$20,000 raised for Mary Jo Codey Scholarship Fund

$20,000 raised for Mary Jo Codey Scholarship Fund

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Scholarship Fund honored educator Mary Jo Codey at a reception held at the Montclair Country Club on June 15, raising $20,000 to implement an annual scholarship in her name. Attendees included Mary Jo Codey’s husband, Richard Codey, former N.J. governor and current state senator; West Orange Mayor Robert […]

Town, BOE and county work together for new traffic light

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After years of advocacy by residents, the West Orange Board of Education and township officials, a traffic signal will finally be erected at the busy intersection where Pleasant Valley Way meets Alisa and Lakeview drives. According to the agreement and resolution unanimously passed by the West Orange Township Council on May […]

Washington students call for environmental change

Washington students call for environmental change

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The students of Washington Elementary School are taking a stand against the use of polystyrene foam cafeteria trays, hoping to make their community safer and more environmentally friendly. Approximately 350 students in kindergarten through fifth grade wrote letters and drew pictures for the West Orange Board of Education and Sodexo, the […]

BOE, WOEA finally enter new contract

After 2 years without contract, WOEA and BOE make deal

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After nearly two years of working without a contract, the West Orange Education Association finally entered into a new agreement with the West Orange Board of Education on May 25. The contract features a faculty pay raise that WOEA President Mark Maniscalco described as being in line with state and county […]

Holocaust survivor Fran Malkin shares story with RMS students

Holocaust survivor Fran Malkin shares story with RMS students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Roosevelt Middle School students were mesmerized by the gripping story of Holocaust survivor Feyge “Fran” Malkin on May 15. Malkin, now 79, is a longtime West Orange resident. Her cousin, Judy Maltz, a filmmaker who worked on “No. 4 Street of Our Lady,” a documentary of the family’s ordeal during the […]

Parents continue to protest honors admission process

District defends process, though always looks to improve

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the third straight year, several parents are speaking out against the admissions process for the West Orange School District’s honors program — specifically criticizing the emphasis the criteria puts on the placement test and writing sample. Much like last year, the parents believe that more weight should be placed on […]

Community members speak against BOE’s Schwarzbaum

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Several residents spoke out against West Orange Board of Education Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum during the board’s May 8 meeting after he voted against a policy that, in part, allows transgender students to use whichever bathroom or locker room corresponds to their gender identity. The policy in question, which was passed […]

BOE passes 2017-18 school year budget, raises taxes

Schwarzbaum votes against budget in board minority

BOE passes 2017-18 school year budget, raises taxes

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve the 2017-18 school year’s final budget, which uses all of the school district’s banked cap on top of raising taxes to the state-mandated 2-percent cap — making for a 4.09-percent overall increase. The final budget, which only Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum […]

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