Edison Middle School student receives international acclaim for #1000BlackGirlBooks project

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Marley Dias, 11, has become an international media celebrity as the result of her #1000BlackGirlBooks project, created to collect and distribute books that represent young black females as main literary characters. Over the past month, Marley has traveled across the United States, appeared on the news, in magazines like “People” and […]

Council approves TNVR ordinance for WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than a year after animal rights advocates first appeared en masse before the West Orange Township Council requesting that a Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program be implemented, the council approved an ordinance officially endorsing the concept and legally exempting resident caretakers from the township’s wild animal feeding ban during its Feb. 9 meeting. TNVR […]

15th annual West Orange faculty concert raises the roof

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 15th annual West Orange Music Faculty Scholarship wowed the crowd at Liberty Middle School on Feb. 9 while raising funds for graduating seniors. Appreciative concert-goers enjoyed a wide range of music from the talented music staff in the West Orange School District, ranging from Shostakovich to “Little Shop of Horrors.” […]

West Essex Highlands residents still oppose development

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents from the West Essex Highlands condominium and the surrounding communities made it clear to representatives of Garden Homes Inc. during a Feb. 9 community meeting at West Orange High School that they have major concerns regarding the 105 single-family houses Garden Homes proposes to build on the 120.5-acre parcel of land […]

Step USA competition to be at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School will host the Youth Step USA Regional High School Stepping Championship on Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Tarnoff Gymnasium, 51 Conforti Ave. Doors open at 3 p.m. Admission is charged. The award-winning WOHS boys’ and girls’ step teams will be competing to advance […]

Kessler physical therapist, dog assist patients

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kessler Rehabilitation Institute physical therapist Mary Van Der Meer recently received an assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit organization providing assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities. Van Der Meer was matched with Paoli, a 2-year-old labrador/golden retriever cross who has been trained to respond to […]

Former West Orange Mayor Sam Spina dead at 86 years

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Samuel A. Spina, former five-term mayor of West Orange and former president of the N.J. Conference of Mayors, died Feb. 10 at age 86. The longest-serving West Orange mayor, he held the top township position from 1978 to 1998. Born in Orange, Spina was a lifelong resident of West Orange. He graduated […]

Green Hill in West Orange celebrates love

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students from the West Orange Pleasantdale School made Valentine’s Day cards for everyone at Green Hill in West Orange and Our Lady of the Lake Confirmation students made heart-filled goody bags. In the afternoon, Green Hill residents were serenaded by musician Danny Bacher.

Middle school honors informational presentations

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Superintendent Jeff Rutzky will hold a series of presentations to provide information regarding the middle school honors program in the West Orange School District. Parents and guardians with children in grades five through seven may attend any one of the three honors meetings. The three honors presentations will be the same […]

West Orange Township Council proclaims January Board of Education Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council presented a resolution to the members of the Board of Education proclaiming the month of January as School Board Recognition Month at the Feb. 9 council meeting. Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky, BOE President Laura Lab, Vice President Mark Robertson and board members Irv Schwarzbaum and […]