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Take a Free Class at MAX Challenge of West Orange After Thanksgiving

November 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is offering a FREE post-Thanksgiving workout on Saturday, Nov. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at its 446 Pleasant Valley Way location.

The MAX Challenge is for all fitness levels. If you need support, motivation or nutritional counseling to accomplish your goals, you can find it here.

Call 732-679-1131  for details, or get more information ...

West Orange Jr. Air Force ROTC Holds Veterans Day Naturalization Ceremony

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In keeping with the West Orange spirit of diversity and acceptance, members of Mountaineer Squadron organized their first-ever Naturalization Ceremony on Veterans Day, welcoming 34 new American citizens.

West Orange High School (WOHS) senior cadet Angel Cordero was the primary cadet organizer of the event, in conjunction with the United States Citizenship and ...

Structure fire on Harrison Avenue Causes Traffic Detour in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A structure fire in the Lourdes neighborhood near downtown West Orange caused a stretch of Harrison Avenue to be shut down on Saturday evening.

The West Orange Fire Department battled the blaze near the corner of Harrison Avenue near Elm Street. Officials said a vehicle fire ignited a nearby two-car garage and an attic apartment at 51 Harrison ...

West Orange Acting Superintendent Explains Thursday Snowstorm Decision

WEST ORANGE, NJ — According to West Orange Acting Superintendent of Schools Eveny de Mendez, the difficult decision to open or close schools in bad weather has an immense effect on not only the students and their families, but the school staff and community at large as well.

Stating that ensuring the safety and well-being of students is the paramount priority among the many factors that ...

West Orange Board of Education Race Too Close to Call

November 6, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A tightly contested race for the two open seats on the West Orange Board of Education resulted in a near three-way tie with a race too close to call.

With 95 percent of districts reporting, less than 100 votes separated all three candidates, according to the unofficial election results provided by the Essex County Clerk’s Office.

Cheryl Merklinger had a scant ...

Robert Parisi Wins Re-election as West Orange Mayor

WEST ORANGE, NJ — According to the unofficial election results provided by the Essex County Clerk’s Office Tuesday night, Robert Parisi has been re-elected for a third term as Mayor of West Orange.

 

The unofficial results determined that Parisi received 9,919 votes, which represents 66.10% of the vote. Challenger Joe Krakoviak tallied a total of 5,087 votes, or ...

Structure fire on Harrison Avenue Causes Traffic Detour in West Orange

November 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A structure fire in the Lourdes neighborhood near downtown West Orange caused a stretch of Harrison Avenue to be shut down on Saturday evening.

The West Orange Fire Department battled the blaze near the corner of Harrison Avenue near Elm Street. Officials said a vehicle fire ignited a nearby two-car garage and an attic apartment at 51 Harrison ...

West Orange First Responders Worked Overnight to Free Stranded Motorists

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange first responders worked tirelessly overnight to help residents impacted by the storm, but even they were impacted by the traffic and roads.

“The mayor and council gave us everything we needed last night to help the residents of West Orange, the problem was we just couldn't get there,” said Angelo Tedesco, president of the firefighters union FMBA ...

Students Being Evacuated from Stranded School Buses, Moved to Safe Locations

EDITOR'S NOTE: West Orange schools have since been closed for Friday, Nov. 16 after the district announced that students were fed and would potentially be kept overnight. 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — (updated at 11:50 p.m.) After being stranded on school buses for nearly five hours in a powerful snowstorm, students are reportedly being moved to safe locations, the West Orange mayor wrote ...

West Orange Jr. Air Force ROTC Holds Veterans Day Naturalization Ceremony

November 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In keeping with the West Orange spirit of diversity and acceptance, members of Mountaineer Squadron organized their first-ever Naturalization Ceremony on Veterans Day, welcoming 34 new American citizens.

West Orange High School (WOHS) senior cadet Angel Cordero was the primary cadet organizer of the event, in conjunction with the United States Citizenship and ...

West Orange Acting Superintendent Explains Thursday Snowstorm Decision

WEST ORANGE, NJ — According to West Orange Acting Superintendent of Schools Eveny de Mendez, the difficult decision to open or close schools in bad weather has an immense effect on not only the students and their families, but the school staff and community at large as well.

Stating that ensuring the safety and well-being of students is the paramount priority among the many factors that ...

Snowstorm Results in Unexpected Slumber Party for West Orange Students

WEST ORANGE , NJ — They raided the kitchen, turned the auditorium into a movie theater and played games in the gym—that’s how West Orange educators helped students stranded at the schools to weather the storm that paralyzed the region on Thursday night.

Photos from around the district showed smiling students with ice cream, grinning staffers who prepared food for ...

Girls Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Blanks West Orange in Group 4 Semifinal

November 13, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The West Orange girls soccer team hadn't lost a game in two years, but Tuesday night the Mountaineers found themselves cornered by Bridgewater-Raritan.

The Panthers wore down West Orange with a succession of corner kicks and other set pieces to claim a 2-0 victory that brought an end to West Orange's 39-game unbeaten streak in the NJSIAA Group 4 state semifinals at ...

More Than $160,000 Raised at RWJBarnabas Running with the Devils 5K

WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than $160,000 was raised at RWJBarnabas Health’s (RWJBH) second annual Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk in support of RWJBH and the New Jersey Devils’ collective effort to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare.

Proceeds from the race, held at Essex County’s ...

Girls Soccer: West Orange Wins 1st Sectional Championship, 1-0, Over Livingston

WEST ORANGE, NJ - With its third victory over Livingston this season, the West Orange girls soccer team achieved another first for the program.

Top-seeded West Orange defeated third-seeded Livingston, 1-0, Friday for the Section 1, Group 4 championship. It is the first sectional title ever for the West Orange girls soccer program, and with the victory, the Mountaineers extended their unbeaten ...

West Orange Jr. Air Force ROTC Holds Veterans Day Naturalization Ceremony

November 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In keeping with the West Orange spirit of diversity and acceptance, members of Mountaineer Squadron organized their first-ever Naturalization Ceremony on Veterans Day, welcoming 34 new American citizens.

West Orange High School (WOHS) senior cadet Angel Cordero was the primary cadet organizer of the event, in conjunction with the United States Citizenship and ...

Governor Thanks West Orange's Chit Chat Diner for Sheltering Students in Storm

WEST ORANGE, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stopped by the West Orange diner that opened its doors and its kitchen to students stranded on school buses during Thursday’s storm.

The Chit Chat Diner, located on Eagle Rock Avenue near the Eagle Rock Reservation, welcomed 11 buses full of West Orange students who were stranded for hours during the storm.

“I’m glad ...

More Than $160,000 Raised at RWJBarnabas Running with the Devils 5K

WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than $160,000 was raised at RWJBarnabas Health’s (RWJBH) second annual Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk in support of RWJBH and the New Jersey Devils’ collective effort to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare.

Proceeds from the race, held at Essex County’s ...

West Orange Chamber to Host Community Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) is hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon in conjunction with Orange/West Orange UNICO, the West Orange Lions Club and the Rotary Club of West Orange on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at noon. 

 

Ken Baris of Jordan Baris Realtors Inc. will serve as event chairman of the event, and has ...

Former Child Slave to Speak at West Orange Fundraiser

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Breaking the Chain Through Education (BTCTE), a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to the eradication of child slave trafficking in Ghana, will feature a rescued teen at its Fifth Annual Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. pm at the Wilshire Grand.

Founded in 2006 by Evan Robbins, a Verona resident and a history teacher at a New ...

Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk Raises Funds for Heart Disease and Stroke Research

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The American Heart Association recently hosted the Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk, an event that has been instrumental in innovative breakthroughs over the last 25 years. 

Nearly 3,000 supporters and survivors walked together, some in remembrance of loved ones, continuing the fight against heart disease and stroke.  Each walker and each donation have helped to ...

Deegan Dental Prosthodontist From West Orange is "Living the Dream"

November 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Efterpi (Effie) Zantopoulos Deegan, who has wanted to be a dentist since she was six years old, is living her dream after opening Deegan Dental in her hometown of West Orange. 

Deegan, a product of West Orange Public Schools, received her Certificate of Prosthodontics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) after attending ...

West Orange Chamber to Host Community Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) is hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon in conjunction with Orange/West Orange UNICO, the West Orange Lions Club and the Rotary Club of West Orange on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at noon. 

 

Ken Baris of Jordan Baris Realtors Inc. will serve as event chairman of the event, and has ...

West Orange VEI Program Gives Students Real World Business Experience

WEST ORANGE, NJ - School has become more like a venture into the business world for a group of students at West Orange High School who are participating in the school's new Virtual Enterprise International (VEI) program, just launched in the district this year.

VEI is an educational nonprofit that aims to transform students into business professionals by "bringing the workplace into ...

Photo Gallery: A Spooktacular Day in West Orange Schools

November 11, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - It was a Spooktacular Day in the West Orange Schools as students, teachers, and administrators donned some wild and crazy Halloween costumes on Oct. 31 and enjoyed the balmy weather.

All of the above photos were provided by Cynthia Cumming, Communications Coordinator for the West Orange School District.

Four West Orange Residents Win in Essex County Parks Photography Contest

ROSELAND, NJ — Four residents of West Orange—Niccolo McCormick, Leonardo McCormick, Samantha Montague and Joshua Goodman—were among the nine winners named in the 2018 Essex County Parks Photography Contest, sponsored annually by the Essex County Environmental Center and judged by members of the Essex County Photo Club.

McCormick received first place in the Youth Category for ...

Golda Och Academy Students Participate in Pilot Theatre Program for EdTA Project

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Last spring, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) selected 12 two-member teams for its Model Curriculum Framework Project. Golda Och Academy’s Upper School Dean of Students and Arts Department Chair Jordan Herskowitz was chosen out of the more than 100 applicants for the program, which is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The ...

Governor Thanks West Orange's Chit Chat Diner for Sheltering Students in Storm

November 16, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stopped by the West Orange diner that opened its doors and its kitchen to students stranded on school buses during Thursday’s storm.

The Chit Chat Diner, located on Eagle Rock Avenue near the Eagle Rock Reservation, welcomed 11 buses full of West Orange students who were stranded for hours during the storm.

“I’m glad ...

Mayor Robert Parisi Adresses November Snowstorm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The following statement was posted on Mayor Parisi's Facebook page late Friday afternoon and published in full:

“As warmer temperatures and sunshine move us further from yesterday’s storm, it is important to understand what was learned from this and accept the responsibility for these local failings.

“Although this storm impacted the entire ...

West Orange First Responders Worked Overnight to Free Stranded Motorists

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange first responders worked tirelessly overnight to help residents impacted by the storm, but even they were impacted by the traffic and roads.

“The mayor and council gave us everything we needed last night to help the residents of West Orange, the problem was we just couldn't get there,” said Angelo Tedesco, president of the firefighters union FMBA ...

RWJBarnabas Health Receives Highest Patient Safety Scores to Date

November 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — ­For the 14th consecutive time, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score rating by the Leapfrog Group—making SBMC the only hospital in the state and one of only 42 in the country to earn an “A” in each report since the Leapfrog surveys began.

SBMC was also one of eight RWJBarnabas Health ...

Deegan Dental Prosthodontist From West Orange is "Living the Dream"

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Efterpi (Effie) Zantopoulos Deegan, who has wanted to be a dentist since she was six years old, is living her dream after opening Deegan Dental in her hometown of West Orange. 

Deegan, a product of West Orange Public Schools, received her Certificate of Prosthodontics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) after attending ...

Roosevelt Middle School to Host Session on Suicide Awareness and Intervention

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange will host a Suicide Awareness and Intervention information session on on Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Caring Contact, an award-winning, volunteer-staffed crisis hotline and listening community, will share national and state suicide statistics, highlighting "at-risk" groups. The team will also share details about risk ...

Essex County Prosecutor: Maximum Penalty of Life Imprisonment Possible for Montclair Attorney James R. Ray III

November 9, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
 
“We have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged ...

Attorney Charged with Killing Montclair Mother is Captured in Cuba

NEWARK, NJ - The Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 22 has been captured in Cuba, police officials announced on Wednesday. According to published reports, James Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.

During a press conference, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens announced, "Today, ...

United Presbyterian Church of West Orange to Presents "Love Letters"

October 29, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – United Presbyterian Church, located at 20 Old Indian Road in West Orange, will present A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Love Letters,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, centers on the lives of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, whose lives intersect via written correspondence ...

Ken Baris of Jordan Baris Realtors Receives National Honor

November 12, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Ken Baris of Jordan Baris Inc. Realtors, which has offices located at 50 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in West Orange and 250 S. Livingston Avenue in Livingston, has been named as one of the 2018 Top Real Estate Newsmakers in America by RIS Media.

An Award Reception & Dinner will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and a feature article ...

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Take a Free Class at MAX Challenge of West Orange After Thanksgiving

November 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is offering a FREE post-Thanksgiving workout on Saturday, Nov. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at its 446 Pleasant Valley Way location.

The MAX Challenge is for all fitness levels. If you need support, motivation or nutritional counseling to accomplish your goals, you can find it here.

Call 732-679-1131  for details, or get more information ...

Black Friday Deals at FunTime Junction

FAIRFIELD, NJ - Enjoy these Black Friday Deals from Funtime Junction! Friday, November 23: Enjoy $5 Unlimited Admission All Day! Plus, more great savings! 

Funtime Junction is located at 400 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004.

About Funtime Junction

Awarded the 2017 Best Children’s Party Place by Suburban Essex Magazine and winner of the 2017 Mommy Poppins Bestie ...

Identity Released of Female Victim in Fatal Montclair Stabbing

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The victim in Monday morning's fatal stabbing in Montclair has been identified.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police
Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a victim identified as ...

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Thu, November 22

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Thanksgiving at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Spotlighting West Orange Football Player Matthew Bove, and Recapping the Fall Sports Scene

It’s been a busy season from spring through summer to our fall sports programs! This Saturday, the West Orange High School football team will take on Montclair the first round of the Section 1, Group 5 playoffs. We thought we would highlight one of the WOHS players who has come up through our youth sports programs. This week we have the perspective of West Orange High School (WOHS) ...

Bullying Lawsuits

As an initial matter, it should be noted there is no specific legal claim for bullying per se.  Even though New Jersey has enacted an Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, the law states that no civil legal liability is created by the statute.  Rather, claims for conduct considered harassment, intimidation or bullying (“HIB”) may be pursued under New Jersey’s Law Against ...

Voting While Under Guardianship

I was recently asked whether a person under guardianship could vote.  Although my gut reaction was that the fundamental right to vote shouldn’t be stripped merely because one is under guardianship, as with many legal questions, the answer is not necessarily straight forward.

In 2000 a decision, recognizing that “the right to vote is quintessential to our democratic ...

Save the Dates: Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

November 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns in 2018.

The 'spectacular' returns for weekends in November, then takes place every night in December.

The dates are:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16-18, November 23-25, November 30-December 2

Every Night: December 7-31  (Closed: December 24-25)

The 'Holiday Lights ...

All Inked Up and No Place To Go

I want a tattoo.  I am old enough to hang reading glasses around my neck and I want a tattoo. 

 

The question I keep asking myself is, why?  After a lifetime ignoring my skin, why now would I want to turn some weatherworn patch of scratches and scars it into an album cover?  This is not an easy thing to answer.  It delves deep within the psyche and brings up ...