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Redwood Elementary Holds School-Wide Social-Emotional Learning Day

December 2, 2021


WEST ORANGE, NJ – Redwood Elementary School held its first school-wide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day on Nov. 23, integrating activities into the daily curriculum and underscoring its importance to students and staff. 

The day of SEL was conceived by Redwood teachers Paul Stefanelli and Jennifer Paull and supported by Principal Kimya Jackson. A guide was ...

Tracing the History of the Orange Public Library

Many historic buildings exist along Main Street in Orange, NJ whose story has either been lost or forgotten. One such example is the current day building at 307 Main Street. It dates to the 1850s and is likely one of the oldest surviving buildings on Main Street today.

The genesis of the Orange Public Library can actually trace its history to 1832. In that year the Orange Lyceum opened in a ...

West Orange High School Junior Gives Student Keynote Speech at New Jersey School Boards Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) junior Maura Baker had the unique opportunity to deliver the student keynote opening speech at the 2021 New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Virtual Workshop, held Oct. 26-28. 

Baker is the second WOHS student elected to the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) as a State Board of Education (SBOE) Student ...

Council President Shares Open Space Purchases and Rock Springs Income Statement

November 24, 2021

Council President Cindy Matute-Brown recently posted the history of West Orange Open Spaces purchases and Rock Springs' income statement on her council Facebook page. Both documents are included in the latest West Orange township audit.

The Open Space purchases reflect the period from 2005 to 2021. Matute-Brown explained, “[I’m] sharing because we need to understand that ...

Town Council Considers Charette and Hiring A Town Planner Or Economic Developer

During last week’s meeting, the West Orange Town Council spoke of conducting a charette and debated about hiring a town planner versus an economic developer.

A charette is a planning session in which residents and industry experts like planners, city officials, architects, engineers and others collaborate to discuss how to plan and implement a project.

Town Council President ...

Town Council President Takes To Facebook To Address Allegations

Over the weekend, West Orange Town Council President Cindy Matute-Brown posted on her council Facebook page to address what she described as “a myriad of false allegations or accusations made about me, specifically how I came to work in Trenton at the State Board of Education.” She noted that she had seen the comments on social media.

Matute-Brown reported that she is no longer ...

Girls Soccer: Livingston Beats West Orange, 3-0, in Sectional Semifinals

November 11, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The Livingston girls soccer team advanced past West Orange, 3-0, in the NJSIAA Section 1, Group 4 semifinal round on Tuesday.

The Lancers (13-7-2) took a 2-0 lead by halftime. Kylie Prendergast scored one goal and had one assist. Emma Rosenberg and Katherine Riccardi each scored a goal, as well. Isabella Dilanni and Jadyn Liebman each passed for assists.

Livingston outshot ...

Police Catch Second Suspect In West Orange Quick Shop Armed Robbery

November 22, 2021

Shyhiem Clark, 24, of Newark, and Tyrese Thompson, 22, of Elizabeth, were arrested for allegedly robbing the QuickChek on Mt. Pleasant Avenue in West Orange on Sept. 27. In addition, police suspect the duo was also responsible for the Livingston Mart robbery of October 4.

Clark was caught on Oct. 8, and Thompson was located on Nov. 15. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, ...

Santa Returns to Livingston Mall for the Holidays on Nov. 18

November 17, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Santa visits for families as part of the Simon Santa Photo Experience at the Livingston Mall begin on Thursday, Nov. 18 and will continue through Christmas Eve on Friday, Dec. 24.

Families may choose to sit with Santa or maintain social distance. Santa’s helpers will wear masks throughout the duration of each visit.

Reservations are encouraged for ...

West Orange High School PTA Seeks Used Clothing and Toys for Drive on Saturday, December 4

November 30, 2021


West Orange High School PTA is sponsoring a huge used clothing and toy drive- Saturday, December 4.

All clothing, toys, shoes, bedding, towels etc. are accepted. It's an un-manned drop-off. Please leave items at the high school in front of the auditorium doors.

If every person donates just one bag it will be a huge success.

Drop off is Friday after 3 p.m.

Human Relations Commission Accepting Nominations for 2022 MLK Distinguished Service Award

The West Orange Human Relations Commission is calling for nominations for the 2022 Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award

On January 17, 2022, at 10 am., the West Orange Human Relations Commission will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the theme, “Honoring Educators,” paying tribute to all that the life and legacy of the great Dr. King has taught ...

West Orange Recreation Department: Drop Your Letter Into Santa's Mailbox

Santa's Mailbox is set up outside the Recreation Building at 60 1/2 Cherry Street by the town pool. 

Children can drop off a letter with their name and address written legibly on the envelope and receive a letter from St. Nick.

The mailbox will be there from November 28 to December 17.

For more information, contact the Rec Department (973) 325-4150

Dickens Village in Maplewood NJ Celebrates the 2021 Holiday Season Starting on December 4th

November 29, 2021

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ -- Dickens Village, an annual Maplewood NJ tradition, returns to Ricalton Square this week and will be open to the public from 1pm - 4pm on December 4th, 11th and 18th.

In celebration of the yearly event, TAPintoTV takes a look back at Stephanie Willoughby's visit to Dickens Village in 2019, and the community tradition of re-creating the village from ...

Producing User Generated Content: Tips and Tricks

According to recent data, 85% of Americans own a smartphone**. Smartphones are routinely used to publish pictures and video via websites and apps, which enables users to share their participation in an event, presence at a location, or highlight a relationship or connection with other people. The primary means of creating and publishing User-Generated Content has become the smartphone.

What is ...

West Orange celebrates the Festival of Lights at Town Hall

November 30, 2021

Mayor Robert Parisi welcomed Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz and his family to the front lawn of Town Hall for a Menorah lighting on November 29th. It was the 18th consecutive year for the ceremony at Town Hall honoring the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

Both Mayor Parisi and Rabbi Kasowitz spoke briefly about the annual event which has now become interwoven into the fabric of ...

West Orange's Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Will Be on Monday, November 29

Hanukkah falls very early this year, just three days after Thanksgiving.

West Orange will host its annual menorah lighting on Monday, November 29 at 4 p.m. on the front lawn of Town Hall.

Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating!

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NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

Holiday Gift Shoppe and WAE Center Art Show at the West Orange Arts Center

December 2, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The West Orange Arts Council’s Holiday Gift Shoppe is open for local holiday shopping on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road in West Orange, NJ. Each visit to the Arts Center promises a shopper's paradise, with rotating "pop-up shops" in the gallery where local artists and artisans ...

West Orange Resident to Participate in 2022 Rose Parade 'Donate Life' Float Honored by NJ Sharing Network

New Providence, NJ – NJ Sharing Network recently honored lung transplant recipient Dawn Burke of Keyport, NJ, and paid tribute to the memory of organ donor Dr. Jamila Irons-Johnson, daughter of Janice Campbell of West Orange, NJ, as Burke and Campbell get set to participate in the 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade® float during the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® parade ...

Expanded Partnership Between CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Approved by State of New Jersey

MORRISTOWN / FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ – In a step that clears the way for completion of a unique model for health system co-ownership, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Quinn has accepted New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck’s approval of CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System’s plans to expand their successful partnership. Approved under the ...

Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular Returns Nov. 19 at Turtle Back Zoo

November 17, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The free Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange returns on Friday, Nov. 19, after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Holiday Lights Spectacular is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 5 and will then be open daily through the end of the year from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. The ...

Mother of Found East Orange Teen Arrested

EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Jamie Moore, the mother of a New Jersey teen who was missing for nearly a month, and found Thursday, was arrested. 

The 39-year-old mother is being charged with of physical abuse and neglect, with two counts of second-degree child endangerment.

Both 14-year-old JaShyah and her 3-year-old brother are now officially removed from Jamie ...

Jack Ciattarelli Concedes Governor's Race to Phil Murphy, Vows to Run Again in 2025

November 12, 2021

RARITAN BOROUGH, NJ — "I hate to lose." Republican Jack Ciattarelli conceded the Governor's race Friday afternoon in his hometown of Raritan Borough.

"I called Governor Murphy earlier today and congratulated him on his re-election and wished him well in serving the people of New Jersey," Ciattarelli said at a news conference.

Moments later, he told supporters ...

Missing East Orange Teen Jashyah Moore Found Safe in New York City

EAST ORANGE, NJ, NEW YORK CITY — Missing East Orange teen Jashyah Moore has been found safe in New York City.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II made the announcement in a news release late Thursday evening.  Stephens says the 14-year-old is "currently safe and is being provided all appropriate services."  The news release went on to say she will ...

The Real Main Event: The ‘Little’ Moments with Your Kids

In 1987, two men put on a show for the ages in front of more than 90,000 people.

In 1989, a father and son saw that show for the first time and never forgot it.

Parenting is full of moments. Some good, some not so much. As parents, we are trying to make the most of our time with our kids. Sometimes, we try really hard, aiming for those memories that our kids will never forget. I would wager ...

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Thu, December 2, 7:00 PM

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Roosevelt Orchestra Winter Concert I


Sat, December 4, 9:00 AM

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Holiday Shoppe and Art Show

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Sat, December 4, 12:00 PM

Garden State Model Railway Club, North Haledon

63rd Annual Model Train Show

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The Shauger Group Will Match Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Donations Through End of 2021

November 17, 2021

The Shauger Group (TSG) and the Shauger family are proud to announce they will match all donations made to the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship between now and the end of 2021, up to $12,500. The gesture comes after the Shaugers learned the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship received a $25,000 donation from the estate of a parishioner of West Orange’s Our Lady of Lourdes R. C.