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Holy Trinity Food Pantry in West Orange Steps Up, Breaks Records During Pandemic

May 25, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Since being forced to close facilities for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year, West Orange Public Schools has placed even more emphasis on its food services and has partnered with the Holy Trinity Food Pantry to expand its offerings for students who typically receive meals through the schools.

And although the pantry provided 153 bags of food to ...

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

MONTCLAIR, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus.

The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held as ...

Gov. Codey Supports Caldwell Deli by Hosting Free Sandwich Bonanza

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect a previous error stating that Gov. Codey is a West Orange resident. Although he has previously lived in West Orange, the former governor currently resides in Roseland. 

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell's Dave’s Delicious Deli, known locally for its made-to-order chicken salad and sandwiches, recently hosted ...

West Orange Alumna Works for Immigrant Rights During Pandemic

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2015 alumna Esther Davila has been busily at work during the global health crisis, providing COVID-19 information and ensuring the rights of immigrants over the last several weeks.

Davila graduated in 2019 with honors from Boston University with a degree in health science and a minor in sociology.

Both of Davila’s parents ...

Boys & Girls Clubs Launch Relief Fund to Support West Orange Area and Beyond

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A new COVID-19 Relief Fund has been created to support local Boys & Girls Clubs, including the one in West Orange, which has been distributing meals and supplies to kids and families; providing childcare services to workers on the front lines; supplying virtual programming and providing virtual mentoring; and tutoring young people to keep them ...

West Orange OEM Receives Mask Donation from Neighboring Fire Department

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the South Orange Fire Department received a donation of 4,500 medical masks from Livingston resident Dr. Kaixuan Liu of Atlantic Spine Center to supplement their personal protective equipment (PPE), they turned around and shared the wealth with other first responders.

The department divided them nearly equally between the Livingston Fire ...

West Orange Resident Helps Local Teen Raise $7,000 for Essential Workers

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Like many non-essential stores, Livingston’s Camp Stuff 4 Less was forced to close its doors as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; but in addition to offering online shopping during the health crisis, owner Lori Stern is also selling homemade face masks in an effort to give back to the community.

Despite facing a potential loss of income due to the closure and ...

Emergency Food Distribution Slated for Tuesday at Branch Brook Park

NEWARK, NJ – The Community FoodBank of New Jersey will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Essex County Branch Brook Park for the benefit of families impacted by the Coronavirus.

The 2,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are intended for families who have been forced out of work who are not able to afford to purchase food.

In West ...

Virtual Programming Allows JESPY House Clients to Receive Vital Services

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — During these unprecedented times, many non-profits that service individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are using unique and alternative ways to provide educational, wellness, fitness and arts-related programming to the clients they serve.

JESPY House, a nonprofit organization in South Orange that provides whole-life services to adults ages 18-73 ...

West Orange Football Coaches Raise Thousands Toward Mayor's Sunshine Fund

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In order to raise money toward the West Orange Mayor's Sunshine Fund, which has recently taken on greater responsibility in response to the global health crisis, West Orange High School (WOHS) football coach Darnell Grant is currently selling T-shirts and pullover sweatshirts featuring a logo designed by assistant coach Andrew Mazurek.

In less than a week, this ...

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JESPY Partners with Seton Hall Fraternity Members to Feed the Hungry

May 20, 2020

Helping those in need has been a consistent theme during the current pandemic. As a result, food pantries across the country are at their busiest, serving thousands of people who are suffering financially. To that end, JESPY House and its clients have been helping to feed the hungry by participating with Our Lady of Sorrows church in South Orange and the MEND Hunger Relief initiative.

How did ...

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Sun, May 31, 8:00 AM

South Mountain Recreation Complex, West Orange

Walk to Cure Arthritis West Orange

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West Orange State Wrestling Champion Sandra Guerrero Continues to Make History

May 12, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) athlete Sandra Guerrero not only made school history in March by becoming the first state Mountaineer wrestling champion, but she has also recently made regional wrestling history as the first female to commit to New Jersey City University (NJCU).

NJCU, which is one of the few universities in the country to feature a ...

West Orange Basketball Player Gustav Hall Gets All-Conference Honors

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Gustav Hall, a senior guard at West Orange High School, was named to the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division First Team for 2020.

Hall, a 5-foot-11 point guard, averaged 8.0 points per game last winter for the Mountaineers. He will attend Brown University next fall.

"Gustav is one of the hardest working guys on our team, and he has a 4.5 GPA, too," ...

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

May 24, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus.

The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held as ...

Introduce Your Kids to Musical Instruments on May 22

May 22 is Buy a Musical Instrument Day and in today’s climate, most of us have some time to take up a new hobby like learning a new instrument and/or creating our own music. These days, there is also plenty of time to introduce your little ones to songs and music genres you like and to help them find their inner musician. And, right now, while you cannot just walk into a store to purchase a ...

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Wed, May 27, 7:00 PM

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West Orange Environmental Commission

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Sun, May 31, 8:00 AM

South Mountain Recreation Complex, West Orange

Walk to Cure Arthritis West Orange

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Congratulations Our Lady of the Lake Class of 2020

May 25, 2020

VERONA, NJ - Congratulations to Our Lady of the Lake School Class of 2020.

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Murphy: COVID-19 Measures on Decline; 'All the Important Metrics We Needed to Fall into Place Have Been Doing So'

May 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy cited significant drop in daily deaths, cases, hospitalizations, ICU and ventilator patients, at his daily press conference in Trenton on Wednesday .

According to the Governor:

New hospitalizations are down two-thirds from the peak.
Total hospitalizations are down nearly half since the peak.
The numbers of patients in ICU and on ventilators are both ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...