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West Orange Police Investigate Cases of Theft and Criminal Mischief

September 21, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — An Ashland Avenue resident reported to West Orange police that the tires and rims of his 2020 Honda Accord had been stolen from his driveway.

According to the police, sometime either late Friday night, Sept. 18 or early Saturday morning, an unknown number of suspects went into the owner's driveway and removed four 18-inch tires and the aluminum rims from the ...

STOP for Nikhil Race Participants Do the Run Virtually in 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m., the Nikhil Badlani Foundation kicked off its 10th annual STOP For Nikhil Race. 

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held virtually and featured an opportunity to run, walk or bike at any time throughout the following week. This event is held each year to raise traffic safety awareness and to remember and honor ...

Three West Orange Students Selected for Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In early March, West Orange High School sophomores Riley Hahn and Madison Gough and Edison Middle School sixth-grader Kyan Bashkoff were three of 68 students from across New Jersey and as far away as California, Colorado and Tennessee who received their acceptances to the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory program.

In mid-March, COVID ...

West Orange Holds Ribbon-Cutting for Two New Prospect Ave. Businesses

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi welcomed two new neighboring businesses to town with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 474 Prospect Ave. in the rear of the Glen Rock Savings Bank building this week.

Social distancing guidelines were observed during the dual ceremony. 

Parisi was joined by West Orange Township Council President Michelle Casalino and Councilwoman Susan McCartney ...

Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported in West Orange Monday

September 7, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were two additional cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Monday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi.

The total intake of cases in West Orange was 1,528, but there were only 39 current active cases in West Orange as of Monday.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in West Orange was 187. There has been one coronavirus-related death reported in West ...

New COVID-19 Cases in West Orange Down 94% in August vs. April Rate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were no additional cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Wednesday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi.

As August concluded, it was the month with the lowest incidences of new coronavirus cases in the township since the start of the pandemic in March.

Parisi reported that there was an average of 1.68 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day in August in ...

Essex County COVID-19 Testing Returns to Livingston Sept. 3

LIVINGSTON, NJ — St. Philomena's Church, located at 386 South Livingston Avenue, in Livingston will once again serve as a location for Essex County’s mobile COVID-19 testing site on Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. Testing is free to all Essex County residents, and no insurance in required.

Residents 13 years and older are encouraged to get ...

Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported in West Orange Monday

September 7, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were two additional cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Monday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi.

The total intake of cases in West Orange was 1,528, but there were only 39 current active cases in West Orange as of Monday.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in West Orange was 187. There has been one coronavirus-related death reported in West ...

New COVID-19 Cases in West Orange Down 94% in August vs. April Rate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were no additional cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Wednesday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi.

As August concluded, it was the month with the lowest incidences of new coronavirus cases in the township since the start of the pandemic in March.

Parisi reported that there was an average of 1.68 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day in August in ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was recently one of eight RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facilities to be recognized and re-designated as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation—the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, ...

STOP for Nikhil Race Participants Do the Run Virtually in 2020

September 20, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m., the Nikhil Badlani Foundation kicked off its 10th annual STOP For Nikhil Race. 

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held virtually and featured an opportunity to run, walk or bike at any time throughout the following week. This event is held each year to raise traffic safety awareness and to remember and honor ...

Livingston Sisters Honored for Heroic Actions in Near-Suicide Incident

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump.

In an essay written about the incident, Lauren, a senior at Livingston High School, ...

82% of West Orange Students Take Part in First Day of Virtual Learning

September 16, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Months of planning and preparation were put to the test on Sept. 14 when West Orange Schools opened virtually for students in grades K-12, and by most accounts, things went smoothly.

One parent noted, "My WOHS freshman had a great first day. From what I’m seeing/hearing from other districts, WO got it right! The extra week was worth it."

Another ...

Two West Orange Students are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two students who are residents of West Orange have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Andrew Gart, who attends West Orange High School, and Kenneth Huang, a student at Seton Hall Prep High School, both have qualified as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

These high school seniors have an ...

Woodside Terrace Home Sustains Moderate Damage in Monday Fire

September 14, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Fire Department responded early Monday afternoon to a report of a smoke condition and possible structure fire on Woodside Terrace. 

Crews reported heavy smoke and located a small fire in a second-floor bedroom of the single-family Colonial dwelling. 

According to authorities, all residents had self-evacuated and there were no reported ...

West Orange Police Investigate Additional Vehicle Break-ins

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Four more vehicles were broken into in West Orange over the last week, according to police who are investigating each of these cases.

Saturday morning between 2:55 a.m. and 10:05 a.m., a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta was burglarized on Standish Avenue, according to police reports. The car was parked on Standish Avenue, facing south on the west curb, and the police ...

Suspect in West Orange Package Thefts Apprehended

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department apprehended a suspect Wednesday in the cases of numerous package thefts over the past few days in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

One of the victims of the stolen packages was able to view the theft occur in real time on his home security camera, police said. He kept visual tabs on the suspect as he walked away and provided a ...

West Orange Holds Ribbon-Cutting for Two New Prospect Ave. Businesses

September 18, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi welcomed two new neighboring businesses to town with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 474 Prospect Ave. in the rear of the Glen Rock Savings Bank building this week.

Social distancing guidelines were observed during the dual ceremony. 

Parisi was joined by West Orange Township Council President Michelle Casalino and Councilwoman Susan McCartney ...

RWJBarnabas Health Named on 2020 List of America’s Best-In-State Employers

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With more than 34,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) has been recognized as an “America’s Best-In-State Employer 2020” by Forbes business magazine and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry-ranking provider.

RWJBH covers a service area of nine counties ...

RWJBarnabas Health Named on 2020 List of America’s Best-In-State Employers

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With more than 34,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) has been recognized as an “America’s Best-In-State Employer 2020” by Forbes business magazine and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry-ranking provider.

RWJBH covers a service area of nine counties ...

West Orange to Have Two Election Ballot Drop-Box Locations

September 17, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange will have two secure ballot drop-box locations for the November election. 

The drop boxes will be placed at the South Mountain Recreation Complex located by the parking deck at 560 Northfield Ave., and at Town Hall at 66 Main St. Since all New Jersey registered voters will receive mail-in ballots this year, they will be able to drop their ballots in ...

West Orange Native Gary Odendahl Retires After 53 Years Serving Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Gary Odendahl was honored by his family, friends and colleagues for his 53 years of service to Fairfield Township at an outdoor ceremony and reception held at the municipal building on Thursday, Sept. 10. 

Joseph Catenaro, township business administrator, along with Councilmen John LaForgia and Joseph Cifelli, presented Odendahl with a plaque. Catenaro ...

Three West Orange Students Selected for Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

September 19, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In early March, West Orange High School sophomores Riley Hahn and Madison Gough and Edison Middle School sixth-grader Kyan Bashkoff were three of 68 students from across New Jersey and as far away as California, Colorado and Tennessee who received their acceptances to the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory program.

In mid-March, COVID ...

West Orange Jazz Musician to Release New CD This Week

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Isaiah J. Thompson, long time resident of West Orange, will be releasing his debut CD celebrating the music of Jazz legend Buddy Montgomery later this week.

Thompson started music lessons at age 5. His love for music was furthered with private lessons and several music programs, but was also augmented during his time at Hazel Avenue, Edison and Roosevelt Middle ...

North Caldwell Filmmaker Debuts Award-Winning Child Holocaust Survivor Film

N. CALDWELL, NJ - Long-time North Calldwell resident, Fairfield businessman and filmmaker Denny Klein is hosting the virtual West Coast debut of his film “An Inconvenient Time: The Ruth Ravina Story” on August 28th. It is a 2020 Official Selection at the Dances with Films Film Festival.

The documentary has already garnered a slew of accolades: Best Documentary, Treasure Coast ...

West Orange to Have Two Election Ballot Drop-Box Locations

September 17, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange will have two secure ballot drop-box locations for the November election. 

The drop boxes will be placed at the South Mountain Recreation Complex located by the parking deck at 560 Northfield Ave., and at Town Hall at 66 Main St. Since all New Jersey registered voters will receive mail-in ballots this year, they will be able to drop their ballots in ...

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West Orange Receiver Jayson Raines Commits to Stanford University

September 2, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Jayson Raines, a senior wide receiver at West Orange High School, on Wednesday announced a verbal commitment to Stanford University.

Raines, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound prototype Division 1 wideout, caught 47 passes for more than 700 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season, which was head coach Darnell Grant's first at the school. 

Grant has termed Raines ...

Essex County Holds 19th Anniversary 9/11 Ceremony in West Orange

September 11, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A private ceremony to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania was livestreamed on Friday from the Essex County September 11th Memorial at the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange. 

The annual “Essex County Remembers” can be viewed ...

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World Premiere Set for Paper Mill Playhouse Conservatory’s New Voices: Pure Imagination

September 21, 2020

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Tony Award for Regional Theatre, announces the World Premiere of New Voices of 2020: Pure Imagination, a musical theater montage featuring students of the 2020 Summer Musical Theater Conservatory.  New Voices of 2020: Pure Imagination will premiere on Tuesday, September ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

Grounded

At the risk of sounding political, I believe in science.

I spent way too many hours subjecting my brain to a Math-O-Matic blender of science classes in school to discount it. Let’s face it, nobody would have made it that hard if there wasn’t some validity to it.

Oh I believe in other important stuff too, like astrology and miracles for instance, but a well-accepted scientific ...

Make Like a Tree

If they didn’t wear masks in California before, they certainly do now. Smoke and ash obscure the dark orange skies as millions of acres burn out of control encroaching on homes and entire towns. It is the kind of apocalyptic event that makes me glad I live in New Jersey.

But even so far away, it makes me wonder. What would I do if a natural disaster threatened my home and I had 15 ...