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Popular West Orange News Stories from the First Six Months of 2015


WEST ORANGE, NJ – In Jan. 2015, Jackie Goldman-Schatell and Jessica Marrone, who had been part owners of TAP into West Orange, took over as the full owners of TAP into West Orange. With this change in ownership, TAP into West Orange has continued to be the online go-to source for neighborhood news. And, as always, TAP encourages residents to reach out to with news tips and suggestions on interesting residents to be interviewed.

Yesterday, TAP into West Orange ran an article on the top 10 stories of the year by article views, which included many police and fire articles. These types of articles are typically the types of articles that receive the most interest by readers.

Today, TAP into West Orange is providing a snapshot of the first six months of the year with some of the most popular and favorite stories. Tomorrow, the second half of the year will be featured.

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In Jan., readers were introduced to Schatell and Parkes; following on the heels of the feel-good “Happy” video in 2014, West Orange High School released its newest effort, a take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off; ” Mayor Parisi Shared West Orange’s Status Quo; the new alliance between PAL, MTL and WOHS was announced; and Golda Och Academy announced the school’s new STEM Center.

In Feb., Mayor Parisi made his Township Address; two WOHS athletes committed on NationalSigning Day; two principals announced their retirement and PARCC was a hot topic for the BOE.

In March, West Orange elementary schools were ranked in the Top 100 by; West Orange held its 64th St. Partick’s Day Parade; Lisa Joseph won big on Wheel of Fortune; Principal Kivlon was wowed with a flash mob; winners were crowned in the joint MTL and WO Rec Department Basketball League Playoffs; a WO musician played with the Allman Brothers; and Nikil’s law was passed by the Assembly.

In April, WOHS was rated as one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools;” the WO middle school honors programs were highlighted by the BOE; Liter of Light and WO public schools partnership announced; Arbor Day was celebrated; WOHS received the 2013-2014 NJSAII Sportsmanship Award; and WO Spring Fling was held.

In May, a series of three “Stop the Negative” articles featuring Jerry Guarino ran; developments were made on the Pedestrian Safety Plan; the Canadian Early Learning Intervention Team was impresses by the WO school district; NBC films a segment using the Nikil Badlani Foundation; after hard work by the committee, two voting sites were changed; both the Winter Color Guard and Lacrosse teams had successful seasons; and the township celebrated Memorial Day.

June was a busy month, with graduations, parties and festivals galore.

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