Essex County News

October 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns in 2018. The 'spectacular' returns for weekends in November, then takes place every night in December.  Save the dates: Holiday Lights Spectacular Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Montclair Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, MD, was awarded with the Outstanding Regional Elected Official Award, presented by the New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women. On Saturday, October 13, a crowd gathered at Fernandes Steakhouse in Newark to celebrate the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A $4 million federal grant will allow Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) outpatient program in Newark to offer more services to those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. The grant was received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and ...

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Art is a major force in the redevelopment of Newark. But when the Newark Arts Festival opened this year, for a few days it was the greatest force.  "I like to be able to hang out on a weekend night and walk around from space to space and see experimentation," said Anker West, a longtime Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark police officers are in the midst of conducting a pedestrian safety initiative that uses a decoy to educate - and issue summonses - to people during a month-long Street Smart NJ campaign. The campaign is for all of Essex County and coordinated by the North Jersey ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - A vehicle traveling through Nutley crashed into a home Tuesday afternoon around 4:15 p.m.. According to people living in the area, the Nutley Police Department, Nutley Fire Department, and Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad "responded in minutes." The home is located on ...

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Juniors Seek Donations to Help Food Drive Succeed VERONA, NJ - The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona will kick-off this year’s Verona Fights Hunger Week on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  The town-wide food drive will run through Saturday, October 20, 2018.   Verona Fights Hunger Week is a town wide ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Job recruiters from 11 companies across multiple industries will be on hand at an upcoming job fair at Essex County College, which is open to students and the public. The fair will be held Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college’s fourth floor multipurpose room at 303 ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka came out in support of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker after President Donald Trump said the former mayor “ran Newark, New Jersey into the ground.” Booker, a Democrat, was Newark's mayor from 2006 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A 238-foot high luxury residential tower that overlooks Military Park and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is finished and open for leasing. One Theater Square has been 11 years in the making. The building was developed by Dranoff Properties, and the president of the company ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove voters approved a $2.9 million bond referendum on Tuesday which will pay for security and safety upgrades at all Cedar Grove schools.  A total of 1,075 votes were cast, with 809 in favor and 266 against the referendum.   "I want to thank the Cedar Grove community ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Friday, Sept. 28, making the ticket's owner the winner of the Jersey Cash 5 $166,600 Jackpot, according to a press release from NJ Lottery. The winning ticket was sold at the Quick Chek location at 1545 Springfield Ave. in ...

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The New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women (NJFDW) will present Councilwoman Renee Baskerville its 2018 Outstanding Regional Elected Official Award, Northern Region. The award will be presented to Councilwoman Baskerville at the organization's awards banquet to be held Saturday, October 13, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A union member mouthed the words “thank you” Thursday as cheers erupted in the boardroom where Port Authority commissioners passed a $19 minimum wage for workers at the agency’s three major airports. “Let me say clearly and bluntly: these new wage levels are essential to the safe, ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Officers from the Nutley Police Department filed drug possession charges on Thursday against a 29 year old man after responding to a call about a suspicious person wearing a clown mask on Baltimore St.  Nutley police conducted a field interview with Lamelle Robinson of North Bergen, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Two teens were camping alongside dozens of others in tents outside the Prudential Center last evening with one goal in mind: to get a closer view of a K-pop boy band called BTS. Tyler Swintosky and Sabrina Barker, both 14, flew from North Carolina with their parents in the wee hours ...

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NEWARK, NJ - One of the residential towers owned in part by NBA star Shaquille O'Neal may soon get a $2.5 million loan from the city, much to the irritation of one councilman. On Tuesday, the city council approved a last-minute resolution that would allow the Newark Economic and Housing ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In collaboration with local artist Ryan Zorad, Main Street New Jersey and the European company SprayPrinter, which uses special technology to create murals that celebrate downtowns and local artists, the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) has turned the bare walls of two Main ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new parklet will be unveiled on Glenridge Avenue on Friday, September 28 at 6pm.  The public is invited to join Mayor Robert Jackson, BID Director Israel Cronk and other officials to open a new seasonal parklet on Glenridge Avenue. The custom designed parklet, located across ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Cyclists will take a tour through Branch Brook and Weequahic parks, the Ironbound community and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart this Sunday.  Brick City Bike Collective, a cyclists advocacy group, will host the 16-mile ride, including a shorter loop through the Ironbound ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A mystery developer received approval from the city planning board to turn the historic Griffith building on Broad Street into modern apartments and ground floor retail space. The building at 605-607 Broad St. was built in 1927 by the Griffith Piano Company and was used as a ...

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MASSILLON, Oh. — Montclair High School has established itself as one of the best football teams in New Jersey over the past few decades, with a rich legacy and tradition unlike any other program in the Garden State.  This weekend, it will lock horns with another team carrying all those same ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The director of Essex County College's (ECC) police academy announced today that he was placed on administrative leave, possibly signaling a sale of the training grounds. “After serving as the Academy Director for the past 14 years, I have been placed on ‘administrative leave’ until ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Nikhil Badlani Foundation’s eighth annual USATF-certified STOP for Nikhil 5K Run/3K Walk is fast approaching. The event, to be held on Sunday at West Orange High School, promotes traffic safety awareness while remembering those who have died or have been seriously injured in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University student who died from injuries sustained when he fell off of the campus' parking deck on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Julian M. Mislavsky in a letter to the Seton Hall community from Interim President Mary J. Meehan. Mislavsky was a senior ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ -  Montclair High School will be closed for a second day due to a stairwell collapse, school officials announces on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, September 12, Montclair High School will be closed due to safety concerns. School district officials are proposing that there may be a two ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student has died after falling from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday, according to a letter to the school community from the University's Interim President, Mary J. Meehan. South Orange Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 12:15 p.m., ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair High School officials were forced to close down one set of stairs after part of the staircase collapsed on Friday. As a precautionary measure, school district officials opted to close school for Tuesday to check the structural soundness of the remaining staircases in the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Institute of Technology is creating a special admissions process for Saudi Arabian students studying in Canada who may soon be displaced as tensions rise among the two countries. The Saudi Ministry of Education in August announced that it would stop funding ...

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