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West Orange Chamber of Commerce Hosts Multi-Chamber Event at Thomas Edison Museum

September 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange, Livingston, North Essex (NECC), Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills and South Orange Chambers of Commerce mingled amongst each other at a multi-chamber networking event on Sept. 13, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at the Thomas Edison Museum.

Michael Daniels, president of the NECC, said the event was extremely successful ...

Football: West Orange Falls to Irvington in Home Opener, 28-7

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Mountaineers football team lost its home opener, 28-7, to the Irvington Blue Knights on Friday.

West Orange senior quarterback Vincent DeSantis scrambled to avoid the pass rush and keep several drives alive. However, the running and passing of Irvington quarterback Brandon Robinson and the running of running back Mu’dah ...

Marching Mountaineers Debut New Program; Take First in Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Only one day after the West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers debuted their new musical program "Rome - The Eternal City" to the cheers of the crowd at West Orange High School on Friday, the band took first place in Group 4 Open at the Jefferson Township High School Marching Band Competition.

In addition to their first-place "Best in Class" ...

West Orange High School Boys Soccer Ranked No. 13 in State

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School boys soccer team is currently ranked No. 13 in the state, according to NJ.com. Following their 2-0 win on Sept. 16 against Memorial, the Mountaineers are currently 2-0-2 with a 1-0 victory against Columbia, a scoreless game against Montclair, and a 1-1 tie against West Essex.

"The team had a great win against a tough Memorial team," said ...

Street Signs Honoring Fallen West Orange Officers Unveiled

September 16, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Street signs in honor of two fallen West Orange police officers were unveiled in August at intersections within the township, including Mount Pleasant and Brennan Drive, Northfield Avenue and Brennan Drive and Mount Pleasant and Laird Drive.

These intersections now feature signs with the names Edward J. Brennan and Daniel B. Laird, the only two police ...

West Orange Organizations Provide Backpacks to Kelly Elementary School

September 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Second-grade students at Kelly Elementary School had a surprise visit on Sept. 7 from the West Orange Rotary and West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO), who brought 140 backpacks for distribution.

Rotarian Cynthia Hadley-Bailey, whose children attended Kelly (formerly Pleasantdale) Elementary School, brought 100 backpacks and WOAHO President Robert Simmons ...

West Orange Superintendent Pays Special Visits on First Day of School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Despite a challenging start to the day, public schools opened across West Orange on Sept. 6.

Downpours, a power outage in the St. Cloud area, and an accident on Route 280 delayed school buses that day by about 20 minutes due to traffic congestion in those areas. Power was restored to the St. Cloud area for the opening of St. Cloud School to the relief of parents ...

Tinkergarten to Host Free Class Wednesday, Sept. 13

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Tinkergarten leader Arielle Messuti is offering a free trial class for parents and children ages 18 months to eight years old. The class will be held at Tulip Springs, South Mountain Reservation in West Orange from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. During this trial class, Messuti ...

Football: West Orange Falls to Irvington in Home Opener, 28-7

September 18, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Mountaineers football team lost its home opener, 28-7, to the Irvington Blue Knights on Friday.

West Orange senior quarterback Vincent DeSantis scrambled to avoid the pass rush and keep several drives alive. However, the running and passing of Irvington quarterback Brandon Robinson and the running of running back Mu’dah ...

Marching Mountaineers Debut New Program; Take First in Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Only one day after the West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers debuted their new musical program "Rome - The Eternal City" to the cheers of the crowd at West Orange High School on Friday, the band took first place in Group 4 Open at the Jefferson Township High School Marching Band Competition.

In addition to their first-place "Best in Class" ...

West Orange High School Boys Soccer Ranked No. 13 in State

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School boys soccer team is currently ranked No. 13 in the state, according to NJ.com. Following their 2-0 win on Sept. 16 against Memorial, the Mountaineers are currently 2-0-2 with a 1-0 victory against Columbia, a scoreless game against Montclair, and a 1-1 tie against West Essex.

"The team had a great win against a tough Memorial team," said ...

Street Signs Honoring Fallen West Orange Officers Unveiled

September 16, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Street signs in honor of two fallen West Orange police officers were unveiled in August at intersections within the township, including Mount Pleasant and Brennan Drive, Northfield Avenue and Brennan Drive and Mount Pleasant and Laird Drive.

These intersections now feature signs with the names Edward J. Brennan and Daniel B. Laird, the only two police ...

West Essex YMCA's "Welcome Week" Begins Friday

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Beginning Friday, the West Essex YMCA will begin celebrating “Welcome Week” as part of a nationwide event in which many Y’s across the country have opted to participate.

From now until Sept. 24, the West Essex Y will open its doors to the community to participate in many free special events.

On the morning of Sept. 15, events will begin with a ...

Shillelagh Club Makes Final Push for Summer Food Drive to Benefit Holy Trinity West Orange Food Pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ– The Shillelagh Club Summer Food Drive is undertaking its final push to collect donations to benefit the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry. The food drive will run until Sept. 17.

Donations can be left at designated collection boxes, or at The Shillelagh Club which is located at 648 Prospect Ave, West Orange. 

“Our current food drive kicked off in ...

Saint Barnabas Celebrates Grand Opening of Cooperman Family Pavilion

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Local dignitaries, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) staff and benefactors of the new Cooperman Family Pavilion—a five-story, 241,000-square-foot SBMC facility that is expected to change the healthcare landscape in New Jersey when it officially opens on Sept. 18—were invited to a celebratory ribbon cutting on site on Thursday evening.

The grand ...

Montclair State Students Volunteer at West Essex YMCA

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Twenty students from Montclair State University participated in a “day of service” on Saturday at the West Essex YMCA, where they spent the afternoon building a new fence for the Y and also painting an older one.

According to Cheryl Francione, associate executive director at the Y, the students worked extremely well together despite the fact that many of ...

West Orange Open Space Commission Chair Recognized for Creation of “The Rock”

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After being nominated for leading the West Orange community’s design and plan development for an open space known as “The Rock,” a six-acre parcel at 577 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Joe McCartney, chair of the West Orange Open Space Commission (WOOSC), recently received the Open Space Award from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC).

According to ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Hosts Multi-Chamber Event at Thomas Edison Museum

September 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange, Livingston, North Essex (NECC), Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills and South Orange Chambers of Commerce mingled amongst each other at a multi-chamber networking event on Sept. 13, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at the Thomas Edison Museum.

Michael Daniels, president of the NECC, said the event was extremely successful ...

CycleBar Livingston Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A week after officially opening its doors, Livingston’s new premium indoor cycling franchise CycleBar hosted a celebratory ribbon cutting on Wednesday on location at 277 Eisenhower Parkway.

Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein, members of the Livingston Township Council and members of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) joined ...

Saint Barnabas Celebrates Grand Opening of Cooperman Family Pavilion

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Local dignitaries, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) staff and benefactors of the new Cooperman Family Pavilion—a five-story, 241,000-square-foot SBMC facility that is expected to change the healthcare landscape in New Jersey when it officially opens on Sept. 18—were invited to a celebratory ribbon cutting on site on Thursday evening.

The grand ...

Marching Mountaineers Debut New Program; Take First in Competition

September 18, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Only one day after the West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers debuted their new musical program "Rome - The Eternal City" to the cheers of the crowd at West Orange High School on Friday, the band took first place in Group 4 Open at the Jefferson Township High School Marching Band Competition.

In addition to their first-place "Best in Class" ...

14th Annual OSPAC Jazz and BrewFest to be Held Saturday in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Tickets are still available for the 14th annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest on Sept. 16 from 12 to 9 p.m.

The festival will feature performances from iconic and emerging jazz artists, a beer and wine garden and 9 hours of live music, accompanied by an array of vendors selling international cuisine and merchandise on a scenic 5.5 acres at the Oskar Schindler ...

West Orange Senior Citizen Recognized for Artistic Talent

CEDAR GROVE, NJ – West Orange senior citizen Robert Maclay received second place in the non-professional sculpture category of the annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show for his piece, “Lift-Off Duck.”

Maclay was recognized during an awards ceremony on Sept. 6 in the Robert O’Toole Community Center in Essex County Cedar Grove Park in Cedar Grove, where ...

West Orange Council Discusses New Parking on Eagle Rock Avenue

September 8, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With parking being extremely tight for the stores around the Eagle Rock Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way intersection in West Orange, the township’s administration asked the mayor and council to pass resolutions on Tuesday authorizing it to retain the Matrix Development Group to perform as preliminary assessment on the viability of converting the open lot at 665 ...

West Orange Council to Rethink Proposed Ordinance on Township ID Card

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The proposed ordinance to create an identification card program for residents of West Orange was unanimously voted down by the township council on Tuesday primarily for the legal reason that the ordinance text published on the township’s website was different from the one on the agenda.

According to the council, the final hearing of this ordinance was included on ...

Essex County's Senior Wellness Day is Sept. 26

September 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County will hold another of its Senior Wellness Day events on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange.

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit seniors. Our Essex County Senior Wellness Day will offer nutrition information, ...

CycleBar Livingston Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A week after officially opening its doors, Livingston’s new premium indoor cycling franchise CycleBar hosted a celebratory ribbon cutting on Wednesday on location at 277 Eisenhower Parkway.

Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein, members of the Livingston Township Council and members of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) joined ...

West Essex YMCA's "Welcome Week" Begins Friday

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Beginning Friday, the West Essex YMCA will begin celebrating “Welcome Week” as part of a nationwide event in which many Y’s across the country have opted to participate.

From now until Sept. 24, the West Essex Y will open its doors to the community to participate in many free special events.

On the morning of Sept. 15, events will begin with a ...

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

September 10, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Take a look at TAPinto West Orange's Top 10 stories of August 2017, based on pageviews:

1. New West Orange Preschool to be Named Betty Maddalena Early Learning Center

2. West Orange Alumnus Makes Mark as USMC Weapons Platoon Commander

3. How to Safely Enjoy the Solar Eclipse in West Orange

4. Residents Request Review of Tree Ordinance in West Orange

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Tinkergarten to Host Free Class Wednesday, Sept. 13

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Tinkergarten leader Arielle Messuti is offering a free trial class for parents and children ages 18 months to eight years old. The class will be held at Tulip Springs, South Mountain Reservation in West Orange from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. During this trial class, Messuti ...

West Orange Open Space Commission Chair Recognized for Creation of “The Rock”

September 6, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After being nominated for leading the West Orange community’s design and plan development for an open space known as “The Rock,” a six-acre parcel at 577 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Joe McCartney, chair of the West Orange Open Space Commission (WOOSC), recently received the Open Space Award from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC).

According to ...

Visit Newport, Rhode Island, This Fall

September 16, 2017

Newport has a long and storied history that includes hosting the America’s Cup sailing races, Gilded Age mansions and believe it or not, in 1663 Benedict Arnold was elected the first governor of the colony in Newport. The city by the sea, like much of the small state, is a tale of two cultures and visitors can savor both during a weekend excursion this fall.

The ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

Go to TAPinto Travels for more travel ideas.

Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day.  Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings.  Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic ...

Hurricane Harvey Leads to Gas Price Surge in New Jersey

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Gasoline prices rose significantly over what they were a week ago as the impact of Hurricane Harvey spreads across the country.

AAA Northeast reported that the average price for a gallon of gasoline is 36 cents higher than it was a month ago ($2.43) and 79 cents higher than one year ago ($2.00). Nationally, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.65, up 27 ...

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Essex County's Senior Wellness Day is Sept. 26

September 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County will hold another of its Senior Wellness Day events on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange.

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit seniors. Our Essex County Senior Wellness Day will offer nutrition information, ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

4th Annual Heroes for Children 5k and Family Fun ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Sun, September 24, 8:00 AM

West Orange

27th Annual Mayor's 5K Run/Walk

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sun, September 24, 1:00 PM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

Connect to Wellness

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EPA Cuts and Congressman Frelinghuysen

September 12, 2017

To the Editor:

The Environmental Protection Agency is under great threat. While chaos and confusion swirl around the Trump White House, and the public is distracted by the Russia Investigation, the egregious behavior of the president regarding Charlottesville, tweet upon crazy tweet and rallies, there is undermining of regulations in various departments. These regulations, passed by both ...

State Infant/Child Car Seat Rules Currently in Effect

September 11, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - Effective September 1, 2015, legislation set in place revised parameters relative to the use of infant / child car seats in the Garden State. New Jersey guidelines currently mandate the following:

Newborn to Age 2

Children under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Toddlers who are tall or have long legs ...

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Given my personality, this might not seem an unreasonable fear.  But I really don’t want it proven without a doubt by a rigorous analysis of my DNA.  That is why I am reluctant to subject myself to the many personal genetic testing services that are on the market today.

 

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Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...