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West Orange High School Girls Volleyball Team Wins Liberty Division Title

October 22, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With a 12-0 record in division play and a 17-3 overall, the West Orange High School girls volleyball team captured its third division title last week with a victory over Columbia.

"Columbia gave us a battle during the first set—the score 35-33," said West Orange head coach Jackie Cruz. "Our girls looked more composed during the second ...

Kelly Elementary School Holds Sixth Annual Walk to School Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School students, parents and teachers recently participated in National Walk to School Day for the sixth consecutive year in order to promote healthy exercise and bring attention to the need for safe streets.

The goal of National Walk to School Day, which was started in 1997, is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and ...

Barktober Halloween Dog Parade to Benefit West Orange Animal Welfare League

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After a successful first Barktober Halloween Dog Parade in 2018, the members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group who organized the inaugural event decided to make it an annual community affair. This year’s event, hosted by the West Orange Farmers Market, will be held on Saturday at 80 Main Street from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in support of the ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Blanks Montclair-Kimberley, 3-0

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The West Orange girls soccer team scored two goals in the first half and went on to a 3-0 victory over Montclair-Kimberley on Monday.

Natalie Nevins scored one goal and assisted on the other two, Kaya Schultz had a goal and an assist and Kiley Capstraw scored a goal for the Mountaineers (12-3).

Cassidy Joyce made three saves for West Orange, which had a 13-3 shooting ...

Kelly Elementary School Holds Sixth Annual Walk to School Day

October 22, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School students, parents and teachers recently participated in National Walk to School Day for the sixth consecutive year in order to promote healthy exercise and bring attention to the need for safe streets.

The goal of National Walk to School Day, which was started in 1997, is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and ...

Learn More About West Orange Board of Education’s New Student Liaisons

WEST ORANGE, NJ – This year’s West Orange High School student liaisons to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) were officially introduced during a recent board meeting, marking the second year that student representation has been included at regular meetings.

Last year’s team of Sessina Dani and Aarushi Bhatnagar made an important impact on last year’s board ...

West Orange High School Crowns 2019 Homecoming King and Queen

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kaia Baker and Julian Lee were recently crowned the 2019 West Orange High School (WOHS) Homecoming King and Queen after school administration selected the candidates and seniors voted for the winners.

Baker, escorted by Gustav Hall during the homecoming football game, is president of the student council, president of the WOHS Unity Club, co-captain of the ...

West Orange Police Handle Several Cases of ID Theft, Fraud in Early October

October 19, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Identity theft, theft by deception and fraud were among the cases that the West Orange Police Department fielded in the first two weeks of October.

On Oct. 6, a West Orange resident reported to police a fraudulently filed W-2 tax form and wages. The person told police that in September he received a letter from the Social Security Administration requesting more ...

West Orange Fire Department Receives Assistance to Firefighters Grant Award

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) was recently awarded a FY2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) in the amount of $293,274.54 for the replacement of 44 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), 88 carbon-wrapped air cylinders and 88 face pieces that have reached obsolescence.

The new equipment will be ...

West Orange Police Announces Three Promotions, Hosts Outreach Event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — During a ceremony held on at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, the West Orange Police Department recently celebrated the promotions of three officers, who were officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Parisi with respective family members holding the bible.

West Orange Police Chief James Abbott is pictured above with the promoted officers, including (left to ...

West Orange High School Girls Volleyball Team Wins Liberty Division Title

October 22, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With a 12-0 record in division play and a 17-3 overall, the West Orange High School girls volleyball team captured its third division title last week with a victory over Columbia.

"Columbia gave us a battle during the first set—the score 35-33," said West Orange head coach Jackie Cruz. "Our girls looked more composed during the second ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Blanks Montclair-Kimberley, 3-0

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The West Orange girls soccer team scored two goals in the first half and went on to a 3-0 victory over Montclair-Kimberley on Monday.

Natalie Nevins scored one goal and assisted on the other two, Kaya Schultz had a goal and an assist and Kiley Capstraw scored a goal for the Mountaineers (12-3).

Cassidy Joyce made three saves for West Orange, which had a 13-3 shooting ...

Girls Soccer: Livingston Beats West Orange, 3-2, in Essex County Semifinals

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- The Livingston girls soccer team, seeded third, defeated second-seeded West Orange in the semifinal round of the Essex County Tournament Tuesday night.

Livingston (12-2) will meet top-seeded Montclair in the county championship game Saturday at 5 p.m. at Livingston High School. Montclair beat Mount St. Dominic, 3-1, in Tuesday's other ECT semifinal.

Less that two ...

Barktober Halloween Dog Parade to Benefit West Orange Animal Welfare League

October 22, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After a successful first Barktober Halloween Dog Parade in 2018, the members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group who organized the inaugural event decided to make it an annual community affair. This year’s event, hosted by the West Orange Farmers Market, will be held on Saturday at 80 Main Street from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in support of the ...

West Orange Partners with Second Chance Toys for Fall Donation Event

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After a recent council meeting where Councilwoman Susan McCartney announced West Orange Township’s partnership with Second Chance Toys as part of its recertification with Sustainable Jersey in order “keep plastic out of landfills,” residents were invited to “shop and swap” donated toys that have been dropped off at the township’s newly ...

West Orange's Victor Cirilo Honored at Essex County Hispanic Heritage Celebration

NEWARK, NJ — As part of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in September, West Orange resident and former township council member Victor Cirilo was among those honored for their history of giving back to the Hispanic community.

“Victor Cirilo worked hard for decades to develop his reputation,” West Orange ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce to Host Business Builders Workshop

October 20, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC), in collaboration with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action (SBDAA), is hosting a lunch-and-learn workshop for small business owners from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Turtle Back Zoo.

Attendees will hear from several guests, including: 

Joe N. DiVincenzo, Jr., ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, Announces Latest Addition to the Firm

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, a Livingston-based accounting firm Is pleased to announce that prides itself on its teamwork abilities, where “every account receives the talent and expertise of the whole firm,” has announced that Keith J. Fischer, CPA, CGMA, CMEC has joined the firm as manager.

With two decades of accounting experience, Fischer brings ...

The Sosa Insurance Group Ready to Assist with Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare health coverage begins on Oct. 15 and continues until Dec. 7.

During this time, people may make changes to certain aspects of their Medicare health coverage:

Change from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan to Original Medicare.
Change from ...

Barktober Halloween Dog Parade to Benefit West Orange Animal Welfare League

October 22, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After a successful first Barktober Halloween Dog Parade in 2018, the members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group who organized the inaugural event decided to make it an annual community affair. This year’s event, hosted by the West Orange Farmers Market, will be held on Saturday at 80 Main Street from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in support of the ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Speaks Out against LGBTQ Bullying at 2019 Spirit Day

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse and the company of "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz" recently supported “Spirit Day 2019” as a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.

According to those involved, pledging to "go purple" on Spirit ...

West Orange Marching Mountaineers Host Fifth Annual District Band Night

WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than 75 elementary and middle school students joined with the West Orange High School (WOHS) Marching Band on last weekend for the fifth annual District Band Night, held under the lights at WOHS Suriano Stadium.

Musicians from West Orange elementary and middle schools were grouped according to their instruments with marching band members in the stands. Students and ...

West Orange Mayor Talks Local Issues as Guest on Giblin Report

October 16, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi was recently a guest on the cable TV show “The Giblin Report,” a half-hour program hosted by New Jersey Assemblyman 34th District Thomas P. Giblin.

In a segment filmed on Oct. 11 at Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media, Parisi became part of an elite group of guests that has previously ...

West Orange's Victor Cirilo Honored at Essex County Hispanic Heritage Celebration

NEWARK, NJ — As part of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in September, West Orange resident and former township council member Victor Cirilo was among those honored for their history of giving back to the Hispanic community.

“Victor Cirilo worked hard for decades to develop his reputation,” West Orange ...

Kelly Elementary School Holds Sixth Annual Walk to School Day

October 22, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School students, parents and teachers recently participated in National Walk to School Day for the sixth consecutive year in order to promote healthy exercise and bring attention to the need for safe streets.

The goal of National Walk to School Day, which was started in 1997, is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and ...

West Orange School District to Present Community Event on Teen Suicide Awareness

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Schools district is offering all district parents and the extended community an opportunity to attend "Raising Resilient Teens in Challenging Times," a presentation providing information on the warning signs of suicide, on Oct. 24 at Roosevelt Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The free program is being held in ...

2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raises Nearly $200,000 Toward Research

WEST ORANGE, NJ –Hundreds gathered at The Waterfront on the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange last weekend to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its Essex-Hudson-Union version of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care.

“It was a beautiful day, and the community rose up over 1,000 ...

West Orange Partners with Second Chance Toys for Fall Donation Event

October 14, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After a recent council meeting where Councilwoman Susan McCartney announced West Orange Township’s partnership with Second Chance Toys as part of its recertification with Sustainable Jersey in order “keep plastic out of landfills,” residents were invited to “shop and swap” donated toys that have been dropped off at the township’s newly ...

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West Orange Athletics Spotlight: Natalie Nevins Shines on Girls Soccer Team

October 3, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two weeks ago, Natalie Nevins accomplished a rarity for the West Orange High School girls soccer program: she scored her 50th career goal and also achieved her 50th career assist. As the Mountaineers' girls soccer program has grown over the last several years from a struggling entity to a statewide contender, Nevins' career has corresponded with that ...

Comfort Project 360 Announces 'Reason to Rock' Honorees; Event Set for Nov. 14

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Established in 2014, Comfort Project 360 (CP360) complements the outstanding care provided at The Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center by creating supportive and healing environments in which patients and their loved ones are treated.

“Community is the lifeline of Comfort Project 360,” says Suzanne Unger, co-founder, CP360. “Our community is ...

Essex County News: Service Resumes at Millburn Station After Trespasser Fatality

October 11, 2019

MILLBURN, NJ — Service resumed with heavy delays on the Morris and Essex Line Friday afternoon after a trespasser was struck and killed by a train near the Millburn train station earlier Friday morning.

According to NJ Transit Spokesperson Lisa Torbic, the incident occurred at apprximately 6:45 a.m. with an eastbound Morris and Essex Line train (number 6610) out of Dover. The victim ...

Things to Do with Kids from October 16-22, 2019

There are tons of activities happening this week into next. You and your children can participate in the Frog Pond Club on Oct. 16, Family Walk & Campfire on Oct. 17, Pajama Storytime on Oct. 18, the Pumpkin Painting Party on Oct. 19, have Breakfast with the Flamingos on Oct. 20, join the  STEAM Club on Oct. 22 and so much more. Your teens might enjoy the Comic Book Club on Oct. 16 or ...

Bad to the Dad Interviews Dan Cobb

On this week's edition of Bad to the Dad, Adam D makes the most of his business trip in Cleveland to interview colleague Dan Cobb. Dan chats about being the son of a detective in one of the country's toughest districts, and shares his experiences raising an adopted daughter and two teenage sons. 

"My dad would play this game with me when we'd go to restaurants. He'd ...

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Members Can Take Exercises Home

October 22, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Participants of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program can now take their exercises with them wherever they go, thanks to the generosity of one local group of physicians. 

Montclair plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Valerie Ablaza, who is a partner at The Plastic Surgery Group, recently donated 100 black and yellow drawstring backpacks to ...

Facing The Truth: Local Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Tells His Story

October 10, 2019

Dear Editor:

On March 27, 2019, I went public with my story of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Kevin Gugliotta, a man who subsequently became a Catholic priest and was assigned to several parishes with his longest assignment at Saint Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plain. Since then I have shared my story via online, print, radio, and social media.

This has included a Letter to the ...

Does Rutgers Pay Too Much to Fired Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Academic Administrators?

Does Rutgers pay too much to fired coaches, athletic directors, and academic administrators? 

Everyone loves a good college football game. Last season (2018), the Rutgers Scarlet Knights record in the Big Ten Conference was a dismal 1-11. And this year does not look much better. Yeah, Rutgers is in the same league with some heavy hitters like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. But, ...

New Jersey Transit A National Disgrace?

This week’s question is a continuation of last week’s on New Jersey infrastructure issues. 

New Jersey Transit has more than 2,000 buses and more than 700 trains, and there are more than 900,000 trips taken on NJ Transit every weekday. In total, passengers ride more than 3.5 billion miles per year on the system. In the past, Governor Murphy referred to NJ Transit as a ...

Man Accused of Bringing Gun, Ammo to School in Westfield Rejects Plea Deal

October 11, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Delaware man accused of bringing a handgun and hollow point bullets to an elementary school in Westfield rejected the offer of a plea deal Thursday.

Handcuffed and standing in a tan jumpsuit at Superior Court in Elizabeth, Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, listened to the prosecution outline its case against him following his June arrest in the parking lot of Tamaques Elementary ...

Automation Inflation

I hate robots.

They talk funny and have no personality.

If that makes me a human racist, then so be it.

I talked to a robot on the phone the other day. it was sitting virtually within the deep, dark recesses of a computer connected to the working end of an 800 number. It tried to convince me that it was human. It asked me flat questions in an artificially chipper voice and then pretended ...