Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

West Orange passes resolution similar to Maplewood’s, and South Orange trustees hear from deputy parks director on expansion

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

WEST ORANGE / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing conflict between county residents and the administration of Essex County regarding a proposed amphitheater at the Turtle Back Zoo continued at two local council meetings last week. At the Sept. 10 West Orange Township Council meeting, a resolution was passed asking the county not to develop […]

West Orange receives $8.1K for cleanup, education

West Orange receives $8.1K for cleanup, education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Andy Lewis, the senior director of North Operations for American Water Supply, recently presented a check at a Township Council meeting to Councilwoman Susan McCartney and the West Orange Assistant Director of Public Works Nick Salese Jr., who is also the town’s recycling coordinator. The check was for $8,100 and will […]

Two flag raisings in one week celebrate WO diversity

Township celebrates Dominican Republic and Indian cultures at two flag raisings

Two flag raisings in one week celebrate WO diversity

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Last week saw two foreign flags raised on the steps of the West Orange Town Hall to celebrate the Dominican Republic’s Restoration Day on Aug. 16; on Aug. 13, before the Township Council meeting; and on Aug. 15 for India’s Independence Day. At each event, residents waved the flags of the […]

Maplewood passes resolution against zoo expansion

West Orange Town Council plans to draft resolution against expanding the zoo's footprint

Maplewood passes resolution against zoo expansion

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — County residents continue to voice opposition to the Turtle Back Zoo amphitheater proposed by County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. earlier this summer, with several towns speaking out against the project. The Maplewood Township Committee passed a resolution at its Aug. 6 meeting asking the county to suspend expansion of the Aug. […]

WO Council passes MOU with Ring

TC votes 4-1 for police to have access to doorbell footage shared on Ring app

WO Council passes MOU with Ring

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Aug. 13, the West Orange Township Council approved a resolution allowing the Police Department to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ring, a doorbell surveillance system owned by Amazon. The MOU allows the WOPD to access the Neighbors app, where citizens who own a Ring system can voluntarily share […]

WOPL redevelopment plan OK’ed

Town Council votes 4-1 to approve plan, make Alpert the site’s redeveloper

WOPL redevelopment plan OK’ed

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At its July 16 meeting, the West Orange Township Council approved an ordinance on second reading that adopts a redevelopment plan for the West Orange Public Library, in addition to approving a resolution appointing Joe Alpert, of the Alpert Group, the redeveloper of the library site. Both the resolution and the […]

CORESSWC presents $24K in scholarships

CORESSWC presents $24K in scholarships

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Circle of Rainbow Sisters Seeking Spiritual and Wellness Connection presented $24,052 in scholarships and awards to three age groups during its third annual Financial Literacy and Awards Ceremony on July 19 at West Orange Town Hall. Students across the state were recognized for successfully completing courses and projects in the […]

TC passes 8.5-percent tax hike

With 3-2 vote, Council approves 2019 municipal budget of $85.7 million

TC passes 8.5-percent tax hike

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the 2019 municipal budget of $85,780,920.31 at its July 16 meeting, approving a tax increase of 8.5 percent, the highest increase in the last 10 years. The budget passed with a vote of 3-2, with Councilman Joe Krakoviak and Councilwoman Susan McCartney casting the opposing […]

Should riders pay for WO jitney?

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a $328,680 contract between the township and Mobility Coach, which will provide drivers for the town’s jitneys for the next year, at its June 25 meeting. While the resolution was approved unanimously, council members discussed possibly charging for the currently free service in the future […]

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