Town issues bonds for library

WO makes good on promise to pay for renovations, including new facade

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously approved an ordinance on second and final reading at its June 28 meeting appropriating $850,000 and issuing $807,500 worth of bonds for various capital projects, including several improvements to the West Orange Public Library. The ordinance designates $617,500 in bonds to the WOPL, with total […]

Proposed ordinance lowers speed in PVW school zones

Proposed ordinance lowers speed in PVW school zones

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The proposed ordinance amending the speed limits and school speed zone on Pleasant Valley Way was the subject of a debate that dominated the June 21 Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board meeting, with some board members arguing that the measure does not do enough to make the area safer while others stressed […]

Council gives green light to Operation HOPE

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a new program at its June 14 meeting to allow heroin and opioid addicts to request help from the West Orange Police Department without fear of arrest. Operation HOPE — Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort — gives an addict who voluntarily asks […]

WO plans to expand jitney service to cover more of town

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange intends to expand its commuter jitney service to cover the Redwood and Pleasantdale sections of town in early 2017, according to Mayor Robert Parisi. Parisi said the township is committed to adding a sixth route that incorporates Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle Rock Avenue so that the surrounding areas […]

West Orange police debut Operation Hope, seek volunteers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department hopes to roll out a program this fall that places heroin and opiate users into drug treatment instead of jail. Members of the Township Council will vote Tuesday, June 14, on whether to approve Operation HOPE — Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort — an affiliation between […]

Planning Board votes yes, 6-3, on Gregory improvements

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board approved the final plan for the proposed bus driveway and expanded parking lot at Gregory Elementary School during a courtesy review at the board’s June 1 meeting. The board voted 6-3 to pass the plan, with members Jerry Eben, Gerald Gurland and Gary Wegner deciding against […]

Topic of Gregory School improvements remains heated

Topic of Gregory School improvements remains heated

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The final plan for the proposed bus driveway and expanded parking lot at Gregory Elementary School was presented to a decidedly split audience of residents, educators and township officials assembled in the school’s cafeteria, with one half of the room praising the design for its potential to keep children safe and […]

Residents to pay less in taxes despite deficit

West Orange’s financial straits managed with strategic cuts, prioritizing and an eye on the future

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the $78,593,900.14 municipal budget for 2016 during its May 24 meeting by a vote of 4-1, with Councilman Joe Krakoviak being the sole vote against it. The budget increases the municipal tax levy to $51,933,857.13, which is $989,797.01 more than last year’s municipal levy of […]

Township Council splits vote to approve towing licenses

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a resolution during its May 24 meeting that awards three-year town licenses to two of the three towing companies that applied for them; the third company made no secret of its objection to the reason and process by which its license application was denied. The […]