WO passes TNR ordinance on first reading

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council passed an ordinance on first reading at its Jan. 5 meeting officially establishing a Trap-Neuter-Return program for the township, something local animal rights advocates have been calling on council members to do since they passed the controversial wildlife feeding ban in September 2014. The ordinance outlining the […]

Cliffs residents to experience Elizabethan era lifestyle

WEST ORANGE — The Cliffs at Eagle Rock in West Orange will be transformed into a “Winter’s Tale” to ring in the new year. The week-long experience is based on William Shakespeare’s famous play by that name. During the week of Jan. 25 till the end of the month, Cliffs residents will be greeted by Elizabethan costumed […]

Lab unanimously chosen as new Board of Ed. president

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education saw some big changes at its first meeting of 2016. Not only was new board member Irving Schwarzbaum sworn in at the Jan. 4 meeting, but Laura Lab was unanimously chosen to become the board’s new president. Lab, who has been on the board since 2008 […]

Future of St. Mark’s remains uncertain

Architects offer their services to save St. Mark’s from further destruction following New Year’s fire

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The future of what remains of the former St. Mark’s Episcopal Church building — the 188-year-old historic site that was severely damaged by a fire of undetermined cause on New Year’s Day — remains in doubt as township business Administrator Jack Sayers informed the West Orange Township Council during its Jan. 5 […]

Cubie, Cofone display their art locally at JCC MetroWest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The JCC MetroWest is hosting two exhibits of photographs and paintings from artists with whom the West Orange community may be familiar. One has made a name for himself within the township’s burgeoning art scene as both an award-winning photographer and a former chairman of the West Orange Arts Council. The other […]

West Orange’s younger students do well on PARCC

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange students scored above the state average on last year’s PARCC exam, and above the average in the 11 other states in the PARCC Consortium. A higher percentage of West Orange students in grades three through eight earned passing scores on most subject tests than the average percentage of New Jersey […]

Walkup tackles epilepsy in second young adult novel

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange author Jennifer Walkup chose to follow the old adage “Write what you know” for her second young adult novel, “This Ordinary Life,” currently on sale in bookstores and online. But in her case, this was more than an attempt to simplify the writing process; it was a chance to tell […]

Suit against West Orange dismissed by Supreme Court

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously upheld the superior and appellate courts’ dismissals of the lawsuit filed by five West Orange residents against the township regarding the issuance of $6.3 million in municipal bonds to Edison Village redeveloper Prism Capital Partners in a decision on Dec. 21, 2015. In the decision written […]

WO woman pleads guilty to accepting kickbacks, fraud

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The former executive director of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. admitted Dec. 21 to accepting approximately $999,000 in kickback payments in exchange for her assistance in awarding work to various vendors and contractors of the agency, according to a Dec. 21 press release from the United State Attorney’s Office […]

Historic church burns in New Year’s blaze

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Task Force has yet to determine the cause or origin of the three-alarm fire that severely damaged the nearly 200-year old St. Mark’s Episcopal Church early New Year’s Day, though a spokeswoman did say that nothing at this stage of the investigation indicates that the blaze […]