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Upcoming Special Events
Check this page frequently for upcoming Recreation Department and partner organization sponsored Special Events.

Tex-Mex Chili and Salsa Contest Fundraiser

FOOTSTEPS for the Exceptional Child provides a summer camp for special needs children in West Orange.  This summer FOOTSTEPS will be conducting an afternoon program at Pleasantdale Elementary School, in the morning at the same site, the West Orange Board of Education conducts the Extended School Year program (ESY). 

 Due to the disabilities of the participants more support services is require than a regular summer camp, however FOOTSTEPS still strive to keep the cost low.  To help keep the camp affordable, FOOTSTEPS Coordinator Candy Myrick reached out to the community for its support and OAK Barrel Pub was one of those who responded. 

 OAK Barrel Pub has agreed to host FOOTSTEPS first “Tex-Mex Chili & Salsa Contest”.  On Sunday, May 3rd the community is invited to participate in this special event being held at the OAK Barrel Pub, 440 Main Street, West Orange beginning at 1:00 PM.  The event consist of a cooking contest for home-made chili and home-made salsa.  For a modest donation guests can sample all the entrees and vote on their favorites.  The OAK Barrel will be donating additional items to complete the Tex-Mex Buffet.

 According to FOOTSTEPS Coordinator Candy Myrick “Our pilot program went very well in 2014 so it’s here to stay…We are hoping that fundraising efforts such as this one will ease the financial burden on our special needs parents and make it possible for all our families to participate.” 

 Entry forms and additional information is available here and on the Pub’s website (www.theoakbarrelpub.com).  FOOTSTEPS Coordinator Candy Myrick can be reached via email at

Fishing Derby - Saturday, June 6

On Saturday, June 6th at Crystal Lake will be the 22nd annual Fishing Derby.  This great family day begins at 9:00 am.  Bring your own fishing gear, bait will be available for sale.  There will be casting contests for children and a door prize raffle for those in attendance.  In mildly inclement weather, the event will go on.  For updates, please call the weather hotline at 973-243-1115.  Anyone over the age of 16 must have a fishing license to participate.