After 17 years, French to retire from Watsessing School

After 17 years, French to retire from Watsessing School

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Coleen French, the administrative secretary and self-described “chief cook and bottle washer” at Watsessing Elementary School, will be retiring at the end of this month. French has worked in the school district for 17 years. She started in 1999 at the administrative building where she helped establish the administrative services department. For the […]

Ed Brasseur, thoughtful speaker at council meetings, dies

Ed Brasseur, thoughtful speaker at council meetings, dies

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Ed Brasseur, 84, a township resident who regularly attended council meetings and often addressed the council with a question or opinion, was found dead at his Lindbergh Boulevard home on Thursday, June 15, the victim of an apparent heart attack. A next door neighbor, Dennis Blomgren, said he became concerned after noticing a […]

Rotary donates money to 23 nonprofits

Rotary donates money to 23 nonprofits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Continuing its tradition of providing financial support to worthy organizations, the West Orange Rotary Club gifted nearly $20,000 to 23 nonprofit organizations at its annual Community Service Awards Luncheon at Mayfair Farms on June 16. The funds for the awards, ranging in amounts from $350 to $2,500, were raised through the […]

District explores next step in lead dilemma

District officials, experts discuss risks of lead ingestion, plans to remediate issue, communication

District explores next step in lead dilemma

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water, news that upset […]

Public hearing airs proposals for Lion Gate Drive

Public hearing airs proposals for Lion Gate Drive

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A public meeting was held in Council Chambers on Monday evening, June 19, to discuss the proposed recreational and open space project for Lion Gate Drive. The meeting was conducted by Andy Strauss, a designer and planner of open spaces working for the township. Mayor Michael Venezia introduced the presentation, which included site […]

Township to create senior citizen survey

DeNova: Seniors survey will be tailored to West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to ensure the township is providing the services necessary for older residents to age in place, West Orange will be putting out a senior survey to learn where the town is succeeding and where it needs improvement. At the June 13 Township Council meeting, the council voted 5-0 […]

Fathers honored at fifth annual Champagne Brunch

Fathers honored at fifth annual Champagne Brunch

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Surrogate Ted Stephens hosted his fifth annual Champagne Brunch Honoring Fathers on Saturday, June 17, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange and the city of East Orange was well-represented at this year’s event. East Orange Mayor-elect Ted Green was honored this year, along with his friend, Irvington Mayor Tony […]

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