WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange children were honored for their athletic achievements in yesterday’s Town Council Meeting.

Mayor Robert Parisi was in attendance to celebrate the West Orange/Mountain Top Hockey League winning the Floyd Hall Middle School Hockey League Championship. In what was considered a big upset, they defeated Millburn, 5-4, in overtime. 

“I hate to admit, but the other team was bigger, stronger, and older than us,” their coach said. “It takes a lot to play a game like that, let alone go and win it.”

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The council commended the kids for their dedication to practicing hard and competing. “We’d like to thank you for your commitment, and we’re very proud of you,” said Council President Jerry Guarino.

Editor’s Note: Click here to read the article on the win: West Orange Wins Floyd Hall Middle School Fall Hockey League Championship in Overtime Against Millburn, 5-4

PRISM UPDATE

Residents continued to show their displeasure with the sluggish pace at which Prism’s plans for downtown West Orange development has progressed. They asked that the council pressure the organization into showing real progress.

Councilman Joe Krakoviak showed similar concern. “Two months have passed since we met with them and we haven’t heard anything,” he said. 

Business Administrator Jack Sayers said that Prism is still working on an agreement on percentages with new collaborator Dune, and that they expect to hear more in the next few weeks or the town will begin to put pressure on them.

“We all want to see this get moving,” said Guarino.

Editor’s Note: TAP into West Orange ran this PRISM story earlier today: Prism Secures BTS Lease and Financing for LA Fitness Club in West Orange

SENIOR CITIZEN SCAMS ADDRESSED

One resident expressed concern with the seniors of West Orange potentially getting hoodwinked by scams, and also wanted to stress the importance of those who live in apartments not letting strangers into the complexes unless they are authorized by tenants. 

“Sometimes we forget about our seniors and how they’re most vulnerable to succumbing to predators,” Guarino said. “We have to look out for them.”

The council considered the residents’ concerned and said they would look into ways they could help ensure the safety of seniors.

Editor’s Note: Click here for information on avoiding such scams: NJ Consumer Affairs Division Launches Fraud Awareness Program, Montclair Resident Scammed Out of More Than $10,000, Law Enforcement Officials Issue Scam Alert to Seniors

RESOLUTION UPDATES

During the reviewing of resolutions, three were pulled for discussion. Resolution 112-15, which “Authorizes Execution of Agreement with Fairview Insurance Associates to Provide Services as Broker of Record” was pulled by Krakoviak, who opposed renewing the contract without first seeing if there are other options out there. Krakoviak voted, “No,” on the resolution, which was passed.

Resolution 115-15, “Authorizing Land Lease Agreement with Verizon Wireless at Firehouse-280” was also pulled by Krakoviak, but passed by the rest of the council. Though pulled, Resolution 117-15, “Authorizing FMBA Memorandum of Agreement - Local 28” was passed unanimously. For more information on the resolutions, click here.

SAVE THE DATE

Guarino spoke about the street fair the Downtown alliance will be doing on June 6 and encouraged people to come. He also spoke about Slides of America, a water slide that will go from Mt. Pleasant down to Main Street. More information will be presented soon.

The next Town Council meeting is on April 28, at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.