BOE considers creating consolidated ELL program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education postponed a vote on the English Language Learners Program at its May 21 meeting, after board members decided they want to hear more feedback from parents and community members about the program changes proposed by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Eveny de Mendez and world language […]

WOHS blood drive collects collects 50 pints

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School’s second blood drive collected 50 pints of blood on April 30 and reached out to its large community to find a bone marrow donor for Gregory Elementary School second-grader Veronica DePauli. Veronica was first diagnosed with autosomal dominant osteopetrosis Type 2 in March of 2017 through genetic […]

BOE to meet to investigate alleged misuse of funds

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At the May 21 West Orange Board of Education meeting, a speaker alleged during public speaks that a district employee had misused district funds, prompting a cover-up by Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky. According to records made public by the speaker, a Gregory School employee used school funds in 2016 to […]

West Orange students recognized by Essex County Education Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students across the West Orange School District were recognized for their Pride in Education essays in the annual competition sponsored by the Essex County Education Association. First-place winners received $75, second-place winners received $50 and third-place winners received $25. Students read their award-winning essays at the awards ceremony on March 1. […]

Gregory’s ‘Great Kindness Challenge’ warms hearts and spirits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Gregory Elementary School “Great Kindness Challenge” warmed hearts throughout West Orange, sharing smiles, hugs, and words of inspiration and support. Organized by guidance counselor Sarah McIntosh, this year’s challenge was held the week of Jan. 22. Members of three branches of the military, Mayor Robert Parisi, Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, […]

West Orange alumnus stars in George St. Playhouse production

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Class of 2012 graduate Joe Piserchio is currently starring in the George St. Playhouse production of “Austin the Unstoppable,” an original musical written by Barry Wyner with music by Daniel Israel. The show, featuring four characters including Piserchio, focuses on addressing healthy eating and is currently on […]

Community meetings with the mayor

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi will host community meetings, along with business administrator Jack Sayers and Police Chief James Abbott, on Wednesdays in September and October from 7 to 9 p.m. at the following locations: the all-purpose room at Gregory School, 301 Gregory Ave., on Sept. 27; the all-purpose room at […]

Codey leaves legacy of compassion in WOSD

After 16 years at Gregory School, former first lady of NJ retires, will focus on mental health initiatives

Codey leaves legacy of compassion in WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 16 years in the West Orange School District and a career in the field of education spanning more than 30 years, Gregory School teacher Mary Jo Codey is ending her career as an elementary school teacher. Codey, who served as a basic skills teacher at the Gregory School, is well-known […]