Sound issues inside Council Chambers solved with mics

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Listeners who thought the Jan. 19 Township Council meeting seemed easier to hear were not mistaken. After more than a year of complaints from residents upset about the sound quality inside Council Chambers, the township added two microphones to the speaker’s podium and council dais last month. Township Chief Financial Officer John […]

Wenzel crosses courtroom aisle to serve West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi has nominated West Orange public defender Joseph Wenzel for the position of municipal prosecutor, replacing Bryn Whittle, who recently resigned. In a Jan. 21 statement to the West Orange Chronicle, Parisi said he has asked the West Orange Township Council to approve Wenzel for the role at its Feb. […]

WO may increase debt to add parking to Gregory School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a bond ordinance on first reading at its Jan. 19 meeting appropriating $375,000 to cover the cost of traffic and parking improvements at Gregory Elementary School. The ordinance, passed by a 4-1 vote with Councilman Joe Krakoviak voting against it, specifies that $357,140 of the total […]

Is St. Mark’s on the chopping block?

Concerned residents, architects worry for fate of historic church following New Year’s Day fire

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The engineering firm hired by the owner of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church building inspected the remains of the fire-damaged structure and, on Jan. 22, submitted a preliminary stabilization report to the township. Township business administrator Jack Sayers said the report from the Union City-based Optimized Engineering Associates Corp., which was submitted […]

Maplewood man helps lead today’s abolitionist movement

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — For some people today, slavery is a concept only found within the pages of a history book, a long-extinguished abomination from centuries past. Others correctly realize that slavery does still exist, but are reassured by their belief that it happens thousands of miles away as an unfortunate institution of developing countries they will […]

Classic Film Festival returns to W. Orange for 11th year

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange movie lovers once again have the opportunity to experience some of the best films of yesteryear as well as intriguing new work from independent directors with the return of the West Orange Classic Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival at the Essex Green AMC Theater. The 11th annual Classic […]

Unknown complications hold up Edison Village loan

Delay in acquiring $70 million construction loan keeps Edison Village redevelopment halted

WEST ORANGE, NJ — DGP Urban Renewal LLC — the entity consisting of Dune Real Estate Partners, Greenfield Partners and Prism Capital Partners — still has not closed on the $70 million construction loan it is seeking to fund the Edison Village redevelopment project, which means the property transfer from Prism to Dune has yet to […]

U.N. ambassador speaks to Obama’s policies at SHU event

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power defended President Barack Obama’s foreign policy during a speech at Seton Hall University on Jan. 13, telling a packed auditorium that the United States’ willingness to form coalitions with other countries, engage with hostile states and practice its values of openness is what makes […]

Residents seek to have Zoning Board resolution annulled

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sai Hira Ram Trust Inc., which received approval from the West Orange Zoning Board to construct a Hindu house of worship at 23 Laurel Ave. — much to the concern of neighboring residents — has failed to demolish the property’s existing single-family home within the 90-day timeframe specified by the board. The […]

WO passes TNR ordinance on first reading

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council passed an ordinance on first reading at its Jan. 5 meeting officially establishing a Trap-Neuter-Return program for the township, something local animal rights advocates have been calling on council members to do since they passed the controversial wildlife feeding ban in September 2014. The ordinance outlining the […]

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