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West Orange Township Announces Upcoming Events



WEST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Robert Parisi has announced several exciting programs and events coming up in West Orange, so get your calendars out and prepare to enjoy all that West Orange has to offer its community.

9th Annual Spring Street Fair

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On Sunday, May 26, the Downtown WO Alliance hosts its annual event featuring over 100 artists, crafters and vendors. There will be food, live music, and entertainment for children and adults from 11 am-5 pm on Main Street from Northfield to Mount Pleasant. For more information contact the Downtown WO Alliance at (973) 325-4109 for details or visit

Turtle Back Zoo 50th Anniversary Celebration

It's all happening at the zoo on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 am- 4 pm and Sunday, June 9 from 11 am-5 pm. as Turtleback Zoo holds its 50th Anniversary Celebration weekend.  There will be special animal presentations, activities and entertainment, all included with zoo admission. Visit or call (973) 731-5800 for more information.

Sign Up Now for the Junior Police Academy

The West Orange Police Department is holding its13th Annual Junior Police Academy for West Orange youths aged 11-14.  JPA will run June 24 - 28. Participants will enjoy physical training, learn about police work, go on field trips and have fun. JPA is free but there are requirements.  Contact the Community Services Unit at (973) 325-4038 for more information.

Downtown Music & Food Festival

Bring your beach blanket and chair to Colgate Park on Friday, June 28 for the 4th Annual Downtown Music & Food festival. Enjoy delicious dishes from downtown restaurants and listen to three great bands from 6:30-9:30 pm. Free admission. Contact the Rec Dept at (973) 325-4150 or the Downtown WO Alliance at (973) 325-4109 for details.

West Orange Medical Reserve Corps Offers Volunteer Training

The West Orange Health Department is offering volunteer training for volunteers with medical credentials as well as non-medical volunteers to assist in times of emergency. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) maintains a list of trained people to call when staff is not sufficient to meet the needs of the community. Call (973) 325-4120 or register online


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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center.

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Upcoming Events


Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

West Orange High School (Tarnoff Cafeteria), West Orange

44th Annual Orange West Orange UNICO Sports ...

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Sun, February 25, 12:00 PM

AMC Essex Green, West Orange

The 2018 West Orange Classic Film Festival

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Celebrate Your Health this Nutrition Month

February 21, 2018

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This year, we learned that the number of Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke just got a lot higher.  An estimated 103 million adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association, and about 39.7 percent of Americans have high cholesterol.  With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s a great time to ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Hackensack Resident Charged with Sexual Assualt and Child Endangerment at YMCA

February 23, 2018

HACKENSACK, NJ — Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Timothy Smith of Hackensack on six counts each of Sexual Assault by Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Hackensack Police Department ...

Let the Games Begin

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SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

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