American Heart Association delivers CPR kit to WOHS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A brand new CPR/AED, or automated external defibrillator, instructional kit valued at $649 was delivered to to West Orange High School by the American Heart Association on Dec. 21. Katie Kinney, CPR schools manager for the AHA, contacted health and district physical education supervisor Kevin Alvine in October to offer the […]

Ilankai community comes together to help neighbors

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, Dec. 22, more than 30 members of the New Jersey Ilankai community, including children and parents, visited Partnership for Children of Essex in West Orange to donate clothing, shoes and toys. The Sri Lankan community donated more than six boxes of items. These items were collected by youths from […]

UNICO gives gift to sick West Orange child

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Orange-West Orange UNICO presented Henry Chang Jr., who is ill, and father Henry Chang with a $175 check and a $125 gift card at Regal Bank in West Orange. From left are UNICO member Frank Gonnella, UNICO President Frank Paolercio, Henry Chang Jr., Henry Chang, and UNICO member Tina Parsons of […]

West Orange High School woodworking classes design toys for children

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi revisited one of his favorite places at West Orange High School — woodshop — to collect 25 handmade wooden toys for township children. Parisi shook hands with several of the students, who were happy to participate in the three-week project. Cars, helicopters, trains and more with working parts […]

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 […]