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Second Annual Hat City Streets Festival Set for June 7

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Second Annual Hat City Streets Festival,  presented by ValleyArts, will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 11am to 7pm. The festival is a day-long celebration of music, visual art exhibitions, dance, family activities, delicious food, and non-stop fun that reflects the spirit and diversity of the region and celebrates the creativity of Orange. The Festival is free and open to the public.
The Hat City Streets Festival is centered at the corner of Forest and Tompkins Streets, which will be closed for the occasion, and on the grounds of the International Central Gospel Church (438 Valley Street, Orange NJ). Festival programs will also take place at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, Hat City Kitchen, Ironworks Community Art Center, and other nearby spaces in the Valley Arts District. Free parking is available at nearby churches, and on the streets.   
Principal funding for the Hat City Streets Festival has been provided through an Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of 59 awarded in the United States this past year. Lead co-sponsor is 50 & 55 South Essex, the new apartment and retail complex located next door to the Orange Train Station
The Hat City Streets Festival is produced by ValleyArts, the arts service and activist organization of the Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange NJ. The festival's Executive Producer is Richard T. Bryant. Mainstage producer is Mike Griot. Associate Producers are Tracye Johnson, Jeremy Moss, and Marisa Benson.  

Participating organizations from the Valley include Luna Stage, Arts Unbound, ORNG Ink, Cat Fish Fridays, Hat City Kitchen, and Garden State Urban Farms. HANDS, Inc., City of Orange Township, and Orange Public Schools are the Festival's Strategic Partners. 
The Hat City Streets Festival will feature concert headliners that range from reggae to pop to blues; appearances by marching bands, step teams, choirs, and dance ensembles; arts exhibitions by professional artists from around the region; and a variety of arts activities for children and families, includinghat-making workshops that evoke the neighborhood's past as the hat-making center of the world. A variety of young performers and artists from the community will also participate through the ValleyArts alliance with the Orange Public Schools. The complete program will be announced in mid-May. 
Also on view throughout the day at the Firehouse Gallery will be Open Orange, the juried exhibition that features more than 100 works by 36 artists from New Jersey and New York.  

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Lola's Buy 1 Regular Soft Serve Cone or Cup, Get One 50% Off With Coupon

May 26, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ - Lola's Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe is offering Buy One Regular Soft Serve Cone or Cup, Get One 50% Off with coupon. Lola's Sprinkles are always FREE! 

The coupon expires on June 18, 2018, and coupon offers cannot be combined. All guests must present this coupon to redeem.

Lola's Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe is located at 244 Route 46 East ...

Free Flavors Soft Serve Ice Cream (Jr. Cup or Cone) With Coupon

Fairfield, NJ - Flavors Homemade Ice Cream is offering a FREE soft serve ice cream (jr. cup or cone) when you spend $10 or more with coupon.

Flavors Homemade Is located at 653 Rt 46 West (1.98 mi) in Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 next to Jose Tejas.

*Homemade Ice Cream

*Italian Ice


*Fresh waffles 

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Philip Roth's Childhood Home Still Stands in Newark

May 26, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — The house at 81 Summit Avenue in Newark's Weequahic neighborhood is otherwise unremarkable expect for a sign attached to its faux flagstone facade noting that the home has been designated a historic site—the childhood home of celebrated author Philip Roth, who died Tuesday at the age of 85.

There were no crowds outside the home to pay homage to ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Township Hall, West Orange

2018 Memorial Day Observance

Community Calendar


Mon, May 28, 8:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

Board of Education Meeting

Community Calendar Education


Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline

Clarifying Points Made in Article About WOHS Air Quality Issues

May 14, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I am the advisor to West Orange High School's student newspaper, The Pioneer. My Editor-in-Chief, Anna Favetta, is the student who researched the topic and wrote the article bringing this issue to light. She worked on the article for 4 months before she had adequate and proper information for it to go to print. 

An article on the BOE presentation of the ...

What It Means to Me - A Baseball Story

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West Orange On Three!

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West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) and Mountain Top League (MTL), together with the West Orange ...

Summer 2018 Events at the West Orange Public Library

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning in June, the West Orange Public Library will offer the following events for area residents of all ages:

Dinosaurs’ Rock!                                             

Monday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Field Station Dinosaur visits with the ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

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A Royal Pain

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