Residents ‘adopt’ high school seniors in WO

Residents ‘adopt’ high school seniors in WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the country inside out and upside down over the last two months, forcing the closure of workplaces, nonessential businesses and the humdrum of normal life. It also forced schools to close and pivot to online learning for the rest of the year. All students are missing […]

WOBOE passes $171.3M budget

WOBOE passes $171.3M budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the school district’s 2020–2021 budget at its May 4 virtual meeting, approving a $171,399,914 budget that will raise taxes by $23.03 per month for the average West Orange resident. Taxes bring in the bulk of the district’s revenue at $141,491,179. The district is […]

BOT introduces $36.8M budget

BOT introduces $36.8M budget

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees introduced the 2020 budget at its virtual May 11 meeting, passing the $36,873,694.78 budget, in which municipal taxes will be raised by 2.72 percent, on first reading with a 5–0 vote. The average increase between 2011 and 2020 has been 1.8 percent, while the average […]

SO firefighters share donated PPE with neighboring towns

SO firefighters share donated PPE with neighboring towns

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Fire Department recently received a donation of 4,500 medical masks but needs only 900 of them. The other 3,600 were split evenly and donated to the South Orange Police Department, South Orange Rescue Squad, Livingston Fire Department and West Orange Office of Emergency Management. SOFD Chief Daniel Sullivan […]

Bloomfield BOE votes for 2-percent tax increase

Bloomfield BOE votes for 2-percent tax increase

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — In a virtual meeting on May 5, the Bloomfield Board of Education unanimously passed the school district’s 2020–2021 budget, moving forward with planning for the next school year. The local tax levy will be raised by 2 percent, bringing in $77,811,492 — the bulk of the district’s $119,690,326 budget. The tax impact […]

Essex County superintendents respond to news of continued school closures

Essex County superintendents respond to news of continued school closures

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Teachers and students were holding out hope that they would be able to return to school and some semblance of normalcy before June, but on May 4 Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance […]