Students learn about neighborhoods via dioramas

Students learn about neighborhoods via dioramas

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School second-graders have been busy building dioramas — 3-dimensional scale models — of familiar Bloomfield locations as part of their social studies class. According to second-grade teachers Cathy Velardi and Laura Foster, the project is to help familiarize their students with the differences between urban, suburban and rural environments. This is […]

West Orange celebrates the Festival of Lights

West Orange celebrates the Festival of Lights

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange community gathered together Monday, Dec. 3, to celebrate the second night of Hanukkah. Joined by Mayor Robert Parisi and other township residents and officials, Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, of Chabad of West Orange, lit the Hanukkah menorah in front of Town Hall. Photos by Amanda Valentovic

NJ committees approve pot legalization

State Senate, Assembly committees vote to send Marijuana Legalization Act to full Legislature vote

NJ committees approve pot legalization

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Monday, Nov. 26, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly majorities voted to move ahead with the Marijuana Legalization Act legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Nicholas Scutari and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, that would make marijuana use legal for adults age 21 and older. Scutari represents the 22nd Legislative District, which […]

Holiday season kicks off in West Orange

Holiday season kicks off in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The holiday season in West Orange kicked off Friday, Nov. 30, and continued throughout the weekend with the help of the township, school district and community members. Toys were donated for Mayor Robert Parisi’s annual toy drive, and will be wrapped and delivered to needy families, thanks to the Mayor’s Sunshine […]

Town kicks off the season with lights, song and Santa

Town kicks off the season with lights, song and Santa

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield had its annual Town Hall holiday tree lighting Monday night, Dec. 3, and it was an event that combined the old and the new. Always welcomed, the Bloomfield High School Choir sang, as did Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts when introduced by Recreation Department Director Michael Sceurman. Sceurman provided the crowd with […]

Gas Lamp Players to stage ‘A Christmas Carol’

Gas Lamp Players to stage ‘A Christmas Carol’

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Gas Lamp Players will be presenting, “A Christmas Carol,” with a cast of 105 adults, teenagers and children. According to its director, Kristy Graves, this production is the same as the one-act, Broadway musical version that had a running time of 90 minutes, but the Gas Lamp show will have an […]

South Orange community gathers to celebrate Hanukkah

South Orange community gathers to celebrate Hanukkah

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Members the South Orange community came together Sunday, Dec. 2, in Spiotta Park to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by lighting the Hanukkah menorah. Attendees enjoyed hot chocolate, jelly doughnuts and holiday songs. Rabbi Dan Cohen, of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, spoke about the significance of light to […]

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