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Sosa Insurance Group in West Orange Aims to Provide Medicare Guidance

January 19, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Sosa Insurance Group, which opened an office at 450 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange in the fall, specializes in Medicare supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare and Medicaid plans and dental, as well as some individual and long-term care plans.

According to owner George Sosa, Sosa Insurance Group is "dedicated to offering ...

Tips for Driving Through Snow and Ice in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, AAA states that about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period.

James Benjamin's 1st Place Finish Leads West Orange Wrestlers at Essex County Tournament

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- James Benjamin of West Orange placed first in the 126-pound weight class at the Essex County Tournament championships this weekend.

As a team, West Orange finished seventh out of 21 teams with 95 points.

Benjamin defeated Conner Decker of Seton Hall Prep, 2-0, in the championship match at 126. Colin Morgan of West Orange was the runner-up at 160 pounds. He reached the ...

Essex County Asks Residents to Not Park on Street During Snow/Ice Storm

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – A state of emergency has been placed in effect for Saturday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura have requested that residents do not park on county roads from Saturday through Sunday this weekend. Keeping the roads open will make it easier to remove snow and ...

West Orange High School Alumni Visit Senior CPR Classes

January 17, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Seniors in the West Orange High School (WOHS) CPR classes were recently visited by WOHS alumni from Fire Company 3, who offered advice and encouragement for the graduating students.

Captain John Gibson (WOHS Class of 1996), Jimmy Turco (WOHS Class of 1991) and Leon Sederwall (WOHS Class of 2008) are West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) members and Emergency Medical ...

West Orange Police Respond to One Vehicle Theft and Two Burglaries

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two motor vehicles were burglarized and one was stolen in West Orange over the weekend, according to West Orange police. Although it is currently unknown whether there is any connection, stolen vehicles and break ins have also been reported in surrounding towns such as Livingston and Roseland.

According to police, the two burglaries occurred on Pilot Place and Highwood ...

West Orange Man Faces Charges Following Pedestrian Incident

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 70-year-old West Orange man, identified by Cedar Grove police as Leonard Slater, faces charges of driving while suspended, driving without a license (due to its suspension), driving an unregistered/uninsured motor vehicle and failure to exhibit proof of insurance after striking a 49-year-old pedestrian as she attempted to cross a Cedar Grove highway last ...

Teen Dating Abuse Experts Visit West Orange High School Health Classes

January 17, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Experts from the Center for Women, National Council of Jewish Women/Essex, presented on the topic of teen dating abuse in West Orange High School health classes last week, where students used lessons taught in their “Relationships and Abuse” health unit to analyze real-life scenarios that were presented. 

All students were given an informative catalog ...

West Orange Principals' Bowling for Scholarship Dollars Feb. 2

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The West Orange Education Foundation will be sponsoring Principals' Bowling for Scholarship Dollars Feb. 2.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Rock Lanes, and proceeds will benefit the West Orange Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded to eligible graduating seniors from West Orange High School.

Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, ...

West Orange Dungeons & Dragons Club Promotes Youth Development and Education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Elves, Giant Spiders and bow-wielding Bandits have taken over the West Orange Public Library on Friday afternoons—not through the fantasy novels lining the shelves or the latest J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation of Peter Jackson waiting to be rented off the library's DVD rack, but through the teenage Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) club’s weekly ...

James Benjamin's 1st Place Finish Leads West Orange Wrestlers at Essex County Tournament

January 19, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- James Benjamin of West Orange placed first in the 126-pound weight class at the Essex County Tournament championships this weekend.

As a team, West Orange finished seventh out of 21 teams with 95 points.

Benjamin defeated Conner Decker of Seton Hall Prep, 2-0, in the championship match at 126. Colin Morgan of West Orange was the runner-up at 160 pounds. He reached the ...

Boys Basketball: Seton Hall Prep Downs West Orange, 52-51, in Thriller

WEST ORANGE — Bragging rights for high school boys basketball in West Orange were on the line Tuesday, and there couldn’t have been a more exciting way for two of the town’s teams to settle it. 

West Orange High and Seton Hall Prep battled until the absolute last second, but in the end, it is the parochial denizens from Northfield Avenue that will claim ...

Girls Basketball: West Orange Deals Immaculate Heart HS Its First Loss, 43-42

WESTWOOD, NJ -- The West Orange girls basketball team handed previously undefeated Immaculate Heart High School its first loss of the season, 43-42, on the road Sunday.

Senior forward Mya Bembry finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists for West Orange (9-1), which itself was coming off its first loss of the season three days earlier to University of Newark.

Freshman ...

West Orange Residents to be Honored During MLK Day Celebration

January 15, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A free program with the theme “A Love For Service” will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also recognizing outstanding West Orange residents on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in West Orange at Liberty Middle School.

Michellene Davis, Esq., the executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer for RWJBarnabas, ...

Bederson LLP Lends Hand to Raise Awareness and Support for Eva’s Village

PATERSON, NJ — Representatives from Bederson LLP New Jersey Certified Public Accountants are supporting the mission of Eva's Village, a Paterson-based nonprofit that helps thousands of men, women and children each year by addressing basic needs of food and shelter as well as complex issues around addiction, mental illness and chronic homelessness.

Eva’s Village ...

13 Sea Turtles Recover From Cold at West Orange-Based Care Center

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although more than 700 sea turtles have been stranded this winter in the Northeast region of the United States, hundreds of which did not survive, 13 sea turtles are currently recuperating from the cold at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Sea Turtle Recovery, New Jersey’s only long-term care hospital.

According to Sea Turtle Recovery, Inc., this ...

West Orange Mother Donates Kidney to First Responder in Need

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing through NJ 101.5 evening radio host Steve Trevelise that his “oldest and dearest friend” Robbo Pisani, a fire captain with the North Hudson Fire Department, was struggling with kidney failure, West Orange resident Melissa Kohlman was so moved that she volunteered her own kidney for a living transplant.

In the weeks following the ...

Sosa Insurance Group in West Orange Aims to Provide Medicare Guidance

January 19, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Sosa Insurance Group, which opened an office at 450 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange in the fall, specializes in Medicare supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare and Medicaid plans and dental, as well as some individual and long-term care plans.

According to owner George Sosa, Sosa Insurance Group is "dedicated to offering ...

West Orange Chamber to Kick Off New Year with January Mixer

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) is starting off its 2019 events with a kick-off mixer to be held on Jan. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott, located at 8 Rooney Circle in West Orange.

This informal event invites members and guests to build face-to-face partnerships with local business people. According to the WOCC, past ...

Bederson LLP Lends Hand to Raise Awareness and Support for Eva’s Village

PATERSON, NJ — Representatives from Bederson LLP New Jersey Certified Public Accountants are supporting the mission of Eva's Village, a Paterson-based nonprofit that helps thousands of men, women and children each year by addressing basic needs of food and shelter as well as complex issues around addiction, mental illness and chronic homelessness.

Eva’s Village ...

West Orange High School to Host 14th Annual Color Guard Invitational

January 17, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 14th 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. 26 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. West Orange High School (WOHS) will host the event and

The West Orange High School (WOHS) varsity and junior varsity Winter Color Guards will perform in exhibition during ...

West Orange Dungeons & Dragons Club Promotes Youth Development and Education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Elves, Giant Spiders and bow-wielding Bandits have taken over the West Orange Public Library on Friday afternoons—not through the fantasy novels lining the shelves or the latest J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation of Peter Jackson waiting to be rented off the library's DVD rack, but through the teenage Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) club’s weekly ...

Winter Came to West Orange Through High School Orchestra Concert

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual West Orange High School (WOHS) Winter Orchestra concert embodied the spirit of winter on Thursday night with a mix of classical and contemporary music, including the popular theme song to HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The concert featured various ensembles under the direction of Dr. Elena Peres, including the 9th Grade Orchestra, Royal Strings ...

Essex County Asks Residents to Not Park on Street During Snow/Ice Storm

January 18, 2019

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – A state of emergency has been placed in effect for Saturday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura have requested that residents do not park on county roads from Saturday through Sunday this weekend. Keeping the roads open will make it easier to remove snow and ...

West Orange in Search of Full-Time Senior Citizen Program Aide

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange is currently looking for a full-time job opening for the position of Senior Citizen Program Aide. Those interested are asked to apply by Feb. 8.

According to the township, the job requires providing help and information to West Orange senior citizens as well as the organization, management and implementation of all township senior citizen ...

West Orange Mayor and Council Members Sworn into Office for 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After being elected or re-elected to their respective positions, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, Councilwomen Susan McCartney and Cindy Matute-Brown, and 2019 Council President Jerry Guarino were officially sworn in during Tuesday night’s reorganization meeting for the township.

As Parisi begins his third four-year term as mayor, Guarino and McCartney ...

Sosa Insurance Group in West Orange Aims to Provide Medicare Guidance

January 19, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Sosa Insurance Group, which opened an office at 450 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange in the fall, specializes in Medicare supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare and Medicaid plans and dental, as well as some individual and long-term care plans.

According to owner George Sosa, Sosa Insurance Group is "dedicated to offering ...

Tips for Driving Through Snow and Ice in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, AAA states that about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period.

West Essex YMCA to Host Camp Tours at Caldwell University

CALDWELL, NJ — Families curious about the West Essex YMCA’s Pioneer Trails Day Camp are invited to Caldwell University on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a tour.

Tours begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon at Caldwell University, located at 120 Bloomfield Avenue.

“Tours allow parents to see our camp facilities and gain an understanding of how Pioneer Trails works,” ...

Livingston CPA Discusses Rush to Divorce Following Change in Tax Law

January 6, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, a member of the Livingston-based accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, was recently featured on “CBS News” during a segment about the recent change in the alimony tax law.

Under the new federal law as of Jan. 1, alimony is no longer tax-deductible and the tax burden shifts from the ...

TAPinto West Orange 2018 Year in Review

January 5, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Did you miss any of the top news stories of 2018 in and around West Orange?

If you did, click on these links and scroll down memory lane with TAPinto West Orange. In 2018, TAPinto West Orange received more than 300,000 visitors, an increase in readership of nearly 70 percent over the previous year.

Here is just a sampling of the events and happenings that you were ...

Deer Culling Program to Begin Tuesday at South Mountain Reservation

January 13, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to revitalize the forest ecology in Essex County’s forest areas, the county’s Deer Management Program will begin on Jan. 15 and continue through March. This year, the program has been modified so that culling will occur on Tuesdays in South Mountain Reservation and Thursdays in Hilltop Reservation.

According to Essex County Executive Joseph ...

Local Realtor Shares Outlook on Winter Market in West Orange

January 11, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although one of the most popular questions posed to a real estate professional is “How is the market?” Tezeta Roro, a licensed real estate professional specializing in Essex, Union and Morris counties, said she often answers this question with, “There is always a market."

According to Roro, the conditions for buyers and sellers may ...

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Deegan Dental Implant Special: Save 30%

December 28, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Our new dental implant special offer will give you reason to smile.

Deegan Dental (23 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange) is happy to announce our new Dental Implant Special Offer that covers a single Complete Tooth Replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,800 per implant--a great value compared to the usual ...

The MAX Challenge of West Orange: Free Trial Class Jan. 5, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The next 10-Week Challenge at The MAX Challenge of West Orange will begin on Jan. 7, 2019. starting on 1/7/19.  The kickoff will take place on Saturday, Jan. 5 with a trial class at 9 a.m. and a nutrition section at 10:15 a.m.

We will be giving out a 10-Week Challenge to one lucky winner--the person is required to be present--and will also be announcing the winner of ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold and Snowy Weather Forecast

January 17, 2019

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Tuesday, Jan. 22, due to extreme cold weather and cold in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well ...

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Wed, January 23, 6:30 PM

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Rotary Club of West Orange Speed Networking Event

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Sat, January 26, 11:00 AM

NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Newark

Open House! Saturday & Summer Programs at NJPAC

Arts & Entertainment Education

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers High School Internships

January 14, 2019

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced on Friday that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking high school juniors to participate in the ECPO annual summer internship program.

This five-week program is designed to teach high school students about careers in law, law enforcement and government.  The summer internship program will run from July 8, ...

The Far Side of Progress

There are lots of exotic places I would like to visit before I die. The far side of the moon is not one of them.

But I understand that traveling to distant lands is a calling unique to the individual. It explains why there are people in the world who seek to explore the Mariana Trench or the Greenland Ice Sheet or Des Moines, Iowa. So I guess China has its reasons for going there.

Despite ...