Monday, May 6, 2013
Susan G. Komen race draws thousands in a sea of pink to South Mountain area Sunday.
The 5K walk/run drew thousands of participants, some clad in pink and others wearing T-shirts celebrating loved ones that had survived breast cancer Sunday in West Orange.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Race for the Cure at the zoo complex will close streets.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Saturday, May 4
More than 5,000 are expected at this year’s Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure on Sunday and there is still time to sign up. The race day activities include a 5K Chip-timed Race, a 5K Walk and a 1.5 mile fun walk, Kid for the Cure Dash, survivor ceremony, a Kids for the Cure area with lots of fun activities, free give-aways and more. The following is a rundown of the race's schedule: 6:00a - Shuttles start from Livingston Mall Parking Lots to Race Site 7:00a - Registration Opens / Packet Pickup Available / Survivor Tent Opens 8:00a - EXPO opens / Stretch and Aerobic Warm Up Begins 8:15a - Race Start Line Presentation 8:30a - RUN: 5K Timed Run begins 9:00a - KIDS FOR THE CURE 50 YARD DASH (New this year!) 9:15a - Survivor …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
More than 100 responders participated in the drill Wednesday in West Orange with eight fire department and 16 EMS providers along with New Jersey and county services.
West Orange Fire Department along with seven other township fire departments and 16 EMS providers participated in a New Jersey National Guard decontamination drill in West Orange Wednesday. The drill tested the capabilities of the county's hazardous material response and treatment of patients at the NJ National Guard Armory, according to West Orange Fire Chief Peter Smeraldo. It required the EMS to treat and triage about 20 potential people contaminated by the hazardous material. "We were very pleased with the results," said Smeraldo. "We identified our strengths and where we can improve." More than 100 first responders from local townships attended as well as Essex County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey EMS and University Hospital in …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Former West Orange High School teacher, Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, was sentenced to a three-year suspended sentence of parole with no jail time Monday afternoon, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.
The 33-year-old former West Orange High School teacher and Montclair resident who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student was sentenced Monday and will serve no jail time, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said. Erica DePalo, a former Essex County Teacher of the Year, was sentenced on Monday in Newark Superior Court to a three-year suspended sentence of parole with no jail time. She will also forfeit of her teaching license and be on lifetime supervision under Megan's Law, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office said. When DePalo acccepted the plea deal in February the interim superintendent of the West Orange School District, James O'Neill, told Patch he was “personally disappointed” and felt the parents …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Governor Chris Christie joined dignitaries to open Sea Lion Sound Exhibit
Calling it the "best zoo in the state," Gov. Chris Christie officially opened the newest exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo Tuesday, featuring the largest exhibit in the zoo's history. Joined by his daughter Bridget, Christie cut the ribbon on the new Sea Lion Sound Exhibit. The large crowd included zoo visitors, numerous county and state officials, as well as zoo employees and volunteers. This new, natural habitat-themed display is the largest exhibit developed in Turtle Back’s history, and features an 82,000-gallon pool for sea lions and a 1,600-gallon touch tank for sting rays, along with space for education programs and special events. The Turtle Back Zoo marks its 50th anniversary in 2013, noted Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Wednesday's grand opening of largest development in zoo history features governor, county executive.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will join forces on Wednesday at 11 a.m. for the grand opening of the Sea Lion Sound Exhibit in Essex County Turtle Back in West Orange, officials said Monday. The new natural habitat-themed display is the largest exhibit developed in zoo history and features an 82,000-gallon pool for sea lions and a 1,600-gallon touch tank for sting rays, county officials said in a release. The sea lion space will also allow for educational programs and special events, officials announced. For the first time in more than 20 years, the zoo will feature the return of the sea lions. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the zoo. The program will held at the zoo, 560 …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Nine-month-old snow leopard joins Gala at the Turtle Back Zoo.
Tuesday, February 19
Chameli, a nine-month-old snow leopard, made her Turtle Back Zoo debut on Valentine’s Day. The energetic animal explored her enclosure and showed her climbing skills off to the crowd awaiting her arrival Thursday morning. The snow leopard was transferred from the Cape May Zoo on a breeding loan as part of a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums species survival plan two months ago. This is the first time in the zoo’s history to have a pair of snow leopards on site. For now, Chameli and Gala, the zoo’s resident snow leopard, will rotate hours in the zoo’s Amazing Asia exhibit, but there is a bright future ahead for these majestic animals. Once Chameli is large enough, the snow leopards will be on exhibit together, …
Friday, January 25, 2013
New restaurant opens across from Essex Green.
If you don’t want to hang out with celebrities and world-famous DJs spinning the night away at hip West Orange nightclub 4Sixty6, there is now another reason to come: Sam Mickail’s Cut Steakhouse. Executive Chef Sam Mickail, formerly of The Terrace in NYC, Highlawn Pavilion, Rare The Steak House, Il Tulipano and Waterside, opened this contemporary American steak house with Mediterranean influences last fall. “I did my research and decided that West Orange was thirsty for a great steak and needed an upscale steak house,” says the 30-year veteran, who was born in Cairo, raised in France, trained in Switzerland and staged in the finest kitchens in Europe. “I want people to get hooked, and realize that there is no need to go to New York for …
Nikkole Salter talks with the Bloomfield Patch about her upcoming play “Carnaval,” an explicit play about the consequences of sexual tourism.
Bloomfield playwright Nikkole Salter will have have her second play, “Carnaval,” produced at Luna Stage in West Orange beginning at the end of January. Salter is coming off her first critically acclaimed coauthored play, “In the Continuum,” which was written in 2005. The Off-Broadway production lasted about five months, and it was also produced overseas. Salter has also appeared in the feature film “Pride & Glory," and received various accolades and nominations. Her most recent written work, “Carnaval”, was selected to be a part of The New Black Fest 2011-2012 season. About the Play, “Carnaval” A year ago in Brooklyn, two young men mourned the untimely loss of their best friend. In his honor they decided then and there that, despite …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
This "local gem" marks half a century of education and entertainment
The Turtleback Zoo turns 50 in 2013, and the people and animals who live in and love the zoo are celebrating. This year will see completion of a new playground, thanks to Investors Bank, as well as a Sea Lion building, complete with a touch-tank. When ground broke for the new building, in 2010, Essex County Joseph DiVincenzo said, “The Sea Lion Exhibit will be the largest and most ambitious attraction at Turtle Back Zoo. Opening it during the 50thanniversary celebration will be symbolic of how much the Zoo has been transformed into a premiere recreation and education destination. These will both be milestone events in the Zoo’s history,” he noted. There's no need to wait to visit the zoo, of course, as it is open year-round. Winter Zoo …