Following holocaust, St. Mark’s stabilization efforts begin

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The effort to stabilize the former St. Mark’s Episcopal Church building, the nearly 200-year-old historic site severely damaged by a fire on New Year’s Day, has officially begun after township construction official Tom Tracey gave final approval to engineer Guy Lagomarsino’s proposed shoring plans earlier this month. Jack Sayers, the township […]

Engineering students suggest narrowing lanes to 10 feet

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A graduate class of civil engineering students from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy advised the township to narrow the driving lanes, mark crosswalks and add sidewalks to make Northfield Avenue, Pleasant Valley Way and Main Street safer and more enjoyable for pedestrians and drivers during […]

Former West Orange Mayor Sam Spina dead at 86 years

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Samuel A. Spina, former five-term mayor of West Orange and former president of the N.J. Conference of Mayors, died Feb. 10 at age 86. The longest-serving West Orange mayor, he held the top township position from 1978 to 1998. Born in Orange, Spina was a lifelong resident of West Orange. He graduated […]

WO unveils marker celebrating Anna Easter Brown’s legacy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library was awash in a sea of pink and green as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the historical marker dedicated to Anna Easter Brown, a West Orange native and one of the founding members of the organization, on Friday, Feb. 5, […]

Is St. Mark’s on the chopping block?

Concerned residents, architects worry for fate of historic church following New Year’s Day fire

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The engineering firm hired by the owner of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church building inspected the remains of the fire-damaged structure and, on Jan. 22, submitted a preliminary stabilization report to the township. Township business administrator Jack Sayers said the report from the Union City-based Optimized Engineering Associates Corp., which was submitted […]

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