Amphitheater project halted in wake of COVID

Amphitheater project halted in wake of COVID

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped large gatherings from happening, Essex County residents spent months protesting a proposed 500-seat amphitheater to be built in the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the penguin pavilion at Turtle Back Zoo. As recently as March, residents held events at the entrance to the zoo, asking the […]

Virtual exhibit of art created during the pandemic opens at i19 Gallery

Virtual exhibit of art created during the pandemic opens at i19 Gallery

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — “ARTdemic: An Exhibit of Work Created During the Pandemic” opened recently at the i19 Gallery. This virtual exhibit includes work from 34 regional, national and international artists, all of whom are creating compelling art during the pandemic. The exhibit, which is on view at i19gallery.com through June 30, showcases 33 pieces of […]

Essex County to present emergency food distribution event

Essex County to present emergency food distribution event

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Essex County will present an emergency food distribution event on Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington St. in Montclair, to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have […]

Verona, West Orange receive Sustainable Jersey grants

Verona, West Orange receive Sustainable Jersey grants

EWING, NJ — Sustainable Jersey announced May 14 the 31 New Jersey municipalities selected to receive a Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. Five $20,000 grants, six $10,000 grants and 20 $2,000 grants were distributed to municipalities in 14 New Jersey counties. Verona won a $10,000 grant and West Orange won a $2,000 […]

WOPD reminds residents to lock vehicles, remove valuables from view

WOPD reminds residents to lock vehicles, remove valuables from view

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Overall crime continues to trend downward during the pandemic but auto burglaries continue to plague West Orange, according to a May 20 press release from the West Orange Police Department. Although the vast majority of vehicles entered are through unlocked doors, the WOPD has recently experienced a few forced entries where […]

County expands coronavirus testing to satellite sites throughout Essex

County expands coronavirus testing to satellite sites throughout Essex

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced that Essex County is expanding its COVID-19 testing initiative to include satellite testing sites throughout the county in addition to continuing to operate its drive-through testing center in Weequahic Park in Newark. The satellite sites, which opened May 21, offer saliva tests; the Weequahic […]

Residents ‘adopt’ high school seniors in WO

Residents ‘adopt’ high school seniors in WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the country inside out and upside down over the last two months, forcing the closure of workplaces, nonessential businesses and the humdrum of normal life. It also forced schools to close and pivot to online learning for the rest of the year. All students are missing […]

WOBOE passes $171.3M budget

WOBOE passes $171.3M budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the school district’s 2020–2021 budget at its May 4 virtual meeting, approving a $171,399,914 budget that will raise taxes by $23.03 per month for the average West Orange resident. Taxes bring in the bulk of the district’s revenue at $141,491,179. The district is […]

Chesed Committee shows gratitude to DOI health care workers

Chesed Committee shows gratitude to DOI health care workers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Daughters of Israel’s more than 250 staff members are all health care heroes, caring for the elderly. As a small token of gratitude, the West Orange/Livingston Chesed Committee arranged for Daughters’ staff to receive dinners to go, catered by Shimon Nissel of Shimtal Catering. The West Orange/Livingston Chesed Committee also catered […]

State champ trailblazer from WO continues to make history

State champ trailblazer from WO continues to make history

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School athlete Sandra Guerrero not only made school history on March 7 by becoming the first-ever state Mountaineer wrestling champion, but she has made regional wrestling history as the first female to commit to New Jersey City University. NJCU is one of the few universities in the country […]

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