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West Orange High School Students Partner with Tree-Plenish to Offset Paper Usage by Planting Trees

January 14, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange is one of 85 high schools to partner with Tree-Plenish to help build sustainable communities through youth engagement.

West Orange High School plans to plant 243 trees on April 24 to offset its school’s paper usage during one academic year.

The Tree-Plenish Program mentors students through a step-by-step process to achieve their ultimate ...

West Orange HS Leaders of America Club Members Take Top Honors at Fall Conference

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students in the West Orange High School Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club attended the annual Fall State Leadership Conference, held virtually Nov. 16-19, 2020 and took top honors in several categories.

The theme for the conference was "Mission: A Brighter Tomorrow." Students competed against other schools in several areas of Family ...

West Orange Teachers Again Voice Concerns Ahead of Hybrid Reopening

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) welcomed new member Melinda Huerta during its reorganization meeting and introduced incumbent board members Terry Trigg-Scales and Jennifer Tunnicliffe as the new president and vice president, respectively.

But even though this was the board’s first meeting of 2021, this did not distract from the lingering concerns that ...

Murphy Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting Thursday

January 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

State and U.S. Flags in NJ to Be Flown at Half-Staff Monday in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police ...

West Orange Council Liaisons, Rent Leveling Board and Finances Addressed at Meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first 2021 meeting of the West Orange Township Council focused on electing council liaisons to town organizations, new council members, the Rent Leveling Board and finances.

Councilwoman Cindy Matute-Brown was elected president of the council, and she and the newly elected council members were sworn into office. 

Mayor Robert Parisi and New Jersey Assembly ...

West Orange Girls Soccer Players Mitchell, Schultz Headline All-Conference Team

January 9, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Emma Mitchell and Kaya Schultz of West Orange both were named to the Super Essex Conference's All-American Division First Team, as selected by conference coaches.

Mitchell scored six goals and passed for six assists, and Schultz finished the 2020 season with six goals and four assists for the Mountaineers, who posted an 8-4-1 record last fall. Both seniors intend to ...

Mountain Top League in West Orange Releases 2021 Roadmap for Sports

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Mountain Top League released its 2021 Sports Roadmap thsi week to kick off the new year and provide West Orange families with a quick snapshot of all programs available for young athletes, including age groups, season start/end dates, contact information and more.

An all-volunteer organization which has served the children of West Orange since it was founded in ...

Indoor Sports Get Green Light to Resume Jan. 2 in West Orange

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that indoor sports may resume on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least Jan. 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, ...

Car Hits Utility Pole, Endangers House on Eagle Rock Ave. in West Orange

January 15, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A vehicle collided with a utility pole on Eagle Rock Avenue Thursday evening, and the accident left live lines hanging over the roadway and property.

The West Orange Fire Department Engine 4 was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with a reported car into a house shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to West Orange police. Arriving units found a one-car ...

Auto Parts Stolen from Two Vehicles in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Police are investigating two cases involving the theft of auto parts from motor vehicles in West Orange.

According to police, sometime between 11 p.m. on Jan. 6 and 6:33 a.m. the next day, the owner of a 2019 Honda Accord reported that someone stole the four alloy wheels off his car while it was parked in his driveway on Quinby Place. The car was equipped with ...

State and U.S. Flags in NJ to Be Flown at Half-Staff Monday in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police ...

Murphy Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting Thursday

January 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

NJ Using Honor System at Coronavirus Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of you to do the right thing in this regard and not `jump the line,’” said ...

West Orange Averaging Under 20 New COVID-19 Cases Per Day in Last Week

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were 25 new positive tests confirmed for COVID-19 in the township on Tuesday, according to West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi.

Tuesday marked 14 consecutive days, however, that no West Orange resident has been hospitalized with symptoms connected to the virus. The last case that required hospitalization was recorded on Dec. 22, 2020.

Parisi reported 118 current ...

Sustain and Serve NJ Program Helps Feed Hungry Families and Supports Local Restaurants Hit Hard by COVID

December 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- A new program called Sustain and Serve NJ has been launched by the NJEDA that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals that would be distributed to nonprofit organizations to feed for needy residents.

Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps families that are going through a rough period while, at the same time, helping the ...

No West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade — Again — in 2021

January 14, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the second year in a row, the West Orange St. Patrick's Day parade has been canceled.

Parade chairman Kevin Brennan made the announcement in a statement he issued Thursday morning.

The 2020 St. Patrick's Day parade was a casualty of the early days of the COVID pandemic, fears of which have now claimed this year's parade, as well.

In his statement, ...

Turtle Back Zoo to Close for January

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be closed for the entire month of January, the county announced this week.

The current COVID-19 data precipitated the decision to keep the zoo shut until Feb. 1, although the zoo will remain open through the end of December.

""As a precaution to help to contain the spread of COVID, the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be ...

Sustain and Serve NJ Program Helps Feed Hungry Families and Supports Local Restaurants Hit Hard by COVID

December 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- A new program called Sustain and Serve NJ has been launched by the NJEDA that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals that would be distributed to nonprofit organizations to feed for needy residents.

Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps families that are going through a rough period while, at the same time, helping the ...

Hope and Help at St. John's Soup Kitchen on Christmas Eve

NEWARK, NJ - Christmas in the time of a pandemic came to St. John's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Newark with quiet majesty on a gray December day, praying for hope to be born.

More than 100 people lined up for a hot meal in front of the nearly 200-year-old church on Mulberry Street on Christmas Eve. Their city is a hot zone of the coronavirus pandemic, their holiday table ...

Hope and Help at St. John's Soup Kitchen on Christmas Eve

December 26, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - Christmas in the time of a pandemic came to St. John's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Newark with quiet majesty on a gray December day, praying for hope to be born.

More than 100 people lined up for a hot meal in front of the nearly 200-year-old church on Mulberry Street on Christmas Eve. Their city is a hot zone of the coronavirus pandemic, their holiday table ...

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Metro YMCAs and Veritext Partnership Brings ‘Work from Home’ Career Opportunity to Job Seekers

January 13, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is partnering with Veritext Legal Solutions, the leader in deposition and litigation support solutions, to introduce Digital Reporting – a new, in-demand career path with remote opportunities – to its community.

A Digital Reporter is a trained officiant who captures the record of testimony in legal proceedings using a ...

Essex County Commissioners Sworn In At 2021 Organization Meeting

 

Wayne L. Richardson elected President and Carlos M. Pomares elected Vice President

(Newark, NJ) – (Newark, NJ) – District 2 Commissioner Wayne L. Richardson of Newark was unanimously elected President of the Essex County Board of County Commissioners (formerly Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders), and District 5 Commissioner Carlos M. Pomares of Bloomfield was ...

Contest Teaches Young Men from Essex County About Public Speaking and Confidence

THE ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA SCHOLARSHIP & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC.

WELCOMES 7th & 8th GRADE STUDENTS TO

THE 22nd ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ORATORICAL COMPETITION

Annual Contest Teaches Young Men from Essex County About Public Speaking and Confidence

 

Newark, NJ – The Alpha Alpha Lambda Scholarship & Educational Foundation, Inc. will welcome ...

Essex County Coronavirus Testing, Jan. 12-16

January 10, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Here is the upcoming schedule of coronavirus testing sites sponsored by Essex County, offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456.

Upcoming testing locations are as follows:

Tuesday, January 12, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Essex County Hall of Records Complex, Employee ...

Maplewood Resident Arrested After Mother's Homicide

NEWARK, NJ — Benjamin Avrut, 35, of Maplewood, has been arrested and charged with the murder of his mother. 

Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul and Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II made the announcement today as part of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force's investigation of ...

Montclair Fire Department Fights Two Fires in 12 Hours as West Orange FD Provides Coverage

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair Fire Department responded to two fires within the span of 12 hours, officials confirm. The first fire took place Wednesday night, Dec. 23, and the second on Thursday morning. With the support of surrounding fire departments, both fires were extinguished in a few short hours.

At approximately 11:43 p.m. on Wednesday, the Montclair Fire ...

Letter from West Orange Council President to Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill Supporting the 25th Amendment

January 7, 2021

Congresswoman Sherrill, please allow me to express how relieved I was to receive word that you and your staff were safe amidst the chaos of the siege at our Nation’s Capital.  Please also allow me to express my gratitude for your service to our country and to my constituents here in West Orange. It is in this vain that I write to request that you support the immediate removal of the ...

Property Tax Freeze Deadline for NJ Senior Citizens Extended to Feb 1, 2021

January 8, 2021

TRENTON, NJ  - Local seniors still have time to apply for the Senior Freeze Program. The deadline for Senior Freeze property tax relief program was recently extended to February 1, 2021.

The Program is a property tax reimbursement program for eligible seniors and disable residents. In order to receive a property tax reimbursement, seniors must be eligible.

For additional ...

If NJ Was Provided 400K Coronavirus Vaccine Doses, Why Have Only 25% Been Administered?

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey officials visited University Hospital in Newark on Monday morning as healthcare workers received their second doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. A similar effort to inoculate frontline workers throughout the Garden State brings the number to roughly 100,000 inoculations as of this afternoon.

With another 120,000 shots set aside for long-term ...