Librarians picket council meeting, demand more funding

Librarians picket council meeting, demand more funding

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Public Library employees and supporters took to the streets in objection to the Township Council’s decision not to provide additional funding for the library in this year’s municipal budget, holding an “informational picket” outside Town Hall during the council’s April 5 meeting. Led by staff representative Rene Garzon of […]

Sewer bill increase leaves many residents frustrated

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many residents are expressing frustration over the fact that the West Orange’s $350 sewer bill is $100 more than last year’s due to a new charging structure implemented by the township, though Mayor Robert Parisi said community members would actually still be paying that amount in a different form had the […]

WOSD to cut 20 employees, two classes

With budget shortfall and 2-percent tax cap, school district forced to make personnel, class cuts

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed 2016-2017 school year’s preliminary budget, which includes increasing taxes by 1.86 percent while also cutting 20 positions and two middle-school classes to make up for an approximately $3 million deficit, during its March 21 meeting. According to the budget presentation made […]

WOPL revives Friends group as it faces budget shortfall

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library has revived its years-dormant Friends of the Library organization to raise funds as the library faces the real possibility that the township will not be able to provide the additional $200,000 it is requesting for its operating budget. Several residents and WOPL employees gathered March 9 […]

Library looks to township to make ends meet

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library is asking the Township Council for an additional $200,000 in its 2016 budget beyond the minimum allotment the state requires of municipalities for library funding, but this won’t be possible in light of this year’s severe economic constraints, according to the township administration. According to the […]

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