WOPL board cuts $83,000 from budget

Without extra funding, library is forced to cut part-time staff, services, materials, maybe hours

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After weeks of calling for the township to supply additional funding to no avail, the West Orange Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $2,200,096 budget featuring $83,000 in cuts to its materials and supplies budget as well as the layoffs of two part-time employees during its April 26 meeting. […]

Washington tackles food insecurity with Souper Bowl

Washington tackles food insecurity with Souper Bowl

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Washington Elementary School students formed a human chain from the school’s entrance to the Holy Trinity Food Pantry across the street April 29 to deliver cans of soup and other food items collected at the school during this year’s Souper Bowl Drive. The children handed the cans and packages down a […]

Roosevelt Middle School to present ‘The Lion King Jr.’ in May

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Preparations and rehearsals have been under way since January for “The Lion King Jr.,” this year’s spring musical premiering at Roosevelt Middle School May 12. With grant money provided for the purchase of the play and two visits from Jelani Remy, currently playing Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway, students […]

Savanna Cafe, enhanced bison exhibit open at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County officially opened the new Savanna Cafe and an enhanced bison exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, April 28. The two-story, 16,500-square-foot dining facility is more than three times as large as Turtle Back’s old cafeteria building and provides additional space to accommodate the large crowds at the […]

West Orange Special Education Parents Advisory Council to hold parent meetings

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Special Education Parent Advisory Council will hold two additional meetings to give parents and guardians the opportunity to discuss their experiences as part of the school district’s special education program. The information provided will be compiled to create a survey that special needs families can take to help […]

RWJBarnabas Health appoints new assistant vice president of corporate diversity and inclusion

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Trina Parks of Warren has been appointed assistant vice president of corporate diversity and inclusion for RWJBarnabas Health. Parks will be responsible for corporate diversity and inclusion for the system, including leadership accountability and communication; employee development and training; supplier inclusion; diverse community engagement; patient inclusion; and health equity. “Ms. Parks […]

TSTI members open homes to fellow congregants for Shabbat B’Bayit

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Eleven members of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange opened their homes on a recent Friday evening for Shabbat B’Bayit, or “Shabbat in the home.” Congregants from throughout Essex and neighboring counties shared Shabbat dinner at synagogue members’ homes in South Orange, Maplewood and Short Hills. Approximately 160 people of all […]

Prism announces launch of Edison Village redevelopment

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The industrial-to-residential redevelopment of the historic Edison Battery building and property in West Orange is under way, according to an April 22 press release from Prism Capital Partners. The Bloomfield-based real estate owner plans to introduce 333 rental units, 18,400 square feet of retail and a 630-space parking structure in Phase […]

St. Barnabas Hospital donates playground equipment to 3 West Orange elementary schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ – St. Cloud, Gregory and Washington elementary schools were the lucky recipients of hula hoops, balls, chalk, jump ropes and other playground equipment from St. Barnabas Hospital on April 20. Margie Heller, administrative director of community health and outreach at St. Barnabas; Andrea Cuellar, supervisor of physical therapy and lift team services; […]

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