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Donald and Lisa Shauger’s Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Fourteen WOHS Seniors at Virtual 2020 Senior Awards Night

July 4, 2020

It has been a year full of unprecedented changes: the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in countless ways, bringing about many firsts as we all adapt to ever-changing circumstances. In spite of the pandemic, West Orange High School found a way to honor the accomplishments of the high school’s graduating senior class and continue its longstanding tradition of hosting an annual Senior ...

The Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event to Take Place in Irvington

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County's next Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 9, in Orange Park in Irvington to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Two New Coronavirus Cases, One Additional Death in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Friday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi. One new death was recorded.

An 81-year-old West Orange resident died from the virus on June 27, bringing the total number of deaths in the township attributed to the coronavirus to 175.

"Our sympathies to the families and all those impacted by this ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Two New Coronavirus Cases, One Additional Death in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Friday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi. One new death was recorded.

An 81-year-old West Orange resident died from the virus on June 27, bringing the total number of deaths in the township attributed to the coronavirus to 175.

"Our sympathies to the families and all those impacted by this ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

West Orange Reports Lowest Number of Active Coronavirus Cases in 3 Months

July 1, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The number of active cases of COVID-19 reached a nearly three-month low on Wednesday.

According to Mayor Robert Parisi in a post on his Facebook page, there were 367 "current active" cases throughout the township, which he reported was the fewest since April 7, when testing was not nearly as widespread as it is now.

There were two new coronavirus cases in ...

Four New Coronavirus Cases in West Orange; No Additional Deaths Thursday

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Thursday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi. No new deaths were recorded.

A day earlier, Parisi reported on his Facebook page that there were no new cases on Wednesday. That was the first day since the pandemic began in March that no new cases were reported. There have been 15 new confirmed cases ...

Seniors In Place: Questions You Might Forget to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Asking the right questions is one of the most important steps in hiring a caregiver. Not asking the right questions can be dangerous, expensive, and, ultimately, time-consuming.

Adam Blecker, President, Seniors In Place as well as President, Home Health Services Association of New Jersey has vast experience recruiting the best of the best caregivers for elderly ...

Donald and Lisa Shauger’s Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Fourteen WOHS Seniors at Virtual 2020 Senior Awards Night

July 4, 2020

It has been a year full of unprecedented changes: the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in countless ways, bringing about many firsts as we all adapt to ever-changing circumstances. In spite of the pandemic, West Orange High School found a way to honor the accomplishments of the high school’s graduating senior class and continue its longstanding tradition of hosting an annual Senior ...

West Orange Twins Experience Joy with Playset from Make-A-Wish

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Luciano and Noah are 3-year-old twins who were born with significantly low platelet counts. While doctors raced to determine the cause, in the first few months of their lives, the brothers from West Orange endured multiple transfusions to fight the likelihood of either of the infants bleeding out.

“For three months, we didn’t know what it was,” their ...

West Orange Superintendent Recognizes Student, Staff and Community Achievements in Virtual Parade of Honors Ceremony.

June 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) could not hold its semi-annual "Parade of Honors" on-site this year, West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Cascone still wanted to honor the achievements of students, staff, and members of the community who have distinguished themselves over the course of the school year and during ...

West Orange Superintendent Provides Updates about Potential ‘Hybrid’ School Year and Athletics

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Even though the 2019-2020 school year officially ended last week, West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Cascone is continuing to work out how schools will look like when they reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.

The superintendent had recently explained that it was likely that schools will reopen in September with a hybrid schedule. On Monday, ...

West Orange Community Asks BOE to Reinstate School Counselor's Cut Position

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At Monday's West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, many West Orange residents spoke out on behalf of Michael DuBose, the only African American male school counselor at West Orange High School (WOHS) whose position was recently cut as a result of COVID-19 budget cuts.

Even though the WOBOE is not allowed to speak specifically about issues surrounding ...

Alert Meter Reader's Actions May Have Saved West Orange Resident's Life

July 1, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A PSE&G employee reading meters in West Orange sprung into action last week to assist an incapacitated resident who had fallen in her garage and was unable to get up for days.

According to West Orange public information officer Joe Fagan, on Monday, June 22, Lawrence Lighten, was reading meters in Llewellyn Park when he heard cries for help. He pinpointed them ...

West Orange Fire Department Knocks Down Oakridge Road Blaze

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Fire Department early Sunday evening quickly brought under control a blaze on Oakridge Road.

According to township authorities, one engine and one ladder truck were summoned shortly after 6 p.m. after fire was showing from the first floor rear of an unoccupied single-family wood-frame home.

Ladder 1 forced entry through the front door and Engine 3 ...

West Orange Township Council Approves Ordinances Against Police Brutality on First Reading

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As was promised during the Township Council meeting on June 9, the West Orange Township Council started their process in codifying West Orange Police Department (WOPD) policies against police brutality on Tuesday.

Town Council members voted unanimously to approve two ordinances on their first reading. One repeals Chapter 4, Section 12.2(b) of the Township of West Orange ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

West Orange Baseball Team Gets '2' Seed in its Bracket for 'Last Dance' Tournament

June 30, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange baseball team has been selected as the second seed in its pool-play bracket for the Last Dance Tournament that will begin July 14.

The Mountaineers head a four-team field in the West Orange Regional, which will be played on the turf at West Orange High School. On July 14, West Orange will play the Passaic Valley Hornets, and Belleville will play ...

West Orange Mayor Calls Foul, Prohibits Unsanctioned Tournament Basketball Games in O'Connor Park

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the size of the crowds for unauthorized one-on-one basketball tournament games in O'Connor Park grew over the last two weeks, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi expressed his concern in an initial Facebook post on Wednesday.

On Friday, Parisi blew the whistle, putting an end to the games whose crowds had swelled to, by at least one estimate, close to 1,000 ...

'Last Dance' Baseball Tournament Would Give West Orange H.S. Grads Chance to Get Back on Diamond

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange High School baseball program who were denied their chance to play the 2020 spring season due to the statewide coronavirus shutdown of schools will probably get their chance to play as a team in July.

The Last Dance Baseball Tournament will involve well over 200 teams--including West Orange--from all over New Jersey participating in a ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Turtle Back Zoo to Reopen Thursday

June 16, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Zoo at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex will reopen on Thursday, June 18, the county announced on Monday.

There will be no on-site ticket sales, however. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance at www.turtlebackzoo.com. Procedures are being implemented to ensure social distancing among visitors and sanitize all ...

Ginny Duenkel Pool in West Orange Reopening Date Finalized

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Ginny Duenkel Pool will be reopening on Monday, June 22.  

In order to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Orders, the following guidelines will be implemented for the safety of patrons and staff:

Pool capacity will be maxed out at 600 individuals.

Patrons over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear face coverings when NOT in the pool ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

The New State of Real Estate After COVID-19

July 2, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — COVID-19 has changed the real estate market -- in ways both expected and unexpected.

The winter started out with an early and strong 2020 market, but it quickly slowed down during the quarantine. Only highly motivated buyers and sellers transacted from March through May. The Governor announced that real estate sales would remain essential, and we made sure to put in place ...

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The Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event to Take Place in Irvington

July 4, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County's next Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 9, in Orange Park in Irvington to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as ...

How Will You Celebrate International Joke Day?

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and on July 1st, we can all laugh together as we celebrate International Joke Day. You can celebrate by telling riddles and jokes, reading joke books, or even helping your children write jokes of their own. How will you be celebrating International Joke Day?

Below are some ideas for celebrating International Joke Day, courtesy of ...

YMCA Offers Virtual Camp and Youth Programs to Fill Summer Schedules

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - As families shift their summer plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers virtual program options to keep kids active and engaged all summer long. 

“As the pandemic continues, we understand that some families may prefer to explore virtual options for the summer as opposed to in-person programs,” said Richard K. Gorab, ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

July 3, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ — A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Life During War Time

I thought the shortage of toilet paper in March was bad. But now I find that soon we may not be able to secure illegal fireworks. What next, a run on citronella candles?

I am stocking up on rolls of Charmin again, which I plan to ignite and launch into the sky from my backyard on the 4th of July.

It is still June, and it seems everywhere fireworks are exploding without explanation.