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.

Community comes out in force to oppose amphitheater plan

Residents call for conservation of reservation land; Adams misses TC meeting to speak out against plan

Community comes out in force to oppose amphitheater plan

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County officials held a public meeting on Jan. 21 about the proposed “conservation pavilion,” a 500-seat amphitheater to be built on the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the penguin pavilion at the Turtle Back Zoo. The meeting, held at the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove, saw more than […]