Washington School hosts annual Read Across America event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Washington Elementary School held its annual Read Across America event on March 3, featuring guest readers from the West Orange public schools and local community. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, Mayor Robert Parisi, Director of Special Services Connie Salimbeno, Technology Director Fil Santiago, Board of Education member Laura Lab and Township Councilwoman Susan […]

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

Religious and government leaders take a firm stand following hateful graffiti, JCC bomb threat

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Things have certainly been tense in America in the last few months, with organizations like the ACLU showing a marked increase in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist incidents. Unfortunately, Essex County has also experienced some of this hatred. Residents and officials in Essex County were disheartened during […]

WO proclaims itself for healthy nutrition

WO proclaims itself for healthy nutrition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Councilman Jerry Guarino read proclamations on behalf of Mayor Robert Parisi commemorating March as National Nutrition Month and March 8 as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day at the March 7 Township Council meeting. Photos by Sean Quinn

HRC town hall attracts large crowd

Residents, township officials discuss ‘sanctuary,’ racial diversity, police statistics and more

HRC town hall attracts large crowd

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi told those gathered for the West Orange Human Relations Commission’s Feb. 22 “We All Belong” town hall meeting that it would be unnecessary to declare the township a sanctuary city because undocumented immigrants in the township currently do not risk being singled out by local law enforcement. Though […]

WO to hold Realtor open house

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township of West Orange will hold a Realtor open house on Monday, March 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive. All Realtors and agents are invited to stop in and learn about township services, the school district, recreational facilities and retail offerings. Mayor Robert […]

SOMA welcomes refugee family

SOMA welcomes refugee family

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Last fall, three synagogues in South Orange — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, Beth El Congregation and Congregation Oheb Shalom — set out to help resettle at least one refugee family and give them a new start in South Orange-Maplewood. The first family, refugees from the devastation in Syria, arrived in mid-January. Two […]

Town Council whittles down number of HRC members

Town Council whittles down number of HRC members

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously approved an ordinance on second and final reading during its Feb. 7 meeting that reduces the West Orange Human Relations Commission from a maximum 23 commissioners to a maximum 13 commissioners. According to the ordinance, the mayor will appoint three commissioners while each council member […]

Learn your rights as an immigrant

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Hispanic Foundation will hold a special meeting Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. at 315 Main St. in West Orange. This event will feature a panel discussing one’s rights as an immigrant. Panelists include Assemblyman John McKeon, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and immigration attorney Fernando Marin. For more […]

Parisi trumpets addition of 6th jitney route

Mayor gives updates on transportation, redevelopment in annual address; honors community members

Parisi trumpets addition of 6th jitney route

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi announced that the township will be getting a sixth jitney route this year in his State of the Township Address during the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on Feb. 8. Parisi revealed that West Orange will add a service line covering […]

Involved West Orange resident, architect Gurland dies at 81

Community will miss Gurland, his work and personality

Involved West Orange resident, architect Gurland dies at 81

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Gerald Gurland, noted architect and longtime member of West Orange’s Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Board, died at the age of 81 on Feb. 2. Gurland played a consistent role in maintaining the character of West Orange for more than 20 years, initially as member of the Planning Board’s board of […]

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