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Mayor Robert Parisi Discusses Goals for West Orange in His Third Term

February 18, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 2019 now in full swing, Robert Parisi has much to look to forward to as he embarks on his third term and ninth year as mayor of West Orange.

After more than two decades in public office, including the 12 years Parisi served as a council member prior to his first mayoral term in 2010, the mayor recently touched upon his many roles as the leader of one of ...

West Orange Dance Program to Explore “Diverse Voices” at Upcoming Concert

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Taking inspiration from a professional dance company’s performance at Lincoln Center, West Orange High School (WOHS) dance teacher Melissa Sande was inspired to make the upcoming dance performance—an event to be held on Feb. 21 with a “Diverse Voices” theme—a seamless evening-length work.

“This is a different format than one may ...

West Orange Wrestling Team Places Third in District 12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- The West Orange wrestling team came in third overall in the District 12 tournament over the weekend. The Mountaineers finished with 164 team points in the district won by West Morris with 246 points.

The following Mountaineer wrestlers qualified for the Region 3 tournament based on their showing in the districts last weekend: Nunzio Castaldo (195 pounds), Adonis May ...

Blo Blow Dry Bar Celebrates Grand Opening at West Orange Plaza

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Blo Blow Dry Bar, a fun and stylish new blow-dry boutique, is now open in West Orange—bringing new life to the lower stores in the shopping center located on Prospect Avenue near Eagle Rock Avenue.

Dawanna Williams, the franchise owner, is excited to open her first business and cater to those who want to get stylish hair in under an hour.

“I love the ...

Fully Involved Car Fire Claims a Life in West Orange

February 17, 2019

WEST ORANGE — A person who became trapped in a vehicle engulfed in flames early Sunday morning was pronounced dead at the scene when West Orange police arrived just before 1 a.m., according to the township’s public information officer (PIO).

The PIO also noted that the victim was unidentified, and the vehicle was unrecognizable due to the fully involved car fire, which ...

Riggs Place Fire in West Orange Sends Firefighter to Hospital, Displaces 10

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A West Orange fire captain was treated for smoke inhalation and at least 10 residents were displaced after a two-alarm fire ripped through a Riggs Place home early Saturday morning

According to a township spokewoman, the West Orange fire department responded to a structure fire at 80 Riggs Place at approximately 3:30 a.m. Heavy fire was noted from the exterior on arrival ...

West Orange Police Warn Public About Sweetheart Scams

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Police are warning residents to be aware of online dating scams.

With Valentine’s Day upon us, West Orange police have said that some people who have turned to dating sites and apps have unfortunately fallen victim to “sweetheart scammers.” According to police, these scammers often pretend to be people they are not by using another ...

Student Liaisons Push for Later Start Times in West Orange Schools

February 15, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sessina Dani and Aarushi Bhatnagar, student liaisons to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE), presented an informational packet to the board on Monday that included details from a research review article on how school start times affects students’ quality of sleep, academics and other factors.

The article, entitled “School Start Times. Sleep, ...

West Orange Board Signs Teacher Contracts, Addresses Athletic Bubble & More

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to the announcement that the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) and West Orange Teachers Association have come to an agreement on a contract for district teachers, board members and district parents also commented on recent acts of kindness shared between students, the status of the high school’s athletic “Bubble,” the importance of ...

West Orange District Reflects on Diversity Accomplishments and Goals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) and the district community reflected on the district’s recent Black History Month Scholarship Dinner during Monday’s WOBOE meeting, where many commented about not only the importance of the event, but also the impact that Black History should have on the West Orange School District as a whole.

WOBOE ...

West Orange Wrestling Team Places Third in District 12

February 18, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- The West Orange wrestling team came in third overall in the District 12 tournament over the weekend. The Mountaineers finished with 164 team points in the district won by West Morris with 246 points.

The following Mountaineer wrestlers qualified for the Region 3 tournament based on their showing in the districts last weekend: Nunzio Castaldo (195 pounds), Adonis May ...

Girls Basketball: West Orange Rallies to Beat East Orange, 46-44, in Essex County Tournament

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The third-seeded West Orange girls basketball team overcame an early deficit and hung on for a 46-44 victory over sixth-seeded East Orange in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

Senior swing Mya Bembry scored 18 points for West Orange (18-3), which trailed, 18-10, after one quarter. Freshman guard Kiley Capstraw finished with 17 points for the ...

Girls Basketball: West Orange Defeats Newark Tech, 60-57

NEWARK, NJ -- The West Orange girls basketball team avenged a January loss to Newark Tech Thursday with a 60-57 overtime victory on the road.

Senior forward Mya Bembry, a Penn State University commit, led the way for West Orange (17-3) with 29 points, 15 rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and two steals.

Freshman guard Kiley Capstraw finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two ...

West Orange Students and Athletes Honored at 45th Annual Mayor's Breakfast

February 12, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange students and athletes were among the community members recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the 45th Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Breakfast held last week at the Wilshire Grand Hotel.

Members of the township council, board of education, police and fire departments, local businesses, service organizations and more ...

West Orange Girls Basketball Inspires Future Athletes at Women in Sports Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange High School (WOHS) girls basketball team joined the nation in observing the 33rd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) through their own event on Thursday at the WOHS Tarnoff Gymnasium, where they defeated Great Bridge Christian Academy, 57-27, and supported the district in recognizing the outstanding female athletes ...

West Orange Among Girls on the Run Chapters in Need of Coaches

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Girls on the Run (GOTR) of New Jersey East is currently seeking volunteers to empower girls through running for the spring 2019 season at various chapters, including Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells, Roseland, Fairfield and other locations throughout the area.

GOTR is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program ...

West Orange Community Raises Funds for 2019 Principal's Scholarship

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the sixth consecutive year, members of the West Orange community came out in spades on Saturday to support West Orange High School (WOHS) Principal Hayden Moore’s Bowling for Scholarship Dollars event held at Eagle Rock Bowling Lanes.

Each year, he West Orange Education Foundation-sponsored event raises funds for “The Principal’s ...

Blo Blow Dry Bar Celebrates Grand Opening at West Orange Plaza

February 17, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Blo Blow Dry Bar, a fun and stylish new blow-dry boutique, is now open in West Orange—bringing new life to the lower stores in the shopping center located on Prospect Avenue near Eagle Rock Avenue.

Dawanna Williams, the franchise owner, is excited to open her first business and cater to those who want to get stylish hair in under an hour.

“I love the ...

West Orange Mayor Delivers Annual Address to Record-Breaking Audience

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) experienced record-breaking attendance at its 45th annual Mayor's Breakfast breakfast last week at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, where more than 200 local business owners, township employees, high school students and community members packed the ballroom to hear Mayor Robert Parisi's annual state-of-the-township ...

Blo Blow Dry Bar to Celebrate Grand Opening in West Orange Wednesday

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Blo Blow Dry Bar, the world’s largest blow dry bar franchise, is celebrating its grand opening in West Orange on Wednesday at 235 Prospect Avenue. The West Orange Plaza facility is the franchise’s second New Jersey location.

At 11 a.m., the public is invited to join the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and other local dignitaries in cutting the celebratory ...

West Orange Dance Program to Explore “Diverse Voices” at Upcoming Concert

February 18, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Taking inspiration from a professional dance company’s performance at Lincoln Center, West Orange High School (WOHS) dance teacher Melissa Sande was inspired to make the upcoming dance performance—an event to be held on Feb. 21 with a “Diverse Voices” theme—a seamless evening-length work.

“This is a different format than one may ...

West Orange Music Faculty Concert to Benefit Student Scholarships

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange Public Schools district faculty will perform vocal, instrumental and group performances spanning contemporary, classical, and Broadway music on Feb. 12 for the district’s 18th Annual Music Faculty Concert at Liberty Middle School at 7 p.m.

According to Louis Quagliato, Director of Visual and Performing Arts at West Orange Schools, the ...

Goddard School West Orange Launches "Things to Do With Kids" Weekly Column

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Goddard School in West Orange is sponsoring a new column for TAPinto West Orange entitled "Things to do with Kids" in order to provide a weekly round up of interesting things to do with kids in West Orange and the surrounding area. 

The first column entry, which can be found HERE, features both indoor and outdoor activities that include cultural ...

Mayor Robert Parisi Discusses Goals for West Orange in His Third Term

February 18, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 2019 now in full swing, Robert Parisi has much to look to forward to as he embarks on his third term and ninth year as mayor of West Orange.

After more than two decades in public office, including the 12 years Parisi served as a council member prior to his first mayoral term in 2010, the mayor recently touched upon his many roles as the leader of one of ...

West Orange Mayor Delivers Annual Address to Record-Breaking Audience

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) experienced record-breaking attendance at its 45th annual Mayor's Breakfast breakfast last week at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, where more than 200 local business owners, township employees, high school students and community members packed the ballroom to hear Mayor Robert Parisi's annual state-of-the-township ...

West Orange Township Announces Intention to Purchase Rock Spring Country Club

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 90 minutes of deliberating in closed session with members of the West Orange Township Council, Mayor Robert Parisi surprised the public at Tuesday night’s public meeting when he announced the township’s intention to purchase Rock Spring Country Club.

His proclamation comes less than a week after Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced ...

West Orange Among Girls on the Run Chapters in Need of Coaches

February 10, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Girls on the Run (GOTR) of New Jersey East is currently seeking volunteers to empower girls through running for the spring 2019 season at various chapters, including Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells, Roseland, Fairfield and other locations throughout the area.

GOTR is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program ...

Greater NJ Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association Welcomes New Regional Leader

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) will be among the chapters to benefit from the new leadership of Kristina Fransel, who joins the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research as head of “Region 13, which includes the Greater New Jersey, Delaware Valley and Greater Pennsylvania ...

West Orange Medicos Pharmacy Talks Benefits of CBD Oil

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A new legal cannabis compound (THC free) is now being sold without a prescription at Medicos Pharmacy in West Orange.

Medicos Pharmacy, located at 741 Northfield Avenue, now carries Cannabidiol (CBD), a product that is legal and which is neither addictive nor psychoactive.  

CBD has worked its way into health food stores, gyms, and now, independent ...

Comedy Night at B’nai Shalom to Bring Laughs to West Orange Community

February 6, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After enjoying Shabbat and Havdalah, members of Essex County’s Jewish community are invited to join B’nai Shalom’s Comedy Night on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Adam Oliensis, voted number one comedian for hire in New York City by Thumbtack.com four years in a row from 2015 to 2018, will be the featured performer.

Along with performing at nightclubs, ...

Coldwell Banker's Jennifer Szewcyk Shares Home-Staging Tips for Sellers

February 13, 2019

CALDWELL, NJ — Home staging, a method of decorating meant to highlight a home’s most impressive assets, is the key to helping potential buyers imagine themselves moving in, according to realtor Jennifer Szewcyk of Coldwell Banker in Caldwell.

“Staging a home to sell doesn’t require spending a lot of money; it’s really just making smart decisions,” said ...

West Orange Mayor Addresses Purchase Price and Intentions for Rock Spring Club

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After announcing earlier this week that he intends to present the West Orange Township Council with a contact to purchase Rock Spring Golf Club, Mayor Robert Parisi released a public statement explaining why this purchase would be “a critical step in the township’s desire to maintain open space, build and operate recreational facilities for the future and plan ...

West Orange Township Announces Intention to Purchase Rock Spring Country Club

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 90 minutes of deliberating in closed session with members of the West Orange Township Council, Mayor Robert Parisi surprised the public at Tuesday night’s public meeting when he announced the township’s intention to purchase Rock Spring Country Club.

His proclamation comes less than a week after Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced ...

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Deegan Dental Implant Special Extended Until June

February 14, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Deegan Dental (23 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange) is happy to announce their Dental Implant Special Offer has been extended until June 15, 2019!

Implant Special covers a single complete tooth replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,800 per implant--a great value compared to the usual $4,000 ...

MAX Challenge of West Orange to Offer Free Trial Class

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The MAX Challenge of West Orange, located at 446 Pleasant Valley Way, is offering a free trial class this Saturday, Feb. 16, called the "MAX & Love Partner Workout."

Get healthy together. Experience the MAX Challenge and give the one you love the gift of healthy living.

The class is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday. To register, click ...

Valentine's Day Crafts, Shadow Games & More Winter Activities for West Orange Kids

Tuesday's snow day was a pleasant surprise, but don't forget there's another long weekend coming up for you and your kids. Don't let the extra hours with your kids go to waste — Instead, keep the rest of your week and weekend full with these events and activities in the West Orange area and beyond. 

This week’s list of “Things to do with Kids” is ...

Local Mom’s Family Health Desire Leads to Career of Helping Others with Essential Oils

Mompreneur Geeta Lahiri, a resident of Roseland, says that using Young Living (YL) essential oils and products has changed the lives of herself and her family members. In fact, using YL essential oils and other therapeutic products has become so important to her that she now teaches free classes on using essential oils efficiently and effectively in people’s daily lives.

She says, ...

Mom's Quest to Overcome Health Issues Leads to Career of Helping Others

Since her teen years, mompreneur Simone Mitjans has struggled with a variety of health problems including digestive issues, seasonal allergies, PMS and migraines. In addition, when she was 19, she was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), which affected her fertility.

After the PCOS diagnosis, Simone says she was determined to research how to treat the diagnosis and feel better in ...

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Thu, February 21, 6:00 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair

Education

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Sat, February 23, 3:00 PM

United Presbyterian Church, West Orange

Ever After - The Musical

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, March 2, 10:00 AM

George Bauer Community Center in Taylor Park,, Millburn

Community Groups Gather for Annual JLOSH Kids For ...

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New Jersey Student Record Request Basics

A parent or guardian may need to request student records for reasons varying from a special education evaluation to dealing with a disciplinary proceeding.  Whatever the reason for requesting records, some general basics should be followed.  In this article we will look at the various laws covering student records and best practices when making a request.

Under New Jersey law, ...

West Orange Special Education Parent Advisory Committee to Address PerformCare

February 9, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (WOSEPAC) will present "What is PerformCare?" at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, on Feb. 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

PerformCare provides access to the right care at the right time. PerformCare creates partnerships between parents, family support organizations, service providers, and care ...

11 Rutgers Students Fined $750 Each Over Protest at Board Meeting

February 5, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A municipal court judge imposed $750 fines on each of the 11 Rutgers University students who were charged after a protest in December during university president Robert Barchi's speech at a Board of Governor's meeting.

Judge James Hoebich, the presiding municipal judge for the city, ordered the students on Monday to pay the fines as well as court costs, bringing the ...

Going Nowhere

I am rarely inspired by television commercials. For example, as great as the ads are, I have never switched to Geico.

But a spot on TV lately has made me want to shed my slovenly ways and reach the unreachable.

In the advertisement it is 5 AM and I am a young, fit, attractive woman. A gentle voice is encouraging me to get closer to something that has always been there, to be more than I am, ...