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Slideshow of West Orange First Day of School Pictures

September 13, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students from Pre-school through senior year returned to school in West Orange on Sept. 9, many for the first time in nearly 18 months. 

Mask protocols were in place in all schools. After months of planning, the district hopes to return to some level of normalcy. Last week's storm caused some flooding in the schools, but all went well with this morning's ...

West Orange Bus Company Faces Indictment For Falsifying Drivers' Qualifications

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The owners of a New Jersey-based bus company allegedly covered up their hiring of unqualified drivers by giving the school system false information.

F&A Transportation, owned by Ahmed Mahgoub, 63, and his wife Faiza Ibrahim, 48, had contracts with districts in Essex, Morris, Passaic and Union counties between 2015 and 2020 and received payment in excess of $3 ...

West Orange Superintendent Promises 'Normal School with Masks' and Receives 1-Year Contract Extension

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Even though many in the West Orange Community tout the West Orange Public School's (WOPS) ability to communicate effectively with parents over a variety of media, Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone explained at Monday's West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting that some students want more direct communication from the district as well.

To ...

West Orange Reaches Settlement with Prism Capital Partners

September 13, 2021

Message from West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi:

The Township has worked quickly to resolve the litigation recently filed by the Main Street Redeveloper, Prism Capital Partners (aka Prism Green) and have come to an agreement for resolving the litigation and moving to acquire the properties they own within the Main Street Redevelopment Zone.

The terms of the settlement are as follows:

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Essex County Marks 20th Year Anniversary of September 11 Attacks With Memorial Ceremony at Eagle Rock Reservation

West Orange, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. hosted Essex County’s yearly “Essex County Remembers” ceremony at the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania.

After the 2021 attacks, DiVincenzo chose to have the ...

Essex County Officials Expecting Approval for Storm Recovery Financial Aid

In a Facebook post, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill shared that she received a new briefing from FEMA that it has completed its assessment study and recommended Essex County be included in New Jersey's disaster declaration.

She also stated that the organization will be setting up Disaster Recovery Centers and residents in declared disaster areas can apply for Individual ...

 Annual Old Timer’s Day Reunion Returns to Historic Colgate Park

September 17, 2021

The annual West Orange Old Timer’s Day will be making a triumphant resurgence to historic Colgate Park at 60 Cherry Street in West Orange on Saturday, September 18th. Festivities begin with batting practice at noon preceded by an awards ceremony and a brief exhibition baseball game. Harold Behar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Behar is fondly remembered as an outstanding ...

West Orange Boys Soccer Team Remains Undefeated With 5-0 Win Over Caldwell

On Tuesday, the West Orange boys Soccer Team Remains Undefeated With 5-0 Win Over Caldwell.

Nathan Menor, Jared Charles, Tyreese Folkes, Mason Bashkoff and Lucas Andrada all scored goals.

Goalkeeper Justin Scavalla recorded his third straight shutout of the season.
The first home game of the season is Friday, Sept 17, 2021, at 4 pm kick-off vs. Montclair Kimberly ...

West Orange High School Girls Soccer Kicks Into High Gear

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Girls Soccer Team has had a remarkable start to the 2021 season, tying in the first game and winning the next three. 

After tying with a tough Kearney team in the season opener, West Orange took wins over Eastside, 3-0, Nutley, 4-3, and Millburn, 2-1. Goals by Anna Deer and Daniela Malanga put the Mountaineers on top of Millburn. Goalie Jessica ...

Rt. 280 Closed by Exit 12 After Car Crash In East Orange

September 14, 2021

According to New Jersey State Police, all lanes are closed on Rt. 280 due to a car crash on the westbound side in East Orange near Exit 12.

At least one motorist was injured.

A spokesperson for the State Police estimated that the highway would be closed till 7:30 pm or so. 

West Orange Woman Tells Her 9/11 Survival Story on 20th Anniversary

The fateful events of a September morning two decades ago remain etched in our collective memory. It endures for many as a moment frozen in time, but we have triumphantly emerged from ashes of destruction. One woman who survived the tragedy now makes West Orange her home and has decided the right time to share her story is now.

Kandace Sparks, originally from Pittsburgh, was a basketball ...

West Orange Issues Guidelines for Disposal of Bulk Items

West Orange issued guidelines for the disposal of large items from flooded homes. Carpet, furniture and other bulk pieces can be placed at the curb now. The items will be picked up as soon as sanitation workers can remove them, which might be your regular bulk pick-up day. 

Guidelines include:

• Refuse collection guidelines can be found on our website:

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Booster Vaccine Doses Available at Saint Barnabas and Livingston Mall for Immunocompromised

September 1, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is now available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) for any area residents considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised and will also become available to this population at the Essex County Vaccination Center located at the Livingston Mall beginning on Sept. 20.

In Livingston, where there were ...

Resident Publishes Book Inspired by Her Son and West Orange

September 11, 2021

West Orange resident Tiberah Berhanu recently published her first book, “My Uncle is An Alien.” She credits her love for the township as part of her inspiration to write it.

The book is about a second-grader who finds out that his uncle is an alien and is not supposed to tell people, but he can't keep it a secret.

Berhanu shared, “My son’s curiosity and innocence ...

Tony Award-Winner Laura Benanti Dazzles at Oskar Schindler Performing Art Center

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was a magical night at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) on September 4 as Tony Award-Winning Actress Laura Benanti performed with community theater artists and West Orange High School (WOHS) students in “Laura Benanti and Friends.”

Benanti dazzled from the beginning, reprising her role as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair ...

West Orange Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk Rescheduled for Sunday, October 10

September 14, 2021

West Orange, NJ – West Orange, NJ has announced a new date for the annual Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk, starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 10.


Spectators, participants, community organizations and local downtown businesses.


Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk. A free 1-mile Fun Run for children ages 11 and under will take also place at 9 a.m., immediately ...

Run for Zach Race Day, October 3, Culminates September Suicide Prevention Activities

We are 26 days away from Run for Zach Race Day, October 3rd culminating our Suicide Prevention activities for the month of September. We look forward to seeing each of you this year and hope you engage in open conversations around suicide awareness and prevention, plan to attend the Run and bring your family and friends. Just a ...

Clean Up Efforts From Ida Continue in Downtown Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ - The aftermath from Tropical Storm Ida devastated downtown Millburn. Flood waters from the Rahway River that intersects Millburn Ave. brought waves of water and debris into storefronts and basements along the town's main business district.

There are no formal damage estimates yet, but it's evident from the salvaged inventory, furniture and equipment left on the streets ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

YMCA Offers Fall Membership Savings and Chance to Win $5K

September 16, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The West Essex YMCA welcomes new members this fall with special opportunities to save on membership and be eligible to win $5,000.

“As new school-year routines start, the fall is a perfect time to join or rejoin the Y, where you’ll find enrichment and wellness opportunities for all ages, and a community of support for you and your family’s health ...

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center recognizes August Leader of the Month

MONTCLAIR, NJ– Mountainside Medical Center recognizes Melissa Flores, RN, neuroscience service manager (pictured center) as the August Leader of the Month.

Flores has been with the hospital since 2019 and goes above and beyond to support patients and team members alike. She has played a critical role in the advances and capabilities of the neuroendovascular services at Mountainside, ...

Beloved Member of West Orange High School Security and Family Barely Escaped Ida

Jose Estrada, a beloved member of the West Orange's High School Security team, has worked in almost every building in the district.

On September 1, he and his family barely escaped Tropical Storm Ida. He and his wife Noura had to carry their two daughters on their shoulders through waist-high water to safety. They live in Nutley, a town decimated by the storm.

West Orange ...

Essex County Added to FEMA Disaster List For Ida Federal Aid

September 11, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – Just days after Essex County was excluded from federal assistance aimed to help residents recover from the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida to the dismay of area officials, it was announced on Friday that the county will now be included. 

Essex, Hudson, Mercer and Union counties were added to the Major Disaster Declaration that was first issued ...

Essex County Still Being Considered by FEMA for Disaster Relief

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — President Biden visited New Jersey and New York to see the damage Tropical Storm Ida unleashed. The President alongside the state's governors announced relief through FEMA. People in need, insured or not, can apply for assistance if they live in a county that has been "declared" by FEMA. Essex County is under assessment pending ...

Essex County Will Commemorate 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

West Orange, NJ — On Saturday, September 11, Essex County officials and residents will gather at 8 a.m. in Eagle Rock Reservation to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue and Prospect Avenue in West Orange. Those who prefer to watch the ceremony remotely can watch ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...