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 […]

Troop 2’s Gonnella and Smith achieve Eagle Scout status

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Anthony D. Gonnella and Peyton R. Smith, both of West Orange, have earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts: the Eagle Scout Award. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouting and is earned by less than 2.5 percent of all boys involved in Scouting. […]

Tevlin’s alleged killer convicted of unrelated WO robbery

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Seattle man accused of killing Livingston college student Brendan Tevlin in June 2014 was convicted on all counts of an unrelated armed robbery of a man in West Orange. Following a two-week trial before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle, a jury found Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, guilty on Nov. 17 […]

Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board meets for first time, gets right into the issues

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Information and legislation were the key themes at the newly formed West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board’s inaugural meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at the Turtle Back Zoo Education Center. The purpose of the board is to recommend safety measures to the Township Council for further review. The group of 12 attendees included […]

Let your creative juices flow at new Arts Center in W.O.

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Local artists in search of feedback and encouragement need look no further than the Creative Connections program offered by the West Orange Arts Council, now located in its new home, the West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road in West Orange. The newly opened center has been in operation for about […]

Communication maven heads to Hong Kong to share wisdom

SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — South Orange resident and West Orange native Michelle Tillis Lederman’s communications expertise has afforded her the opportunity to speak in front of some of the biggest corporations and institutions in the nation, from Morgan Stanley to Johnson & Johnson and General Electric. But soon Lederman’s ability to help others […]

Tax grace period ends, no Prism payment

Despite issuance of yet another default letter, town officials remain confident in redevelopment

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township of West Orange issued yet another default letter to Edison Village redeveloper Prism Capital Partners on Nov. 11, after the real estate operator failed to pay fourth-quarter taxes on its redevelopment properties before both the Nov. 1 due date and Nov. 10 extended deadline. Township redevelopment counsel Jennifer Credidio’s default […]

SHP Fathers Club bestows its most cherished award

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Seton Hall Prep Fathers Club honored West Orange resident Tony Esposito with the organization’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds ’48 Award on Nov. 1. Bestowed at the annual Family Communion Breakfast in the name of the late Tom Reynolds, the first multi-term president of the club in the […]