West Orange struggles to save ash trees

West Orange struggles to save ash trees

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Thousands of local ash trees are under threat of ash yellows disease and emerald ash borers, prompting West Orange and the West Orange Environmental Commission to investigate ways to save as many of the town’s trees as possible. According to town forester John Linson, the outbreak of diseased trees is currently […]

BOE candidates battle it out in debate

League of Women Voters hosts evening with BOE candidates, taxes and tolerance are main topics

BOE candidates battle it out in debate

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Issues regarding cultural insensitivity, taxes and overcrowding were just some of the hot-button topics of the Oct. 10 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education candidates debate held by the League of Women Voters and the SOMSD Presidents Council. There are currently eight candidates running for three open seats on the […]

BHS Class of 1947 celebrates its 70th anniversary

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield High School Class of 1947 held its 70th reunion at Brookdale Tavern + Kitchen on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10. One hundred and eighty-nine invitations were sent out and 15 classmates attended the event. They brought along one dozen guests. The Class of 1947, the 93rd to graduate from the school, had […]

Year-to-year PARCC scores show change

BOE examines PARCC scores, discusses slightly downward trend in school district’s math results

Year-to-year PARCC scores show change

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education was presented with results of the PARCC standardized testing at its Oct. 16 meeting. This is the first year that year-to-year results — from 2015 and 2016 — could be compared. Students from third through 11th grade took the state-mandated test in English language arts […]

Hospital union endorses Robinson as 3rd Ward candidate

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange 3rd Ward City Council candidate Mayme Robinson’s attempt to succeed Ted Green as the ward’s representative got a boost on Thursday, Oct. 5, when the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFL-CIO District 1199J, endorsed her candidacy. “Our union, District 1199J and our Political Action COPE Committee […]

Report recommends MFD, SOFD merge into 1 entity

DeLuca, Collum eager to pursue fire dept. merger

Report recommends MFD, SOFD merge into 1 entity

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Manitou Incorporated, the firm jointly hired by South Orange and Maplewood to analyze the two towns’ fire departments and determine whether their consolidation would be beneficial, released its report earlier this month, which concludes that a joint fire department would not only save the towns money, but would likely […]

Bruce Arlett, ‘The Voice of the Bengals,’ is mourned

Bruce Arlett, ‘The Voice of the Bengals,’ is mourned

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bruce Arlett, the longtime Bloomfield High School athletic events public address announcer who was affectionately known as “The Voice of the Bengals,” died Oct. 7 after battling a long illness. He was 57. Arlett’s passion for Bengals sports was reflected in his job as a P.A. announcer at Foley Field for football […]

Good crowd for a good cause at OctoberFeast

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge held its fourth annual OctoberFeast at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club on Monday, Oct. 16. The ballroom of the club had 16 restaurateurs and three dessert establishments feeding the paying guests. There were four beverage tables offering samples of handcrafted hard liquors, homemade beers, glasses of […]

CASA holds 2nd ‘Homeward Bound’ event in West Orange

CASA holds 2nd ‘Homeward Bound’ event in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Braving the elements in bright red T-shirts and even brighter smiles, a group of more than 100 volunteers gathered for the Homeward Bound Walk hosted by the CASA for Children of Essex County under the Clipper Pavilion of the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange on Sunday, Oct. 15. Based […]

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