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West Orange High School Names 2023 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

October 6, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School has named Richard James Tibang and Tyler Harwood as Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2023. 

Valedictorian - Richard James Tibang (goes by James)

James was named Valedictorian with a GPA of 4.7937.

He is a member of the Tri-M (Music), Thespian (Theatre), Mu Alpha Theta (Math), French, and National Honor Societies. He is a ...

Nominees for 2023 West Orange High School Homecoming Royalty Announced

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The West Orange High School (WOHS) graduating Class of 2023 will select their top two choices for "Homecoming Royalty," to be announced at 7:00 pm prior to the start of the West Orange/East Orange football game at Suriano Stadium.

WOHS is making the move to a gender-neutral, non-binary selection to be more inclusive of their diverse student body, allowing all ...

Niche Gives West Orange School District A- Rating

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- West Orange’s school district fared well in Niche’s 2023 rankings. In addition to being the 85th Best District of 243, West Orange rated 2nd of 376 in Diversity, 23rd of 374 in Best Places to Teach in New Jersey and 70th of 243 in Best School Districts for Athletes in New Jersey.

Niche compares schools by analyzing academics, teachers, clubs and ...

Gov. Murphy to Send 135 National Guardsman to Florida to Support Relief Efforts

September 29, 2022

TRENTON, NJ –Today, 135 New Jersey National Guardsmen have been deployed to Florida to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall yesterday as a Category 4 storm, announced Governor Murphy. In addition, 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to assist in the hurricane storm response, the Governor stated.

Assistance is provided through the ...

Mayoral & Town Council Candidate Debate Forum

The West Orange Mayoral and Town Council candidates will be debating on September 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange.

Joe Krokoviak, Cindy Matute-Brown, Susan McCarthey and Bill Rutherford are vying for the mayoral position. 

Town Council candidates include William Barbee, Ron Charles, Asmeret Ghebremical and Susan Scarpa.

A Fourth Cannabis Company is Approved by West Orange’s Town Council  

James Jackson, the CEO of Yerrr Canna LLC, spoke of the organization’s educational outreach programs, experience, the medical use of cannabis, fundraising for community organizations, odor mitigation, security, solar panels, a reduction of traffic from the current business, security, water conservation through reverse osmosis, an open-air set up that operates without fans and having a small ...

Girls Soccer: Livingston Edges West Orange, 1-0

October 4, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The Livingston girls soccer team made a first-half goal hold up in a 1-0 victory over West Orange in the rain on Monday.

Junior Alyssa Hartman scored the only goal in the first half with an assist from senior captain Avery Reiman with four minutes to go before halftime.

"Avery Reiman took a long range shot which challenged the West Orange goalkeeper," Livingston ...

Football: West Orange Blanks Bayonne, 35-0

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Saboor Karriem caught three touchdown passes from Amir Stewart and West Orange defeated Bayonne, 35-0, in football Friday night.

Stewart connected with Karriem on scoring passes of 28 and 70 yards in the second quarter and 15 yards in the third quarter for the Mountaineers (4-1).

Jehki Williams scored on a pair of 4-yard TD runs for West Orange, which led, 21-0, at ...

West Orange High School Senior Gensley Auguste is Running for USA Football & NY Giants 'Heart of a Giant"

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School senior and football captain Gensley Auguste is in the running for the "Heart of a Giant Award" sponsored by USA Football and the NY Giants.

According to the USA Football website: 

"USA Football's Heart Of A Giant is presented by Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants. This award program seeks to find and ...

Victim Identified in Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Glen Ridge

October 3, 2022

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A fatal accident involving a motorcycle occurred in Glen Ridge Tuesday, officials confirm.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Glen Ride Police Chief Sean Quinn announced last week that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Crime Scene Investigations Bureau is investigating a fatal car and motorcycle collision that occurred in Glen Ridge. Jordan A.

Newark Cops Seek Gunman in Woman’s Murder

NEWARK, NJ — Police and county homicide detectives continue their search today for the gunman who fatally shot a 25-year-old woman last week outside a Central Avenue business.

Police found the woman, identified as Juan Sharonda Fonrose of East Orange, with gunshot wounds outside a commercial building at 444 Central Ave. at 2:45 p.m. last Wednesday, Sept. 28, after officers responded ...

West Orange Police are Hosting 'Coffee With a Cop' On Oct. 6.

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Members of the West Orange Police Department will be chatting over a cuppa with residents from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Dunkin’ at 563 Northfield Avenue in West Orange.

Sergeant Chris Cognac (retired) of the Hawthorne, California Police Department which began the tradition, “Coffee with a Cop, is on a mission to improve trust and build relationships – ...

Paper Mill PlayhouseAnnounces Jen Bender as the Theatre’s New Associate Artistic Director

October 4, 2022

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse announces that Jen Bender (Broadway’s The Lion King, The Wedding Singer, Avenue Q) will join PMP as Associate Artistic Director, following longtime Associate Artistic Director Patrick Parker, who stepped down on September 30, 2022, after 27 years at the post. Bender worked previously with Paper Mill Playhouse as Associate Director of Honeymoon ...

Three West Orange Residents Win Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show

CEDAR GROVE, NJ – On Thursday, September 15, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. hosted an awards ceremony for the 29 Essex County artists who received awards in the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show.

“I congratulate the winners and all the artists who participated in this year’s Senior Art Show. The talent displayed by our senior artists ...

Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Recognized as Charitable Community Partners

September 22, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh were recognized with a proclamation by Mayor Robert Parisi for their continued community service to the Township of West Orange. It was presented on September 20 by Township Council President Susan McCartney who spoke about their many charitable contributions and dedication to community programming. “They have been ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

12th Annual STOP For Nikhil Raises Traffic Safety Awareness 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, September 18, 2022, over 740 people participated in the race to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on our roadways, raising around $50,000. The event is named after an 11-year-old boy, Nikhil, who was killed in a car crash when a driver ran through a STOP sign. 

The event, hosted by the Nikhil Badlani Foundation, was attended by West ...

Joyful Diwali Celebration Held at West Orange High School

September 28, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A light-hearted and joyful Diwali celebration was held at West Orange High School on Sept. 25, organized by United Asian Voices of West Orange.

The expression "dancing in the rain" was a fitting description as a light rain fell for a portion of the event. It did not deter the colorful and animated Bollywood and cultural performances, including Mother/Daughter team ...

New Jersey Resident Brings Mental Health Care to the Masses Through Innovative App

October 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other colleagues through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

A new app is ...

Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

How Parents Can Support Their Child's Mental Health

SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids.

"It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic."

At times, Johnson said, there was no end in sight.

"This was trauma ...

Will New Jersey's Federally-vaccinated Economy Have a Relapse?

NEW JERSEY — There’s no doubt that the federal COVID-19 and Biden Administration infrastructure aid fortified New Jersey’s economy along with that of most other states.

When the Legislature passed New Jersey’s record $50 billion state budget last June, it was as if the state had just simply rolled up its sleeve to get multiple COVID-19- like budget ...

Market Your Business with TAPinto and Reach Engaged Local Readers (VIDEO)

October 6, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — With well more than 20 million local, engaged readers in the past year and a network of nearly 100 online local news and digital marketing platforms in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, TAPinto can help your business reach the right audience. More than 240,000 people receive TAPinto's daily local newsletter and more than 315,000 people ...

Atlantic Health System and New York Jets Partner on Series of Events to Fight Cancer as Part of "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer" Campaign

The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are continuing their fight against cancer with a focus on pediatric oncology as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society's “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. Through a series of events, the Jets and Atlantic Health System will increase awareness, provide comfort, and raise money for those that have been affected by ...

Painting and Poetry Come Together in Mindfulness in Medicine Exhibition at Hospital

SUMMIT, NJ – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, recently unveiled Mindfulness in Medicine, an exhibition blending visual art and poetry within the hospital.

The exhibition, located outside of Overlook’s Bouras Auditorium, includes haiku poetry created by patients, caregivers, and Overlook team members and ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

September 30, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, October 7, 7:00 PM

West Orange

WOHS Homecoming Game - Suriano Stadium


Sat, October 8, 7:30 AM

Orange Reservoir, West Orange

Sea Turtle Recovery's 5K Cold Stun Run/Walk


Sat, October 8, 3:00 PM

West Orange

WOHS Marching Band Invitational - Suriano Stadium


Sun, October 9, 8:00 AM

Riverside County Park, Lyndhurst

Head of the Passaic Regatta