Legionella bacteria found in several school district water fixtures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After finding low levels of legionella bacteria in some water samples from Redwood Elementary School in August, West Orange School District contracted with Garden State Environmental to test all schools and district facilities for legionella bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires’ disease. According to a Sept. 25 update from the district, testing […]

West Orange students head back to school

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was back to the classroom for West Orange public school students on Sept. 6 and, despite the sweltering temperatures, there was excitement and smiles. Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky spent the day visiting the district’s 12 schools, beginning his morning at Gregory Elementary School, where he welcomed students, staff and […]

West Orange junior tennis player earns top USTA ranking

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Liberty Middle School seventh-grade student Rohan Belday, currently ranked No. 1 in the USTA Eastern Boys 12-Year-Old Division and No. 19 nationally, was honored at the United States Tennis Association Eastern Junior Awards Gala on Aug. 27. Rohan received his award at the U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National […]

West Orange mathematics teacher dies at 53

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Cynthia Murren Di Giovanna, a former mathematics teacher at Edison Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School and Redwood Elementary School, died suddenly on July 22. She was 53 years old. Di Giovanna spent 15 years teaching in West Orange schools and was the recipient of several accolades for teaching excellence. She served […]

Township engineer details new road diet

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Municipal engineer Leonard Lepore announced at the July 16 West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board meeting that the Main Street road diet will include lane, striping and parking changes to slow down traffic and increase road safety in the township. The project, which spans from Park Avenue to Tory Corner on […]

West Orange science teacher Susan Zaccaro dead at 54

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beloved Liberty Middle School science teacher Susan Zaccaro, 54, died June 30 following an illness. Zaccaro was born in Edison and lived in Nutley. She taught science at Edison Middle School from 1990 through 2005 and moved to Liberty Middle School when it opened its doors in 2005, teaching until the […]

Do you have what it takes to win ‘West Orange Idol’?

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents of all ages and talents are welcome to compete for trophy and bragging rights at the “West Orange Idol” talent show, sponsored by the Downtown West Orange Alliance, on Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 7 p.m. in front of Edison Middle School. For more information and to register, visit […]