PSAB pushes along, thanks police for pedestrian decoys

PSAB members stress importance of working with county

PSAB pushes along, thanks police for pedestrian decoys

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department made 41 stops and issued 29 summonses to drivers who did not brake for a pedestrian decoy in the crosswalk in front of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, according to an officer at the March 9 Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board meeting. Officer Scott Smarsh of […]

West Orange man found guilty of bias intimidation

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced March 13 that Exampliar Exantus, 47, of West Orange has been found guilty of four counts of fourth-degree bias intimidation following a trial before Superior Court Judge Marysol Rosero. Assistant Prosecutor Tony Gutierrez, who tried the case, said on numerous occasions Exantus hurled racial […]

Planning Board delves into master plan update goals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board unanimously voted to initiate the process for developing an updated township master plan at its March 1 meeting. The New Jersey legislature requires municipalities to re-examine their master plans every 10 years, which means West Orange’s revision is not due until 2020. But Chairman Robert Bagoff […]

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 […]

WOPD warns businesses about fake bills

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department is warning businesses after three township locations recently received counterfeit money, according to a March press release from the township. Fake $100 bills were found at Main Street and Essex Green locations. The suspect in these incidents is described as a black male, approximately about 6 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pedestrian safety detail conducted in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety detail on Thursday, Feb. 16, in front of the Edison Museum on Main Street. During the two-hour detail, 29 summonses were issued for failure to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Almost half of the violators were township residents. “We would like […]

West Orange police serve community at soup kitchen

West Orange police serve community at soup kitchen

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange Police Department had the opportunity to provide lunch at Christine’s Kitchen, the soup kitchen located at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street, on Feb. 4, and it provided a glimpse into a different side of community policing. Several police department supervisors, administrators and officers, family […]

ADAPT recognizes exceptional community members

ADAPT recognizes exceptional community members

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team recently held its annual dinner at Essex County Hospital, thanking 16 members of the community who went above and beyond to help ADAPT accomplish its goals and objectives this past year. ADAPT, managed by FAMILYConnections, is a community coalition dedicated to reducing underaged drinking […]

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