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Essex County Events Abound

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Mayara Chagas (second from right) from Wilson Avenue School in Newark for winning the Essex County Cherry Blossom poster contest. Chagas presented her poster at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Bloomfest in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 13th. With the County Executive are (from left) Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold, Wilson Avenue School Principal Margarita Hernandez and Chagas' mother, Vera. The Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by Aetna.   Credits: Glen Frieson
Newark, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center) participates in a ceremonial planting of a cherry blossom tree at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Bloomfest in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 13th. With him are (from left) Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante, Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold, Koichi Ai from the Consulate of Japanese in New York, and Branch Brook Park Alliance Co-Chairwoman Barbara Bell Coleman. The Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by Aetna. Credits: Glen Frieson
Bloomfield/Montclair, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (third from left) joined with the National Football League, New Jersey Tree Foundation and Brookdale Park Conservancy for a ceremonial tree planting on Friday, April 11th. The tree planting was the last official act of the NFL's Super Bowl XLVIII Committee and passed the ceremonial shovel to Arizona, which is hosting next year's big game. This year, a Lacebark Elm was planted in Essex County Brookdale Park and in Arizona to link the two host sites with a permanent "green" connection. Four dogwood trees were also planted. With the County Executive are (from left) Jack Groh from the NFL, Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante, Brookdale Park Conservancy President Mollie Smith, New Jersey Tree Foundation Executive Director Lisa Sims and Rich Petriccione, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Committee. It is significant to note that the Super Bowl SLVIII Committee began its New Jersey/New York campaign in May 2013 when it planted an oak tree in Essex County Weequahic Park and ended its mission in Essex County Brookdale Park. Credits: Glen Frieson
Bloomfield/Montclair, NJ - On Thursday, April 10th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (fourth from right) discussed recent and upcoming improvements to Essex County Brookdale Park. These include the installation of roadway and pathway lighting throughout the park, and the groundbreaking for a new 18-station fitness course around the perimeter walking path of the park. With the County Executive are (from left) Montclair Councilman Sean Spiller, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, Freeholder Brendan Gill, Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold, Brookdale Park Conservancy President Mollie Smith, Bloomfield Councilman Nick Joanow, Glen Ridge Mayor Peter Hughes and Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund Chairwoman Lori Tanner.  Credits: Glen Frieson

WEST ORANGE, NJ - After unveiling plans for the new South Orange Avenue Safety Improvements Project, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo didn't miss a beat as he spent the past several days participating in groundbreakings and participating in Cherry Blossom Festival events.

Take a look at the photos to see some of the new improvements and environmental initiatives as Earth Day approaches.

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