Following shooting at Michigan school, Cascone discusses West Orange School District security

Following shooting at Michigan school, Cascone discusses West Orange School District security

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Scott Cascone discussed school security at the West Orange Board of Education meeting on Dec. 6, following the Nov. 30 fatal school shooting in Oxford, Mich., in which four students were killed. “Every time a community in our country experiences the tragedy of a school shooting, it has […]

West Orange celebrates the Festival of Lights at Town Hall

West Orange celebrates the Festival of Lights at Town Hall

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi welcomed Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz and his family to the front lawn of West Orange Town Hall for the town’s 18th annual Hanukkah menorah lighting on Nov. 29. The rabbi sang prayers in Hebrew before the mayor joined him and others in dancing the hora, a traditional Jewish circular […]

West Orange HS junior chosen by NJSBA to give student keynote speech

West Orange HS junior chosen by NJSBA to give student keynote speech

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School junior Maura Baker had the unique opportunity to deliver the student keynote opening speech at the 2021 New Jersey School Boards Association virtual workshop, held Oct. 26 to 28.  Baker is the second WOHS student elected to the New Jersey Association of Student Councils as a State […]

Most Essex towns vote blue in election, keeping Democratic incumbents

Most Essex towns vote blue in election, keeping Democratic incumbents

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Nov. 2 election in New Jersey saw some major upsets, low voter turnout and the Democrats losing ground. The biggest upset was Republican challenger Edward Durr seemingly defeating Democratic incumbent Senate President Stephen Sweeney in the 3rd Legislative District; as of press time, the results of the race had not […]

Community celebration of Diwali sparkles in West Orange

Community celebration of Diwali sparkles in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange 2021 Diwali celebration lit up the sky at The Rock, a 6-acre parcel acquired by the township in 2013 using Open Space funds, on Nov. 1 as the community gathered to celebrate the holiday, which this year runs from Nov. 4 through 9.  Diwali originates from the Sanskrit […]

Essex County Retirees Education Association supports West Orange food pantry

Essex County Retirees Education Association supports West Orange food pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Essex County Retirees Education Association held their annual food drive on Oct. 13 and donated “Soup for Seniors” to the Holy Trinity–West Orange Food Pantry located at 315 Main St. West Orange Board of Education President Terry Trigg-Scales helped to coordinate the drive and dropped off the donations. […]

See who’s running for political office in your town

See who’s running for political office in your town

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This election season is shaping up to be fairly quiet in Essex County, with few contested elections and foregone conclusions for some of the contested races. The biggest question on the ballot this upcoming Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, is the choice for governor. Democratic incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy, with running […]

West Orange raises the Italian flag on the steps of Town Hall

West Orange raises the Italian flag on the steps of Town Hall

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Orange/West Orange Chapter of UNICO National held an Italian flag raising on the steps of West Orange Town Hall on Oct. 7 in celebration of Italian American Heritage Month.  Mayor Robert D. Parisi and UNICO Director Frank Gonnella both spoke about the importance of the deeply rooted Italian pride that […]

West Orange remembers former student during Suicide Prevention Month

West Orange remembers former student during Suicide Prevention Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A serenity bench honoring the memory of Zach Massader was dedicated in a brief ceremony at the senior courtyard of West Orange High School on Sept. 24. Massader was a former student who committed suicide in 2018. The effort was spearheaded by Councilwoman Tammy Williams working closely with Abdel and Lauren […]