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Boys Soccer: West Orange Eliminates East Side in Double-OT in Essex Tournament

October 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Brian Merlos' goal in the second overtme gave fourth-seeded West Orange a 2-1 boys soccer victory over fifth-seeded Newark East Side in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

East Side opened the scoring on a penalty kick by Dino Branco in the first half. West Orange (10-3-2) tied the game right before halftime on a goal by Yasin Aly with an ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Downs Millburn, Livingston Advances in PKs over MKA in Essex Tournament

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ - Top-seeded West Orange remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory over eighth-seeded Millburn in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

In another Essex County Tournament quarterfinal, fifth-seeded Livingston and Montclair-Kimberley Academy played 100 scoreless minutes before going to a shootout, where Livingston advanced in penalty ...

Football: Bloomfield Beats West Orange in OT, 22-21

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The West Orange football team took another opponent right down to the wire, but again came up on the short end Friday night.

Bloomfield rallied from an eight-point deficit after three quarters, forced the overtime, and then won, 22-21, over West Orange in the extra session.

West Orange (2-6) took a 14-6 halftime lead. Jordan White scored on a 12-yard run in then first ...

Missing Person: West Orange Police in Search of Paul Geiger

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange Police are asking for the public’s help locating a missing West Orange resident. Paul Geiger, Jr., 82, was last seen on Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

At that time, he left his residence in West Orange and was traveling to an appointment at another West Orange address, but he never arrived.

Geiger is described as being 6-foot, ...

Tax Issues Dominate West Orange Mayoral Candidates’ Forum

October 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Keeping West Orange municipal taxes in check while still providing services that will keep home values up and attract new buyers was the most commonly expressed issue among community members at the West Orange Mayoral Candidates’ Forum hosted by the Pleasant Valley Civic Association and B’nai Shalom on Sunday.

The two candidates running for the ...

Missing Person: West Orange Police in Search of Paul Geiger

October 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange Police are asking for the public’s help locating a missing West Orange resident. Paul Geiger, Jr., 82, was last seen on Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

At that time, he left his residence in West Orange and was traveling to an appointment at another West Orange address, but he never arrived.

Geiger is described as being 6-foot, ...

Accident on I-280 in West Orange Tying Up Thursday Afternoon Traffic

WEST ORANGE/LIVINGSTON, NJ - (Updated at 4:40 p.m.) A jackknifed tractor-trailer Thursday afternoon was causing massive delays on I-280 in West Orange. Two other local accidents in Livingston were adding to the congestion in the area.

According to BNN (Breaking News Network) and 511nj.org, the accident, which happened shortly before 4 p.m., occurred on the eastbound side of the highway, in the ...

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

West Orange District Accepts Superintendent's Resignation

October 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A separation agreement in which West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky has agreed to voluntarily resign from his employment with the district was approved during a special meeting of the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) on Friday morning.

In accordance with state law, the WOBOE will provide three months' pay for each year remaining on ...

West Orange School Board to Vote on Separation Agreement with Superintendent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — During a special meeting being held on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m., the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) will vote on a resolution that would terminate the employment relationship with Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky.

According to the resolution as written in the Oct. 19 meeting agenda, the board and Rutzky agree that it is in both parties’ best interest ...

West Orange School Board Announces Special Meeting to be Held Friday

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following an executive session held on Monday evening to address time-sensitive legal and personnel matters, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) determined on Wednesday that an additional executive session is needed and will be held on 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.

In order to be in compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act’s requirement of allowing at ...

Boys Soccer: West Orange Eliminates East Side in Double-OT in Essex Tournament

October 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Brian Merlos' goal in the second overtme gave fourth-seeded West Orange a 2-1 boys soccer victory over fifth-seeded Newark East Side in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

East Side opened the scoring on a penalty kick by Dino Branco in the first half. West Orange (10-3-2) tied the game right before halftime on a goal by Yasin Aly with an ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Downs Millburn, Livingston Advances in PKs over MKA in Essex Tournament

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ - Top-seeded West Orange remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory over eighth-seeded Millburn in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

In another Essex County Tournament quarterfinal, fifth-seeded Livingston and Montclair-Kimberley Academy played 100 scoreless minutes before going to a shootout, where Livingston advanced in penalty ...

Football: Bloomfield Beats West Orange in OT, 22-21

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The West Orange football team took another opponent right down to the wire, but again came up on the short end Friday night.

Bloomfield rallied from an eight-point deficit after three quarters, forced the overtime, and then won, 22-21, over West Orange in the extra session.

West Orange (2-6) took a 14-6 halftime lead. Jordan White scored on a 12-yard run in then first ...

Nikhil Badlani Foundation Awards Grant to West Orange’s Gregory Elementary

October 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On behalf of the West Orange school that raised the most money to support the eighth annual Walk/Run for Nikhil, Gregory Elementary School Principal Makeida Estupiñan accepted a $2,000 grant from the Nikhil Badlani Foundation (NBF) during Wednesday night’s Parent-Teacher Association meeting.

After the foundation issued a challenge to the West Orange ...

West Orange Resident Honored at Fourth Annual Dream Maker Scholarship Awards

NEWARK, NJ – West Orange resident CC Minton was recently honored at the fourth annual Dream Maker Scholarship Awards, which honors leaders in public service, business and civic life, at Rutgers University’s Newark campus

Humanitarian Michael Gray and Save Our Nations, Inc. recognized Minton as well as Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, J. Douglas Reid-Green, Michael Bright, Rick ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Rotary International President to Attend West Orange Chapter's PolioPlus Gala

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the West Orange Rotary Club, members and supporters will also enjoy a particularly rare public appearance from Rotary International (RI) President Barry Rassin at the club’s Oct. 20 fundraiser to support the eradication of polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world ...

West Orange Dog Parents Organize First Barktober Dog Parade

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group are banding together to support the West Orange Animal Welfare League (WOAWL), a local 501©3 not-for-profit organization that works to avoid needless killing of abandoned and unwanted animals in the area, through the inaugural Barktober Halloween Dog Parade on Oct. 20 at O’Connor Park.

When one ...

New York Guard Cites West Orange Resident For Volunteer Service

LATHAM, NY — A West Orange resident has received a citation for his service to the New York Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Desch of West Orange, who serves with the New York Guard Headquarters, received the New York Guard Commander's Citation, according to Major General Raymond Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York. Desch received the honor for his ...

West Orange Chamber and Essex County Office of Small Business Development Team Up

October 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC), in collaboration with the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, will host a lunch and learn workshop for small business owners from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.

Attendees will hear from several speakers, including Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., ...

Sosa Insurance Group Celebrates Grand Opening in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Sosa Insurance Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday for its grand opening at 450 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.

Light refreshments and snacks, giveaways and informational packets were available at the event. The Sosa Insurance Group, owned by George Sosa, is a Medicare Plan Resource Insurance Agency that specializes in Medicare supplement ...

Bederson LLP Sweeps Five New Jersey Accounting Awards in 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Bederson LLP, a local accounting firm with offices in West Orange and Fairfield, has been named "Best of 2018" in five accounting categories by the New Jersey Law Journal.

The journal distributes an annual "Best Of" survey to readers, asking them to name their choices for best professional service provider to the New Jersey Legal Community. Many ...

West Orange High School to Present Fall Drama “The Outsiders”

October 14, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School drama department will present “The Outsiders,” based on S.E. Hinton’s iconic novel of teenage haves and have-nots and the events that play out in an Oklahoma town, as its fall play in November.

Ponyboy, a “Greaser” on the wrong side of the tracks, is the protagonist caught up in a territorial battle between the ...

Second Annual “Broadway Night" Concert to be Held at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School (WOHS) Glee Choir will hold its second annual “Broadway Night” concert on Oct. 17 in the Tarnoff Cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year’s inaugural program received rave reviews from all who attended, and this year’s concert will offer more exciting performances from the talented students in the WOHS music ...

West Orange Dog Parents Organize First Barktober Dog Parade

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the “West Orange Dogs” Facebook group are banding together to support the West Orange Animal Welfare League (WOAWL), a local 501©3 not-for-profit organization that works to avoid needless killing of abandoned and unwanted animals in the area, through the inaugural Barktober Halloween Dog Parade on Oct. 20 at O’Connor Park.

When one ...

Kelly Elementary Celebrates Walk to School Day in West Orange

October 13, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Approximately 75 West Orange students from Kelly Elementary walked to school on Wednesday along with parents, teachers, members of the West Orange Police Department and other community leaders as part of International Walk to School Day.

Walk to School Day was initially established in the United States, which expected more than 5,000 schools from across the country ...

Rotary International President to Attend West Orange Chapter's PolioPlus Gala

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the West Orange Rotary Club, members and supporters will also enjoy a particularly rare public appearance from Rotary International (RI) President Barry Rassin at the club’s Oct. 20 fundraiser to support the eradication of polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world ...

Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted on Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

West Orange Encourages Public to Join Ongoing Clean-Up Initiative

October 7, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In recognition of National Clean Up Day and in support of the township’s #KeepWestOrangeClean initiative, residents of West Orange recently joined of thousands of communities across the country to keep clean up the streets in their neighborhoods.

“It has been great to see all of the positivity this campaign has brought to the community,” said ...

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Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

October 18, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

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Turtle Back and American Heart Association Lace Up to Fund Research and Change Lives

October 19, 2018

Northern New Jersey community unites, raising heartbeats and funds to cure heart disease and stroke

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is getting ready to host the Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk, an event that has ...

Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted on Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

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