NJ – More than 1000 toys to be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital filled the stage as Santa danced in to the Christmas music that was playing at the seventh annual “Night with Santa Toy Drive” event held on Thursday at 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange.

In addition to donating toys, many of the attendees joined with others in the community in supporting the ...

Fashion and Food Come to CycleBar Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to offering heart-pumping indoor cycling classes, CycleBar Livingston is opening its doors to various local businesses.

 “Community is one of our central guiding principles and although we use exercise as a focal point for that we recognize that there are other complimentary businesses that could benefit our riders," said owner Delvin ...

Special Education Audit Applauds West Orange and Makes Recommendations for Improvement

December 5, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Public Schools’ desire to maintain students with disabilities in general educational settings was commended in the Special Education Audit recently completed by Bryant, Gemza, Kennoy & Kozlik.

Educational consultants Patrick Keenoy, Jr. and Charles Bryant of the firm reported major audit findings to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) at its ...

West Orange District Receives $14,680 “Fuel Up to Play 60” Grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange School District recently received a check from the National Football League (NFL) in the amount of $14,680 thanks to the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, the NFL, and the USDA to support young people in leading healthier lives.

This is the third grant ...

Science National Honor Society Donates Trees to West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) recently spent a morning planting six new trees to beautify the landscape on the Pleasant Valley Way side of West Orange High School (WOHS).

"We have wanted to do something for a while now," said SNHS Advisor Dr. Ronald Brandt. "We all decided to that we would purchase the trees for the high school ...

West Orange Council Recognizes Accomplishments of PAL Sports Teams

December 7, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three teams of the West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) were recognized by the mayor and council on Tuesday for their accomplishments in the recent season.

Teams recognized included the undefeated PAL Peewee Football team, the PeeWee Cheerleading Team and the PAL 8U baseball team.

 

More Than 1000 Toys Donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at Night with Santa Toy Drive

December 10, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – More than 1000 toys to be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital filled the stage as Santa danced in to the Christmas music that was playing at the seventh annual “Night with Santa Toy Drive” event held on Thursday at 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange.

In addition to donating toys, many of the attendees joined with others in the community in supporting the ...

Israel Bonds New Jersey to Honor Local Health Professionals

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Dr. Stuart Geffner of Livingston and Morristown Medical Center’s Dr. Renee Frankel of Short Hills will be honored at this year’s Health Professionals Dinner at Crystal Plaza on Monday, hosted by Israel Bonds New Jersey.

Geffner, the Director of Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at SBMC since 1995, has ...

Night with Santa Toy Drive to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Coat Drive for Local Shelters

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In partnership with the We Care 4 All Foundation, the West Orange Council of PTA’s, and Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, West Orange Board of Education member Ron Charles and his family invite the public to the seventh annual “Night with Santa Toy Drive” on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This free, family-friendly ...

Christmas Tree Lighting Caps Off Full Day of Holiday Open House Activities in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – From the time it opened with a Breakfast with Santa event attended by nearly 200 people to its climax with a festive tree lighting ceremony in front of West Orange Township Hall, the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday delivered on its promise to kick off the holiday season in a memorable way.

“It was exciting to see so many people turn out to our new events ...

Science National Honor Society Donates Trees to West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) recently spent a morning planting six new trees to beautify the landscape on the Pleasant Valley Way side of West Orange High School (WOHS).

"We have wanted to do something for a while now," said SNHS Advisor Dr. Ronald Brandt. "We all decided to that we would purchase the trees for the high school ...

Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry Provides Hundreds of Turkeys for Local Families

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In its third year of collecting Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need, the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry collected nearly 300 turkeys.

“Perhaps after all these years, I have just come to expect this of the West Orange community, because I know—I know what our town is really like,” said Cynthia Cumming, food pantry administrator.

Three RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2017 Top Hospitals

December 10, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals in 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Among thousands of hospitals in the ...

Essex Green Redevelopment Debate Continues in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing debate on whether Essex Green and its adjoining Executive Drive should be declared an “area in need of redevelopment” became a major focus of the West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday when residents came to speak out on the subject.  

If approved by the West Orange Planning Board and Township Council, this declaration would ...

Fashion and Food Come to CycleBar Livingston

December 9, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to offering heart-pumping indoor cycling classes, CycleBar Livingston is opening its doors to various local businesses.

 “Community is one of our central guiding principles and although we use exercise as a focal point for that we recognize that there are other complimentary businesses that could benefit our riders," said owner Delvin ...

Christmas Tree Lighting Caps Off Full Day of Holiday Open House Activities in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – From the time it opened with a Breakfast with Santa event attended by nearly 200 people to its climax with a festive tree lighting ceremony in front of West Orange Township Hall, the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday delivered on its promise to kick off the holiday season in a memorable way.

“It was exciting to see so many people turn out to our new events ...

West Orange Student, Activist and Author Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Roosevelt eighth-grade student Marley Dias continues to achieve international recognition as the result of the creation of her “1,000 Black Girl Books” movement.

After bringing attention to the lack of literature that Dias felt reflected her and other young black women, she collected tens-of-thousands of books and became an overnight sensation, ...

Essex County Executive Launches 2018 Re-Election Campaign

December 11, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Amid a sea of supporters from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, from Newark City Hall to the outer reaches of West Essex, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo formally announced his re-election campaign in Newark on Monday morning at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park.

DiVincenzo, a Newark native who now lives in Roseland, is seeking his fifth ...

West Orange Historic Preservation Commission Surveys Lower Gregory and Valley Neighborhoods

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The findings of a recently completed survey of historic architecture in the Lower Gregory and Valley neighborhoods of West Orange were revealed at Tuesday’s council meeting during a presentation given by Brian Feeney and Marty Feitlowitz of the West Orange Historic Preservation Commission and Patrick Harshbarger, vice president of Hunter Research, which conducted the ...

Essex Green Redevelopment Debate Continues in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing debate on whether Essex Green and its adjoining Executive Drive should be declared an “area in need of redevelopment” became a major focus of the West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday when residents came to speak out on the subject.  

If approved by the West Orange Planning Board and Township Council, this declaration would ...

Three RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2017 Top Hospitals

December 10, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals in 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Among thousands of hospitals in the ...

Fashion and Food Come to CycleBar Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to offering heart-pumping indoor cycling classes, CycleBar Livingston is opening its doors to various local businesses.

 “Community is one of our central guiding principles and although we use exercise as a focal point for that we recognize that there are other complimentary businesses that could benefit our riders," said owner Delvin ...

Israel Bonds New Jersey to Honor Local Health Professionals

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Dr. Stuart Geffner of Livingston and Morristown Medical Center’s Dr. Renee Frankel of Short Hills will be honored at this year’s Health Professionals Dinner at Crystal Plaza on Monday, hosted by Israel Bonds New Jersey.

Geffner, the Director of Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at SBMC since 1995, has ...

November in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Month in West Orange

December 3, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Check out TAPinto West Orange’s Top Ten stories of November, based on pageviews:

1. Suspect Identified in String of Cat Burglaries in West Orange

2. West Orange Board of Education Election Results Are In

3. West Orange Residents Speak Out Against Giving Tax Abatements to Essex Green Owners

4. Three Vehicles Stolen and Four Burglarized in West ...

Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations to Start with Chanukah Pajama Party

November 28, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A new series of Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations is being launched by Bnai Shalom in West Orange with a Chanukah Pajama Party on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The three Havdalah celebrations prior to Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat and Passover will provide a wonderful opportunity for children, parents and grandparents to share a joyous Havdalah ...

Jordan Baris Shares: 6 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

November 20, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — According to Jordan Baris, Inc., Realtors, there are many reasons why the holiday season is a good time to list a home.

The firm, located in West Orange and Livingston, encourages area residents to consider the following:

People who are looking for a home during the holiday season are most likely pretty serious about making a move. In fact, they may be in a ...

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Newark Man Pleads Guilty to Beating, Sexually Assaulting Rutgers Student

December 7, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A Newark man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and severely beating a female Rutgers student and will spend up to 22 years behind bars, authorities announced on Tuesday. 

At 3:30 a.m. on May 4, 2016, 39-year-old Newark resident Michael Knight followed the woman and attacked her near College Avenue and Seminary Place on the Rutgers-New ...

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Highlight Need for Greater Awareness and Proactive Treatment

December 1, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – According to new guidelines issued in November by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, 46 percent of U.S. adults—about 103-million Americans—are now considered to be in the high blood pressure range. Under the previous guidelines, which had not been updated in over a decade, only 32 percent of U.S. adults (or 72 ...

The Thought that Counts

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains.

Yeah, but they only use a ...

'An Act of God' takes a leap of faith at George Street

‘An Act of God’ takes leap of faith at George Street Playhouse

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If anyone can portray God, it must be Kathleen Turner. Local theatre goers are fortunate indeed, to have the throaty, stage smart Turner in our midst.

Turner, of course, is not only an acclaimed actress, but a female God with plenty to say about the ups and downs of religion ...