Letters to the Editor

Mayor's Message - December 2017

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. visited East Orange to promote Small Business Saturday making his first stop the Urban Cyclery Shop, 337 Central Avenue, owned by East Orange resident Osceola Hansen.

Small businesses are the cornerstone of our community, and when we shop and dine small in East Orange, we help to ensure that $68 out of every $100 spent remains in our local economy and we support the businesses that create two out of every three new jobs in our workforce each year.


East Orange is bustling with old and new businesses that represent the diversity of our great city and make up the fabric of our local economy. Look out for the traditional sales, contests, and holiday-themed events that always make this season a festive one!


When you buy local this season, please follow these safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable shopping experience:

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• Store gifts and other items out of view, preferably in the trunk of your vehicle.

• Do not flash large amounts of cash and keep your mobile phone and credit cards in a place where you can easily locate them.

• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Do not be conned by distractions.

• Stick to well-lit, well-traveled areas. Avoid shortcuts and be aware of your surroundings.

• Use ATMs wisely. Have the card ready before approaching the machine and use ATMs in high traffic areas.

• Do not use cell phones or iPods while en route to your location; they can distract you and make you less alert.

• Don't fumble for house or car keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.

• Carry your purse close to you and keep your wallet or cash in an inside pocket, not a back pocket.

• Stop and lock! Do not leave your vehicle running unattended! It's against the law!

• ALWAYS lock your car and residence, even if you are away for only a few moments.

• Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark. Criminals don't like bright places.

• Break down boxes that easily identify high-tech purchases such as TVs, computers or stereo systems before putting out on the curb.

• Do not leave packages in plain sight on the front porch or stoop.

• If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. An overstuffed mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home, and burglars are tempted to check those envelopes for holiday gifts. 

We need everyone to help be an extra set of eyes and ears in the community. To report an issue anonymously, please call our Quality of Life Hotline at 973.266.5055 or Crimes Hotline at 973.266.5041.


Let's bring in 2018 with joy, love and peace! Happy Holidays!

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