WEST ORANGE, NJ - Now that the holidays are over, West Orange is back to business as usual.  There's a lot going on, and it's a great time to get more involved and knowledgeable about the West Orange Community.

Monday, January 7, 2013 - At 1:30pm, Librarian Mary-Jean Gurzenda will lead a discussion of Willa Cather's literary classic, My Antonia.  Light refreshments will be served.

West Orange Board of Education Meeting will be held at 8:00 pm, WOHS Library Media Center. The preliminary agenda includes several Items of interest: the naming of a new Board President and Vice-President and the appointment of Board members as  liaisons for various committees and functions; and appointments of various staff personnel to school positions, along with other personnel actions.  Interim Superintendent, James McNeil is expected to recommend the Spring Coaching Assignments, following the requirement for all coaches to reapply for their positions. The Teacher's contract, which has been in negotiation for two years, is also expected to be voted on.

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Put out your Christmas trees curbside and the township will pick it up.  Collections will run from January 7 through February 1.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - Computer Basics Hands-On Workshop -  2:30-4pm. Learn some computer basics at this free workshop and have some practice time as well.   Advance registration is required for this workshop as space is limited. Sign up online or by calling 973-736-0196.

The first Town Council Meeting of 2013 begins at 6:30, with the Conference Agenda portion  recognizing the 20th year anniversary of the West Orange Relations Commission.  The public meeting begins at 7:00, and discussions on the agenda include property tax refunds due to appeals and the receipt of documents from Prism Associates, requested by the town council, to ascertain their financial status. Check out the events for kids and Seniors at the West Orange Public Library as well.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013  - A free rabies vaccination clinic will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 pm at the #4 Fire House at the Woodland Ave/Pleasant Valley Way Firehouse.  Licenses will also be sold.

License for spayed / neutered $12.00 License for not spayed / neutered $15.00

Creative Connection  -  7:15-8:45pm. The West Orange Arts Council is sponsoring this gathering to discuss blocks to creativity, ideas for preparing for projects, tips for competing in the marketplace, and more. Constructive feedback will be provided. Artists, writers, and anyone who enjoys the creative process is welcome to attend.

The Poetry Out Loud competition will be held at 7:00 pm in the WOHS Auditorium. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - West Orange Writers' Group - If you are an aspiring writer interested in meeting other writers for gentle critiquing of each other's work, mark your calendar for our monthly Writers' Group meeting. The meetings are an open, informal forum for anyone interested in any kind of writing - fiction, nonfiction, children's poetry, etc.  Make sure to bring a sample of your work.

Meet Artist Namrtha Shah at the West Orange Public Library, and view her photo exhibit from 7:00-8:45 pm.

Mayor Parisi will hold open office hours between 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Town Hall, 66 Main Street.

Sunday, January 13, 2013  - The West Orange Classic Film Festival  will show  Children of Paradise (1945) at 2:00 pm at Essex Green AMC Theatres.  Admission is $10.00.