WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Chamber of Commerce held its 2011 Annual Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, February 16, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel.  Over 150 guests and Chambers members were in attendance.  Event Chairperson Susan McCartney welcomed guests and presided over the election of the 2011 Executive Board.  The new officers are:  Matthew Schwartz of Bederson and Company:  President;  Tekeste Ghebremichael of Cass Realtors, Vice President;  Brad Palent of Wells Fargo Advisors, Treasurer; and Roger Schneider of Schneider Hardware, Secretary.

Matthew Schwartz spoke about the goals of this year, paramount among these is to show the greater community that West Orange is a place where generations have come to live, work, and play and that together, members and residents can achieve even greater success in the coming year.

Mayor Rob Parisi had the pleasure of introducing the top scholars from this year’s graduating class of West Orange High School.    Lynn Westwood received the West Orange Township Employee of the Year Award and Abe Bunis received the Citizen of the Year Award.  Mayor Parisi moved attendees with his Annual State of the Township address noting that the town government must serve, not rule and detailing several improvements in communications with citizens.  The Mayor spoke in-depth of the challenging year ahead and reaffirmed his commitment to not raising taxes.  He noted upcoming projects and the steadfast belief in a strong downtown.  He concluded by stating that the West Orange Community has a strong legacy of “home and family and they are always worth fighting for."

The next Chamber event is the Annual Community Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 27that 6pm at the Highlawn Pavilion.  Advantage Pest Control will be honored as Business of the Year.  For more information visit www.westorangechamber.com or call Micky Wagner at 973 731 0360.