Some pre-Purim fun at Daughters of Israel

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life led a pre-Purim fun program called “Bubbies and Babies” for both residents and young families on March 8 at Daughters of Israel. Pictured, resident Felice Daniels participates in a hamantaschen stamping art activity with one of the children. Photo Courtesy of Renee Glick

Girl saved by coaches on Foley Field track

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A sophomore member of the Bloomfield High School track team collapsed during practice at Foley Field on Tuesday, March 8, when her heart apparently stopped. The girl, Ava Covington, was revived by a coach using a defibrillator and performing CPR. She is now hospitalized at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, in New York, where she […]

WOSD cuts retiree health, dental plans to save money

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ever since retiring from the West Orange School District in 2008 after 25 years of teaching, Margo Sokolow paid into the Horizon Dental Option Plan offered by the district to its retired employees in need of dental insurance. And for the past eight years, all was well. The program covered nearly […]

CHS actors to perform in Scotland — hopefully

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia High School Parnassian Society is seeking to raise $45,000 by the end of June so it can attend the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, which brings people from all over the world to Scotland for three weeks of theater, comedy, dance and a […]

Women’s Club hosts the annual Favorite Doll Tea

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Women’s Club hosted its eighth annual My Favorite Doll Tea on Sunday, March 13. According to Jill Simmons, the club president for the last two years, the tea has become such an integral club event that it seems to have been around for much longer. The tea has been […]

EO Council gets earful about taxes, water rate increases

EAST ORANGE, NJ — At the East Orange City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, March 14, several residents spoke up during the public comments portion of the meeting to express concern about property taxes and the recent water-rate increase. “I have some concerns,” said Brighton Avenue resident Marion Brantley on Monday, March 14. “First off, […]

NJ Civil Service now approves layoff of former police chief

IRVINGTON, NJ — According to Mayor Tony Vauss, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission has changed its opinion about Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase’s job title and status with the Irvington Police Department. “The layoff plan was approved,” said Vauss on Saturday, March 5, during a break in the action at East Orange Mayor Lester […]

Orange Council has public meeting about water company switch

ORANGE, NJ — With a hearing in Lincoln Avenue School on Monday, March 14, the Orange City Council kept its promise to host a public meeting before voting on whether to approve Mayor Dwayne Warren’s deal to switch the management of the city’s water utility from Suez, formerly known as United Water Company, to the […]

WOPL revives Friends group as it faces budget shortfall

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library has revived its years-dormant Friends of the Library organization to raise funds as the library faces the real possibility that the township will not be able to provide the additional $200,000 it is requesting for its operating budget. Several residents and WOPL employees gathered March 9 […]

EO police union members are visible presence at council meeting

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Several members of the East Orange Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police Local 188 and Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 16 were at the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, March 14, to let the governing body know of their dissatisfaction regarding ongoing contract negotiations with Mayor Lester Taylor’s administration. This time, […]