Charles to head Union County Jail, lead ongoing reforms

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s Ron Charles, who serves as president of the West Orange Board of Education, has been hired as the new director of the Union County Department of Corrections, Union County officials announced recently. Charles is a former associate director of the Essex County Department of Corrections, the state’s largest county […]

Girl Scouts give back to keep neighbors warm this winter

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two West Orange Girl Scout troops collected a total of 180 coats, as of press time Dec. 8, for the 20th annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive, a program that will now distribute them to approximately 200 nonprofits throughout New Jersey. Coat-drive coordinator Clare Silvestri said troop 20016 from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School […]

Golda Och’s ninth-graders create strong ties to Israel

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy’s ninth-graders set out Nov. 8 for the annual Na’ale program to Israel. The 10-day journey allowed them to explore Israel’s culture, history and language while celebrating and strengthening their Jewish identity. Led by GOA teachers Lev Metz and Bethany Watson and a team of experienced counselors, students experienced […]

Students flourish in the arts thanks to recent district show

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The artistic talent of West Orange’s student body was on full display at the inaugural West Orange Council of PTAs Reflections Art Show held in the West Orange High School Library Media Center on Dec. 4. Many of the approximately 80 submissions to the local chapter of the nationally sponsored PTA Reflections […]

Township rings in the Christmas season

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange officially kicked off its Christmas season with the annual holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 5, which this year featured both the Holiday Open House and Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting. Hundreds of residents shopped for gifts sold by dozens of vendors — many of whom were based in town — at the […]

WOHS dances into new year in class schedule for fall 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A longtime dream of both the West Orange School District’s department of visual and performing arts and the West Orange Arts Council became a reality when the Board of Education approved the first dance class at West Orange High School during its Nov. 9 meeting. “Elements of Dance,” open to students in […]

Prism pays taxes — with 18-percent interest in late fees

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township Business Administrator Jack Sayers informed the West Orange Township Council during its Nov. 24 meeting that Edison Village redeveloper Prism Capital Partners has paid everything it owed in fourth-quarter taxes on its redevelopment properties following the township’s issuance of a Nov. 11 default letter — the third in two tax periods. […]

Council bows out of ongoing West Essex Highlands debate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Township attorney Richard Trenk advised the West Orange Township Council during its Nov. 24 meeting not to vote on a resolution proposed by a local conservancy group and approved by the West Orange Open Space and Recreation Commission expressing support for the group’s goal of preserving the approximately 120-acre parcel of land […]

West Orange gives thanks at Chamber event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Giving thanks was the theme of this year’s Thanksgiving Luncheon, the annual tradition organized by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the Orange/West Orange UNICO, the West Orange Lions Club and the Rotary Club of West Orange, held Nov. 25 at Mayfair Farms. While it may be easy to get caught up […]

Fundraiser for WOSF Principal’s Scholarship raises serious bank

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Scholarship Foundation Principal’s Scholarship “Harvest Moon” fundraiser, held at the Loft at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on Nov. 20, provided an enjoyable evening for attendees and a record $5,600 for the fund. More than 100 guests enjoyed an evening of dancing provided by Liberty Middle School music teacher […]