Essex County News Top Stories

April 15, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Cambria Hotel officially opened its first New Jersey location last week with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the new West Orange site at 12 Rooney Circle. Members of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, including several local business owners, as ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Mayors from Essex County met with New Jersey Sen. President Steve Sweeney, D-Salem and New Jersey Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield to discuss issues in their communities. The atmosphere was friendly at Mayfair Farms on Saturday as mayors met for the ninth annual breakfast ...

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LITTLE FALLS/CEDAR GROVE, NJ - In recognition of April being National Autism Awareness Month, The Fine Grind in Little Falls will once again host of the art of Matthe Ribaudo, a young artist from Cedar Grove with autism. Ribaudo will have his art displayed throughout the month of April. One ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – An update was provided regarding the Montclair High School stair tower replacement timeline during the Board of Education public meeting held Wednesday evening at the George Inness Annex Atrium at Montclair High School.   Presiding over the meeting were Superintendent Kendra ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The chants were loud and the signs had bold colors with messages like "And justice for all. Barr none. Release the full report" and "Release the report your cliff notes don't count." About 75 people came to the South Orange Train Station with the same message that U.S.

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NEWARK, NJ - Ken Gibson, the first black mayor of Newark who was elected in the tulmultous period following 1967 race riots, has died. He was 86. Gibson was the first black elected to serve as mayor of a major northeastern city when he won a six-man race in 1970, unseating Mayor Hugh Addonizio, ...

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South Orange and Maplewood could be the next towns to create local laws banning plastic bags from local stores. Municipalities throughout New Jersey are implementing these bans to be more environmentally-savvy and to minimize the amount of plastic that's used and thrown away, which environmental ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Want to turn in your old guns? Then give them to the county. The Essex County Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation are sponsoring a gun buyback program this Saturday. The program is one of the first initiatives in New Jersey involving law enforcement and a ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ-- Today Sea Turtle Recovery (STR) hosted their annual Green Event, a brunch to raise funds for their organization. Sea Turtle Recovery is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of sea turtles. All sea turtle species are threatened or ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The future of medical and recreational marijuana appears to be on shaky ground in New Jersey’s most populated city. A measure that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries within Newark's boundaries did not gain enough votes from city council for a second time Wednesday. If ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – It was a busy day at the NJ Transit General Office Building in Maplewood on Tuesday. Workers in the agency’s Emergency Operations Center were monitoring information in real-time, including everything from the agency’s bus terminals to its rail stations when Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A legal fund will be created by the county for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees held at the Essex County jail following a federal report that found unsafe and unsafe conditions at the facility. MORE: Essex Freeholders Consider Future of ICE Contract After ...

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When Sean O'Neill dons his Irish tricolor sash today as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Newark St. Patrick's Day parade, it will be far from the first time he got dressed up for the event. "My mother would always say to me 'It's St. Patrick's Day. Go put on your green shirt,'" said O'Neill, 54, ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Fire Department is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser to honor the memory of two of their own who were lost too soon. The event will take place in April. The comedy night will feature an all you can eat spaghetti dinner, beer, wine and soda. There will also be a cash ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – On Tuesday, March 12, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that a total of 200 deer and 100 unborn deer were removed from Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation during the 12th Annual Deer Management Program. The program ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - On February 28th, The City of East Orange hosted a Black History Month Celebration & Lifetime Citizen Awards at Cicely Tyson School Performing Arts Center featuring Special Guest Speaker Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver.  The theme was centered on the “Great Migration,” the ...

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Essex County, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs was presented with two awards of excellence at the annual New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association convention held in Atlantic City on Tuesday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A federally funded traffic study that’s in the works may recommend a pedestrian plaza for Halsey Street and the elimination of several driving lanes in exchange for bicycle lanes in the city’s downtown. MORE: See some of the recommendations The North Jersey Transportation ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – The pros and cons of legalizing adult recreational marijuana use and sales in the Township of Montclair and the State of New Jersey were discussed on Tuesday evening during a lively town hall meeting hosted by Fourth Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville in the Municipal Council ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Former NASA astronaut and Naval veteran Captain Mark Kelly, a West Orange native, recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat in the State of Arizona. Kelly, the son of two police officers, was born and raised in West Orange with his identical twin brother and ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A 30 year old Belleville man admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Nutley. According to the Essex County Prosecutors Office, the accused worked as a youth basketball coach with Amateur Athletics Union (AAU), a youth basketball league which held practices at the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange Township Council voted unanimously in favor of approving the purchase of property at Rock Spring Golf Course on first reading during Tuesday's council meeting. A second bond ordinance to provide funding was approved by a vote of 4-1. A second and ...

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NEWARK, NJ - City officials say Narcan was administered to the driver of a school bus that allegedly crashed into a tree today at 14th Avenue and Jones Street.   Lisa Byrd, 57, was driving 12 children from 14th Avenue School when it crashed around 1:10 p.m., authorities said. Byrd, of Newark, is ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — If you go see “My Very Own British Invasion” without even knowing what it’s about, here’s the thing: the core message literally broadcasts itself on the theater’s sound system as you take your seats in a mélange of hits from the 1960s British Invasion rock bands. Iconic music ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Two individuals were arrested in Fairfield on Friday for engaging in prostitution-related conduct after Fairfield police learned of illegal activities occurring at the new MVP Spa located at 180 Fairfield Road, according to police. According to Fairfield Police Chief Anthony ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 90 minutes of deliberating in closed session with members of the West Orange Township Council, Mayor Robert Parisi surprised the public at Tuesday night’s public meeting when he announced the township’s intention to purchase Rock Spring Country Club. His proclamation ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The actor best known for her role as Hilary Banks will be in Newark to help kick off United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s 30th annual Celebrity Read. Karyn Parsons, who starred on the NBC comedy sitcom from 1990 to 1996, will be the celebrity chairperson for this year’s read. She ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. announced this week that the county has made an offer to purchase Rock Spring Country Club, a 168-acre site in West Orange that is currently up for sale. As the property is located next to South Mountain Reservation, DiVincenzo said it ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The former mayor of Newark who tossed his hat in the 2020 presidential election today said there should be fewer corporate tax breaks and more investment in infrastructure to address elevated lead levels in Newark and around the county.  Booker, who was mayor of Newark from 2006 to ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - With the news of the passing of Peter Scarpelli spreading through the township and across the state, remembrances of this Nutley public servant are being expressed.  Scarpelli is remembered by many long time resides as "the Easter Egg Hunt" man. For years, he and his family hosting ...

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