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Flags Lowered to Half-Staff Today in Honor of United States Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw III

March 23, 2015

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Flags around New Jersey will be lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 23, in recognition and mourning of United States Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw III, a native of B...

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Hello Coach...

I don't know if any of you parents out there have ever coached your son or daughter's basketball, football, soccer or baseball team—it's a volunteer gig so you don't make a...

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West Orange Public Schools

West Orange Middle School Wrestlers Place in County and State Championships

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Public Schools has announced that three middle school students: seventh grader Michael Charles and eighth graders Brian DiPalma and Colin Morgan, each took fi...

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Golda Och Academy Corner

Seventh-Grade Students Apply Judaic Lessons to Golda Och Academy's Annual Tzedakah Fair

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy’s seventh-graders participated in the annual Tzedakah Fair on March 17, showcasing their multimedia projects on charitable organizations for parents, fa...

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On the Aisle

'Cinderella' Brings Classic Disney Magic Back to the Screen

One of the biggest challenges that Disney's new iteration of Cinderella faced was convincing the audience that it deserved to be made in the first place.  This marks the studio's fo...

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Y Works

YMCA Announces New, State-of-the-art Resistance Center to Open

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The West Essex YMCA in Livingston is holding a Grand Re-Opening of the Resistance Center on April 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to the Y, the Resistance Center...

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Doctors Express Urgent Care Center of West Orange

Doctors Express – West Orange - Put Health First

WEST ORANGE, NJ - As spring nears, many of us fall back into habits we swore on the new year we wouldn’t do anymore. This is why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us of the im...

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Discount Travel News

A Week in San Diego for $474

This week’s gem, The Gaslamp Plaza Suites is a historical, European style hotel built in 1913, and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. As you walk in, observe the plaza...

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Press Releases

New Kids for the Cure® Color Run to Highlight a “More Fun, More Family” Day at the 2015 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure®

March 25, 2015

The 8th Annual Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure isn’t going to be just another “race” for a good cause, although serious runners will want to know that the 5K Race that kic...

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Phil Orphanidis - Candidate Statement for the West Orange Board of Education

(Editor's Note:  Candidates for local elections are allowed to submit statements and information about their candidacy on the Alternative Press.  We will be presenting information on this year's three candidates for the West Orange Board of Education.  These statements come directly from the candidates themselves and are published verbatim.) 

Candidate Phil Orphanidis

On November 5th, I hope to earn your families vote because I am the only candidate to bring back fiscal responsibility to the West Orange Board of Education. Rumors have been started that I would seek to eliminate Varsity sports teams, and those rumors are completely false. However, I would seek to put more of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars back into the classroom, where currently less than $1 in $3 dollars go. Teachers believe their concerns are falling on deaf ears, and so I will work hard to ensure more resources enter the classroom where the most learning occurs. 

If elected, I would work hard to make sure our administration and departments are running lean so that every dollar is being used efficiently to educate the children of West Orange, and so taxpayers get the most value for their taxes. I would also be a strong proponent of more diversity in our workforce; hiring teachers of all socioeconomic background, ethnicities, and ages. Reforming our transportation system which costs more than $7.8 million this year alone and buses 7,000 students would be a top priority of mine in my first 3 year term. There are cost, quality, safety and efficiency concerns that I would like to address and fix. 
 
In closing, I will pay close attention to how your hard-earned taxpayer dollars are being spent, and I will make sure you get results for your property taxes so that our home values are positively reflected.  Thank you and I hope to represent you for 3 years on the Board of Education!