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West Orange High School Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club Garners Awards at Competition

November 30, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club at West Orange High School attended the Fall competition from Nov. 11-13 and returned with more medals to add to their already full cache. 

Hayden Moore Gets Emotional Clap Out at West Orange High School: Photos & Videos

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In an emotional and heartfelt clap out, Hayden Moore was feted by staff and students at West Orange High School on Nov. 18 as his last day as Principal came to a close.

Moore will be moving on to serve as West Orange Assistant Superintendent of Schools under Interim Superintendent Dr. Lauren Schoen throughout the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. In September 2023, ...

WOHS Star Golfer Samantha Galantini Signs with Quinnipiac University

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School star golfer Samantha Galantini has signed with Quinnipiac University.  A ceremony celebrating the signing was held at the high school on Nov. 16 and attended by family, friends and fellow athletes.

"Samantha has impressed me more than many other athletes," said Acting Athletic Director Stephan Zichella. "She is a true ...

Town Council Votes To Hire Fairview Insurance Brokers for Township Employees’ Insurance  

November 29, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Town Council members discussed hiring Fairview Insurance Brokers for township employees’ insurance, and Council Member Bill Rutherford expressed his dislike for the company. “I have no confidence in Fairview at all. I think they meddle in local elections in an improper and distasteful fashion, so I cannot support anything from them.”

Council Member Cindy ...

Town Council Members Discuss If They Should Continue to Livestream Meetings

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Township Business Administrator/COO John Gross told council members that they need to decide if they want to continue using Zoom moving forward because of the cost.

Gross began, “We have been using COVID monies that we received to allow us to [live stream council meetings], but those funds are no longer available. So as we prepare for the 2023 budget it's ...

Town Council Talks About Receiving More Frequent Change Order Updates From Contractors

A conversation about change order updates began when West Orange Business Administrator/CFO John Gross told town council members that a change order was written to fix the windows in the new library. Months ago, the council had agreed that more frequent updates would help them to review individual situations in a timely fashion and better keep track of costs.

Council member Cindy Matute-Brown ...

Two West Orange Boys Soccer Captains Invited to All-Star Game

November 25, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Two senior captains from the championship West Orange High School boys soccer team will play in the SCANJ Senior All Star Game on December 11, 2022. Mason Bashkoff and Justin Scavalla will be two of six seniors represented from Essex County high schools in the game billed as one that brings together outstanding seniors who best represent the state of New ...

W. Orange Football Ends History Making Season as NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, N. Jersey, Sect. 2, Group 5 Champions

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Football team did not see the result they had hoped for on Nov. 20, losing to Passaic Tech 21-7 and ending their surge towards the NJSIAA Group Tournament, Semifinal Round, Group 5 championship. Still, they made school history with a victory in the NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 tournament, giving the Mountaineers ...

West Orange Boys Soccer Falls Short in Double OT, Loses to Cherokee 1-1 in Penalty Kicks

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Boys Soccer team's dream of their first state championship since 2013 fell short in double overtime in penalty kicks v Cherokee, 1-1, in the Group 4 Final on Nov. 13.

With a tie score at the end of regulation play, Cherokee beat the Mountaineers 3-1 in penalty kicks. In the penalty shootout, Miguel Grateol, Brandon Michael and Chris ...

New York City Police Report Death of West Orange Motorist in NYC

November 29, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ — New York City Police reported to a car crash on Monday and identified the driver as West Orange resident D'Andre Hull, 24. The New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Police Department released the following statement:

“On Monday, Nov. 28 at approximately 1:46 a.m., police responded to a 911 call about a motor ...

Man Shot While Sitting in His Car in ShopRite Parking Lot Last Night

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- On Monday, November 21, 2022, a male victim sitting in his vehicle sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound at approximately 8:50 p.m. in the Essex Green ShopRite parking lot located at 1 Rooney Circle. The shooter ran from the scene into the AMC parking lot and fled in unknown direction.  

West Orange Police learned of the incident several hours later at ...

Two Men in Two Days Arrested with Guns at Newark Airport

NEWARK, NJ — An Illinois man is the second person arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport last week with a handgun found in his luggage on Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

A day earlier, TSA agents detained an Indiana man with a disassembled 9mm handgun, a dozen bullets, and a 9-inch hunting knife in his suitcases. Agents confiscated both weapons ...

Glenmont at Thomas Edison National Historic Park Included in Essex County House Tours

November 27, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Montclair locations have been added to this year’s Essex County historic site tour, officials announced.

The 11 local historic sites will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for a weekend tour, includes Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Kip's Castle and the Crane House.

“The Holiday House Tour is a great ...

West Orange High School Theater Takes Audiences Down The Rabbit Hole with 'Alice in Wonderland'

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In a whimsical change of pace, the West Orange High School Theatre Department presented "Alice in Wonderland" as its fall play from Nov. 18-20.

The classic Lewis Carroll tale was brought to life with humor, wit and the usual whacky characters that populated Carroll's tale of Alice, a young girl who follows a talking rabbit into a rabbit hole and lands in ...

Suburban Artist Andrea Von Bujdoss Creates Mental Health/Self-Care Awareness Mural at W Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Prolific New York artist and street muralist Andrea von Bujdoss  (aka "Queen Andrea") has left her mark on West Orange High School with a new mural promoting mental health and self-care awareness.

West Orange High School Art teacher Nicole Krulik was approached earlier in the year by the high school administration to create a project based on feedback ...

Mayor Parisi's Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday, Dec. 3

November 30, 2022

Mayor Parisi’s Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting extravaganza will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Town Hall. Many activities will be available.

4:30 p.m.

Play with the animals in Swift Farms' Petting Zoo.

Take photos with holiday characters.

The children will love the Bounce House with the slide and trackless train.

Food Vendors & ...

Don't Miss West Orange's Holiday Activities This Saturday!

It’s the holiday season, the excitement and anticipation are building and people are shopping for gifts. This Saturday, December 3 is West Orange's Holiday Open House between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Elementary School cafeteria. Some of the events require reservations, so please read the information below.

Character Breakfast

The Character Breakfast takes place ...

Giving Thanks for West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In a year filled with challenges, the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry was able to provide over 400 turkeys and Thanksgiving side bags to needy families via its distribution on Nov. 21 and 22, mainly due to the generosity of the West Orange Community.

“Don’t believe the naysayers that have big voices and like to complain about our town without doing ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

November 28, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...

New Jersey’s 'Sign Language' Not Understood by Feds

NEW JERSEY — The U.S. Department of Transportation has proven there is no room for humor in a federal bureaucracy, moving to stamp out the inspired levity that New Jersey has been putting on its road signs to make drivers notice them.

Humorous messages had been appearing on New Jersey’s highway signs like “Get Your Head Out of Your Apps,”  “Hocus ...

RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Nationally Recognized by Healthgrades for Quality Across Specialty Care Areas

November 29, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health received 32 awards and recognitions from the Healthgrades 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards for superior clinical performance in numerous specialty care areas, including cardiac, critical care, and surgical care.


Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center was named one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary ...

Being the Parent You Want to be During the Holidays

As families enter the holiday season it is important to manage our expectations (and recognize and shelve our unreasonable expectations.). As parents, we all want to show up as the best version of ourselves, but when we are stressed or overwhelmed that doesn’t always happen. 

First, as we do in preschool, place one hand on your heart and one hand on your tummy.  Feel the warmth ...

Healthgrades recognizes Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center for Clinical Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center received the Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ along with a five-star rating in Overall Bariatric Surgery for two years in a row. The hospital is ranked by Healthgrades among the top 10% for bariatric surgery.

The achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards, which ...

Newark Airport’s New $2.7 Billion Terminal Opens With Fanfare

November 16, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy headlined a host of public officials at Newark Liberty International Airport to celebrate Tuesday’s opening of its new $2.7 billion Terminal A, described as the “largest design-build project in New Jersey history.”

“So, this what $2.7 billion dollars will get you,” said Kevin O’Toole, the Port Authority of New York & ...

Middlesex County Teenager Charged with Making Threats Against New Jersey Synagogues

NEWARK, NJ — An 18-year-old Sayreville man now faces federal charges, accused of making threats to attack a New Jersey synagogue. It prompted an FBI alert last week for synagogues around the state, causing law enforcement to increase security.

Omar Alkattoul is charged with one count of transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce. Prosecutors say he sent ...

Community Conversations: RSV – What to Know and When to Call Your Pediatrician

On the latest Community Conversation, Christina Gagliardo, MD, a physician with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital sit downs to discuss RSV, its symptoms, and when to bring your child to the doctor.


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