WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) reported on Monday that the long-awaited traffic light on Alisa Drive/Pleasant Valley Way is proceeding.

“I have been advocating for this light since 2008,” said WOBOE member Laura Lab. “It’s finally happening, and I am very pleased.”

She said the resolutions by both the WOBOE and the West Orange Township Council for the need for this light were very helpful in getting Essex County to agree to it. Lab said that a county official saw for himself that this street right outside of the high school has a blind spot that does not allow drivers to fully see the oncoming traffic on busy Pleasant Valley Way.

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“Even veteran drivers have difficulty making this turn. All the more so our young high school drivers,” said Lab, who added that the cost of the new traffic light will be split three ways: between the WOBOE, the township and Essex County.

It is due to be put up early next year, according to the WOBOE.

 

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Members of the Air Force Jr. ROTC program at WOHS are honored for their 2000 hours of community service. 

Gregory Elementary School students are joined by school staff after showing off their physical education prowess to people who attended the board meeting. 

The WOHS Boys Tennis team is recognized by the board for its outstanding season this year. 

WOHS wrestler Victor Lopez is recognized for his 136 school wins. He is joined by, from left, Athletic Director (AD) Ron Bligh, WOBOE President Sandra Mordecai, board member Ron Charles and Superintendent Rutzky. 

WOHS wrestler Victor Lopez is recognized for his 136 school wins. He is joined by, from left, AD Ron Bligh, Sandra Mordecai, Ron Charles and Superintendent Rutzky. 

To read more abou this meeting, where strengthening the science program was a major focus.