Essex County News

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Union Township man is currently being sought by police after being charged with fatally shooting a Newark woman, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo announced on Monday.  Jamar I. Webber, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County residents ages 60 and older are invited to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2021 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. Those who submit entries by Monday, April 5, will be ...

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ESSEX COUNTY — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore “Ted” Stephens held a press conference to share  During his 2020 Essex County Prosecutor's Office (ECPO) report presented earlier this week, Theodore “Ted” Stephens announced that violent crime is down in Essex County, particularly in ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the area was blanketed by well over a foot of snow on Monday, Essex County's resident groundhog delivered some potential good news for winter weary residents. Essex Ed, the groundhog at Turtle Back Zoo, made his annual weather predication on Tuesday, Feb. 2, which is ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A Fairfield woman who documented her activity on her Facebook page has been charged after an FBI investigation with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Rasha N. Abual-Ragheb was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with unlawful entry and violent ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A comprehensive plan to open five COVID-19 Vaccination Centers throughout Essex County was announced during a press briefing in West Orange on Tuesday, where Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. explained that residents from all 22 municipalities will be assigned to a ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ —Due to inclement weather in the forecast, new locations have been identified for Essex County's two upcoming Emergency Food Distribution Events, the first of which will be held on Friday, Dec. 18 will be held at the Essex County Codey Arena Commuter Parking Deck in West ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will not conduct its annual Deer Management Program to reduce the number of deer in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation in 2021. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo cited other priorities during the pandemic, such as ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The next Emergency Food Distribution Event hosted by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange, where 1,500 turkeys and holiday dinner ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Millburn resident appeared before a federal judge this week on charges that he produced and possessed images of child sexual abuse, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. Antonio Del Prado, 59, of Millburn, has been charged by complaint with one count of production of child ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — Three weeks after a 17-year-old female was beaten unconscious during a home invasion, Montclair police have announced the arrest of Anthony Harper, 30, of Newark on multiple criminal offense charges. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, the teen victim reported to the Montclair ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — After scoffing at the governor's executive orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dining inside at well over 25-percent capacity, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business. On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — At the Green Oasis Garden on West Runyon Street, Marcellis Counts, 24, loads up a bee smoker with fragrant dried herbs and grasses, fuel that the urban beekeeper learned helps prevent disease in hives.  “Bees like herbs. I use thyme, sage, basil, oregano, but not all herbs though.

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NUTLEY, NJ — A Nutley resident saw something and said something by immediately calling 911 to the scene of a house fire on Myrtle Avenue on Saturday, where Joseph Collar, 74, was pronounced dad at the scene.  According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Nutley Police ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — A West Caldwell U.S. Postal Service carrier was one of four men arrested on Wednesday in a scheme to steal mail, commit credit card fraud and defraud the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Caldwell Police Department Detective ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — For the third time since August, Cuban Pete’s Restaurant and Tapas in Montclair was issued a citation for violating the executive order, officials announced on Tuesday. According to officials, Montclair police officers and Montclair Health Department (MHD) officials had ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As pandemic-related economic woes continue to threaten the housing security of thousands of New Jerseyans, those in Essex County can now access a $5.5 million Coronavirus Emergency Rental Assistance Program starting this October.  The program provides a grant for income-eligible ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As cities nationwide gear up for what might arguably be one of the most important presidential elections in United States history, Newark and its corporate partners are joining forces to ensure voting access.  Mayor Ras Baraka said at a virtual press conference Monday that thanks to ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Eagle Rock Reservation will be closed for five hours on the morning of Sept. 11, when Essex County will hold a 19th anniversary memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. This year’s ceremony will be held remotely and live-streamed on the Essex County website and social ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Long-time North Caldwell resident, Fairfield businessman and filmmaker Denny Klein recently debuted his film “An Inconvenient Time: The Ruth Ravina Story," which is a 2020 Official Selection at the Dances with Films Film Festival. The documentary has already garnered a slew ...

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