Essex County News

Essex Ed Predicts Early Spring

February 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex Ed, West Orange Turtleback Zoo's resident groundhog, did not see his shadow this morning, predicting that an early spring is around the corner.

Turtleback Zoo Manager Adam Heiser was dressed in formal top hat and tails as he announced the arrival of Essex Ed, who was escorted by Zookeeper Tamara Myhal.  Although slightly skitterish, Essex Ed conversed quietly with Heiser, who informed the enthusiastic crowd that he did not see his shadow.  Cheers erupted and flashes popped at the news.

As Turtleback Zoo celebrates its 50 year anniversary, Essex Ed now holds a 44-50 record on his predictions.

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Earlier this morning, Punxsutawney Phi and Staten Island Chuck also predicted an early spring.



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Deadline Announced for 2017 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest

January 14, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — The deadline for Essex County seniors to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2017 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest is Monday, March 27.

Seniors ages 60 and older are encouraged to participate, as Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo these individuals have led ...

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Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers Summer Internships for High School Juniors

January 10, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced this week that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) is seeking high school juniors to participate in the ECPO’s annual summer internship program.

The five-week program is designed to expose high school students to careers in law, law enforcement and government. The summer internship program will ...

Man vs. Waze

A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.  


Ever since bridge repair closed a major thoroughfare near my house, the traffic on my sleepy street has increased dramatically.  And it is not by accident that commuters have figured out ...