Freeholders honor Mordecai, Holmes at BHM celebration

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its 2018 Black History Month celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Hall of Records in Newark. The ceremony commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience and spirit of the black community. Freeholder President Brendan Gill began the program with opening remarks and acknowledged black contributions, […]

BOE postpones vote on Rutzky’s contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education delayed the vote on whether to renew Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract at its Feb. 12 meeting, so board members could take into consideration comments they heard at the meeting. The vote is now scheduled for Feb. 26. Many members of the community spoke […]

BOE speaks to community about superintendent’s contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Board of Education released the following letter to the community on Feb. 20: Dear School District Community, There have been a number of inquiries concerning the West Orange Board of Education’s consideration of the Superintendent’s contract. The Board is legally precluded from publicly discussing personnel matters, but assures the public […]

TC and BOE pass resolutions supporting DACA

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously approved a resolution that supports the reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act at its Jan. 23 meeting, in response to the federal Department of Homeland Security’s repeal of the program. DACA protects immigrants who entered the United States illegally as minors from […]

Gregory’s ‘Great Kindness Challenge’ warms hearts and spirits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Gregory Elementary School “Great Kindness Challenge” warmed hearts throughout West Orange, sharing smiles, hugs, and words of inspiration and support. Organized by guidance counselor Sarah McIntosh, this year’s challenge was held the week of Jan. 22. Members of three branches of the military, Mayor Robert Parisi, Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, […]

Charles to helm WOBOE in 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education kicked off the new year with its reorganization meeting on Jan. 8, swearing in new BOE member Ken Alper, unanimously electing new President Ron Charles and Vice President Mark Robertson, and approving 2018 BOE liaisons. In addition to joining the board, Alper was designated as […]

WOHS to require SAT prep class

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education approved a plan to make an SAT prep class mandatory for all West Orange High School students at its Dec. 18 meeting. The class will be equivalent to 68 hours of SAT prep work and will replace the SAT Bootcamp program currently offered at WOHS. […]

County clerk releases certified WOBOE election results

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey gubernatorial election went as had been expected, but elections at the local level did offer some surprises in Essex County. A few weeks after the election, Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin certified the results, making official the winners reported in the News-Record/West Orange Chronicle. In addition to […]

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