Top WOHS artists exhibit work at Arts Center

Exhibit lets students experience life as professional artists

Top WOHS artists exhibit work at Arts Center

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Arts Center has been home to the work of 14 West Orange High School students for the last month, as the Advanced Placement art students put together an exhibit that will be open to the public through the end of the month. The exhibit, in its second year, […]

CHS elevator is almost back in service after inoperability

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The elevator at Columbia High School will soon be in service, after being in need of repairs for an extended period of time. The elevator, which serves 2,000 students in the three-floor CHS, is now awaiting state inspection before beginning operations again, according to Suzanne Turner, the district’s director of strategic communications. […]

Maplewood officially opens senior center on Burnett

Maplewood officially opens senior center on Burnett

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Senior Center officially opened its doors Saturday, March 17. Maplewood’s senior citizens gathered at the Burnett Avenue building, formerly the Maplewood Baptist Church, to celebrate grand opening of the space, which hosts activities for seniors. While the senior center has been operating for almost a year, renovations to the building […]

Community mourns death of beloved teacher

Community mourns death of beloved teacher

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is mourning the loss of Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa, who died March 9 from injuries she sustained after being struck by a car Feb. 26 on Pleasant Valley Way while on her way to a board of education meeting. Both a teacher and […]

Students walk out, protest gun violence

Student-led movement at Columbia High School demands school safety, mourns with Fla. peers

Students walk out, protest gun violence

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School students walked out of their classrooms on the morning of March 14 to stand in solidarity with high schools around the country as they protested gun violence in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Almost all of the […]

Tevlin’s murderer pleads guilty in court

Ali Muhammad Brown faces life in prison under terrorism statute for killing Livingston teenager

Tevlin’s murderer pleads guilty in court

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino announced March 6 that Ali Muhammad Brown pleaded guilty to the 2014 murder of Livingston teenager Brendan Tevlin. Brown, now age 34, fatally shot Tevlin, 19, while he was waiting at a stop light in West Orange on his way home to Livingston. In his court […]

Oheb Shalom fetes Lippitz, 30 years of women cantors

Oheb Shalom fetes Lippitz, 30 years of women cantors

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — International Women’s Day occurred March 8, but the celebration continued into the weekend when South Orange’s Oheb Shalom Congregation honored its own Cantor Erica Lippitz, who is celebrating 30 years of serving in the cantorate. “From Bima to Broadway” featured Lippitz and cantors Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro and Elizabeth Shammash, who […]

Resident sues township over Essex Green designation

Malanga hopes to see designation decision overturned

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Resident Kevin Malanga filed a lawsuit against the township of West Orange, the Township Council and the Planning Board on Feb. 14 in Essex County Superior Court, saying that the decision to designate the Essex Green and Executive Drive properties as an “area in need of redevelopment” was “unreasonable, arbitrary and […]

Landscapers’ lawsuit over leaf blower ban drags on

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood’s controversial ordinance that blocked landscapers from using gas-powered leaf blowers is still the subject of a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, which has hopes to change the town’s position on using the landscaping tool. The ordinance passed last April when residents complained that a less restrictive rule […]

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