Easter Bunny visits West Orange celebration

Families meet the Bunny, have grand time at revamped Spring Fling with music, crafts and more

Easter Bunny visits West Orange celebration

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Though West Orange Recreation Department held its annual Spring Fling on April 13 at West Orange High School’s Tarnoff Gym, the 2017 event offered a different kind of experience for local children than in previous years. Forgoing its traditional egg hunt, the Spring Fling this year hosted a Play Zone where […]

SHU ‘farmers and cowmen’ to be friends on SOPAC stage

‘Cain’t say no’ to seeing ‘Oklahoma!’ this weekend

SHU ‘farmers and cowmen’ to be friends on SOPAC stage

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — “Oklahoma!” is undoubtedly one of the most significant plays in the history of American theater. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic — the duo’s debut collaboration — was among the first productions to incorporate song and dance into a coherent story when it opened on Broadway in 1943. Since then the show […]

Local tween proves herself to be an adroit businesswoman

Talented young baker gets headstart in world of business

Local tween proves herself to be an adroit businesswoman

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — For most 12-year-olds, life’s biggest accomplishments may include getting homework done on time or passing a major test. But Maplewood’s Sadie Munoz is no ordinary 12-year-old. In the fifth grade last year Sadie launched what she now calls “Pinata Cupcakes,” a business selling filled cupcakes that she bakes herself. And on March […]

WO resident seeks volunteers for Habitat trip to India

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When most people think about international travel, they probably envision themselves sitting on a Caribbean beach with a mai tai in hand watching the sun set over the crashing waves of a sparkling blue ocean. But for West Orange’s Saumya Bhatnagar, a trip overseas usually means manual labor — for a […]

Essex County Cares partners with 8 worthy nonprofits

Get a discount to S. Mtn. Rec. Complex at fundraisers

Essex County Cares partners with 8 worthy nonprofits

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has partnered with eight national and state nonprofit organizations to raise awareness for their causes and generate interest in upcoming fundraising events. County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced March 27 that the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, The Arc of Essex County, Give the Kids Hope Foundation, […]

Playwrights lead Luna Stage class for writers with disabilities

Playwrights lead Luna Stage class for writers with disabilities

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The playwright and dramaturge behind Luna Stage’s latest world premiere play “Tranquil” are connecting with the West Orange community beyond simply sharing their work by offering workshops to physically and developmentally disabled aspiring writers. Andrew Rosendorf and Carlyn Aquiline have been teaching five students since late March, guiding them as they […]

SOMSD town hall meeting draws large crowd

Community gathers to discuss bias and insensitivity in the school system, brainstorm solutions

SOMSD town hall meeting draws large crowd

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of South Orange and Maplewood residents made it clear during a March 29 town hall meeting that they want to see changes within the school district to prevent incidents involving race and religion like those seen in recent weeks at the schools, and they want to start by focusing on curriculum. […]

WOEA and WOBOE remain in deadlock

Teachers' contract remains unresolved, though both sides hope for an equitable resolution soon

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Education Association and the West Orange Board of Education did not agree upon a new contract by April 1, which was the start of the 91-day time period that district insurance provider Horizon has set to roll into the 10/20 plan being offered by the BOE. WOEA President […]

WOSD preliminary budget to cut 42 jobs

Tight finances, limited state aid force district to make cuts, average homeowner to pay $271 more

WOSD preliminary budget to cut 42 jobs

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year’s preliminary budget, which increases taxes by 4.09 percent and uses all of the school district’s banked cap accumulated during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. The proposed budget, which only Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum voted against during the board’s special […]