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W. Orange School Board Approves $177 Million Budget, Cuts Only 6 Positions

May 11, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Monday, May 3, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) voted unanimously to adopt a budget totaling $177,299,506 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Understanding the critical financial situation that many individuals in the township were facing, West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone explained that the administration and the board ...

West Orange’s Longtime Deputy Mayor Zal Velez Passed Away

Dr. Gonzalo “Zal” Valez, Deputy Mayor of West Orange to former township Mayors Sam Spina and John McKeon and current Mayor Rob Parisi, passed away on April 28.

Velez, born in the Philippines, held a Doctorate in Education and served as an Education Commissioner under Ronald Reagan.

He later ran the International Cultural and Educational Association and also had a long career as ...

West Orange High School Senior Royson Folas Receives Appointment to West Point

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior Royson Folas has accepted an appointment to West Point Military Academy.

“I got the call from the office of Rep. Mikie Sherrill while I was warming up for a tennis match on April 19, and needless to say I was absolutely ecstatic — the admissions process is very long compared to most colleges,” Folas ...

Pop-Up Bike Lane & Free Bike Skills Course Held at Redwood Elementary School

 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange, EZ Ride, New Jersey Safe Routes, West Orange Schools and the West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board collaborated in the town's first-ever Pop-Up Bike Lane and Free Bike Skills Course, held May 1-2 at Redwood Elementary School.

The Meadowlands Transportation Brokerage Corporation, doing business as EZ Ride, was founded in ...

West Orange Superintendent Clarifies Reopening Plans

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 was sent to West Orange Public School Families on Friday.

As was announced previously, ...

WOHS Senior Named "2020-21 Student Leader of the Year" by NJASC; Liberty Middle and WOHS Recognized for "Top Ten Projects"

 

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior and Student Council President Anya Dillard has been named “2020-21 Student Leader of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils.

In addition, the Liberty Middle School and WOHS Student Councils were recognized for their work in the “Top Ten Projects” category.

The annual ...

West Orange Community Speaks Out Against Potential Cut of Hazel Librarian and Liberty Chorus Teacher

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 of Hazel Elementary Librarian Joyce Soto and Liberty Middle School Chorus teacher Craig ...

West Orange Superintendent: "Brick and Mortar is the Endgame," Five-Day Full-Time Learning for September

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 the CDC recently revised its social distancing guidelines, decreasing distance between ...

West Orange High School Assistant Principal Lesley Chung Earns Doctorate Degree

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Assistant Principal Lesley Chung has received her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in K–12 from Caldwell University, where she has also been asked to deliver the commencement address in May. 

Dr. Chung has been part of the team at West Orange High School for 15 years. She began work as a school ...

Pop-Up Bike Lane May 1 and 2 at Redwood Elementary School and Woodland Avenue

The West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board, West Orange Police Department & EZ Ride have partnered to create a Pop-Up Bike Lane on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2 around  Redwood Elementary School & along Woodland Avenue between 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

The Committee involved is looking for volunteers to assist with the ...

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Our Lady of the Lake School Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Support its 1:1 Technology Mission

May 10, 2021

Verona, NJ -- Our Lady of the Lake School, a two-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Investors Foundation. The grant will help further Our Lady of the Lake’s 1:1 technology mission of providing a Chromebook to each student in grades 5 through 8.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Investors Foundation, especially ...

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Our Lady of the Lake School Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Support its 1:1 Technology Mission

May 10, 2021

Verona, NJ -- Our Lady of the Lake School, a two-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Investors Foundation. The grant will help further Our Lady of the Lake’s 1:1 technology mission of providing a Chromebook to each student in grades 5 through 8.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Investors Foundation, especially ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Inducts New Medical Staff Leadership

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The nearly 1,600 attending physicians at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected leaders among the group to serve two-year terms as Medical Staff Officers.

Inducted at the Quarterly Medical Staff Meeting in April were Alan Garten, MD, who will serve as Medical Staff President as well as First Vice President Michael Addis, MD; Second Vice President John ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Mercer Street Friends, and Norwescap Confer Grant Awards to 292 Community Partners Across 18 Counties

HILLSIDE, NJ -- The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), Mercer Street Friends and NORWESCAP  announced the selection of 292 partner food pantries, soup kitchens and other local food assistance charities to receive grants through a $3.5 million investment in network capacity. Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 were ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

May 5, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

New Artistic Director for Wildflower Sculpture Park

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 New York Studio School and has exhibited in New Jersey, Brooklyn, New ...

Latest COVID-19 Essex County Statistics Show Slight Improvement

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 million (61%) NJ residents have had one vaccine.

The Department of Health recently ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...