WOHS dances into new year in class schedule for fall 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A longtime dream of both the West Orange School District’s department of visual and performing arts and the West Orange Arts Council became a reality when the Board of Education approved the first dance class at West Orange High School during its Nov. 9 meeting. “Elements of Dance,” open to students in […]

‘Colorblindness’ is not the answer for adolescents

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Columbia High School graduate Joanna Lee Williams, a developmental psychologist and associate professor at the University of Virginia, returned to her alma mater Nov. 20 to discuss how ethnicity influences teenagers in forming friendships; Williams was the latest guest of the Hamingson Literary Showcase speaker series. In her speech “Finding a Place […]

Prism pays taxes — with 18-percent interest in late fees

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township Business Administrator Jack Sayers informed the West Orange Township Council during its Nov. 24 meeting that Edison Village redeveloper Prism Capital Partners has paid everything it owed in fourth-quarter taxes on its redevelopment properties following the township’s issuance of a Nov. 11 default letter — the third in two tax periods. […]

Council bows out of ongoing West Essex Highlands debate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township attorney Richard Trenk advised the West Orange Township Council during its Nov. 24 meeting not to vote on a resolution proposed by a local conservancy group and approved by the West Orange Open Space and Recreation Commission expressing support for the group’s goal of preserving the approximately 120-acre parcel of land […]

West Orange gives thanks at Chamber event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Giving thanks was the theme of this year’s Thanksgiving Luncheon, the annual tradition organized by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the Orange/West Orange UNICO, the West Orange Lions Club and the Rotary Club of West Orange, held Nov. 25 at Mayfair Farms. While it may be easy to get caught up […]

Communication maven heads to Hong Kong to share wisdom

SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — South Orange resident and West Orange native Michelle Tillis Lederman’s communications expertise has afforded her the opportunity to speak in front of some of the biggest corporations and institutions in the nation, from Morgan Stanley to Johnson & Johnson and General Electric. But soon Lederman’s ability to help others […]

Tax grace period ends, no Prism payment

Despite issuance of yet another default letter, town officials remain confident in redevelopment

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township of West Orange issued yet another default letter to Edison Village redeveloper Prism Capital Partners on Nov. 11, after the real estate operator failed to pay fourth-quarter taxes on its redevelopment properties before both the Nov. 1 due date and Nov. 10 extended deadline. Township redevelopment counsel Jennifer Credidio’s default […]

West Orange says ‘thank you’ to all U.S. veterans

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange calls itself “the most decorated community in New Jersey” for being the home to 360 recipients of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, the state’s highest award for military service. Although this is an unofficial distinction, no one can deny that the township takes pride in its veterans. For proof […]

Annual coat drive returns; donate to those in need

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The GenWealth Group of Maplewood is once again encouraging residents to drop off clean and gently used coats for men, women and children for donation to the 20th annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive, a program that will eventually distribute all donated coats to approximately 200 New Jersey-based nonprofits. Anyone interested in contributing coats […]

Award-winning musician to explore all the possibilities

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — If there has been one thing consistent about Rickie Lee Jones throughout her nearly 40 years in the music business, it is that she is constantly changing. Ever since her 1979 breakthrough hit “Chuck E.’s in Love,” Jones has made a career out of seamlessly transitioning between musical genres, from pop to […]