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Boys Soccer: West Orange Survives ECT Scare from Verona ...Barely

October 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - One week after blowing out Verona with ease, the West Orange boys soccer team got all it could handle from Verona in the opening round of the Essex County Tournament on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Mountaineers survived, but they needed a penalty kick shootout round to do it. After 13th-seeded Verona fought West Orange to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two 10-minute ...

West Orange Chamber and Essex County Office of Small Business Development Team Up

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC), in collaboration with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, will host a lunch and learn workshop for small business owners from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.

Attendees will hear from several speakers, including Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., ...

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

Sosa Insurance Group Celebrates Grand Opening in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Sosa Insurance Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday for its grand opening at 450 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.

Light refreshments and snacks, giveaways and informational packets were available at the event. The Sosa Insurance Group, owned by George Sosa, is a Medicare Plan Resource Insurance Agency that specializes in Medicare supplement ...

Tax Issues Dominate West Orange Mayoral Candidates’ Forum

October 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Keeping West Orange municipal taxes in check while still providing services that will keep home values up and attract new buyers was the most commonly expressed issue among community members at the West Orange Mayoral Candidates’ Forum hosted by the Pleasant Valley Civic Association and B’nai Shalom on Sunday.

The two candidates running for the ...

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

October 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

West Orange to Participate in Fire Prevention Week Beginning Oct. 7

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning Sunday, the West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to promote this year’s fire-prevention campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Fire Prevention Week works to educate the public ...

Nikhil Badlani Foundation Awards Grant to West Orange’s Gregory Elementary

October 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On behalf of the West Orange school that raised the most money to support the eighth annual Walk/Run for Nikhil, Gregory Elementary School Principal Makeida Estupiñan accepted a $2,000 grant from the Nikhil Badlani Foundation (NBF) during Wednesday night’s Parent-Teacher Association meeting.

After the foundation issued a challenge to the West Orange ...

West Orange Seniors Named First Board of Education Student Liaisons

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School seniors Aarushi Bhatnagar and Sessina Dani have been named as the first-ever student liaisons to the West Orange Board of Education. The girls will attend board meetings, provide input and present student reports to the board and public.

About Aarushi Bhatnagar

Bhatnagar is an active member of the West Orange community. At school, she serves ...

"LivBits" Star to Promote Safe Social Media Use at West Orange Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In order to promote positive and safe social media practices for kids, 11-year-old social media sensation Liv VanLedtje (#thelivbits) and her mother, Literacy Consultant Cynthia Merrill, are making their way through the West Orange elementary schools to host informative presentations.

In addition to a parent session held on Tuesday, VanLedtje and her mother will visit ...

Boys Soccer: West Orange Survives ECT Scare from Verona ...Barely

October 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - One week after blowing out Verona with ease, the West Orange boys soccer team got all it could handle from Verona in the opening round of the Essex County Tournament on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Mountaineers survived, but they needed a penalty kick shootout round to do it. After 13th-seeded Verona fought West Orange to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two 10-minute ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Defeats Belleville, 4-1

BELLEVILLE, NJ - The West Orange girls soccer team stayed undefeated with a 4-1 victory over Belleville on the road Monday.

West Orange (10-0-2) scored all its goals in the second half after the teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening half. Kaya Schultz scored two goals and Morgan Clark passed for two assists for the Mountaineers.

Natalie Nevins and Hannah Villasin each scored one ...

Girls Soccer: Unbeaten West Orange Tops Newark Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Kaya Schultz scored one goal and had two assists as the West Orange girls soccer team defeated Newark Academy, 3-2, on Saturday.

Emma Mitchell and Hannah Villasin each scored one goal for the Mountaineers (9-0-2), who scored two goals in the second half after being deadlocked with Newark Academy (4-8), 1-1, at the half.

Natalie Nevins notched one assist and Kiley Capstraw ...

Nikhil Badlani Foundation Awards Grant to West Orange’s Gregory Elementary

October 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On behalf of the West Orange school that raised the most money to support the eighth annual Walk/Run for Nikhil, Gregory Elementary School Principal Makeida Estupiñan accepted a $2,000 grant from the Nikhil Badlani Foundation (NBF) during Wednesday night’s Parent-Teacher Association meeting.

After the foundation issued a challenge to the West Orange ...

West Orange Resident Honored at Fourth Annual Dream Maker Scholarship Awards

NEWARK, NJ – West Orange resident CC Minton was recently honored at the fourth annual Dream Maker Scholarship Awards, which honors leaders in public service, business and civic life, at Rutgers University’s Newark campus

Humanitarian Michael Gray and Save Our Nations, Inc. recognized Minton as well as Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, J. Douglas Reid-Green, Michael Bright, Rick ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Rotary International President to Attend West Orange Chapter's PolioPlus Gala

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the West Orange Rotary Club, members and supporters will also enjoy a particularly rare public appearance from Rotary International (RI) President Barry Rassin at the club’s Oct. 20 fundraiser to support the eradication of polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world ...

West Orange Dog Parents Organize First Barktober Dog Parade

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group are banding together to support the West Orange Animal Welfare League (WOAWL), a local 501©3 not-for-profit organization that works to avoid needless killing of abandoned and unwanted animals in the area, through the inaugural Barktober Halloween Dog Parade on Oct. 20 at O’Connor Park.

When one ...

New York Guard Cites West Orange Resident For Volunteer Service

LATHAM, NY — A West Orange resident has received a citation for his service to the New York Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Desch of West Orange, who serves with the New York Guard Headquarters, received the New York Guard Commander's Citation, according to Major General Raymond Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York. Desch received the honor for his ...

West Orange Chamber and Essex County Office of Small Business Development Team Up

October 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC), in collaboration with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, will host a lunch and learn workshop for small business owners from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.

Attendees will hear from several speakers, including Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., ...

Sosa Insurance Group Celebrates Grand Opening in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Sosa Insurance Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday for its grand opening at 450 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.

Light refreshments and snacks, giveaways and informational packets were available at the event. The Sosa Insurance Group, owned by George Sosa, is a Medicare Plan Resource Insurance Agency that specializes in Medicare supplement ...

Bederson LLP Sweeps Five New Jersey Accounting Awards in 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Bederson LLP, a local accounting firm with offices in West Orange and Fairfield, has been named "Best of 2018" in five accounting categories by the New Jersey Law Journal.

The journal distributes an annual "Best Of" survey to readers, asking them to name their choices for best professional service provider to the New Jersey Legal Community. Many ...

West Orange High School to Present Fall Drama “The Outsiders”

October 14, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School drama department will present “The Outsiders,” based on S.E. Hinton’s iconic novel of teenage haves and have-nots and the events that play out in an Oklahoma town, as its fall play in November.

Ponyboy, a “Greaser” on the wrong side of the tracks, is the protagonist caught up in a territorial battle between the ...

Second Annual “Broadway Night" Concert to be Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School (WOHS) Glee Choir will hold its second annual “Broadway Night” concert on Oct. 17 in the Tarnoff Cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year’s inaugural program received rave reviews from all who attended, and this year’s concert will offer more exciting performances from the talented students in the WOHS music ...

West Orange Dog Parents Organize First Barktober Dog Parade

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group are banding together to support the West Orange Animal Welfare League (WOAWL), a local 501©3 not-for-profit organization that works to avoid needless killing of abandoned and unwanted animals in the area, through the inaugural Barktober Halloween Dog Parade on Oct. 20 at O’Connor Park.

When one ...

Kelly Elementary Celebrates Walk to School Day in West Orange

October 13, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Approximately 75 West Orange students from Kelly Elementary walked to school on Wednesday along with parents, teachers, members of the West Orange Police Department and other community leaders as part of International Walk to School Day.

Walk to School Day was initially established in the United States, which expected more than 5,000 schools from across the country ...

Rotary International President to Attend West Orange Chapter's PolioPlus Gala

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the West Orange Rotary Club, members and supporters will also enjoy a particularly rare public appearance from Rotary International (RI) President Barry Rassin at the club’s Oct. 20 fundraiser to support the eradication of polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world ...

Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted on Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

West Orange Encourages Public to Join Ongoing Clean-Up Initiative

October 7, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In recognition of National Clean Up Day and in support of the township’s #KeepWestOrangeClean initiative, residents of West Orange recently joined of thousands of communities across the country to keep clean up the streets in their neighborhoods.

“It has been great to see all of the positivity this campaign has brought to the community,” said ...

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Air Group Offering Free Estimates and Credits Toward Updating Your Equipment

September 20, 2018

WHIPPANY, NJ - Air Group Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical is offering free estimates.

Just click here to schedule an appointment and Air Group will provide a free estimate for its plumbing, electrical, heating or cooling services. Air Group also services boilers and hot water heaters.

Air Group is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide emergency service to customers ...

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

October 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

Thank You, West Orange for Promoting Clean Air

October 4, 2018

As someone who cares about tackling air pollution, I was excited to see that West Orange  recently passed a municipal resolution calling on state officials in Trenton to implement much-needed health safeguards to reduce air pollution from our cars and trucks. Environment New Jersey applauds West Orange’s council members for their commitment  to promoting cleaner air and protecting ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation in the JCC to Hold Ribbon Cutting, Networking Event Nov. 1

October 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Saint Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation in The JCC MetroWest will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the facility at 760 Northfield Ave. in West Orange.

The ceremony will also serve as a networking event for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. The event is free, but advanced registration prior to Oct. 28 is recommended. To ...

Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted on Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

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