Main St. Counseling marks 38 years

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the last 38 years, Main St. Counseling Center has been available to residents of West Orange and the surrounding area. The center, located on Marcella Avenue — despite its name — has provided counseling for individuals, couples, families, veterans and seniors. In the decades since beginning as a startup with […]

On Memorial Day, WO thanks servicepersons

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents gathered on the lawn of Town Hall on May 28 to celebrate Memorial Day, honoring those who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The most decorated town in the state, West Orange played host to current military personnel and veterans, as well as West Orange High School’s […]

BOE considers creating consolidated ELL program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education postponed a vote on the English Language Learners Program at its May 21 meeting, after board members decided they want to hear more feedback from parents and community members about the program changes proposed by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Eveny de Mendez and world language […]

Gross discusses 2018 municipal budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Chief Financial Officer John Gross presented the proposed 2018 municipal budget at the May 22 West Orange Township Council meeting, giving council members and residents a better understanding of how much money the township will be spending during the coming year. The total budget is $83,225,484. Of that total, $52,061,359.66 will […]

Board of Education passes preliminary budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at its May 7 meeting at Liberty Middle School. The preliminary operating budget totals $149,186,427. Salaries make up 63 percent of the district’s operating costs at $94,315,752. Benefits and special education services combined take up approximately 24 percent of […]

BOE member in hot water after altercation with police

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad is facing backlash after an altercation became public in which she argued with a South Orange police officer after being pulled over for speeding April 27. According to video footage of the incident, which the News-Record obtained along with a police report after […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra unveiled the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s long-range facilities and integration plan at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. In his presentation, Ficarra introduced a plan to renovate and upgrade the district’s school buildings while better integrating the schools by redrawing district lines. The plan […]

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