With official county stamp, WO property taxes increase

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange residents are paying a little more in property taxes than they did last year per the Essex County Board of Taxation’s recently issued 2016 Certification of Tax Rate, the document that sets the definitive legal tax rate for the township. The certification sets the 2016 tax rate at $3.89, […]

WO holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

WO holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

WEST ORANGE, NJ — One week ago on June 16, the West Orange community gathered at the South Mountain Recreation Complex to mourn the victims of the Orlando, Fla., massacre. Attendees at the event, which drew a crowd of more than 100, grieved for the lives lost, celebrated the township’s diversity and called for change […]

West Orange Scholarship Fund honors educator Marie DeMaio, establishes endowment in her name

West Orange Scholarship Fund honors educator Marie DeMaio, establishes endowment in her name

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 54 years and counting of outstanding excellence in education, Washington Elementary School Principal Marie DeMaio was recognized by the West Orange Scholarship Fund on May 25 with a reception at Rock Spring Country Club in West Orange. Funds raised from the event will establish a permanent endowment in DeMaio’s name […]

Town celebrates the Kelly brothers

School district renames Pleasantdale as Kelly Elementary School, mayor honors astronaut twins

Town celebrates the Kelly brothers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s internationally famous astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly returned to their hometown May 19 for Kelly Family Day, an out-of-this-world recognition of their NASA accomplishments that included the renaming of Pleasantdale Elementary School in their honor. Hundreds of students and teachers joined residents, government officials and Kelly relatives in counting […]

Chamber recognizes those who contribute to township

Chamber recognizes those who contribute to township

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Regal Bank was honored as the Business of the Year at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner at the Crestmont Country Club on May 18. Capping off an evening of delicious food, excellent networking and heartfelt tributes to the various award recipients, Tina Parsons, the bank’s branch manager, […]

Roosevelt Middle School students experience Holocaust ‘Through the Eyes of a Friend’

Roosevelt Middle School students experience Holocaust ‘Through the Eyes of a Friend’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Holocaust assembly at Roosevelt Middle School on May 9 featured a performance by actress Elizabeth Rainer in “Living Voices: Through the Eyes of a Friend,” which fictionalized the journey of Anne Frank after her family’s capture until her death. The program included Rainer’s dramatic interpretation and a multimedia presentation. […]

Green Hill celebrates 150 years of service

WEST ORANGE, NJ — One-hundred and fifty guests and dignitaries gathered together April 28 at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Green Hill. “Green Hill is a family, my family,” President and Executive Director Toni Lynn Davis, the third generation of four generations of women who have served Green […]

Town eschews lowest-bidding grant writer for better fit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a one-year contract with a grant-writing firm at its April 5 meeting despite the fact that the company in question was not actually the lowest bidder to respond to the township’s Request For Proposal. The council voted 3-1-1 in favor of awarding Millennium Strategies LLC […]