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Girls Soccer: West Orange Defeats Glen Ridge, 4-2

October 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange girls soccer team scored two goals in each half and went on to defeat Glen Ridge, 4-2, on Wednesday.

Emma Mitchell and Gianna Festino each had one goal and one assist for the Mountaineers (5-2), who led, 2-1, at halftime.

Anna Deer and Tori Rideau-Winds scored one goal apiece for West Orange. Charley Dvorin and Kennedy Morgan each contributed one ...

West Orange Dogs Get Award in Essex County Strut Your Mutt Contest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Joanne Rim from West Orange, her family and her dogs Poppy and Redd, who were dressed as Santa Claus and one of his reindeer, for winning second place in the Best Dressed Group Costume category at the Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween Costume Contest in Essex County Grover Cleveland Park in ...

Alzheimer’s Association Thanks Gov. Murphy for Addressing Social Isolation in LTC Facilities

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The Alzheimer's Association expressed gratitude toward New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week after he signed a bill addressing social isolation in long-term care (LTC) settings.

The organization also publicly thanked legislative champions Sen. Vin Gopal, Sen. Nellie Pou and Assembly members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angela McKnight and Carol Murphy for ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Welcomes Cori Wilf to Board of Trustees

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health recently announced that Short Hills resident Cori Wilf has been named as a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston.

Board chair Bruce Schonbraun stated that Wilf will be joining the group “at a historic time” as SBMC continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while also ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Murphy Leaves NJ Press Conference After Learning He Was In Proximity to Someone Positive for COVID-19

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday in Blackwood after learning that someone who he was in close proximity to on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19.

It is unclear how many people the governor exposed over the weekend. 

Murphy, 63, was at a briefing set up outside the student center of Camden County College (CCC) to ...

A Timeline for West Orange Schools’ Ventilation Remediation for COVID-19

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At the end of August, West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone gave an update on the district's plans to remediate its ventilation system.

Here is a timeline of the district’s remediation efforts for the coronavirus:

Following the West Orange Board of Education's (WOBOE) Aug. 24 public policy meeting during which Michael Wozny, ...

Alzheimer’s Association Thanks Gov. Murphy for Addressing Social Isolation in LTC Facilities

October 27, 2020

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The Alzheimer's Association expressed gratitude toward New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week after he signed a bill addressing social isolation in long-term care (LTC) settings.

The organization also publicly thanked legislative champions Sen. Vin Gopal, Sen. Nellie Pou and Assembly members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angela McKnight and Carol Murphy for ...

Interview with Seniors In Place Mia Kebea Sharing Advice on Eldercare

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - For Mia Kebea, Executive Vice President of Seniors in Place (SIP), her family’s drive to start their home care company began way back in 2001, when a pair of personal situations provided the impetus to change the way in-home senior healthcare is provided.

It all started when Kebea’s mother Rae was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

“My mom was a ...

West Orange Scout Leader Jack Dean Honored by Camp Glen Gray

October 22, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Jack Dean, a West Orange scout leader, will be inducted into the Camp Glen Gray Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 25.  

Founded in 1917 as a scout camp, Camp Glen Gray is one of the oldest continuously operated camps in the U.S. When the camp was sold in 2002, Dean was a founder and trustee of the Friends of Glen Gray, the non-profit that took over ...

Cascone: Contraction of COVID-19 to Drive District Decision-making

October 19, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Parents were invited to ask questions on Facebook Live last Wednesday related to the upcoming hybrid reopening of West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) on Nov. 9. 

Hosted by WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone, he answered a series of questions ranging from method of instruction to the need for testing students before entering school.

 The recorded video is ...

Niche.com Ranks West Orange No. 10 Public High School in Essex County

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The school search platform Niche.com this week published its 2021 ranking of Best Public High Schools, and West Orange High School scored high in Essex County's rankings.

West Orange High School was rated No. 11 among public schools in Essex County and 18th among all Essex County high schools.  

West Orange has 2,118 students in grades 9-12 with a ...

West Orange Police Investigate Theft of SUV on Roosevelt Ave.

October 26, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 2019 Toyota RAV4 stolen from an address on Roosevelt Avenue Oct. 21 was recovered later the same day in Newark.

According to West Orange police, the vehicle was stolen sometime between 4:18 a.m. and 5:26 a.m. from the owner's driveway.

The vehicle had been left unlocked, and the key fob was left in the middle console department. Police say the SUV was located ...

West Orange Police Investigate Theft of a Car and Motorcycle

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Thefts of both a Mercedes-Benz and a motorcycle in the last week are under investigation by the West Orange Police Department.

A 2010 Mercedes was reported stolen after it was parked on Maple Street late in the evening on Monday, Oct. 12. The car's owner reported that he parked his car on Maple Street at around 6 p.m. and, later that night, when he came out to look ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Welcomes Cori Wilf to Board of Trustees

October 27, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health recently announced that Short Hills resident Cori Wilf has been named as a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston.

Board chair Bruce Schonbraun stated that Wilf will be joining the group “at a historic time” as SBMC continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while also ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Names Georgia Varidakis Simoes Executive Director

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has appointed Georgia Varidakis Simoes as its new executive director. 

"We welcome Georgia to the role of Executive Director. A local resident, she has extensive experience working with the business community and is passionate about helping Chamber members grow their businesses," said Sally Malech, president of the ...

Ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting Marks Grand Opening of The Barker Lounge in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Robert and Michael Gonnello, the brothers behind Livingston’s new family-owned doggy daycare, grooming and boarding facility, welcomed members of the Livingston Township Council and the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce to The Barker Lounge on Monday for a celebratory ribbon cutting marking the grand opening of their new business.

In the two weeks since ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Defeats Glen Ridge, 4-2

October 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange girls soccer team scored two goals in each half and went on to defeat Glen Ridge, 4-2, on Wednesday.

Emma Mitchell and Gianna Festino each had one goal and one assist for the Mountaineers (5-2), who led, 2-1, at halftime.

Anna Deer and Tori Rideau-Winds scored one goal apiece for West Orange. Charley Dvorin and Kennedy Morgan each contributed one ...

Football: West Orange Puts Clamps on East Orange, 17-7

EAST ORANGE, NJ — After yielding a first-quarter touchdown, the West Orange football team shut East Orange out over the final three quarters and came back for a 17-7 victory on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (3-1) trailed, 7-3, at halftime before Shakhi Carson gave them the lead with a 4-yard TD run with 2:21 left in the third quarter. Out of the pistol formation, Mason Murdock handed to ...

Boys Soccer: West Orange Routs East Side, 6-1

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Ari Rosu scored two goals and had one assist to lead West Orange to a 6-1 boys soccer victory over East Side of Newark on Saturday.

Darren Lewis also scored two goals and Francesco Soca assisted on two goals for the Mountaineers (7-1), who outscored East Side, 4-0, in the second half.

Kalleo Mendes and Kevin De los Santos also scored goals for West Orange, and James ...

Modernization Completed at Essex County Public Works Building in Verona

October 26, 2020

VERONA, NJ — The project to transform the exterior appearance and modernize the façade of the Essex County Public Works Building at 900 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona has been completed.

“Our Public Works Building looked out of date and was an eyesore. The new, modern design gives the building a fresh look and complements the nearby Verona community center and surrounding ...

West Orange Dogs Get Award in Essex County Strut Your Mutt Contest

October 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Joanne Rim from West Orange, her family and her dogs Poppy and Redd, who were dressed as Santa Claus and one of his reindeer, for winning second place in the Best Dressed Group Costume category at the Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween Costume Contest in Essex County Grover Cleveland Park in ...

Paper Mill Playhouse to Collaborate with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for Three-Part Series

MILLBURN, NJ — While performance spaces remain closed, organizations such as Paper Mill Playhouse look for innovative ways to connect with their audiences until they can safely open. 

In a collaborative first, Paper Mill is co-producing a three-part series of virtual performances with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

The first performance will feature NJSO musicians and ...

OSPAC in West Orange to Host Outdoor Production of 'Love/Sick'

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Fall Drama Production of "Love/Sick" will proceed outdoors this year.

A collection of nine short plays, "Love/Sick" will be presented next week, Oct. 15 and 16 at OSPAC, 4 Boland Drive at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/person and can only be purchased in advance. There will be no sales at the gate.

Attendees are asked ...

West Orange Dogs Get Award in Essex County Strut Your Mutt Contest

October 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Joanne Rim from West Orange, her family and her dogs Poppy and Redd, who were dressed as Santa Claus and one of his reindeer, for winning second place in the Best Dressed Group Costume category at the Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween Costume Contest in Essex County Grover Cleveland Park in ...

West Orange Leaf Pickup Schedule Posted

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Leaf pickup in the township will begin on Nov. 2.

Leaves may be placed in the gutter of the streets beginning Monday, Oct. 26. The last day to place leaves in the street will be Tuesday, Dec. 22. The last day that leaves will be picked up is Wednesday, Dec. 30.

No branches or any other debris such as rocks, building material or garbage shall be placed in leaf ...

West Orange's Dr. Robert Hoatson to be Inducted into Essex Catholic Hall of Fame

October 25, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, a 35-year resident of West Orange, will be inducted into the Essex Catholic High School Hall of Fame on Nov. 20. 

Born in Orange, Hoatson, 68, attended elementary school at St. Joseph’s School in West Orange, graduating as the recipient of the “Religion Medal.”

Hoatson was a student at Essex Catholic High School in Newark, an ...

Seniors Attend In-Person Concert in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seniors who hadn't seen each other in more than six months got to catch up from afar and listen to some music outdoors yesterday. 

The event was a collaboration between the Jewish Community Center of MetroWest NJ and B'nai Shalom, both in West Orange, and Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange. Most of the seniors attend regular programming at the JCC, ...

What You Need to Know About the Fall Real Estate Market

October 19, 2020

SHORT HILLS, NJ - It's a great time to sell. The pandemic has turned most of the region into a Seller's Market as buyers (and renters!) are flocking in from Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC and Brooklyn. A reduction in inventory and record-low mortgage rates are helping to fuel the demand for homes in our area.

"We expect to see this hot market extend into the fall and winter." ...

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Modernization Completed at Essex County Public Works Building in Verona

October 26, 2020

VERONA, NJ — The project to transform the exterior appearance and modernize the façade of the Essex County Public Works Building at 900 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona has been completed.

“Our Public Works Building looked out of date and was an eyesore. The new, modern design gives the building a fresh look and complements the nearby Verona community center and surrounding ...

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Freeholder President Brendan Gill Thanks Essex County Poll Workers

October 28, 2020

Greetings Fellow Residents of Essex County:

We are finally less than one week away from one of the most pivotal elections in the history of our nation. Without question, 2020 has been a year of unique and unprecedented circumstances. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the deaths of over 200,000 Americans - including over 1,900 Essex County residents. Those numbers, ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...

A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...