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 […]

TC honors former Board of Ed members at meeting

TC honors former Board of Ed members at meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council honored former Board of Education members Sandra Mordecai and Mark Robertson at the council’s Jan. 22 meeting. Both Mordecai and Robertson chose not to run for re-election and ended their service on the BOE this winter. Council President Michelle Casalino, who herself previously served on the […]

Town honors community leaders who embody MLK legacy

Town honors community leaders who embody MLK legacy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The town’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony on Jan. 20 honored four town residents at West Orange High School and featured performers from WOHS and the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit. Maurice Stinnett, the vice president of diversity and inclusion for BSE Global, delivered the keynote address. Councilwoman Cindy […]

Casalino is sworn in as council president

Casalino is sworn in as council president

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Michelle Casalino was officially sworn in as new council president by N.J. State Assemblyman John McKeon, with her husband, Tony Casalino, holding the Bible, at the Township Council’s Jan. 7 meeting. Casalino takes the helm from Jerry Guarino, who passed her the ceremonial gavel at the meeting. After being sworn in, […]

West Orange celebrate Hanukkah

West Orange celebrate Hanukkah

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Council President-elect Michelle Casalino welcomed Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz of Chabad of West Orange to Town Hall to lead the township’s Hanukkah menorah-lighting ceremony on Dec. 23, the second night of the holiday. Kasowitz’s holiday message called for unity and joy in celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah.