New Jersey’s newest rehabilitation center welcomes first sea turtles

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first injured sea turtles arrived last month at New Jersey’s new and only long-term sea turtle rehabilitation center, the Sea Turtle Recovery at Turtle Back Zoo. The 10 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were transported from the New England Aquarium in Massachusetts, where the season has already brought nearly 450 cold […]

Betty Maddalena Foundation donates Stand2Learn desks to WOSD

Betty Maddalena Foundation donates Stand2Learn desks to WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Betty Maddalena Foundation, formed in 2011 following the death of beloved West Orange educator Betty Maddalena, has donated 63 Stand2Learn desks at a cost of $14,000 throughout all schools in the district. The initiative was begun by Christine Aker, a learning disabilities teacher consultant in West Orange who is also […]

Redwood fourth-graders display ‘Map in a Month’ projects

WEST ORANGE, NJ — “Mathland,” “Sweetopia,” “United States of Technology” and “Xbox Nation.” These created countries, along with more than 40 others, were on display in Jessica Morano’s fourth-grade Redwood Elementary School classroom on Dec. 22 as part of the annual “Map in a Month” project. The project is a long-time favorite at Redwood. Students […]

West Orange High School chorus brightens holidays for senior citizens

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School choir members traveled to several West Orange senior citizen locales for the annual “Assisted Living” Holiday Tour on Dec. 20, 2016. Seniors from Green Hill Retirement Community, Woodland Valley Senior Apartments and the Jewish Community Center were treated to a holiday-themed performance from the choir members. Two […]

Turtle Back Zoo announces new attendance record

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. welcomed the Vickers family from Bloomfield as the 755,240th visitors to Turtle Back Zoo during 2016. This breaks the annual attendance record set last year and is the 12th consecutive year that a new annual attendance record has been established. “We […]

County presents awards in gingerbread contest

ROSELAND, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented awards to the children and families who participated in the Essex County Environmental Center’s 12th annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest on Tuesday, Dec. 20. There were 37 entries in this year’s contest. “Our Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest is a wonderful project […]

Register for kindergarten 2017-2018 in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin Feb. 13. Resident children born on or before Oct. 1, 2012, are eligible to be registered. There are no exceptions. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1, 2017. West Orange residents […]

Festival at Kelly Elementary celebrates world diversity

Festival at Kelly Elementary celebrates world diversity

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 30th annual International Fifth Grade Festival, held Dec. 16 at Kelly Elementary School, celebrated world diversity and the two teachers who first began the annual event. Former teachers Betty Byrne and Lois Zimmer first began the tradition at Kelly in 1986, then Pleasantdale. As the years passed, the school continued […]

DOI hosts annual Pet Parade before holidays

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Daughters of Israel’s 10th annual Pet Parade took place Dec. 11, 2016. Volunteers and their pet pooches came out to bring some pre-holiday cheer to the residents. Photos Courtesy of Renee Glick