Volunteers nurture trees for Earth Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents ventured to Mount Pleasant Avenue on Sunday, April 22, to check on the status of trees planted last year at the “Rock,” open land that is maintained by the township and residents. To celebrate Earth Day, members of the Open Space and Recreation Commission invited anyone with gardening tools to […]

Kelly library blasts off with space theme

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Administrators of Kelly Elementary School and Soyka Smith Design Studios presented a design plan for renovations to the school’s library media center at the April 16  meeting of the West Orange Board of Education. The renovations will transform the current library into a space-themed learning center during the course of the […]

CCR Coffee House tackles difficulties of internet dialogue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race continued its Coffee House discussion series on Wednesday, April 18, at the Baird Community Center in South Orange, with residents and community leaders coming together to talk about how to discuss racial issues online. Broken up into groups, residents of all ages talked about […]

WO Chamber bids goodbye to Chiles, welcomes Parkes

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a new executive director, following the exit of director Brittany Chiles, who led the WOCC for two and a half years. Taking over the position is Jessica Marrone Parkes, a co-owner of TapintoWestOrange.net, as well as TapintoLivingston.net and TapintoWestEssex.net. Chiles is moving on […]

SOPAC receives hefty grant to partner with school district

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center received a $75,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundations to advance its arts education program. The funds will be used both at the center and in the South Orange and Maplewood communities. The William Randolph Hearst Foundations are two nonprofits that work together to […]

Residents voice concerns about senior survey results

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Several senior citizens expressed concern at the April 10 West Orange Township Council meeting, after seeing the results from the Montclair State University senior survey at the March 27 meeting. The survey, paid for by a grant, was conducted and compiled by the Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and […]

MMS, Senior Share partner for intergenerational program

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Senior citizens and a group of Maplewood Middle School students came together for a brainstorming session in the school’s library Monday, April 16, to discuss the benefits of middle school students and seniors spending time together for the launch of the Share/Exchange program. The event was a collaboration between Maplewood Senior Share, […]

WO may see taxes increase by 2 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council introduced the 2018 municipal budget at its April 10 meeting, proposing a total budget of $83,209,749 for the year. Nearly 64 percent of the operating budget will come from property taxes; the town will collect $52,982,824.98 in taxes — a nearly 2-percent increase, according to business […]

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