Giving Back

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a music video featuring Broadway star Laura Benanti’s rendition of “Sucker” by The Jonas Brothers, which she released in partnership with FoodCoorps to help fight against hunger during the pandemic, a handful of West Orange Public Schools students, staff and alumni help her ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — To show their thanks for the staff members at Saint Barnabas Medical Center who have been working round the clock to care for patients with COVID-19, members of the "West Orange Moms (NJ)" community Facebook group banded together last week to collect and deliver snacks, drinks and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — As they continue to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many West Orange residents, like Cyndy Rintzler and her daughters, have been performing acts of kindness. Earlier this week, Rintzler's two daughters—Emily, an 11-year-old Edison Middle School student, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — As they continue to practice social distancing while COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country, West Orange residents are finding ways to make the situation more bearable through kindness-related activities. One of these activities is has been dubbed the "Appreciation ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Perry Bashkoff, a West Orange resident, has come up with a way to support both local businesses and the township's first responders during the coronavirus crisis. "I've been thinking of ways to help our amazing local businesses while supporting our incredible local heroes who ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange police and fire departments are currently seeking donations of gloves, masks, sanitizers, no-contact infrared thermometers, paper towels and other protective equipment or high-demand items as the first responders continue to work at full capacity during the public ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three-year-old twins Luciano and Noah of West Orange both recently had their wishes granted by Make-A-Wish New Jersey, which sent them to Walt Disney World, as per Noah’s request, and presented them with a playset, as per Luciano’s wish. The mission of Make-A-Wish New Jersey is ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Grocery stores in West Orange and surrounding towns are beginning to announce opportunities for senior citizens, who are reportedly the most susceptible to contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19, to do their food shopping without fear of overcrowding. Some stores are ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County chapter of the National Council for Jewish Woman (NCJW) was recently honored in West Orange for the organization’s role in helping to raise awareness about abusive relationships among teenagers. In recognition of February as National Teen Dating Violence and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Public Information Officer Joseph Fagan recently reminded residents that the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) has officially launched a new program celebrating the township’s “Hometown Heroes.” As part of this initiative, banners featuring photos of local ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than 450 people sampled main courses, appetizers, breads, condiments and desserts from more than 40 vendors at this year’s annual West Orange Rotary’s “Taste of the World,” which raised more than $25,000 to benefit local and international organizations as well as scholarships ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Fifth-Grade International Luncheon at Kelly Elementary School on was dedicated this year to Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara as it provided her with a special "itinerary" of locales to visit following her retirement. The event began with the Parade of World Flags and was ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 19th annual Music Faculty Scholarship Concert at Liberty Middle School raised spirits as well as funds for graduating seniors last week, and there was no need to wonder why the West Orange Public Schools district has award-winning music programs once the staff members began ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In order to raise funds for scholarships, charities and civic needs both locally and internationally, the West Orange Rotary Club will hold its largest annual fundraiser, “Taste of the World,” on Feb. 24 at Mayfair Farms, located at 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School had more than football on their minds as they scored their own touchdown with their annual "Souper Bowl." Guidance Counselor Lisa Struncis and Basic Skills teacher Jennifer Barta encouraged students in grades K-5 to contribute to the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to delivering his annual “State-of-the-Township” Address to a room full of local residents and business leaders, Mayor Robert Parisi also honored various students and named the 2020 Citizens of the Year and Employees of the Year during the West Orange Chamber of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Liberty Middle School art teacher Kristy Lopez was recently awarded the Claire Flanagan Memorial Award, the top national award for New Jersey's Youth Art Month. (Flanagan founded Youth Art Month more than 50 years ago.) Lopez received the award along with Youth Art ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Redwood Elementary School rallied to collect supplies for a meaningful service project to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and successfully packaged 288 "Kindness Kits" that were donated to the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry. Guidance Counselor Rebecca Beutel explained ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) orchestra teacher Catherine Solino found a unique way to entertain residents at the CareOne assisted living facility in Livingston on Super Bowl Sunday. Orchestra members Ayush Narain, Kimberly Lema and Gabriel Infante joined Solino and her therapy ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The wrestling team at West Point honored co-captain Christopher (CJ) Morgan posthumously at Senior Night held at West Orange High School on Jan. 31. Army chose West Orange High School to hold their match against Lehigh at Morgan's high school alma mater, where he graduated in ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Faculty members from the West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) Music Department will show off their talents at the 19th annual WOPS Music Faculty Scholarship Concert on Feb. 12 at Liberty Middle School beginning at 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held on ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange community recently lost a friend and advocate in Jodey Teller, who died in a tragic accident on Dec. 25, and the West Orange Scholarship Fund, along with Teller’s family and friends, is currently creating a scholarship in Teller’s honor to help future generations ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Downtown West Orange Alliance is launching a new project and appealing to veterans and their families to participate. The program, called “Hometown Heroes,” will place banners along the downtown corridor to pay tribute to veterans in an effort to create a living memorial to ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — People from all over the tri-state area braved Saturday’s rainy weather to descend upon the grounds of the newly purchased monastery at 29 Ridgeway Avenue in West Orange. Many said they were curious and wanted to learn about the religion and meet the Buddhist monks who ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Essex Division is currently planning its 52nd annual Dinner Dance event to be held on May 9 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, where the organization will honor 2020 Shillelagh Men of the Year Mark Moran of West Orange and Thomas "T-Mal" ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Impact100 Essex, which awards a minimum grant of $100,000 annually to support a transformational local project, recently awarded its third annual grant to Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (MEND), a network of 20 food pantries throughout Essex County including the Holy Trinity ...

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