Essex County News

December 7, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After nearly a year in business, the embattled Dairy Air ice cream company, has permanently closed its doors. Located at 521 Bloomfield Ave, Dairy Air came under fire for having, what residents called, a "sexualized" logo.  Shortly after opening in 2017, the ice cream ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Eight months after renewing the contract of Jeffrey Rutzky as the superintendent of the West Orange Public Schools district, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) voted on Oct. 19 to accept his voluntary resignation from this position and approved a separation agreement ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Officers of the Bloomfield Police Department responded to Spring Street after 8 p.m. on Thursday after reports of shots fired in the area. Police blocked Spring Street from the intersection of Spring and Division Street south. (Spring Street runs from St. Valentine's Church to ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - After shots were fired on Bloomfield Avenue near the area of Mission Street on Saturday, police are searching for the man accused of attempted murder among other charges.  Chaos erupted, and a man, hit by a bullet, ran into a local business and collapses on the floor. At ...

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ROSELAND, NJ – The public is invited to participate in Essex County’s annual 2018 Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest at the Essex County Environmental Center by entering their best gingerbread houses in a variety of categories. The free competition encourages have fun over the ...

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WEST ORANGE , NJ — They raided the kitchen, turned the auditorium into a movie theater and played games in the gym—that’s how West Orange educators helped students stranded at the schools to weather the storm that paralyzed the region on Thursday night. Photos from around the district showed ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The victim in Monday morning's fatal stabbing in Montclair has been identified. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Law enforcement officials have confirmed the fatal stabbing of a female victim in Montclair on Monday. The exact location and details surrounding the homicide have not yet been released, as this story is developing.  However, eyewitnesses reported seeing police bring someone in a ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Congresswoman-Elect Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran, made her first public appearance since winning the election in New Jersey’s 11th District at the ninth annual Essex County Veterans Day Observance on Wednesday at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark. During the ceremony, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 22 has been captured in Cuba, police officials announced on Wednesday. According to published reports, James Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe. During ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police shut down the upper part of Bloomfield Avenue near the vicinity of Montclair Kimberley Academy on Wednesday morning due to a pedestrian fatality, reports say. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating the accident, in which, an adult male ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) Lunch & Learn event aimed at connecting local small business owners with knowledge and access to utilize county resources attracted a standing-room-only crowd on Thursday afternoon.  The well-attended 90-minute event, held inside the ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Law enforcement officials are searching for a 55-year-old attorney suspected of fatally shooting his child's mother, 44-year-old Angela Bledsoe. Authorities are charging James R. Ray, III, with murder and weapons offenses.  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N.

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NUTLEY, NJ — A vehicle traveling through Nutley crashed into a home on 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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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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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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EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 8-year-old Niyad Robinson, of Newark.  He was last seen in East Orange on Sunday, Sept. 16 around 2:54 p.m. in the area of William Street and North Grove Street wearing black pants, a white T-shirt and black ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student has died from injuries sustained from falling off the campus' parking deck on Tuesday, according to a letter to the school community from the University's Interim President, Mary Meehan, on Tuesday afternoon. Meehan later identified the student as ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The new Turtle Back Zoo Flamingo Exhibit, which was officially opened with a celebratory ribbon cutting on Wednesday, has been dedicated as the “Drill Family Flamingo Exhibit” in honor of the West Orange family’s long-time relationship with the zoo. The Drill Family’s ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Snow leopards and Amur leopards are the centerpiece of the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s newly reopened leopard exhibit, which officially reopened on Monday. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. was on hand Monday afternoon to cut the ribbon at the exhibit as part of ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Two Montclair residents were robbed at gunpoint in two separate incidents, as they walked through Montclair on Sunday, according to Montclair Police officials.  At approximately 6:30 p.m., a 64-year-old Montclair man was approached by a dark-colored SUV as he walked along ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Thirty-six passengers on a bus returning from an annual mayor’s picnic on Saturday were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to officials. Mayor Ras Baraka's fourth annual family reunion picnic ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston played host to more than 800 economically disadvantaged children from throughout Essex County last weekend as they shopped for school supplies at the National Council of Jewish Women Essex County (NCJW/Essex) chapter’s 10th annual ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Water sources at West Orange Town Hall tested positive for elevated levels of Legionella bacteria, according to the township. It was discovered after a long-time township employee was recently hospitalized with a case of Legionnaires' Disease.   According to a notice ...

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WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials. Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing in the area of Miller Street on Monday at 10:49 p.m. The suspect is currently at large, according to police.  Officers arrived to find that a 48-year-old Montclair man had been stabbed and already transported to ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Rain didn't stop the first ever national Myastenia Gravis (MG) Walk in New Jersey at Brookdale Park last month. MG is a rare autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that causes severe muscle weakness and can impact a person's ability to see, smile, walk, talk and breathe. In MG, the ...

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ROSELAND, NJ – The public can experience the “Butterfly Tent Safari” at the Essex County Environmental Center. The Butterfly Tent Safari is an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a tent. It will be held as ...

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