WO kicks off Earth Hour with student presentations

WO kicks off Earth Hour with student presentations

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Earth Hour isn’t happening until March 28, but West Orange kicked it off two weeks early at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, with West Orange High School and Liberty Middle School students showing off their environmentally friendly projects on March 11. The presentations were held in advance of Earth Hour, […]

COVID-19 touches down in West Orange

Township, entire state, close down everyday life to prevent spread of disease

COVID-19 touches down in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township is feeling the effects of COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. School districts, many businesses and other organizations have closed and schools have moved to online learning for at least two weeks. As of March 19, […]

Area residents, youths protest zoo expansion

Students speak out against proposed amphitheater at Turtle Back Zoo

Area residents, youths protest zoo expansion

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution that authorized the county Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs to apply to the state for a $4 million grant for the proposed “conservation pavilion,” a 500-seat amphitheater to be built in the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the […]

PVP has stellar inaugural year at OSPAC

PVP has stellar inaugural year at OSPAC

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The staff members of Pleasant Valley Productions, a nonprofit theater company, were at the Township Council meeting on Feb. 4 to present the year-end report of the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center. PVP took over operations of OSPAC in May; Artistic Director Camille DiLorenzo and Executive Director Laura Naranjo gave the […]

Pleasant Valley Productions takes center stage at TC meeting

Pleasant Valley Productions takes center stage at TC meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Pleasant Valley Productions board members Laura Naranjo, Beth Vecchio, Tracy Burkholder, Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo and Elizabeth Rogers took center stage in council chambers on Feb. 4. All were part of the supporting cast as Vecchio-DiLorenzo presented her annual report to the Township Council. Her presentation recapped PVP’s events held this past year […]

Raising awareness of teen dating violence

Raising awareness of teen dating violence

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The National Council of Jewish Woman/Essex were on hand at the Feb. 4 West Orange Township Council meeting as February was remembered as National Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Month in West Orange. Councilman Jerry Guarino, Councilwoman Cindy Matute-Brown, NCJW member Melinda Udell, Councilwoman Susan McCartney, NCJW members Sharon Falkin and […]

HRC presents its 2019 accomplishments to council

HRC presents its 2019 accomplishments to council

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Human Relations Commission Chairwoman Tammy Williams presented her annual report recounting the commission’s 2019 accomplishments at the Feb. 4 Township Council meeting. Pictured are HRC members Steve Hobson, Shannon Gattens, Dagmar Hobson and Williams, who stressed harmony between people creating a united community in her message.

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