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Essex County Has Second-Highest Gas Prices in New Jersey Following U.S. Cyber Attack

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Essex County, the price at the pump has hit $3.08 as of Wednesday, part of a national trend in high gas ...

Amber Alert in Essex County: State Police Seek Missing Infant Last Seen in East Orange

EAST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey State Police are searching for Chinna Payne, a Black female infant, who was reported missing on Monday afternoon.

According to police, she is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male who was last seen driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates (VPF6043) in East Orange. The suspect ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event to be Held in West Orange

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, the West Orange Township Council and Saint Barnabas Medical Center will present an emergency food distribution event rain or shine on Thursday, April 29 at Colgate Park, located at 60½ Cherry Street in West Orange, ...

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival Offers Virtual Options for 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually due to the ongoing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival.

“The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives, but it has not stopped our ...

Pregnant, Breastfeeding Essex County Mothers Express Concern About Vaccine Waiver

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A study published recently in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows vaccines may offer some protection for the babies of pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is still limited and uncertain information about its safety for pregnant and breastfeeding ...

Essex County News: Roseland Officer Arrested on Charges of Sexual Assault and More

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello have announced that Roseland police officer Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, has been arrested on 21 charges that include aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, and witness tampering. 

Haffner, who was ...

Essex County News: Nutley Resident Given Hero's Welcome on Last Journey Home

NUTLEY, NJ — Nutley High School Class of 2018's Victor Melillo was given a hero's welcome this week as he made his last journey home. 

The 21-year-old planned to continue a family tradition by becoming a New Jersey firefighter. Melillo died in the line of duty and continued to help people he never met by donating his organs to those in ...

Essex County News: West Orange High School Closes Doors to Students After Breakout

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School will be closed to in-class learning until Monday, April 19, Superintendent J. Scott Cascone announced in a correspondence late Monday.

Cascone cited "multiple confirmed cases" of COVID-19 at the school and noted that there is a connection between some of the positive cases and various school events. 

The superintendent called ...

Essex County Corrections Officer Charged with Smuggling Contraband

NEWARK, NJ — A corrections officer has been charged with smuggling contraband at the Essex County Correctional Facility, located on Doremus Avenue in Newark.

Alray Blackmon, Jr., 31, of Newark has been charged with second degree Attempting to Provide an Electronic Communication Device to an Inmate, third degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoid, ...

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Livingston Student Named All-Star Player When Quizbowl Teams Compete at National Championship

May 4, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two Quizbowl teams from Heritage Middle School (HMS) recently competed in the National Championship Tournament, where the Heritage B team placed 58 out of 112 teams by winning four out of eight challenging rounds, and the Heritage A team won five out of eight rounds on day one to qualify for the double elimination playoffs that were held on the second day of the ...

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I moved here 7 years ago from a small town outside of Philadelphia.  My daughter was 11 and just starting middle school.  The two of us moved into my at the time boyfriend’s house (now my husband).  We were so excited to move here!   When my husband and I were dating I would come up and stay here every other ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Essex County Has Second-Highest Gas Prices in New Jersey Following U.S. Cyber Attack

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Essex County, the price at the pump has hit $3.08 as of Wednesday, part of a national trend in high gas ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

May 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

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