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Verona Police Charge West Orange Man with Assault by Auto

September 28, 2016

VERONA, NJ - A West Orange man was arrested by Verona police on Tuesday and charged with two counts of assault by auto.  

The arrest follows an Aug. 2 incident when Verona police responded to a serious three-car crash near 421 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona.  Responding officers found three victims, one with serious injuries.  

Upon  investigation, Officer ...

Shots Heard at Lowell Place Not a Random Act, According to West Orange Police

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police say an incident Thursday night that left a township man with minor injuries was not a random act.

Police received reports of shots fired in the area of Lowell Place on Sept. 22 just after 10 p.m.

The resident reported that he was approached by a man from behind, a struggle ensued and he was left with cuts and bruises to his hands.

It ...

Three Teenagers Face Charges in Fake Drug Deal in West Orange

WEST ORANGE – An 18-year-old Fanwood woman and two West Orange teenagers face charges after she told police that the pair brandished a handgun during a fake marijuana deal. 

Madison McBride of Fanwood is charged with loitering to obtain a controlled substance after her allegations of being robbed at gunpoint were deemed to be unfounded.

McBride called West Orange police just ...

West Orange Teachers Show Up En Masse at Board of Education Meeting to Protest Contract Impasse

September 28, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Teachers from each of West Orange’s eleven public schools packed the West Orange High School (WOHS) library at a board of education meeting on Sept. 26 to convey their disenchantment with the way contract negotiations have been conducted as well as what many called the board members’ “lack of respect” for teachers.

Mark Maniscalco, president of ...

West Orange High School Marching Band to Compete in Roxbury Classic Saturday

ROXBURY, NJ - An evening of musical entertainment for the whole family will feature the West Orange High School Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the eighth-annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic. 

The Roxbury Classic, an annual competition of local and regional high school marching bands, is an opportunity to experience a diverse range of performances ...

All-Gender Restrooms Promote LGBTQ Inclusion at Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy is determined to develop and maintain a welcoming environment that is accepting and inclusive of all, regardless of a student, teacher, staff member or parent's sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As a result, the school has recently taken a number of steps to ensure that its policies and buildings reflect this message—including ...

West Orange Pre-Game Football Ceremony Honors Veteran and Outstanding Athletes

September 29, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ –West Orange resident, Vietnam veteran and community activist Al Hughes was recently recognized in a pre-game ceremony along with seven West Orange High School Hall of Fame athletes on in Suriano Stadium.

Board of Education President Laura Lab, Vice-President Mark Robertson, and board members Sandra Mordecai and Ron Charles were present to congratulate Hughes and the ...

West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers Take Top Honors at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Marching Mountaineers got off to a great start in their competitive season with a first place win at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 17.

The Mountaineers' performance of "Defying Gravity" took top honors and won all caption awards in the Group V category, including Best Music, Best Visual and Best Overall ...

Hundreds Attend Mountaineer Fan Fest Before Football Team’s First Victory of the Season

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) football fans of all ages, students and family members came out to kick off the football season, enjoy tasty treats and play family-friendly games at the Mountaineer Fan Fest on Friday at the WOHS baseball field.

“This is always an exciting bonding activity that brings the community together to get the West Orange High ...

Nikhil Badlani Foundation Holds 6th Annual 5k Run/Walk Raises More Than $50,000

September 29, 2016

West Orange, NJ - Hundreds gathered at Suriano Stadium in West Orange on Sept. 18 for the sixth annual Stop for Nikhil 5k Run/Walk, raising more than $52,000. People from all over New Jersey participated in the event to support the Nikhil Badlani Foundation and promote traffic safety awareness.

Community notables turned out to run/walk and support the event, including Assemblyman John McKeon, ...

Essex County Area Residents Invited to Run From Anywhere in World Orphans Virtual 5K

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Runners around northern New Jersey are encouraged to join the World Orphans Virtual Run to raise funds to provide care for orphaned children from now until Oct. 22. By registering online and participating in the 5K run at a location of the runner’s choice, participants will help raise funds to provide orphans with food, clothing, medical care, trauma counseling ...

Record Numbers Attend 26th Annual Mayor's 5K Run/Walk in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A record number of supporters participated in the 26th annual Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk to “break the silence” on ovarian cancer on Saturday, which also commemorated the run’s ten-year partnership with the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

The NOCC thanked the mayor’s office and all ...

West Orange High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team Scores with Car Wash Fundraiser

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Over the course of three hours on Saturday, Sept. 24, the West Orange High School girls varsity soccer team raised more than $800 by hosting a car wash in the school parking lot. The 3-2-2 team hosted the fundraiser in order to provide a service to the town as well as to themselves and others in need.

“The profits of the car wash to towards making breast cancer ...

Mayor's 5k Run for Ovarian Cancer, On-Site Registration to Begin at 8 a.m. Sunday

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Sunday Sep. 25, open registration for the Mayor's 5k Run to fight ovarian cancer will start at 8 a.m.

The program is as follows:

8:00 a.m. - Registration, Raffle and all Displays are open. Dance, stretch and sing along to Ultimate DJ Entertainment. Ovarian cancer survivors are encouraged to head over to the Survivor Table to proudly put their hand ...

Ovarian Cancer Survivor Encourages Local Supporters to Participate in West Orange Mayor's 5K Run/Walk

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to walking or running alongside friends, family and sponsors, ovarian cancer survivors will also be invited to put their handprints on a survivor banner at the 26th annual Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 25

Sunday’s event benefits the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), whose mission is to fight tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer ...

TAP Readers Invited to Attend Swap The Biz “Social Pitch Networking Gala”

September 20, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Does the idea of networking cause you to break out into hives or a sweat? Do you avoid networking opportunities because you have had bad experiences in the past?

It doesn’t have to be that way, according to Scott Eisenberg, founder and CEO of Swap The Biz, a high-end business networking organization that focuses on friendship first, In fact, he said networking can ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company’s Richard Hoffman, CPA/CGMA, Member, Offers Advice For Couples Involved In A Divorce Proceeding

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Richard M. Hoffman, CPA/CGMA, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, in Livingston recently spoke with the editor of TAPinto Livingston, West Essex and West Orange about the financial and emotional aspects of going through a divorce.

DS: It is very interesting that, as an accountant, you are obviously concerned about the financial aspects of going through a ...

More High-End Businesses Coming to West Orange as its Housing Market Strengthens

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Revitalization can be seen almost everywhere in West Orange, from the redevelopment of the Edison battery factory and new high-end stores opening up on Main Street to Essex Green Shopping Center additions such as LA Fitness and a new Cambria Suites hotel opening soon behind the Courtyard Marriot.

“The rate of phone calls from highly qualified, high-quality ...

Vendor Event Benefits West Orange High School Music Boosters

September 27, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A fundraiser for the West Orange High School Music Boosters was held on Sunday at the home of West Orange mom and Booster Allisyn Adelsohn, where eight vendors took orders and sold their wares with 50 percent of the profits earmarked for the Boosters program.

Venders from West Orange were: Maria Sabando with Mary Kay; Jill Jeszeck with Avon; Denise Daunt with Stella ...

West Orange High School Marching Band to Compete in Roxbury Classic Saturday

ROXBURY, NJ - An evening of musical entertainment for the whole family will feature the West Orange High School Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the eighth-annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic. 

The Roxbury Classic, an annual competition of local and regional high school marching bands, is an opportunity to experience a diverse range of performances ...

Casino Night/Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Benefits Daughters of Israel in West Orange

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Daughters of Israel’s Casino Night/Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, a charity benefit for the Home located at 1155 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, attracted nearly 200 local supporters on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston.

Underwritten by Valley National Bank, Casino Night aims to raise between $30-60,000 as it has in previous ...

Best Way to Advocate for Improved Senior Services in West Orange Debated at Township Council Meeting

September 22, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the controversial defeat of an ordinance proposing a senior citizen advisory board by the West Orange Township Council at a meeting earlier this month, a large contingent of seniors attended Tuesday night's meeting to ask the mayor and members to reconsider this issue.

“We have to acknowledge that the concerns of seniors in West Orange are not well ...

West Orange Township Council to Focus on Preserving Town's Historic Character

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With the redevelopment of the Edison battery factory well under way and the long process to rebuild the historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church just beginning, historic preservation issues came to the fore at the West Orange Township Council Meeting on Sept. 6 at West Orange City Hall.

Updating the council and Mayor Robert Parisi on historic preservation issues being ...

West Essex YMCA Launches Free LIVESTRONG Program for Adults Diagnosed With Cancer

September 29, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Adults who have or had cancer and their families are invited to enroll in a free 12-week wellness program beginning Oct. 4 at the West Essex YMCA in Livingston. 

The West Essex Y is launching LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, which has helped more than 41,000 cancer survivors nationwide regain stamina, strength and emotional wellbeing since its creation in 2007, ...

Record Numbers Attend 26th Annual Mayor's 5K Run/Walk in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A record number of supporters participated in the 26th annual Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk to “break the silence” on ovarian cancer on Saturday, which also commemorated the run’s ten-year partnership with the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

The NOCC thanked the mayor’s office and all ...

Ovarian Cancer Survivor Encourages Local Supporters to Participate in West Orange Mayor's 5K Run/Walk

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to walking or running alongside friends, family and sponsors, ovarian cancer survivors will also be invited to put their handprints on a survivor banner at the 26th annual Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 25

Sunday’s event benefits the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), whose mission is to fight tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer ...

West Orange Summer in Review: Former West Orange Councilman Sentenced to Prison; Resident Embarks on Trans-Atlantic Journey & More

September 24, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Click on the headlines to read TAPinto West Orange's Top Ten stories from this summer:

1. More High-End Businesses Coming to West Orange as its Housing Market Strengthens

2. Roseland Resident and Former West Orange Township Councilman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

3. West Orange Teachers Protest Contract Impasse by Not Attending Back to ...

West Orange Week in Review: More High End Businesses Coming to Town; Council to Focus on Preserving Historic Character of Town & More

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

 

More High-End Businesses Coming to West Orange as its Housing Market Strengthens

 

West Orange High School to Perform at 2017 Music for All National Concert Band Festival

 

West Orange Township Council to Focus on Preserving Town's ...

West Orange Week in Review: LyricPAC Opens Registration for Fall Season, West Orange High School Football Prepares for 2016 Season & More

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

Lyric Performing Arts Center, West Orange's "One Stop Shop," Opens Doors for Fall Season

 

West Orange Police Arrest Suspected Drug Dealer and More From West Orange Police Department

 

West Orange High School Class of 2015 ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

September 29, 2016

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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 ...

Rocking Horse Ranch: Year-Round Family Fun in the Hudson Valley

HIGHLAND, NY — If your kids get bored easily, Rocking Horse Ranch is up to the challenge.

Just a one-and-a-half hour drive from Westfield, the all-inclusive offers year-round horseback riding (“pony” rides for the little ones) on well-trained horses, a small indoor water park, an arcade with mini bowling, ping pong and a BB gun rifle range. In the winter, there’s ...

Fighter Jet Dispatched over Morris County in Response to Small Aircraft

EAST HANOVER, NJ - Wednesday morning brought a bit of a shock to residents of Morris County as multiple eye witness accounts began to pop up of a low flying fighter jet shooting over the county. Morris County officials were quick to address this as the word began to grow.

“The Morris County Communications Center, as well as a number of Morris County Police Departments, received ...

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Essex County Area Residents Invited to Run From Anywhere in World Orphans Virtual 5K

September 27, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Runners around northern New Jersey are encouraged to join the World Orphans Virtual Run to raise funds to provide care for orphaned children from now until Oct. 22. By registering online and participating in the 5K run at a location of the runner’s choice, participants will help raise funds to provide orphans with food, clothing, medical care, trauma counseling ...

Police Investigate Second Attempted Luring in Roselle

September 23, 2016

ROSELLE, NJ - Another attempt to lure a youth in Roselle occurred Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22, when a 16 year old girl was approached on the 500 block of Walnut st. around 4:30p.m by a man in a silver SUV style vehicle. According to Roselle Police Chief Gerald J. Orlando, the man exited the vehicle and grabbed the girl around the waist, but the girl was able to break free and run ...

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Monica Perkowski: Embracing Dialogue as a Path Forward

September 25, 2016

One of the focuses of my campaign is expanding the lines of communication between residents and the township council. To me, this means council members working with residents to solicit ideas and communicating with residents regularly to let them know why one might support, oppose, or have further questions about a given issue. A recent issue that fits this criteria is the potential Senior ...

Parents are the Only Hope for New Jersey Public Education

September 29, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again... but more important things were going on.

There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ...

Guests to Receive Complimentary Services at Mecca Integrated Medical Center Grand Reopening Event on Sept. 28

September 27, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – Members of the community are invited to attend the Grand Reopening of Mecca Integrated Medical Center, on Wed., Sept. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m., at 333 U.S. 46 West, Building A Suite 135, in Fairfield, NJ. Guests will be offered gratis mini facials and massages; chiropractic adjustments; and complimentary pain, acupuncture and aesthetic consultations. All are welcome and ...

Fall Double Header for Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union

What an awesome day for a double header. We began in our Ford Mustang, the official pace car of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Cup 5K Race, and ended in a Lincoln MKC at the South Orange Village PlayDay.

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...