Local food pantry gives thanks for generous West Orange community

Local food pantry gives thanks for generous West Orange community

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a year filled with challenges, the Holy Trinity–West Orange Food Pantry was able to provide more than 400 turkeys and Thanksgiving side bags to needy families via its distribution on Nov. 21 and 22, mainly due to the generosity of the West Orange community. “Don’t believe the naysayers that have […]

Hazel Elementary holds first ESL Night

Hazel Elementary holds first ESL Night

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hazel Elementary School held a successful English-as-a-second-language event on Oct. 27, providing an opportunity for the Hazel community to gain knowledge and obtain tools and resources to help their children succeed at school and at home. For families who do not speak English, navigating the school website and communicating with teachers […]

Help West Orange teachers ‘clear the list’

Help West Orange teachers ‘clear the list’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While parents and students are rushing around to get supplies together for the coming school year, so are teachers. In the West Orange School District, teachers from across the district have created Amazon wish lists containing various items expected to enhance the learning experience for students during the upcoming school year. […]

Hazel Elementary School celebrates Juneteenth

Hazel Elementary School celebrates Juneteenth

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hazel Elementary School celebrated Juneteenth with drum and dance performances, games, storytime, and arts and crafts on June 18 as part of West Orange Township’s Juneteenth programs across town. The event also featured books by African American authors, food and singalongs. Photos Courtesy of Fatou Mbaye-Halsey

West Orange creates street mural to slow down traffic

West Orange creates street mural to slow down traffic

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, April 30, the Traffic Safety Youth Advisory Board from West Orange High School, members of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation, WOHS urban arts and AP arts students, West Orange Township Council members, West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board members, “Art Alchemist” Elijah Minton and hundreds of West Orange residents of […]

Hazel Elementary students inspired by ‘NED’s Mindset Mission’ assembly

Hazel Elementary students inspired by ‘NED’s Mindset Mission’ assembly

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hazel Elementary School welcomed “NED” on Jan. 24 for an assembly that helped students address challenges through character education. The 45-minute assembly featured a character named NED, whose name represents the three components of the type of mindset that can help students overcome obstacles: N: Never give up — understand the […]

Students thrilled as they head back to school in West Orange

Students thrilled as they head back to school in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students from preschool through senior year returned to school in West Orange on Sept. 9, many for the first time in nearly 18 months.  Mask protocols were in place in all schools. After months of planning, the district hopes to return to some level of normalcy. Though Hurricane Ida caused some […]

West Orange BOE holds Parade of Honors to recognize outstanding individuals

West Orange BOE holds Parade of Honors to recognize outstanding individuals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The June 21 end-of-year Board of Education meeting featured its semiannual Parade of Honors recognitions for the notable achievements of staff and students.  Roosevelt Middle School students Rhianna Giuliano and Violet Kohlstein won the Outstanding Community Service Award for their environmental health work; Liberty Middle School students Natalia Feliz, Justin Lopez […]

‘Whole school meeting’ celebrates student, staff at Hazel Elementary

‘Whole school meeting’ celebrates student, staff at Hazel Elementary

WEST ORANGE, NJ — June 2 marked a special sendoff at Hazel Elementary School, as students gathered collectively for the first time during the school year and soon-to-be retirees were recognized. “Retiring school counselor Lelia Tirado-Smith emphasized the theme of the school year, ‘All Are Welcomed Here,’ with a reading of ‘The Big Umbrella,’ by […]

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