Cheerleading competition at WOHS on Jan. 9

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School Cheerleading Team is holding its second Mountaineer Cheerleading Competition on Saturday, Jan. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. in the West Orange High School Tarnoff Gymnasium, 51 Conforti Ave. The event will feature local recreation, high school and all-star teams performing in various divisions. Professional judges will score the […]

Gregory neighborhood provides record donations to pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The fifth annual Gregory Neighborhood Food Drive collected a record number of donations for the local food pantry and provided nearly 80 bags of toiletry and goods from Gregory Elementary School, according to a release. The food drive, coordinated this year by West Orange residents and Gregory parents Amy Hains and […]

Poetry Out Loud finals at WOHS on Jan. 6

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The spoken word will again be highlighted at the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud finals on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. in the West Orange High School auditorium. The Poetry Out Loud website describes the vision of the competition as “a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry […]

UPDATE: South Orange health & fitness challenge

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange is once again leading the charge for a healthier year ahead with sponsorship of SOFit16, the second South Orange Health and Fitness Challenge. SOFit16 invites community residents to participate in a four-month event that promotes and supports healthy living.  There are no sporting competitions involved.  Participants will devise their […]

SOS: Students help ‘Shovel Out Seniors’

NUTLEY, NJ — Nutley is once again offering a program to help senior citizens in the winter months. The program, called SOS — Shovel Out Seniors — networks students from Nutley High School and John Walker Middle School who are willing to shovel snow for a nominal fee or for community-service hours. “I believe this […]

Burn center honors Orange firefighters at Valor Awards dinner

ORANGE, NJ — The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center presented members of the Orange Fire Department with a Valor Award during the 28th annual Valor Awards on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Capt. Matthew Kohaut and Firefighters James Antoine and Leonard Stewart were honored for their involvement in a […]

Belleville man is arrested for Maplewood robbery attempt

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department received a call at approximately 8:55 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, from Maplewood Middle School reporting a possible robbery involving a student, according to a Dec. 19 press release from the MPD. The victim, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, reported that he was approached by a man in the area […]

Clara Maass receives hospital-safety award

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national, nonprofit group measuring hospital safety and quality, for the eighth consecutive time. Clara Maass Medical is one of only 133 hospitals throughout the country and eight in New Jersey to […]

Maplewood thanks and salutes Ryan and Leventhal

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Giving thanks this holiday season is bittersweet for some as they thank Maplewood residents Jerry Ryan and Kathy Leventhal for their many years of service on the Maplewood Township Committee and prepare to say farewell. In November, newcomers Greg Lembrich and Nancy Adams, both Democrats, were elected to fill Leventhal’s and Ryan’s seats. […]

WOHS students and teacher become ‘Soldiers’ Angels’

By Rebekah Pedo, Correspondent WEST ORANGE, NJ — What is life like in the combat boots of a United States soldier in Afghanistan? Any student at West Orange High School knows it is different from life here in West Orange. It is hard to understand if we cannot put names to the faces of those who […]