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West Orange School District Diversity, Equity and Access Initiatives Move Forward

March 7, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is moving forward in its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Access (DEI).

Two district goals for 2021 include:

1) "To engage in auditing our school culture and curriculum for equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to provide an equitable school community which respects and values diversity by partnering with an outside ...

Seton Hall University Announces In-Person Classes for Fall 2021 Semester

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is preparing for in-person classes for fall semester. This announcement was made by Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, university president, in a letter entitled to the Seton Hall community, “Looking Ahead to the Upcoming Academic Year.” 

Nyre said that over the past year, “our community has made great strides in living and ...

West Orange High School Senior Receives Scholastic Silver Key for Writing

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School senior Tyra Hughes has been awarded a prestigious Scholastic Silver Key in Writing in the annual 2021 Scholastic Awards competition.

According to their website, "The Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Regional recognition ...

Nutman Place in West Orange Gets a New Name: Massi Way

March 6, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi accompanied Nick Macioci at the corner of Valley Road and Nutman Place in West Orange on Friday, March 5 as the street received a new name.

The ceremonial renaming to the street's new title, Massi Way, honors Macioci's late father, a former West Orange resident who lived in this neighborhood. Nick Massi, who was born Nicholas E. Macioci, ...

Gov. Murphy Says 'I Do' to Increasing Capacity at Weddings

TRENTON, NJ -- Anyone planning a wedding can expand the guest list now, following Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, when he announced that wedding receptions may proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity (up to 150 persons) and up to 150 people outdoors. Indoor receptions must abide by indoor dining guidelines. Attendees must ...

Executive Drive PILOT Program Among Approved Resolutions by West Orange Council

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Tammy Williams was voted in as the Rent Leveling Board Liaison to the council, and Susan McCartney was elected as the Environmental Commission Liaison, when the West Orange Township Committee met virtually earlier this week. 

Public Comments

Public Information Officer Joe Fagen,  reminded everyone to use their free West Orange card that encourages ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Ends Season with 67-63 Win over West Orange

March 7, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia boys basketball team closed out its season with a five-game winning streak, defeating West Orange, 67-63, in the final game on Saturday.

Senior guard Nigel Garcia scored 26 points, grabbed five rebounds and passed for three assists for the Cougars (11-4), who opened a 39-21 halftime lead with a 22-9 showing in the second quarter.

Josiah Lawful finished ...

Boys Basketball: Newark Central Beats West Orange, 74-60

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Newark Central came back from an early nine-point deficit to defeat the West Orange boys basketball team, 74-60, on Thursday.

Central trailed, 22-13, after a quarter but rallied to take a one-point halftime lead and then outscored the Mountaineers, 23-15, in the third quarter to open a 58-49 lead.

Micah Moore finished with 22 points and Maxwell Dent scored 10 points ...

Boys Basketball: West Orange Edges Shabazz, 73-71

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange boys basketball team overcame a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter and rallied to defeat Shabazz, 73-71, on Tuesday.

Micah Moore scored a team-high 24 points for the Mountaineers (4-9), who trailed, 59-53, going into the fourth quarter.

Amyin Hanks finished with 12 points for West Orange, which won it on a 3-point basket by Jermaine James with ...

West Orange Unveils Operation Blue Angel for Township Seniors

March 4, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department and the West Orange Fire Department, in partnership with Department of Senior Services and the West Orange Age-Friendly initiative, have announced Operation Blue Angel, a new program for the senior and medically disabled community.

Operation Blue Angel is designed to provide additional peace of mind for the West Orange senior ...

West Orange Woman Reports Carjacking Attempt in Her Own Driveway

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A reported carjacking attempt in the driveway of the victim is under investigation by West Orange police.

According to the West Orange Police Department, on Feb. 22 at 2:41 a.m., a woman reported that she was smoking a cigarette inside her Nissan Pathfinder parked in her driveway on Highland Place.

While inside the SUV, which was parked facing the garage of the ...

West Orange Police Investigate Thefts of a Package and Gasoline

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two thefts in the township on the same day last week are under investigation by the West Orange Police Department.

A package was reported stolen from a Watson Avenue residence. The suspect removed an Amazon package that contained a bed cover valued at $30.

On the same day, suspects occupying a stolen 2019 Audi Q7 received $30 worth of gas from the Essex station ...

Mayor Parisi Presents Executive Drive Redevelopment Plan at Township Council Workshop

February 24, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township Council held a special workshop on Monday to provide extensive information about the Executive Drive proposed PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) redevelopment project. Mayor Robert Parisi presented a comprehensive PowerPoint slideshow, including a timeline history of the plan since 2017.

Parisi, a proponent of the project, explained that all the developers ...

Gov. Murphy Says 'I Do' to Increasing Capacity at Weddings

March 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Anyone planning a wedding can expand the guest list now, following Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, when he announced that wedding receptions may proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity (up to 150 persons) and up to 150 people outdoors. Indoor receptions must abide by indoor dining guidelines. Attendees must ...

NJ Officials, Who Once Feared Vaccine Hesitancy, Nowhere Near Meeting Demand for COVID-19 Immunization

Patchwork registration and sign-up systems, already inadequate, must deal with tens of thousands of newly eligible residents.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

When New Jersey officials began planning the state’s ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

'Inspirational Voices: A West Orange Choral Festival' Virtual Concert Feb. 25

February 22, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Chorus students and staff from Grades 6-12 present “Inspirational Voices: A West Orange Choral Festival,” debuting virtually on the www.woboe.org YouTube channel on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Music/Chorus teachers Bonnie Pomeroy (EMS), Craig Sanphy (LMS), John Hellyer and William Farley (WOHS) discussed the upcoming virtual concert. Hellyer served as the ...

West Orange Senior Citizens Give 'Legacy of Love' Valentine to Community Youth

February 23, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Senior citizens in West Orange sent a virtual “Legacy of Love” inspirational greeting to community youth ages 13-18 for Valentine's Day.

In a project conceived by West Orange Senior Services Program coordinator Laura Van Dyke, seniors were asked to submit a brief statement based on their own life experiences that could encourage West Orange Youth to see ...

Wayne Resident Seeks a Life-saving Kidney Donor

WAYNE, NJ — Longtime Wayne resident Harry Stricker needs a kidney. After a battle with kidney cancer 15 years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only chance. 

According to the kidneyfund.org, “Nearly 100,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Many more people ...

West Orange Teen Marley Dias Nominated for NAACP Image Award

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School student Marley Dias has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her Netflix show "Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices."

Dias is internationally known for her #1000BlackGirlsBooks movement," her own book "Marley Gets it Done," and being named as one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of ...

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JESPY’s Therapeutic Services Help Adults Live Meaningful Lives

March 5, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE — Many adults strive to live healthy and productive lives. For some, an essential tool in the process is having access to counseling services. At JESPY House, a non-profit that supports adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, the range of services provided through its Clinical and Behavioral Supports department include a multitude of essential services for ...

JESPY’s Therapeutic Services Help Adults Live Meaningful Lives

SOUTH ORANGE - Many adults strive to live healthy and productive lives. For some, an essential tool in the process is having access to counseling services. At JESPY House, a non-profit that supports adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, the range of services provided through its Clinical and Behavioral Supports department include a multitude of essential services for adults ...

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Getting started is easy.  Just log in or create a TAPinto account, click on "Submit Content" and start listing today.  You can also click here to find out more about our real ...

Three Essex County Men Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Banks

March 4, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Three Essex County men admitted conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, both of South Orange, and Nasheed Jackson, 24, of Newark pleaded guilty this week by video conference before U.S. District Judge Susan D.

Montclair Parents File Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against School District Over Remote Learning

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against the Montclair School District after teachers and staff refused to return to in-person instruction, according to documents.

Eight families filed last week, after retaining attorney Keri Donohue Avellini.

Avellini is also the attorney representing families suing the South Orange-Maplewood School ...

Essex County Cancels All COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments for Monday Feb. 22

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County has canceled all COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Monday Feb. 22 due to lack of vaccines. 

Residents with appointments for Feb. 22, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 and Sun. Feb 21 were canceled earlier this week due to non-receipt of vaccines. 

According to ...

Small Businesses Should Not Have to Carry the Burden for Murphy Administration’s COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy

February 21, 2021

Since Gov. Phil Murphy began the process of shutting down businesses close to a year ago in the fight against COVID-19, more than one-third of New Jersey’s small businesses have been left with no option but to close their doors permanently.  

The attorneys for JWC Fitness LLC, a business formerly operating in Sussex County as CKO Kickboxing  Franklin, presented ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

New Jersey Is 2021’s Worst State to Retire – WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was rated the worst state to retire, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual ranking of 2021’s Best States to Retire.

What's the biggest reason for New Jersey's last place ranking?

"The biggest reason New Jersey finished last is affordability. It has a high cost of living, it's among the least tax-friendly states for ...

As a Parent, Failure is … an Option

The tagline for the 1995 Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 (slightly overrated, in my humble opinion) included the phrase, “Failure is not an option.”  That may certainly have been true for the Apollo crew, as failure likely meant death.  However, the phrase has sadly been used in situations that it should not, especially when it comes to parenting.  I cannot tell you how many ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers Named Among World’s Best Hospitals and Best Hospitals for Infection Prevention by Newsweek

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have been named among the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek for the third consecutive year of the publication’s ranking. In addition, both Morristown and Overlook are ranked among the Best Hospitals for Infection Prevention in 2021.

The World’s Best Hospitals 2021 ranking is based on ...

COVID19: Vitamin D and the Sunshine at the End of the Tunnel

As a pediatric orthopaedist, I regularly discuss bone health with my patients, expounding on the multitude of benefits of vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is a cheap, easily available nutrient that impacts bone quality and is known to boost immunity, which is especially relevant as we try to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is profoundly interesting is ...

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