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West Orange Township Council Votes to Rehire Attorney and Address Parking Issues Downtown

January 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution passed by the West Orange Township Council on Tuesday authorizes the execution of a professional services agreement with Richard D. Trenk, Esq. to continue to serve as the attorney for the township for all of 2017 at a rate of $42,500.

Council President Joe Krakoviak asked for there to be an open bid process to hire the township attorney, but all the ...

Council Approves Resolution to Pursue Grant to Improve West Orange Parks

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With both Degnan and Lafayette Parks in need of redevelopment and improvements, West Orange Recreation Director Bill Kehoe and supporting agencies asked the West Orange Township Council to pass a resolution to authorize the township’s 2017 Green Acres Grant application that will help accomplish this goal.

The mayor and council unanimously passed the ...

Resident Organizes March on West Orange to be Held After Presidential Inauguration

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents of West Orange and surrounding areas will gather in front of Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday for a “March on West Orange” in order to publicly demonstrate that “no matter what the federal government says, our town welcomes and hopes to create greater equity for people of all genders, races, religions, sexualities, cultures and ...

West Orange Township Council Installs New President and Re-elected Members, Approves Funding for Downtown Renovations

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After three re-elected West Orange Township Council members took their oaths of office and Joe Krakoviak was installed as the council’s new president, the council proceeded with its first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday with a focus on funding initiatives to redevelop the downtown area.

Harry Starrett, former chief judge of the West Orange Municipal Court, administered ...

New Jersey Lawmakers Delay Vote on Digital Legal Notices; Governor Christie Still in Favor of Measure

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey lawmakers last week delayed their vote on a measure that would allow legal notices to be published digitally on Internet websites. The legislators pushed off action until after the holidays

The proposal, opposed by print newspapers, would end print media’s lucrative monopoly on publishing paid legal notices, a steady source of revenue for print ...

Longtime Downtown West Orange Alliance Trustee Resigns Before Board Could Vote to Remove Him

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Moments before a vote was to be taken to remove Jerry Eben as a trustee of the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) on Wednesday, Eben tendered his resignation from the board.

Calling the board’s action to remove him “unfair” because he did not know the charges against him, Eben told the board he would resign due to what he viewed as his inability to ...

West Orange Township Council Elects New Council President & Adopts New Resolutions

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a non-contested nomination process on Tuesday, the West Orange Township Council unanimously elected councilman Joe Krakoviak, who is viewed by many as the council’s maverick on numerous issues, as its new Council President.

“I pledge to run meetings fairly, efficiently and courteously,” said Krakoviak as he accepted the position. “I hope ...

West Orange Township Council to Choose New Council President

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In response to several West Orange residents’ concern about how the township council will choose a new council president, current Council President Victor Cirilo assured residents that this would be an open, public process.

A new council president will be chosen during the next public council meeting.

“In my opinion, the key word for choosing a ...

Council Responds to Concerns about Dangerous Alisa Drive Intersection

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In response to residents’ concerns about the absence of a traffic light on Alisa Drive near West Orange High School, which residents have said is dangerous for students driving their cars out of the school, Councilman Jerry Guarino said this issue has been on his radar since he has become a councilman.

According to Guarino, the township’s Complete Streets ...

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Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...