West Orange Top Stories

May 7, 2021

Residents of West Orange, especially those who live near Crestmont Country Club, have been worried about the club selling 95 acres of its land to a developer who planned to build townhouses on it, which would create congestion and traffic and obstruct their view of nature. For months, residents ...

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According to Mayor Robert Parisi, “There are no additional COVID-19 related deaths to report. The Township total stands at 228 of our neighbors that have succumbed to the virus.” Today is the first day since October 1, 2020, that the Township had no new cases to report. West Orange's total ...

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A team of Stevens Institute of Technology University graduate students presented a sustainability plan for West Orange. Citing other towns that have examined their energy usage and successfully reduced their carbon footprint, Gabriel Almanza explained how to measure the energy used by municipal ...

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The Mountain Top League (MTL), a volunteer-run organization established in 1959, offers ice hockey, baseball, basketball, softball and soccer programs for West Orange youth in kindergarten through eighth grade. This year, MTL is partnering with West Orange’s Recreation Department to operate a ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Before Monday's budget hearing, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) held a special meeting last Friday to address concerns from both the board and the public. Many parents came out specifically to ask questions about the letter from Superintendent Scott Cascone which ...

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NORTH HALEDON, NJ — Zander Lipsey scored three goals and had one assist to lead West Orange to a 10-4 boys lacrosse victory over Eastern Christian on Tuesday. Andrew Miller also scored three goals for the Mountaineers, who outscored Eastern Christian, 4-0, in the second quarter to take a 5-1 ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex baseball team has won two in a row, but Monday’s rain-soaked 9-8 victory over West Orange on Monday did not come easily. “We enjoy the wins,” said West Essex Head Coach Eric Johnson. While the game ultimately ended with a win for the Knights the game would ...

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Montclair, NJ — Spine surgery may sound scary, but for many people living with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), revision spine surgery is a welcomed procedure that may improve their quality of life in ways they have not experienced in years. Medical Director of Mountainside Medical Center’s ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Class of 2019 grad Wolfgang Scheitinger has been selected to have his original composition “flutters and murmurs of a curious heart and mind” premiered on May 7 at the 2021 National Society of Composers Virtual Conference.

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park. She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years. Sanders holds an MFA from The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library is showcasing an exhibition of contemporary realist paintings by artist Maria Mijares called “Essex County Escapades” which will be on display through Sunday, May 23.  Mijares' works have appeared in museums, corporations, universities and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Livia Mair pitched a four-hitter to lift West Orange to a 4-0 softball victory over Newark Academy on Friday. Mair struck out nine batters and walked only two, and she also went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate for the Mountaineers (4-1), who scored one run in the first inning, ...

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The latest COVID-19 statistics show that the number of cases is slowly decreasing. A little more than 3 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated, which is almost half of the 6.9 million adults. The state's objective is to vaccinate 70%, or 4.7 million, residents by June 30.  Another 4.2 ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending ...

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West Orange High School (WOHS) bowling team co-captains Kieryn Knox and Scott Lillis are fighting to ensure that West Orange will have its own bowling alley again.  Knox explained, “When Eagle Rock Lanes closed last year, the owner wanted to make it a high-rise building, so he wouldn't give ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — The budget season for the 2021-2022 school has almost come to a close, but not without changes that will potentially change the educational landscape of West Orange Schools.  Several community members including the West Orange staff came out to speak against the potential cut ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — As the end of the school year approaches, many are wondering if West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) has a plan to expand options for on-site students for the remainder of the year and for the upcoming school year. WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone shared that even though ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Earlier this month, someone drove a heavy, four-wheel-drive vehicle onto Mayapple Hill field in the South Mountain Reservation and created a great deal of damage by digging deep tire tracks throughout the area. In addition to making the field unusable until it's fixed, the ...

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Governor Murphy announced reductions of restrictions for indoor events like weddings, graduations, proms and other celebrations. Venues can now fill to 50 percent capacity (maximum 250) beginning May 10. Events in the 50 percent capacity include weddings, proms (and other catered ...

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Governor Murphy tweeted on Sunday, “Tomorrow at 1:00 PM, I will make a major announcement regarding our reopening efforts. As our key metrics improve and our vaccination progress continues, we’re ready to move forward.” His tweet was met with both supportive and derisive comments. Murphy's ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2009 grad Elijah Minton, aka “The Art Alchemist,” is enjoying a flourishing career as a muralist and painter regionally and nationally. Minton's talents include Fine Art, Original Art, Illustrations, Portraits, Acrylic Painting, Murals and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Verona baseball team is red-hot to start the 2021 season, winning its third game in a row with a 4-1 decision over West Orange under the lights on Friday night.  “That was a big win because that is a good team right there, two teams off to quick starts. I think we’re the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Spring Musical “The Shows Must Go On” is a not-to-be-missed event featuring songs previously performed over the past two decades of musical theater. The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center at 4 Boland Drive, is opening its 2021 season with the ...

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  The 200 Club of Essex County presented their 2020 Valor Awards at West Orange Fire Headquarters on April 22. The awards were originally scheduled to be presented at their annual Valor Awards luncheon last year but was canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Members of the West Orange Fire ...

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Essex County, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29th at Colgate Park ...

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Town Council President Cindy Matute-Brown announced that the second mobile vaccination is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 at Bethany Church, 30 Ashford Terrace in West Orange. Those who want to be vaccinated on April 23 MUST register at Colgate Park between 3:30 and 6:00 pm on Friday, April ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The West Orange baseball team scored eight runs in the second inning and went on to a 14-4 victory over Cedar Grove on Thursday. Jayson Raines went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, and Aidan Healey also had two doubles and a single, scoring two runs and driving in one for ...

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West Orange resident Stacey Reese posted an open invitation on Facebook’s West Orange 411 asking people to join her in picking up debris that’s accumulated behind Eagle Rock Lanes. Reese shared, “My 3-year-old son Finn and I were taking our dogs for a nature walk around Crystal Lake and decided ...

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The West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) responded this morning at approximately 4:20 am to a smoke condition reported by a neighbor at 31 Cross Street in West Orange. Upon arrival, crews confirmed a working structure fire at an occupied 2.5 story wood frame house with a fire on the 2nd and 3rd ...

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