Third-grade students attend ‘Instrument Day’ at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Parents of third-grade students attending recorder concerts, take heart. The hours of practicing “Hot Cross Buns” and attending the prerequisite concert are going to pay off, perhaps sooner than expected. Third-grade students in the West Orange School District took a field trip on May 27 to West Orange High School for […]

WOHS receives ‘Innovations in Special Education Award’ for integrative iSTEM program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey School Boards Association recognized the West Orange High School “Introduction to Integrative iSTEM Program” at its annual Innovations in Special Education Awards on May 16 in Princeton. WOHS special needs educators Debra Coen and Jodie Goldstein were recognized for the creation of the successful program. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, […]

Chamber recognizes those who contribute to township

Chamber recognizes those who contribute to township

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Regal Bank was honored as the Business of the Year at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner at the Crestmont Country Club on May 18. Capping off an evening of delicious food, excellent networking and heartfelt tributes to the various award recipients, Tina Parsons, the bank’s branch manager, […]

District stands by honors program admittance protocol

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange middle school honors program is once again the subject of controversy on the eve of its second year, with many parents voicing concerns about the criteria the school district uses to accept students entering the sixth through eighth grades. Though some parents acknowledged that the transparency issues of […]

WOBOE meetings now available online

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Board of Education meetings are now available online at, where the community can view the most current meeting. Subscribe to the West Orange Board of Education TV channel on YouTube to view current and past meetings. New meetings will be posted online by the Thursday following the board […]

West Orange Special Education Parents Advisory Council to hold parent meetings

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Special Education Parent Advisory Council will hold two additional meetings to give parents and guardians the opportunity to discuss their experiences as part of the school district’s special education program. The information provided will be compiled to create a survey that special needs families can take to help […]

St. Barnabas Hospital donates playground equipment to 3 West Orange elementary schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ – St. Cloud, Gregory and Washington elementary schools were the lucky recipients of hula hoops, balls, chalk, jump ropes and other playground equipment from St. Barnabas Hospital on April 20. Margie Heller, administrative director of community health and outreach at St. Barnabas; Andrea Cuellar, supervisor of physical therapy and lift team services; […]

WOBOE raises taxes by 1.86 percent

Board of Ed passes $128.8 million budget, cuts only six positions despite original plans to cut 20

WOBOE raises taxes by 1.86 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed final budget for the 2016-17 school year, which increases taxes by 1.86 percent to make up for an approximately $3 million deficit but reduces fewer positions and classes than the preliminary budget did. According to the budget presentation made by Superintendent […]

Scholarship Fund gains $50,000 donation

Now defunct Women’s Club gives excess funds as endowment to West Orange Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund gains $50,000 donation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Scholarship Fund received an extraordinary $50,000 donation from the now-defunct West Orange Women’s Club, which was seeking to give away its remaining assets to worthy causes before closing up shop for good after more than 80 years in the community. According to WOSF President Rich Rizzolo, the $50,000 […]

Better safe than sorry, WOSD tests schools’ water for lead

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the Newark school system made headlines last month when analyses showed that its drinking water contained lead levels significantly higher than allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the West Orange School District is planning to have the water tested for lead in all of its own buildings during the coming […]