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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Alternative Press is pleased to present the Wo-Zone, a volunteer email publication begun by Adina Viezel and her team on the West Orange Council of PTAs eight years ago.  The Wo-Zone provides information on  PTA events and activities open to all West Orange residents. Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive news about events and activities sponsored by the PTAs and Booster clubs in town:

A FEW TICKETS LEFT! ALL THAT JAZZ - The WOHS Music Boosters invite you to "A Night of Jazz at Trumpets" on Monday, April 15 at 7:00 pm at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, featuring the WOHS Jazz 1 Band and a 50/50 Raffle. Come for a night of good music, good food, good drink and great company! $15 admission - limited tickets available.  See flyer for more information, order tickets online here or follow the instructions on the order form.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH - Throughout April, join Liberty Middle School in their efforts to support Autism Awareness. For every $2 you donate, Liberty Middle School will send you a "Thank You" scratch-off with the opportunity to "win" a book for a child of your choice.  $1 will be donated to Autism Awareness and $1 will go toward promoting literacy. If you scratch off a "winner" ticket, fill out the information on the back of the ticket and send it back to LMS. Make checks payable to: Liberty Middle School (we accept cash, too). Thanks for donating and supporting this fundraiser! Please forward all monies / checks to Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052, Attn: Janet Coppola. Questions? Please email or

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ZUMBA AT PLEASANTDALE! Dance yourself into shape with Zumba Fitness at Pleasantdale School and Carol Fastiggi, our certified instructor. Classes are taking place on Thursdays from 7:00pm-8:00pm through April 18 in the Pleasantdale School Gymnasium, 555 Pleasant Valley Way. Cost is $10 at the door. Proceeds will help the 5th Grade Class with year-end graduation activities. Contact for further information.


MISS SAIGON! - WOHS Drama Boosters encourage everyone to plan to come to the West Orange High School production of "Miss Saigon" taking place on Thursday,April 18, Friday, April 19 & Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 21 at 2:00pm. Click here for a press release and here for ticket ordering information.


CLOTHING DRIVE AT EDISON MIDDLE SCHOOL - EMS PTA is having a Used Clothing Drive on Sunday, April 20 at the side entrance to the school between 10:00am and 2:00pm. All donations are tax deductible. Please click here for details on items being collected/contact info.


REDWOOD GOLF CLASSIC - Redwood Elementary School is hosting its First Annual Golf Classic on Thursday, April 25 at Cedar Hills Golf Club in Livingston. Registration and lunch begin at 11:00am. All players will receive a box lunch, use of a golf cart, plus entry into tournament, awards reception which includes cocktails with appetizer buffet and open bar. Door prizes and raffle opportunities, too! Several player packages and sponsorship levels for this event are available.  Please click here for additional information.  Questions? Please contact Dennis Byun at 973-583-1926 or


APPLEBEE'S FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST - The WOHS Music Boosters invite you to breakfast at Applebee's in East Hanover, on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00am - 10:00am. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased from any Band member or online at Hope to see you there!


DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID will be performed at Liberty Middle School onFriday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7:00pm. All performances are open to the public and can be purchased by visiting or at the door for $10.00. Click here for a press release.


TRANSITIONING FROM SCHOOL TO ADULT LIFE - PASSE (Parents Advocating Special Services in Education) is presenting a special workshop for parents and young adults on Monday, April 29 at Pleasantdale Elementary School, 555 Pleasant Valley Way from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Click here for more details and to register.


BEEFSTEAK DINNER - The West Orange  High School Mountaineer Home Run Club will hold its Annual Beefsteak Dinner on Friday, May 10 at the Toby Katz Center, 650 Pleasant Valley Way.  Doors Open at 6:30pm. $40 per person.  Beer, wine and soda included. All proceeds to benefit West Orange High School Baseball Teams.For more information or to purchase tickets contact Carol Fastiggi at 973-452-2935 or cfastiggi@verizon.netClick here for the event flyer. Click here for the ad journal form.


PROJECT GRADUATION CAR RAFFLE - Project Graduation is conducting a raffle for a 2013 Ford Escape! Tickets will be available at each of the schools, Town Hall, and the Board of Education offices. Tickets are $20 and the drawing will be held onMonday, June 3 at the Board of Education meeting at West Orange High School.  Click here for a flyer and/or contact Carol Fastiggi at 973-452-2935 or Carla Cadet at 973-668-6032 for additional information.


VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED -  West Orange High School students, parents and any interested members of the community are invited to serve as tutors for elementary students in grades 2 - 5 at Pleasantdale, Hazel, Gregory, St Cloud, and Washington Elementary Schools. We have a particular need for tutors at Gregory and St. Cloud. The programs are held once a week after school from 3:25pm to 4:25pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No tutoring experience is required. High school students receive community service hours for their participation. Please contact Dan Pyle at or call 973-243-5294. This program is sponsored by the West Orange African Heritage Organization in conjunction with the PTAs at the abovementioned schools and the West Orange Board of Education.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOCK ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL on Tuesday, August 20 from 8:00am - 2:00pm. This event is expected to be the largest of its kind in the State of New Jersey. Please contact Sergeant John Morella, Community Services Unit Supervisor of the West Orange Police Department at 973-325-4038 to volunteer and for further information. 


MARCHING BAND COMPETITION COMING TO WOHS! West Orange High School will be hosting a Marching Band Competition in the fall of 2013! This is an exciting event and wonderful opportunity for the school and community. We hope to have 10 bands from other school districts competing, which will bring a large number of students and families to our school to enjoy the competition.  If you have never seen a marching band competition, you are in for a huge treat!  They are exciting, very enjoyable, dynamic events.  We need to start planning and the first step is setting up the committees.  Even if your child is not in Marching Band, we would love to have your help.  Alumni parents and graduates, we would love to have your help, too!  This competition will benefit all music students in West Orange. Please, President of WOHS Music Boosters, for a list of committees and more information. Thank you in advance for your support.



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