Rutgers Men's Basketball Players Visit Saint Barnabas Pediatrics Department

November 17, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Athletics hosted a Community Relations Program, as Rutgers student-athletes made Systemwide Hospital Visits on Wednesday. Rutgers men’s basketball team members Deshawn Freeman, Geo Baker and Corey Sanders volunteered their time by visiting with pediatric patients and their families at RWJBarnabas Health’s Saint Barnabas ...

Special Needs Caregivers Gain Valuable Insight at West Orange Resource Expo

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In order to help parents and caregivers who often find it frustrating to advocate for their own child with special needs, whether it be for additional educational support or job training, the West Orange Special Education Parents Advisory Committee (WOSEPAC) sponsored its first Resource Expo on Thursday at Edison Middle School.

Those who attended the expo heard ...

Bederson LLP Serves as Drop Off for Local Food Drive

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Bederson LLP Accountants and Advisors’ West Orange and Fairfield offices were recently designated as official drop-off locations for the Essex County Bar Foundation (ECBF) Family Law Committee’s food drive, benefitting the Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) Food Pantry.

Firms and companies throughout Essex County participated in the drive, which ran ...

West Orange Students Selected to Participate in 2017 Debutante Leadership Program

WHIPPANY, NJ — Five West Orange High School students—Chyna Alexa Brodie, Cassidy Alexis Ferrell, Elena Hannah Fleming, Kristian Anita Reynolds and Nia Janea Sorbino—were recently among the 17 girls selected from four New Jersey counties to participate in the prestigious 2017 Debutante Leadership Program, sponsored by the Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, ...

West Orange Air Force JROTC Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Trip to Washington

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange High School Air Force Junior ROTC program surpassed their fundraising goal of $10,000 to support their end-of-the-year trip to Washington, DC.

Thanks to friends, family and fans, the group raised more than $12,000, which will go toward the end-of-the-year military formal awards ceremony, cadet leadership school, flight simulator pods, ...

West Orange High School Principal's Scholarship Fund to Host Pocketbook Bingo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Select seniors of West Orange High School (WOHS) will benefit from the WOHS Principal’s Scholarship Fund with the funds raised from Pocketbook Bingo on Friday at 7 p.m. at the WOHS Tarnoff Cafeteria.

For $40 per person, guests will participate in seven rounds of Bingo and three special games. Each participant will receive a five-card Bingo packet, a Bingo marker ...

Visionary Designer to Speak at West Orange Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) is pleased to announced this week that Livingston resident Mindy Scheier, founder and president of the Runway of Dreams Foundation, will serve as the keynote speaker at its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 22 at noon.  

The Runway of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit that works to broaden the reach of ...

Orange/West Orange UNICO Establishes AFJROTC Scholarship

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Orange/West Orange UNICO Chapter of UNICO National hosted the West Orange High School (WOHS) AFJROTC, better known as the Mountaineer Squadron, at its monthly meeting on Oct. 18 at the Essex County Country Club.

The event marked the official launch of a new scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating senior of the Mountaineer Squadron.

A ...

Thousands Support Second Annual American Heart Association Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk

WEST ORANGE, NJ – As heart disease continues to be the number one health threat for Americans, this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk raised much needed funds to support the local organization’s initiatives to help people eat better, move more and live longer.

With the combined efforts of thousands of walkers, donors and volunteers ...

West Orange Man Honored With Green Communities Achievement Award

CHERRY HILL NJ — In recognition of his outstanding contributions to urban and community forestry, West Orange Open Space Commission (WOOSC) chairman Joseph McCartney was one of four recipients to be honored with the 2017 Green Communities Achievement Award at the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation Dinner at the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation’s 92nd Annual Conference Dinner at the ...

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Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 11, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...