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More than 11 Tons of Food, Toys and Coats Collected at Turtle Back Zoo

February 8, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition the 97,459 people who visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo in 2017, the second-largest attendance figure for the event, behind the 131,594 people who came in 2015, more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., said it ...

Essex County Resident Britnee Timberlake Joins New Jersey General Assembly Replacing Sheila Oliver’s Post

EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange resident and former Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake was sworn in Monday to fill the seat vacated by Sheila Oliver, another East Orange resident, who became the first black woman to assume statewide office in Garden State history when she became Lieutenant Governor earlier this month.

During the Ceremony, Craig Coughlin, ...

Victim Identified in Fatal Shooting

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Bloomfield Public Safety Director Samuel DeMaio have announced that authorities  have identified the victim of the fatal shooting in Bloomfield on Saturday evening (2/2/18). The victim has been identified as Juan P. Santos-Martinez, age 55, of East Orange, NJ.

Bloomfield police officers discovered Santos-Martinez ...

Did Essex County’s Resident Groundhog See His Shadow?

WEST ORANGE, NJ – When Essex Ed, Turtle Back’s resident groundhog at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, made his annual weather forecast, he did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, meaning that warmer spring weather will arrive earlier.

According to folklore, if it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, winter-like weather will soon end. If it’s sunny and ...

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Elected Secretary of NJTPA

Essex County, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. was elected Secretary of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees Monday during its annual reorganization meeting.

"The NJTPA plays an important role, overseeing the investment of billions of dollars in our region's transportation infrastructure and virtually all projects are ...

Local Officials Host Essex County Park Open Forum

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked hard to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo ...

Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Elects New President and Vice President

NEWARK, NJ – During this week’s annual reorganization meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Brendan Gill of Montclair and Wayne Richardson of Newark were was unanimously elected as board president and vice president, respectively.

Gill, who succeeds Freeholder Britnee Timberlake as president, has served as vice president since 2015. He was elected to his first ...

Double Homicide on New Years Day

NEWARK, NJ  – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Orange Police Director Todd R. Warren announced today that the Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a double homicide in Orange.

On Jan. 1, at approximately 7 p.m. police responded to a call of shot fired. Two men were ...

Millburn 'Winter Walk' Continues Till January 17!

MILLBURN, NJ - The holidays may be over, but there is still time to enjoy the "Winter Walk" through Millburn's Taylor Park. The twinkling lights, illuminated bridge tunnel, and 8-foot polar bear, who is always photo ready, will continue to brighten the park until Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

Thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the park, since the “Winter ...

Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Incident

NEWARK, NJ - An unidentified middle-aged Hispanic male was fatally struck and killed near South Orange Avenue, just west of JFK Parkway. A newspaper delivery truck for the Star-Ledger hit the pedestrian at approximately 1:00 am Thursday morning.

The truck driver, whose credentials were in order, remained at the scene, rendered assistance and called for help. The victim was pronounced dead at ...

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