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Pharmacist Arrested, 9/11 at 11 Years, Teacher Pleads Not Guilty, and Incumbent School Board Member Revokes Candidacy

Here is a rundown of the top stories of the week in West Orange.

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Local Pharmacist Charged With Selling Drugs Without Prescriptions

A West Orange pharmacist has been arrested and charged for selling oxycodone to those without a prescription, according to authorities. 

Leonard “Lenny” Stefanelli, 48, of East Hanover, is part-owner and head pharmacist of the West Orange Pharmacy Inc., at 443 Main St. He was arrested Monday by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. 

 

West Orange Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Sex With Student

The West Orange High School teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her students was arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court in Newark. 

Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, pleaded not guilty to charges that she had a sex with a 15-year-old student who attended her honors English class at the high school, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.  

 

Water Wells in West Orange, Orange Placed on EPA Superfund List

The contamination of a ground water site in West Orange and Orange was placed on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s worst offenders list on Friday. 

The Orange Valley Regional Ground Water site, located along Central Avenue on the border of the two towns, has been added to the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites.  

 

Incumbent School Board Member Will Not Seek Re-election

Longtime Board of Education member Paul Petigrow has withdrawn his name from the ballot this November, and said he will not run again. 

 

11 Years After 9/11: 'Essex County Remembers'

Eleven years ago, crowds watched from Eagle Rock Reservation as the New York City skyline was blackened by smoke after planes hit the World Trade Center buildings. On Tuesday, many returned to remember that day.

More than 200 people filled the reservation for Essex County’s annual memorial service, Essex Remembers. From the lawn of the memorial, first responders, emergency personnel, flight attendants, legislators, those who lost loved ones, and others, looked out into a bright blue sky framing a new yet incomplete World Trade Center.  

 

Caddies Walk to Remember 9/11

For the fifth year in a row, Greg Corbo, from Lancaster, Pa., and local resident Ken Cooke led a group of golf caddies from the Shillelagh Club in West Orange to the World Trade Center to remember those lost on Sept. 11. 

 

West Orange Man Found Guilty of Murder

Jamar Holmes, 32, of West Orange, was found guilty on Thursday of the murder of Donald Andrews, 40, of East Orange, in Superior Court in Newark. Holmes was also found guilty of various weapons charges.  

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