Friday, September 5, 2014

West Orange Roundup: New Officers, Old Timer's Day, Zoo

Nine new West Orange Police officers will be sworn in today at 5:30pm. According to the township, Officers Matthew Reiss, Giovanni Rodriguez, Derrick Morrison, Vincent Manzella, Christopher Davis, Gregory Willis, Christopher Polizzano, Michael DelPlato, and Andrew Ayre have completed Police Academy training, and are "ready to begin serving our community". The ceremony is open to the public, and will take place at the Wilshire Grand Hotel at 350 Pleasant Valley Way.

The 38th annual West Orange Old Timer's Day will take place on Saturday at 12pm. The event will be held at Colgate Park. Kenny Bogert, John Crown, Guy Cummings, Larry Doby, Jr., Andrew Vittoria, Jimmy Healy, Sharon Murphy Longo, Gary Coughlin, Brian Luing, and Hughie Curry will be honored during the event. Colgate Park is located at the corner of Cherry Street and Franklin Avenue.

More than 500,000 people have visited the Turtle Back Zoo so far this year. According to a press release from the County of Essex, the milestone was reached on August 29. “Thank you to the families, school groups and organizations that choose to make our Zoo their destination", said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. "It is amazing to watch the excitement on children’s faces as they see animals up close and humbling to see so many people become fans of Turtle Back". The zoo is located at the South Mountain Recreation Complex on Northfield Avenue.

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