WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange and the West Orange Board of Education has come together with Essex County in sharing the cost to put up a traffic signal at the intersection of Alisa Drive and Pleasant Valley Way, the council announced at its meeting on Tuesday.

The council passed a resolution authorizing the execution of a shared-services agreement with the WOBOE for the allocation of costs related to the construction and installation of this traffic signal, which will make it safer for students to turn onto Pleasant Valley Way when they drive home from school.

Student safety was also a primary issue on the council’s mind when it passed an ordinance that would create a crosswalk between the Edison Middle School and the Dunkin Donuts across the street. The vote to approve this ordinance occurred after much debate as to whether to proceed without a comprehensive plan that would include parking restrictions in this area.

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“We don’t want kids stepping out in front of parked cars,” said Councilwoman Susan McCartney, who at first asked for a delay in the vote.

McCartney agreed to join the other council members voting “yes” to the ordinance when it was made clear that this is only the first step in the process. In addition to stating that the ordinance still needs approval from the county, township attorney Kenneth Kayser said that changes could be made later to include parking restrictions.

On another note, McCartney advised those present that the West Orange Arts Council is launching a “Color My World Community Coloring Book” project to raise funds and have people share their good times in West Orange. To learn more about this project, visit www.woarts.org.

The next council meeting will be held on July 11. 

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West Orange council recognizes the leadership of Orange/West Orange UNICO for the group’s donation of radios to the volunteer West Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Council members recognize the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – West Orange Chapter for raising more than $36,000 in May to fight cancer. From left, council members Victor Cirilo and Michelle Casalino thank chapter leaders Kristyn Kallert, Jessica Gaeta and Alex Baron—as do council members Joe Krakoviak, Susan McCartney and Jerry Guarino.

Ken Alper thanks the council and everyone else involved in helping create the bus lane in front of the Gregory Elementary School, which he said made the school drop-off much safer this year.