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Giving Back

July 1, 2022

West Orange felines are fortunate that the organization WOTNVR (West Orange Trap Neuter Vaccinate and Release) has been out in the field caring for them. The group, which was founded in 2016, is a 501c3 that operates on charitable donations. According to its president, Judith Stier, WOTNVR’s ...

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On Friday, June 10, “Guardians of the Flame” law enforcement officers showed that the “Flame of Hope” is burning bright in New Jersey when over 3,000 police officers split into 30 legs and ran to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. After the run, the Special Olympics took place at ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Hazel Elementary School celebrated Juneteenth with drum and dance performances, games, storytime, and arts and crafts on June 18 as part of West Orange Township's Juneteenth programs across town. The event also featured books by African American authors, food and ...

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  The West Orange Elks hosted its very own Boy Scout Troop 2 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Taylor Brown. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Scouting, and a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills to attain the rank. The Boy ...

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Wishing all the dads a Happy Father's Day!

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The town council issued a Tourette Syndrome (TS) Proclamation and designated June 4 Tourette Syndrome Day. West Orange High School rising senior Jaiden Mendez, who has TS, told the council, “I first came to speak about TS at a town council meeting when I was nine years old and then once again when ...

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MADISON, NJ -  Adoption fees for all dogs over 30 pounds are being waived announced St. Hubert's. The fees are being waived by NY Mets Max Scherzer and St. Hubert's board member Erica Scherzer in order to help find more dogs loving homes. The fees will be waived through Sunday June 12. "The ...

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West Orange’s Youth Advisory Board recently won $10,000 from the U Got Brains contest for their work in raising traffic safety awareness. The Youth Advisory Board is part of The Nikhil Badlani Foundation, named for an 11-year-old student who died in a tragic car crash on June 11, 2011, when a ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - History was made on June 1 at West Orange High School when the LGBTQ flag was proudly flown for the first time. School Counselor Jaclyn Headlam and Officer Karen Mango of the West Orange Police Department helped to organize the event, while Maj. Joseph Marchesi and cadets from ...

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According to Councilwoman Tammy Williams, who co-hosted Pride Painting at Town Hall with Officer Karen Mango, over 60 residents of all ages came out to support the event. Williams shared, "All materials and supplies were graciously donated by the new Sherwin Williams, which is opening mid-June on ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ--In the wake of a string of mass shootings, including the tragic loss of 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas last week, the Township of West Orange is once again coming together and joining the nationwide movement to say enough is enough. Mayor Robert D. Parisi has ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Amid the flags and floral wreaths to honor the fallen heroes of war, the May 30 West Orange Memorial Day Ceremony welcomed new recruits and recognized a forgotten soldier. The ceremony was organized by West Orange Township and Maj. Joseph Marchesini (USAF-Ret.) along with ...

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Today, May 31, Town Councilwoman Tammy Williams and Police Officer Karen Mango will host “Paint Town Hall Steps With Pride” at 5:00 p.m. Supplies will be provided. Williams shared, "I thought it would be nice to go all out to show the township's support for diversity. It's important that we ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Dotting the Main Street corridor in West Orange are colorful flags bearing the names of its “Hometown Heroes,” those who fought in WWI, WWII, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and more recent conflicts like Iraq and Desert Storm. These banners reflect the pride that West Orange has ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Redwood Elementary School celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Month (AAPI) on May 25 with a special Cherry Blossom Festival. "This year, to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Redwood Elementary School, we engaged in a day filled with activities by traveling through ...

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This year’s West Orange’s Memorial Day Ceremony will likely be the only one in the nation with unique circumstances honoring our fallen veterans. The annual ceremony on May 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Town Hall is a stark reminder of why West Orange is New Jersey’s most decorated community. The West Orange ...

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Michael Nelson was 40 years old, and his fiancée gave birth to twin boys on Feb. 2, 2022. The couple was beginning a new and happy chapter in their lives with their twins. Tragically, Nelson had a fatal heart attack. His future brother-in-law, Andrew Gilkes, described him. “He was a caring father, ...

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Councilwoman Tammy Williams, Council President Susan McCartney, Human Rights Commission (HRC) Commissioner Elizabeth Milhim, Keynote Speaker Sergeant Nelson Abraham Cyprien, Natacha Clesca-Charlemange and Councilman Bill Rutherford are seen at the Haitian Flag Raising at West Orange Town Hall on ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The rain did not dampen the spirits of the students and staff who enjoyed an exciting array of activities designed to engage their senses at the “Move the Spectrum” event in Suriano Stadium on May 13. “West Orange High School physical education teacher Chuck Mound decided to ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Track and Field teams from across New Jersey gathered to participate in the Second Annual Joe Suriano Memorial Twilight Invitational, held May 9 in Suriano Stadium. The event honored beloved West Orange High School Track Coach Joe Suriano, who passed away in 2020 from COVID-19.

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread ...

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The first-ever Israeli Flag-Raising was held on the steps of West Orange Town Hall on May 5 in celebration of the 74th anniversary of Israel. The event was organized by West Orange resident Amy Gallatin. Before the flag-raising Consulate General of Israel Nitzan thanked Mayor Parisi for hosting the ...

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Melissa Malfettano, a third-grade teacher at Kelly Elementary, was one of 24 deserving teachers who received a makeover on the Drew Barrymore Show by celebrity stylists.  The show will air on Monday, May 9, at 9:00 a.m. on CBS.  “It was not only an honor to have had the opportunity to be ...

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Carl Brister is an educator, musician and the founder of Music Village—a non-profit that uses the power of performing arts to prevent child sexual abuse, increase diversity and utilize performing arts to enrich education. Recently, after speaking with a friend about managing trauma, he was ...

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Scenic Hill resident Thomas Seltzer was fortunate that last week’s fire didn’t spread to his home. He wants to help his neighbors and set up a GoFundMe page several days ago to help the 16 families who have been displaced by the fire. Seltzer described the aftermath of the blaze, “On April 24, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Elijah Minton, aka "The Art Alchemist," a West Orange High School graduate and up-and-coming urban artist, partnered with West Orange High School AP Art students and the  Nikhil Badlani Foundation to design "Hope," a street mural to slow down traffic near Hazel Elementary ...

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Graduation from high school is a time usually filled with hope and anticipation as seniors look to their future. When the United States entered World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor most career paths were sidetracked or derailed as world events unfolded. The West Orange High School ...

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West Orange received the prestigious AARP designation of an Aging Well Community in 2020, and it’s clear to understand why. A spring clean-up for older adults in West Orange was held on Saturday, April 9. Volunteers sprang into action in a collaborative effort between West Orange Senior Services, ...

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Conversations to Remember (C2R) is a virtual organization dedicated to reaching out to senior citizens to help them not feel lonely. Its mission is "Connecting high school and college students with residents in assisted living communities to combat the epidemic of loneliness. Putting a smile on the ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — During National Volunteers Month in April, the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter (AAGNJ), the leading volunteer-driven health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, advocacy and research is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end ...

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