Santa to visit West Orange schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Every year, Santa Claus tours the various neighborhoods of West Orange just after Thanksgiving to “ring in the season.” This year’s event will be Sunday, Nov. 25. In past years the tour wound its way through various neighborhoods in town, but this year’s Santa Tour has scheduled stops at each of […]

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 […]

NJ law mandates up to 20 min. of recess

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education discussed New Jersey’s new recess legislation and how the law will affect the school day at each of the district’s seven elementary schools at its Aug. 27 meeting at West Orange High School. The law, P.L. 2018, c. 73, which was signed by Gov. Phil […]

Community activist sworn in as president of West Orange Rotary Club

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Resident and community activist Cynthia Hadley-Bailey was sworn in as president of the Rotary Club of West Orange for the 2018-2019 year on June 30 at Mayfair Farms. She is the 91st president of the West Orange chapter and the sixth woman president. Hadley-Bailey has long been involved in grassroots community […]

Elementary schools celebrate graduating seniors with ‘clap-outs’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the countdown to graduation neared, graduating seniors visited their elementary schools on June 13 to be recognized by current students with “clap-outs.” The seniors walked through the halls of their old schools and were cheered by students and teachers as they passed through. The visit was not only fun for […]

Girl Scouts keep West Orange clean

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For this year’s Take Action program, the members of Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 20262, which has girls from Hazel and Gregory elementary schools, decided to clean up the environments around both of their schools. On Wednesday, June 15, the girls cleaned up the environments and threw out trash and recycled all […]