Environmentally-friendly artificial floating islands debut at Degnan Park

Environmentally-friendly artificial floating islands debut at Degnan Park

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The artificial floating islands project, first introduced by West Orange Township Council President Susan McCartney, is finally a reality at Vincent’s Pond at Degnan Park. An AFI is a man-made floating structure on which aquatic vegetation grows. The islands provide an affordable solution for improving water quality issues, preserving shorelines and […]

Lenox Terrace in West Orange holds block party

Lenox Terrace in West Orange holds block party

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Nov. 6, the Lenox Terrace community in West Orange held a block party, at which residents could meet their neighbors, have positive interactions and build community. “This is so nice to be out and meet all of the neighbors,” one resident said. “After being here for five years, now I […]

Hazel Elementary holds first ESL Night

Hazel Elementary holds first ESL Night

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hazel Elementary School held a successful English-as-a-second-language event on Oct. 27, providing an opportunity for the Hazel community to gain knowledge and obtain tools and resources to help their children succeed at school and at home. For families who do not speak English, navigating the school website and communicating with teachers […]

Essex County gives updates on four culvert replacement projects

Essex County gives updates on four culvert replacement projects

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. visited four culverts and bridges on Friday, Nov. 4, to announce that three of the projects were completed and one was underway. The tour included the Locust Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield, where construction was underway, and the Lakeside Avenue Bridge in West Orange, Marion […]

West Orange WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

West Orange WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s oldest surviving World War II veteran, Pete Longo, turned 100 years old on Nov. 2. A birthday party marking the occasion was recently celebrated with family and friends at the Bella Italia Restaurant in Orange.  Longo grew up in Orange before the war, moved to West Orange in 1955 […]

West Orange Arts Council presents ‘Small Works Members Show’

West Orange Arts Council presents ‘Small Works Members Show’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Arts Council presents its “Small Works Members Show,” an event showcasing big talent on a small scale at the West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road in West Orange. This exhibit features the work of 26 artists: Judyann Affronti, Kim Alexander-Cook, Rey Arvelo, Josie Barreiro, Booey McBooerson, Lois […]

Gregory Elementary celebrates Hispanic heritage with schoolwide exhibition

Gregory Elementary celebrates Hispanic heritage with schoolwide exhibition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Gregory Elementary School celebrated the completion of its five-week unit of study on Hispanic heritage with a schoolwide exhibit on Oct. 26. Parents, students, and faculty turned out for an evening full of color, culture and information.  “As part of our annual acknowledgment for Hispanic Heritage Month, each grade level team […]

West Orange HS Marching Mountaineers end season on high note

West Orange HS Marching Mountaineers end season on high note

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The award-winning West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers ended their competitive season on a high note. The Marching Mountaineers competed on Oct. 29 in the Bands of America New Jersey Regional Championship at Rutgers University, where they qualified for the finals competition for only the second time in school history, finishing […]

Rachel Coalition hosts annual community education luncheon

Rachel Coalition hosts annual community education luncheon

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Rachel Coalition, the domestic violence division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, hosted its annual community education luncheon — previously known as the Women to Women Luncheon — on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield. The event featured Katrina Brownlee who was abused, shot 10 times and […]