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Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Announces Motor Vehicles Reopening Schedule

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening will proceed ...

West Orange Downtown and Officials Have Zoom Meeting as Reopening Date Draws Near

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township officials and Downtown West Orange on Friday collaborated on a Zoom meeting to address how to execute Stage 2 of the community's reopening efforts.

The discussion focused on how to execute the reopening of local non-essential businesses and restaurants in West Orange. New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of its reopening process from the pandemic ...

Broadway Celebrates Rising Stars of Paper Mill Playhouse

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse's "Rising Star Honors," presented by The Investors Foundation, drew more than 10,000 views on Facebook and YouTube as it premiered on Monday night. 

The virtual show celebrated the nearly 100 New Jersey high schools participating in the annual Rising Star Awards, which was canceled due to the current health ...

Murphy Announces Motor Vehicles Reopening Schedule

June 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening will proceed ...

West Orange Downtown and Officials Have Zoom Meeting as Reopening Date Draws Near

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township officials and Downtown West Orange on Friday collaborated on a Zoom meeting to address how to execute Stage 2 of the community's reopening efforts.

The discussion focused on how to execute the reopening of local non-essential businesses and restaurants in West Orange. New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of its reopening process from the pandemic ...

West Orange Students Send Messages of Thanks to Local Essential Workers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While working from home, Liberty Middle School (LMS) and Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) seventh grade English Language Arts (ELA) teachers have been covering what they are calling their “Heroes Unit,” during which Liberty ELA teacher Kimberly DeMeo students learned that “not all heroes wear capes.”

As the unit came to an end, ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of today, June 4, there are more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

Four New Coronavirus Cases, No Additional Deaths in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were four additional cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Thursday, according to Mayor Robert Parisi.

The total number of West Orange intake of cases was 1,290. Deaths are included in this number and remain "active" until a full investigation is complete. Fifteen residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, and, of them, three were in ...

Alzheimer’s Association Calls for Action as NJ Nursing Home Crisis Grows

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — As COVID-19 continues to threaten the health of millions in New Jersey and throughout the country, evidence also continues to demonstrate that nursing homes and assisted living communities are being ravaged by the pandemic.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released guidance urging lawmakers to implement new policies to address the nursing homes and ...

West Orange Students Send Messages of Thanks to Local Essential Workers

June 2, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While working from home, Liberty Middle School (LMS) and Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) seventh grade English Language Arts (ELA) teachers have been covering what they are calling their “Heroes Unit,” during which Liberty ELA teacher Kimberly DeMeo students learned that “not all heroes wear capes.”

As the unit came to an end, ...

Holy Trinity Food Pantry in West Orange Steps Up, Breaks Records During Pandemic

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Since being forced to close facilities for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year, West Orange Public Schools has placed even more emphasis on its food services and has partnered with the Holy Trinity Food Pantry to expand its offerings for students who typically receive meals through the schools.

And although the pantry provided 153 bags of food to ...

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

MONTCLAIR, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus.

The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held as ...

West Orange Board of Education Tells the Public ‘Black Lives Matter’

June 3, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the nation continues to reel from the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an African American who recently died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) took the time to reflect at Monday’s meeting on how they could help teachers, students, and the community heal this painful chapter in American ...

West Orange Students Send Messages of Thanks to Local Essential Workers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While working from home, Liberty Middle School (LMS) and Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) seventh grade English Language Arts (ELA) teachers have been covering what they are calling their “Heroes Unit,” during which Liberty ELA teacher Kimberly DeMeo students learned that “not all heroes wear capes.”

As the unit came to an end, ...

West Orange Superintendent Addresses Impact of State Aid Reductions

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After Gov. Phil Murphy announced that approximately $335 million has been cut from his original school-funding proposal as a result of the financial impact of the pandemic, West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Cascone had an optimistic outlook on the revised proposal, stating that reduction is not as steep as the district expected and ...

West Orange Officials Release Statement in Response Death of George Floyd

May 30, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In response to the “deep-rooted outrage” sparked across the country by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, West Orange Township officials joined “the countless voices across the country offering support to the family of George Floyd for their profound loss” by releasing a formal statement to the community on ...

West Orange Downtown and Officials Have Zoom Meeting as Reopening Date Draws Near

June 5, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township officials and Downtown West Orange on Friday collaborated on a Zoom meeting to address how to execute Stage 2 of the community's reopening efforts.

The discussion focused on how to execute the reopening of local non-essential businesses and restaurants in West Orange. New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of its reopening process from the pandemic ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Announces Motor Vehicles Reopening Schedule

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening will proceed ...

West Orange Financial Officer Explains How Taxes Will Affect Budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After addressing several factors related to second-and third-quarter taxes during last week’s West Orange Township Council meeting, Chief Financial Officer John Gross also updated the governing body on the status of the 2020 municipal budget.

Since township has not yet adopted its municipal budget, Gross said the administration is looking to postpone any ...

Broadway Celebrates Rising Stars of Paper Mill Playhouse

June 5, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse's "Rising Star Honors," presented by The Investors Foundation, drew more than 10,000 views on Facebook and YouTube as it premiered on Monday night. 

The virtual show celebrated the nearly 100 New Jersey high schools participating in the annual Rising Star Awards, which was canceled due to the current health ...

West Orange High School Thespians Recognized at Induction Ceremony

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Thespian Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on May 27, virtually recognizing graduating seniors and welcoming a new board and new members into the growing group.

Despite the pandemic, theatre students at the high school collected several awards and mentions throughout the 2019-2020 school year, most notably at ...

Virtual Music Department Awards Ceremony Held for West Orange High School Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — This year's West Orange High School Music Department Ceremony, which recognizes graduating seniors and the students dedicated to the many musical programs at the high school, was recently streamed live as the department announced the students who earned a pink Tri-M Music Honors Society graduation cord and presented various awards to students involved in ...

West Orange Township and Schools Partner on Sustainable Jersey Grant Project

May 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sustainable Jersey Directors Samantha McGraw, Randy Solomon and Kaitlyn Vollmer recently announced that the Township of West Orange has been awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey grant to work with West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) students to construct artificial floating islands at Vincent's Pond in Degnan Park.

According to WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott ...

William Shapiro, Devoted Teacher and Advocate, Passes Away at 90

June 4, 2020

PARKLAND, FL – Dr. William Shapiro, 90, died peacefully on June 1, 2020, after a long battle with lewy body dementia.   After serving our country in the United States Army during the Korean War, Shapiro taught history at Lincoln Junior High School, Mountain High School and West Orange High School for forty-two years and was faculty advisor to the student government for many ...

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West Orange State Wrestling Champion Sandra Guerrero Continues to Make History

May 12, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) athlete Sandra Guerrero not only made school history in March by becoming the first state Mountaineer wrestling champion, but she has also recently made regional wrestling history as the first female to commit to New Jersey City University (NJCU).

NJCU, which is one of the few universities in the country to feature a ...

Caldwell Protest March Deemed A Successful and Safe Event

June 5, 2020

CALDWELL, NJ — As the global reaction to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continues to mount, many protests have been peaceful while others have succumbed to violence and vandalism.

However, the citizens of Caldwell organized a peaceful and respectful protest this past Tuesday that was organized by students and recent graduates from James Caldwell ...

Celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 5 With Your Children

We can all use a little sweetness right now and celebrating National Doughnut Day on June 5th, may offer just that. As businesses begin to open, there are many places to purchase donuts to share with your families. Or, you can make some donuts from scratch and/or decorate donuts with your children as a way of celebrating.

Below are some suggestions for celebrating National Doughnut Day, ...

Pick Up Dinner This Week From Paper Mill's Carriage House

June 1, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — The FM Kirby Carriage House Restaurant at Paper Mill Playhouse offers carryout dining Wednesdays through Sundays.

This week's dinners are a choice of:








Monkfish with Shrimp Etouffee
 Fresh Monkfish with a classic Creole red sauce, flavorful but not spicy. Served with Red Rice and Roasted ...

Morristown, Overlook Chief Nursing Officers Named ‘CNOs to Know’ by Becker’s Healthcare

SUMMIT & MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2020 – The chief nursing officers of two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named to the 2020 list of “50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know,” by Becker’s Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading news sources covering the health care field.

Carol Jones, RN and chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center, ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

June 5, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back diners at 6 a.m. on June 15.

When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...