West Orange woman sentenced to 12 years for raping disabled man

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Jan. 15, Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare sentenced the former chairwoman of the Rutgers University Philosophy Department to 12 years in New Jersey State Prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a disabled man in her school office, according to a release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. On Oct. 2, 2015, […]

West Orange celebrates legacy, message of Dr. King

WEST ORANGE, NJ  — The West Orange Human Relations Commission celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Jan. 18. More than 130 attendees heard keynote speaker Larry Hamm, topmost, give a passionate address on ‘Developing Leaders In the 21st Century.’ Second from top, Citrus, a West Orange High School jazz band, performs. Second from bottom, […]

Chilton to represent WOHS at regional poetry competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Junior Elijah Chilton was named the 2016 Poetry Out Loud winner at the 10th annual competition at West Orange High School on Jan. 6. Senior Kyla Trinidad was named as runner-up. Chilton competed with nine other students to represent the high school at the regional competition at the South Orange Performing […]

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 […]