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West Orange’s Multicultural Spirit Represented at St. Cloud Elementary School Diversity Night

January 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s multicultural spirit was on full display at the St. Cloud Elementary School’s annual Diversity Night on Friday, when more than 200 students and their families were joined by school teachers and staff in an evening that included sampling international foods and presentations of ethnic dances.

St. Cloud’s cafeteria was turned into a ...

Montclair Residents Fill Buses Bound for Women's March on Washington

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair and surrounding areas residents loaded onto buses during the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Jan. 21 headed for Washington, DC.

Buses chartered by several organizations and individuals, including Montclair-based Blue WaveNJ left from the campus of Montclair High School at about 4:00 a.m. There was an air of excitement as ...

West Orange Township Council Votes to Rehire Attorney and Address Parking Issues Downtown

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution passed by the West Orange Township Council on Tuesday authorizes the execution of a professional services agreement with Richard D. Trenk, Esq. to continue to serve as the attorney for the township for all of 2017 at a rate of $42,500.

Council President Joe Krakoviak asked for there to be an open bid process to hire the township attorney, but all the ...

Annual Winter Guard Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network Competition to be Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) Winter Guard Competition will be held in the Tarnoff Gymnasium at West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue, on Jan. 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

West Orange High School will host the event, similar to the Marching Band Invitational held in the Fall.

“The guard show will feature over 25 teams from the ...

West Orange Police Respond to Reports of Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Motor Vehicles

January 13, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sometime overnight on Tuesday, police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle that was parked outside 50 Columbia Street in West Orange at midnight and missing approximately 50 minutes later.

According to the owner of the vehicle, a black 2000 Ford 250, the vehicle was locked and he was in possession of the only key.  

Between the hours of 4:50 a.m. on ...

West Orange Police Respond to Carjacking in Progress

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A blue 1999 BMW 323 was in the process of being stolen near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Watson Avenue when West Orange police received notice of the incident.

According to police, the vehicle in question was last seen traveling north on Whittlesey Avenue toward Montclair when police responded and located a blue BMW abandoned in front of 128 High St. in ...

Police Blotter: Police Arrest Unlicensed Driver, Whole Foods Employee & More

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Over the holidays, West Orange police responded to numerous calls throughout town, including ones that led to the arrests of one juvenile, one local business employee and a man in possession of an unlawful firearm. 

Unlicensed Driver Causes and Leaves the Scene of Two Crashes:

A motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Harrison and Virginia Avenues was ...

West Orange’s Multicultural Spirit Represented at St. Cloud Elementary School Diversity Night

January 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s multicultural spirit was on full display at the St. Cloud Elementary School’s annual Diversity Night on Friday, when more than 200 students and their families were joined by school teachers and staff in an evening that included sampling international foods and presentations of ethnic dances.

St. Cloud’s cafeteria was turned into a ...

West Orange High School Science Olympiad Team Attends First-Ever Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The newly formed Science Olympiad Team at West Orange High School (WOHS) had the opportunity to attend its first regional competition at Union County College in Cranford last week—and the experience proved to be exciting and valuable, according to the team.

West Orange seniors Derek Lim (class Valedictorian) and Abraham Dada (recently accepted to Harvard ...

Fourth Annual "Bowling for Scholarship Dollars" Set for Feb. 4 in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Third Annual Bowling for Scholarship Dollars fundraiser is set for Feb. 4 at Eagle Rock Lanes, 424 Eagle Rock Ave., from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

The fundraiser, presented by the West Orange Education Fund, will raise money for the West Orange High School (WOHS) "Principal's Scholarship," to be presented by Principal Hayden Moore to eligible WOHS ...

RWJBarnabas and Seton Hall Athletics Host Write on Sports Workshop

January 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – A group of Write on Sports (WoS) students from West Orange, East Orange, Hawthorne, Clifton and Newark put their journalism skills into practice during a recent workshop at Prudential Center with the Seton Hall University men’s basketball team. 

WoS, headquartered in West Orange, is a not-for-profit organization that receives funding from individuals, foundations ...

Girls Swimming: West Orange Captures First-Ever Championship Title

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - The West Orange High School girls swimming team won its first-ever Super Essex Conference championship on Monday, beating out contenders Columbia, Millburn and Caldwell to take top honors with 179 points.

The swimming Mountaineers will join the girls volleyball team as first-ever conference champions, making them part of West Orange High School history.

"In my ...

Girls Basketball: Bengals Fall to 7-2 After Tough Battle With Undefeated Mountaineers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After senior guard Grace Cannon scored nearly half of the Bloomfield Bengals girls basketball team’s points Tuesday night, her team fell 64-34 to the undefeated West Orange Mountaineers.

With their 39 rebounds and 16 steals, the now 8-0 Mountaineers caused the Bengals to fall to 7-2.

The Mountaineers dominated the visitors in the first ...

Fourth Annual "Bowling for Scholarship Dollars" Set for Feb. 4 in West Orange

January 18, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Third Annual Bowling for Scholarship Dollars fundraiser is set for Feb. 4 at Eagle Rock Lanes, 424 Eagle Rock Ave., from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

The fundraiser, presented by the West Orange Education Fund, will raise money for the West Orange High School (WOHS) "Principal's Scholarship," to be presented by Principal Hayden Moore to eligible WOHS ...

National Urban League President Speaks at West Orange MLK Day & Spirit Awards

WEST ORANGE, NJ – “King Day is not a holiday – it’s a holy day,” said Marc Morial in his keynote remarks to more than 250 people who attended the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and Spirit Awards program presented by the West Orange Human Relations Commission (HRC) on Monday at The Life Christian Church in West Orange.

Morial, president and chief ...

Spirit Awards to Honor West Orange Residents at MLK Day Celebration

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and a few carefully selected West Orange residents, the township’s human relations commission is sponsoring a special MLK Day event Monday at the Life Christian Church, located at 747 Northfield Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

During the MLK Day Celebration, the township will honor Mona Scott-Young, ...

West Orange High School Music Boosters to Host Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School (WOHS) Music Boosters will hold a Wine and Beer Tasting fundraiser at Wine Legend, 235 Prospect Avenue on Jan. 20 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will help to raise funds for the award-winning Wind Ensemble’s trip to perform as an Invited Band at the 2017 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, presented by Yamaha, in ...

Six-Year-Old Cancer Patient Feels Support of West Orange Residents and Organizations

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange community is coming together on behalf of a six-year-old boy diagnosed with stage IV high-risk Neuroblastoma cancer, which has spread throughout his body and into his bone marrow.

On behalf of Henry Young Chang, the son of longtime West Orange school district employees Heather Young and Henry Chang, fundraising accounts have recently been set up in ...

Shop at Whole Foods of West Orange Wednesday to Support Habitat for Humanity

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange area residents are encouraged to shop at Whole Foods Market, located at 235 Prospect Avenue, on Wednesday to support Habitat for Humanity.

From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Whole Foods of West Orange will offer 5 percent of its net sales directly to Habitat for Humanity Newark & Greater Elizabeth. The “5-Percent Day” contribution will support the ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 18, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App this week for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application. With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications ...

B & B Liquors of West Orange Sells Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $5000

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although there were no Mega Millions game jackpot or second-tier New Jersey prizewinners last week, Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director, announced that one of three third-tier prizewinning tickets was sold at B & B Liquors of West Orange.

The winning numbers for the Tuesday, Jan. 3 drawing were: 14, 16, 23, 49 and 53. The Gold Mega Ball ...

West Orange’s Multicultural Spirit Represented at St. Cloud Elementary School Diversity Night

January 23, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s multicultural spirit was on full display at the St. Cloud Elementary School’s annual Diversity Night on Friday, when more than 200 students and their families were joined by school teachers and staff in an evening that included sampling international foods and presentations of ethnic dances.

St. Cloud’s cafeteria was turned into a ...

Annual Winter Guard Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network Competition to be Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) Winter Guard Competition will be held in the Tarnoff Gymnasium at West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue, on Jan. 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

West Orange High School will host the event, similar to the Marching Band Invitational held in the Fall.

“The guard show will feature over 25 teams from the ...

Prospective Camp Families Are Invited to Three Meadowbrook Country Day Camp Open House Events

LONG VALLEY, NJ – Meadowbrook Country Day Camp is inviting all prospective camp families to attend one of three upcoming Open House events, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Jan. 22, Feb. 5 or March 5.

Attendees will meet the on-site owners/directors George Stein and Dan Millman as well as the camp’s leadership team members. They will also learn about the camp’s programs, be ...

West Orange Township Council Votes to Rehire Attorney and Address Parking Issues Downtown

January 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution passed by the West Orange Township Council on Tuesday authorizes the execution of a professional services agreement with Richard D. Trenk, Esq. to continue to serve as the attorney for the township for all of 2017 at a rate of $42,500.

Council President Joe Krakoviak asked for there to be an open bid process to hire the township attorney, but all the ...

Council Approves Resolution to Pursue Grant to Improve West Orange Parks

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With both Degnan and Lafayette Parks in need of redevelopment and improvements, West Orange Recreation Director Bill Kehoe and supporting agencies asked the West Orange Township Council to pass a resolution to authorize the township’s 2017 Green Acres Grant application that will help accomplish this goal.

The mayor and council unanimously passed the ...

Resident Organizes March on West Orange to be Held After Presidential Inauguration

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents of West Orange and surrounding areas will gather in front of Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday for a “March on West Orange” in order to publicly demonstrate that “no matter what the federal government says, our town welcomes and hopes to create greater equity for people of all genders, races, religions, sexualities, cultures and ...

Parents React to Unexpected Closing of Livingston's KinderCare Learning Center

January 9, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston KinderCare Learning Center, located on the St. Barnabas Hospital Campus, unexpectedly closed its doors on Dec. 16, leaving many parents upset and confused as to why it would close its doors so abruptly.

Initially, according to parents, they were informed that this was because the center's lease had expired. However, when asked for further information, ...

West Orange Township Council Votes to Rehire Attorney and Address Parking Issues Downtown

January 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution passed by the West Orange Township Council on Tuesday authorizes the execution of a professional services agreement with Richard D. Trenk, Esq. to continue to serve as the attorney for the township for all of 2017 at a rate of $42,500.

Council President Joe Krakoviak asked for there to be an open bid process to hire the township attorney, but all the ...

West Orange Woman Issued DWI in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A West Orange woman pled guilty to a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge she recently received on Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston, according to Livingston Municipal Court.

The driver, identified as Desiree Denmark, was also charged with reckless driving having an open container in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, specifically by flailing her arms and ...

Shop at Whole Foods of West Orange Wednesday to Support Habitat for Humanity

January 10, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange area residents are encouraged to shop at Whole Foods Market, located at 235 Prospect Avenue, on Wednesday to support Habitat for Humanity.

From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Whole Foods of West Orange will offer 5 percent of its net sales directly to Habitat for Humanity Newark & Greater Elizabeth. The “5-Percent Day” contribution will support the ...

2016 in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Year in West Orange

January 8, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the year comes to a close, TAPinto West Orange takes a look at the Top 10 local stories in 2016, based on pageviews. Click on the headlines to refresh:

 

1. National Show Ambushes West Orange’s Starlite Restaurant and Pizzeria

 

2. West Orange Student Responds to Superintendent's Controversial Email to Faculty

(See also: West ...

Prospective Camp Families Are Invited to Three Meadowbrook Country Day Camp Open House Events

January 21, 2017

LONG VALLEY, NJ – Meadowbrook Country Day Camp is inviting all prospective camp families to attend one of three upcoming Open House events, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Jan. 22, Feb. 5 or March 5.

Attendees will meet the on-site owners/directors George Stein and Dan Millman as well as the camp’s leadership team members. They will also learn about the camp’s programs, be ...

Council Approves Resolution to Pursue Grant to Improve West Orange Parks

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With both Degnan and Lafayette Parks in need of redevelopment and improvements, West Orange Recreation Director Bill Kehoe and supporting agencies asked the West Orange Township Council to pass a resolution to authorize the township’s 2017 Green Acres Grant application that will help accomplish this goal.

The mayor and council unanimously passed the ...

Togetherhood Committee Hosts International Holiday Luncheon at West Essex YMCA

January 3, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than 50 members of the community attended the West Essex YMCA’s International Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 27, where they celebrated the season by sharing international foods and holiday traditions.

Sponsored by the West Essex YMCA’s TOGETHERHOODä Service Committee, this gathering was Y member and Millburn High School junior Anshul Nayar’s ...

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Montclair Residents Fill Buses Bound for Women's March on Washington

January 22, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair and surrounding areas residents loaded onto buses during the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Jan. 21 headed for Washington, DC.

Buses chartered by several organizations and individuals, including Montclair-based Blue WaveNJ left from the campus of Montclair High School at about 4:00 a.m. There was an air of excitement as ...

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Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair

Education

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West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair 1/23

Community Calendar Education

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Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner in Livingston

January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Step Right Up

Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.

 

I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.

 

This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.

 

It is not really ...