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Harrison Avenue Blaze Extinguished in West Orange Monday

November 23, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Fire Department was still on the scene late Monday afternoon cleaning up after a structure fire on Harrison Avenue. 

The fire started at around 4 p.m. in a 2-1/2 story wood frame single-family house that was unoccupied at the time.  According to the West Orange Fire Department, the fire was visible on arrival coming from the kitchen window.

Police Investigate Seven Burglaries from Cars in West Orange Sunday Morning

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seven separate incidents of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in West Orange in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 22 are under investigation.

According to the West Orange Police Department, during the early morning hours, seven burglary/thefts from motor vehicles occurred on Walker Road, Yale Terrace, Tremont Avenue and Rollinson Street. There was an additional ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Federal Grant to Pay for Intersection Upgrades in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two new traffic signals in West Orange are among the safety improvements that will be undertaken at 39 intersections throughout Essex County. 

The intersections of Washington Street and Watchung Avenue, and Pleasant Valley Way and Woodland Avenue are two of those West Orange corners that will be receiving attention as part of the $26.4 million in federal grants ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits in NJ Ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday -- the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning ...

Murphy Reports NJ's Highest COVID Numbers Since Last Spring

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March.

Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which brings New Jersey's cumulative total to 
279,274 and 18 new confirmed deaths, which brings the state's total to 4,765 total ...

Murphy Reports NJ's Highest COVID Numbers Since Last Spring

November 15, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March.

Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which brings New Jersey's cumulative total to 
279,274 and 18 new confirmed deaths, which brings the state's total to 4,765 total ...

Morristown Medical Center Expands State-of-the-Art Infusion Center for Cancer Patients

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System has announced the groundbreaking opening of a new state-of-the-art Infusion Center at Morristown Medical Center last week as the state’s top ranked hospital undergoes the first phase of expansion at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.

The new Infusion Center provides intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biotherapy while ...

Alzheimer’s Association to Host Virtual Research Conference and Community Forum

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Alzheimer’s disease is a global health problem with nearly 5.8 million Americans living with the disease. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementia. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics, and therapeutic ...

West Orange Family in Need After Catastrophic Motorcycle Accident

November 13, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Hahn family of West Orange is in need of support after a motorcycle crash put Matt Hahn in the hospital with a spinal injury. 

The accident occurred last weekend, and Hahn is currently in the critical Intensive Care Unit. According to Hahn's brother Jayson on the Go Fund Me page, "He is currently paralyzed from the neck down and is on a ...

West Orange Officials Hold Veterans Day Ceremonies Without Public Attendance

WEST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey's most decorated community held a virtual Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The annual event took place at Veterans' Memorial Park in front of West Orange Town Hall without the public in attendance as in prior years. It was broadcast live on the township's Facebook page, where it can be viewed by the public.

West Orange Students Speak Out Against Virtual Schedule Change; Schools to Pause Implementation

November 20, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Because details of the revamped winter virtual schedule were leaked inadvertently prior to Monday's West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, several West Orange High School students rallied to keep the virtual schedule as is.

The proposed WOHS schedule, which was presented officially by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Eveny de Mendez, ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Harrison Avenue Blaze Extinguished in West Orange Monday

November 23, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Fire Department was still on the scene late Monday afternoon cleaning up after a structure fire on Harrison Avenue. 

The fire started at around 4 p.m. in a 2-1/2 story wood frame single-family house that was unoccupied at the time.  According to the West Orange Fire Department, the fire was visible on arrival coming from the kitchen window.

Police Investigate Seven Burglaries from Cars in West Orange Sunday Morning

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seven separate incidents of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in West Orange in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 22 are under investigation.

According to the West Orange Police Department, during the early morning hours, seven burglary/thefts from motor vehicles occurred on Walker Road, Yale Terrace, Tremont Avenue and Rollinson Street. There was an additional ...

West Orange Police Investigate More Burglaries to Parked Vehicles

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Burglaries and attempted burglaries to motor vehicles continue to be an ongoing issue in West Orange, where four such cases that occurred over a four-day span last week are under investigation by police.

According to the West Orange Police Department, a Jeep Cherokee was burglarized between Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 on Maple Street. The Jeep was parked on a street overnight but ...

Murphy Announces Further COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses Possible

November 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that he will sign an Executive Order giving municipalities and counties the option to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8:00 p.m. He noted that often, as the night progresses, people let their guard down (when it comes to masks and social distancing),

“Our surgical approach empowers local officials ...

Essex County Offers Small Business Grants to Offset Rent Costs

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ —  Essex County is allocating $9 million to create the Essex County Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant. This grant funding is designed to help small businesses and non-profit agencies in Essex County that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic pay their rent. Essex County businesses and non-profit agencies will be able to apply for ...

Football: West Orange Beats Clifton, 27-14, in Season Finale

November 21, 2020

CLIFTON, NJ — Senior quarterback Mason Murdock passed for three touchdowns to lead the West Orange football team to a 27-14 victory over Clifton in the final game of the Mountaineers' season Friday night.

After Clifton (4-2) took an 8-0 lead, West Orange (6-1) got on the board with a 24-yard field goal by Owen Murphy with 1:34 left in the first quarter.

The Mountaineers went ahead ...

Boys Soccer: West Orange Falls in Shootout to Livingston in Tournament

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After playing to a 1-1 deadlock in regulation, the West Orange boys soccer team was eliminated in a shootout by Livingston in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North East G, Group 4 tournament on Thursday.

After two scoreless overtimes, the teams went to PKs to break the tie. After each team matched goals for the first three PK rounds, Livingston outscored the ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Federal Grant to Pay for Intersection Upgrades in West Orange

November 22, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two new traffic signals in West Orange are among the safety improvements that will be undertaken at 39 intersections throughout Essex County. 

The intersections of Washington Street and Watchung Avenue, and Pleasant Valley Way and Woodland Avenue are two of those West Orange corners that will be receiving attention as part of the $26.4 million in federal grants ...

West Orange Township Council Mulls Redevelopment Options, Tree Canopy & More

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Last week’s Township Council meeting addressed redevelopment, the tree canopy and finances.

Council President Michelle Casalino reported that Edison Lofts is 67 percent occupied and popular with empty-nesters. Eugene Diaz, principal of Prism Capital Partners, is looking for a restaurant, a dentist and other businesses to lease space in the building. He ...

West Orange Mayor Parisi Visits with Girl Scout Troop

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi recently explained the function of municipal government to Girl Scout Troop #20745 of St. Cloud on the patio at Rock Spring Golf Club.

Troop leader Melissa Butler brought nine girls last week to engage in a discussion with the mayor as they work towards achieving a merit badge in democracy.

Parisi compared the role of ...

Tony Winner Laura Benanti: Paper Mill Playhouse the 'Reason I Have a Career'

November 17, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ -- Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti, speaking to reporters from across the country about her upcoming streaming concert to benefit a consortium of regional theaters, including Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, she said how much she’s looking forward to being back on a real stage, even if the concert is streaming live and the audience is at home.

She said her goal is ...

Essex County Cancels Holiday Lights Spectacular for 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 2020 Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has been canceled due to ongoing fear of COVID-19.

 “Because of the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Holiday Lights Spectacular,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said. “The lights show has become a ...

West Orange's Rock Spring Golf Club Gets National Recognition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Rock Spring Golf Club of West Orange recently made a list of the best-designed golf courses in America.

Originally opened in 1926 Rock Spring was designed by legendary golf course architect Seth Raynor. A recent article by Links-The Best of Golf Magazine lists big-name architects who designed courses still in operation.

All the courses are open to the ...

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 ...

Simon Westfall-Kwong Real Estate Provides Fall Outlook

October 30, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — One of the hottest topics in town is always the value of our real estate.

In January, we were seeing a stronger shift to a buyer’s market for Millburn-Short Hills, but the pandemic has turned it into a seller’s market for the Township and most of our region.

In Millburn Township, more homes are receiving multiple offers and a majority are selling for above ...

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Essex County Thanksgiving Food Distributions

November 17, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present two special Thanksgiving Emergency Food Distribution Events to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. There will be 1,500 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food distributed at each event. The program is meant to benefit families who ...

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West Essex YMCA Helping to Relieve Food Insecurity in Local Community

November 21, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The West Essex YMCA has long played a vital role in meeting the community’s health, wellness, and child care needs. When the novel coronavirus hit the area, the Y responded by providing Emergency Child Care to frontline workers at its Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center in Livingston. The Y has also provided access to a basic need that has rapidly increased during ...

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

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Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

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