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Butterfly Tent Safari to Open at Essex County Environmental Center

August 6, 2020

ROSELAND, NJ —Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center will be held from Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 14. The Butterfly Tent Safari will feature live butterflies and a butterfly take-away craft for all ages making it a great experience for families to enjoy. The usual program has been modified to promote social distancing and visitors are required to wear ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

West Orange Residents Wait for Power to Be Restored

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many residents in West Orange woke up Wednesday morning to homes that still had no power after Tuesday’s brief but powerful tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Isaias left many downed trees and wires, caused many road closures and knocked out power to large portions of the township.

Not even Mayor Robert Parisi could offer any accurate insight on when power would be ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 20 percent of Essex County, thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

August 4, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Two-Thirds of All West Orange COVID-19 Deaths Have Been in Long-Term Care Facilities

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Long-term care facilities account for 66 percent of the total deaths in West Orange that have been attributed to the coronavirus, according to data posted by Mayor Robert Parisi on his Facebook page Monday morning.

Of the 185 total COVID-19 deaths in the township since the start of the pandemic in March, 34 percent of them have occurred in private residences.

There ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

Two-Thirds of All West Orange COVID-19 Deaths Have Been in Long-Term Care Facilities

August 3, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Long-term care facilities account for 66 percent of the total deaths in West Orange that have been attributed to the coronavirus, according to data posted by Mayor Robert Parisi on his Facebook page Monday morning.

Of the 185 total COVID-19 deaths in the township since the start of the pandemic in March, 34 percent of them have occurred in private residences.

There ...

West Orange Reports No COVID-19 Cases in ICU for First Time in 4 Months

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There are no West Orange residents in intensive care units for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, Mayor Robert Parisi announced on his Facebook page.

"Today is the first day since March 20 without any residents being in ICU or critical care as a result of COVID-19!!," Parisi posted.

There were two additional cases of COVID-19 reported in West Orange on Wednesday.

Two New West Orange COVID-19 Cases on Monday; Gov. Murphy: NJ Data Trending 'Positively'

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

The total intake of cases in West Orange was 1,455, with no additional deaths reported on Monday. Deaths are included in the "total intake" number and remain "active" until a full investigation is complete. The total number of COVID-19 ...

This Week's Essex County Food Distribution Event Will Be in Orange

August 3, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, August 6, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as follows:

Date: ...

This Week's Emergency Food Distribution to be Held in Independence Park

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 30, in  Independence Park in Newark. The 1,000 boxes of food to be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work due to the pandemic and are facing food insecurity. 

It will be held as follows:

Date: ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center to Host Virtual 5K for Community and Global Health

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to raise funds for various community and global health initiatives, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) invites area residents to bike, run, walk or swim on Sunday, Aug. 9 as part of a virtual 5K for CycleRed.

SBMC is committed to being “in and of the communities” it services. The Social Impact and Community Investment (SICI) practice is a ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

August 6, 2020

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

West Orange Assistant Superintendent Explains Upcoming Work with District’s Diversity Committee

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On July 9, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Eveny de Mendez provided the public with an update about the ongoing work with the district's Diversity, Equity and Access Committee.

Last week, a racial bias survey was been sent out to staff members which will help them explore their interests in several areas including understanding ...

Two More West Orange Schools Receive Safe Streets to School Recognition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following on the heels of Kelly Elementary School, Liberty Middle School, and West Orange Township, Redwood and Washington Elementary Schools have received Gold and Bronze recognition in the Safe Routes to School Recognition program. The recognition is given in partnership with EZRide, the Transportation Management Agency, and in cooperation with West Orange ...

West Orange Residents Wait for Power to Be Restored

August 5, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many residents in West Orange woke up Wednesday morning to homes that still had no power after Tuesday’s brief but powerful tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Isaias left many downed trees and wires, caused many road closures and knocked out power to large portions of the township.

Not even Mayor Robert Parisi could offer any accurate insight on when power would be ...

Tropical Storm Isaias Knocks Out Power, Downs Trees in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — (updated 8:30 p.m.) Tropical Storm Isaias took the measure of West Orange Tuesday, uprooting trees and knocking out power to large areas of the township.

The storm, which carried with it wind gusts in excess of 50 mph on a day when the area was under a tornado watch, felled more than 40 trees, according to West Orange police.

In a post on the department’s ...

The Barker Lounge Dog Daycare, Boarding & Grooming Facility to Open in Livingston

August 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Knowing that choosing a pet care provider should be taken as seriously as choosing a childcare provider, brothers Robert and Michael Gonnello are making that decision easier for Livingston-area residents by bringing a highly successful doggy day care franchise to the community.

Opening in September at 81 Dorsa Avenue in Livingston, The Barker Lounge will provide ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes across New Jersey have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, national, Israeli, and ...

Turtle Back Zoo Train Station Improvements Near Completion

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Improvements to make the Junction Train Station at Turtle Back Zoo more handicap accessible have been completed, it was announced by Essex County on Tuesday.

The improvements will be unveiled Wednesday morning, according to the office of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.

Additionally, the county will announce a long-term partnership agreement with Investors ...

West Orange H.S. Soccer Teams Adjust to 'Phase 2' Pre-season Guidelines

July 24, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The NJSIAA recently released the Phase 2 Guidelines for high school teams returning to the field. These guidelines will be in place as of July 27, after teams successfully complete Phase 1.

Phase 2 allows for increased team activities as it pertains to skills and drills development and permits schools to use indoor facilities if approved by the school district. Once ...

Murphy Provides Clarifications on Sports Activities

TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID press briefing on Tuesday, July 22, Gov. Phil Murphy took the time to clarify Monday’s Exec Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities.

“All contact activities can only be conducted outside,” the governor said.

Yoga and pilates studios, which are not licensed health clubs, fall under the ...

West Orange Residents Wait for Power to Be Restored

August 5, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many residents in West Orange woke up Wednesday morning to homes that still had no power after Tuesday’s brief but powerful tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Isaias left many downed trees and wires, caused many road closures and knocked out power to large portions of the township.

Not even Mayor Robert Parisi could offer any accurate insight on when power would be ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

Miniature Train Ride at Turtle Back Zoo Gets Official Sponsor

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Junction is now more handicap accessible, and the miniature train ride at Turtle Back Zoo has a new corporate sponsor.

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr. announced a long-term partnership agreement with Investors Bank to become the official sponsor of the miniature train ride at the zoo on Wednesday. Improvements also have been completed to make ...

Miniature Train Ride at Turtle Back Zoo Gets Official Sponsor

July 30, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Junction is now more handicap accessible, and the miniature train ride at Turtle Back Zoo has a new corporate sponsor.

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr. announced a long-term partnership agreement with Investors Bank to become the official sponsor of the miniature train ride at the zoo on Wednesday. Improvements also have been completed to make ...

Turtle Back Zoo Train Station Improvements Near Completion

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Improvements to make the Junction Train Station at Turtle Back Zoo more handicap accessible have been completed, it was announced by Essex County on Tuesday.

The improvements will be unveiled Wednesday morning, according to the office of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.

Additionally, the county will announce a long-term partnership agreement with Investors ...

TAPinto National New Jersey Day 2020, July 27

NEW JERSEY — July 27 is National New Jersey Day. Today we're going to find out what's unique about the Garden State, and maybe settle some serious issues.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. New Jersey's central location amidst the thirteen colonies during the colonial ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 20 percent of Essex County, thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours ...

West Orange High School Alumnus to be Ordained as Episcopal Priest

July 31, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Class of 2012 graduate Raul Ausa will be ordained as an Episcopal Priest by Bishop Carlye J. Hughes. He currently serves as a Deacon and is working with the Diocesan staff in Newark through Aug. 31.

The diversity of West Orange Schools is demonstrated not only culturally, but by the career paths of its many graduates, and Ausa is no exception.

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes across New Jersey have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, national, Israeli, and ...

Real Estate Market Tested by Pandemic, but Suburban Properties in Demand

August 1, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — The challenges posed by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic have also led to some unique opportunities in the local real estate market.

“After March 15, the housing market froze, and nobody came to see properties, Until the end of April the market was frozen,” said real estate broker Ben Zhang of Western-Eastern Realty in Millburn. “We could not show any ...

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Butterfly Tent Safari to Open at Essex County Environmental Center

August 6, 2020

ROSELAND, NJ —Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center will be held from Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 14. The Butterfly Tent Safari will feature live butterflies and a butterfly take-away craft for all ages making it a great experience for families to enjoy. The usual program has been modified to promote social distancing and visitors are required to wear ...

Take Your Pants and House Plants for a Walk on July 27

Did you know there’s a holiday called, Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, that is celebrated on July 27? After the last few months, I think we can all stand to take a walk! You can even make it a fun time spent with your kids, or even a game. You can see who can point out the most pretty flowers along the way, most driveways with chalk drawings, dogs in the windows, or anything else ...

Message from West Orange Superintendent: Reopening Schools Town Hall

August 3, 2020

Message from Superintendent: Reopening Schools Town Hall

WEST ORANGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, NJ·SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020·6 MINUTES

Dear West Orange Families and Students,

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying some degree of rest and relaxation with your friends and loved ones during the summer recess.

In advance of our virtual Town hall panel discussion scheduled for ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 5, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Open for Business

When everything “opened up” this summer I didn’t think it would include my mouth.

But I probably should have perceived that at some point during this pandemic I would have to visit the dentist.

Over the past six months I have gotten used to moving previously outsourced services in-house. For instance, while everyone was letting their Covid freak flag fly, I mastered the ...

Cat Code 2.0

One of the many projects that I didn’t get to when the world locked down was dealing with the bins of legos that take up space in the closet.

Legos were a staple in my house not all that long ago, and to this day walking across the carpet in bare feet brings back sharp memories of their prevalence in my home.

But I hate to get rid of them. They look so neglected. Kind of like the last ...