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Essex County Chapter of Toastmasters International to Celebrate 60th Anniversary this Thursday

January 8, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Toastmasters International will hold a special ceremony to commemorate the Essex County chapter’s 60th Anniversary this Thursday, January 11th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ. Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia will give brief opening remarks, followed by Essex Toastmasters President Oscar Marin, Essex Toastmasters ...

New Jersey Olympian Horace Ashenfelter III Dies at 94

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - Glen Ridge resident and 1952 Olympian, Horace Ashenfelter III passed away on January 6 at the age of 94, less than a month before his 95th birthday.

Ashenfelter was an American athlete most known for competing in international athletics from 1947 to 1956. During his tenure, he garnered fifteen national AAU titles and three collegiate national ...

Montclair Film Launches StorySlam: Monthly Storytelling Event Open to Public

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Film has announced the launch of StorySLAM, a new, monthly storytelling event hosted by Risa Barash and featuring music from New York City duo The Tall Pines.

The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Cinema505, located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue in downtown Montclair. Tickets are $10 for the ...

Christie Signs Bipartisan Bill to Draw Amazon’s HQ2 to Newark

January 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday authorizing billions of dollars in state tax incentives to draw Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark.

Amazon's move to Newark could bring up to 50,000 new jobs to the region.

The city was selected by Christie in October as the state’s endorsed ...

Dave & Buster’s Hiring Nearly 300 Positions Ahead of February 2018 Opening at Willowbrook Mall

WAYNE, NJ — Dave & Buster’s is slated to open its 109th location in Wayne, New Jersey in February 2018 and is hiring more than 300 enthusiastic individuals to join the team at the new location at Willowbrook Mall. Positions are available in both front and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and more.

Dave & Buster’s ...

School PARCC Testing Dead? Governor-Elect Murphy Calls for Change

January 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ. - He called for its end during his campaign for Governor and now Governor-Elect Murphy places PARCC testing for students on the ropes for real.

This past friday, after the Governor-Elect announced that Asbury Park School District Superintendent Lamont Repollet will lead the State Education Department, he pivoted to ...

Buzz Aldrin Middle School Asking for Community Votes to Win $25,000

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Buzz Aldrin Middle School is currently in the running to win $25,000 through a grant contest.

Buzz Aldrin Middle School has made it to the final voting round for a $25,000 grant the physical education department had applied for. To win this, the school needs to be in the top 4 schools with the most votes by the end of the January. The online vote starts Jan ...

Two-hour Delay for Montclair Public Schools, Jan. 5

MONTCLAIR, NJ -   Due to inclement weather conditions, the Montclair Public Schools have a two-hour delay on Friday, January 5, 2018,  school officials have announced. 

The YMCA before care program will begin at 9:30 AM.

Montclair Expands Smart Waste Disposal to all Business Districts

January 14, 2018

Montclair, NJ - Showing continued commitment to more environmentally friendly and efficient waste collection practices, the Township installed 30 more Bigbelly smart disposal units this week.

 

The purchase of the 150-gallon solar-powered trash compactors follows the success of the initial rollout of 40 units in Montclair Center last February.

 

Several new receptacles have ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

Challenges Abound for Gov. Murphy, Say Rutgers Experts

January 16, 2018

From legalizing marijuana to funding the public employee pension system, New Jersey’s incoming governor faces challenges that require investments of time, leadership and communication

Phil Murphy, who Tuesday becomes New Jersey’s 56th governor, takes the helm of a state facing numerous challenges – fiscal, infrastructure, and transportation, to name a ...

Murphy, Oliver to Head All-star Entrepreneurial panel in Newark

NEWARK, NJ--With the hopes of growing New Jersey's economy through entrepreneurial inclusion, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov.-elect Sheila Oliver will be leading a workshop in Newark Monday.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to participate in the workshop, which will be hosted by Metropolitan Baptist Church Rev. Pastor David Jefferson, Sr. and will ...

Cedar Grove Council Grapples With Prospect of Gov. Elect Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - With Governor Elect Phil Murphy pledging to sign legislation legalizing marijuana in the state within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, Cedar Grove Councilwoman Kerry Peterson urged Cedar Grove to prepare for the change and how it may impact the township.

Currently, New Jersey has legalized medical marijuana, which is distributed by six dispensaries, according to the New ...

Cedar Grove Council Grapples With Prospect of Gov. Elect Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

January 11, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - With Governor Elect Phil Murphy pledging to sign legislation legalizing marijuana in the state within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, Cedar Grove Councilwoman Kerry Peterson urged Cedar Grove to prepare for the change and how it may impact the township.

Currently, New Jersey has legalized medical marijuana, which is distributed by six dispensaries, according to the New ...

Water Main Break on Upper Mountain Ave. Affects Dozens of Families

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A water main break, which began as a leak on Monday, lasted into Tuesday’s morning commute on Upper Mountain Avenue.

Nearly 15 Montclair homes were left without service and traffic in the area was rerouted. According to a Montclair Township officials, Upper Mountain Avenue between Watchung Avenue and Berkeley Place, were affected as the water had been shut off for ...

Make Sure You're Shoveling Out of the 'Bomb Cyclone' Properly

NUTLEY, NJ- With the region still caught in the grasp of the 'bomb cyclone'. the task of digging out cars, clearing steps, and shoveling sidewalks is not that far off.

 We reached out to Dr. Samantha Sammaro, a physical therapist at Pro Staff Physical Therapy in Nutley for some tips on how to shovel without the risk of injury. She was able to provide us with the ...

Cedar Grove Council Grapples With Prospect of Gov. Elect Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

January 11, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - With Governor Elect Phil Murphy pledging to sign legislation legalizing marijuana in the state within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, Cedar Grove Councilwoman Kerry Peterson urged Cedar Grove to prepare for the change and how it may impact the township.

Currently, New Jersey has legalized medical marijuana, which is distributed by six dispensaries, according to the New ...

$45 Million Multi-State Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation

TRENTON -- Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that New Jersey has entered into a $45 million multi-state settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation that resolves allegations the New-Jersey-based company improperly serviced mortgage loans during a four-year period. In addition to New Jersey, the overall settlement involves Attorneys General and state mortgage regulators from more ...

Glen Ridge Police Seek Public's Help Following Hit and Run Accident

January 15, 2018

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - The Glen Ridge Police Department is asking witnesses to a hit and run accident on Ridgewood Ave to contact the department.

At about 7:10 p.m. on Friday Jan. 12, a hit and run accident took place on Ridgewood Ave at Snowden Place. Video footage of the area shows several pedestrians in the area at the time. 

Please call the police desk at 973-748-5400 x 111 ...

Verona Police Arrest Montclair Man for Tuesday Car Break-ins

VERONA, NJ - Verona police arrested Damon Abnathya, 39, of Montclair for breaking into several motor vehicles in the early morning on Tuesday. 

Officer Stephanie Colon saw Abnathya carrying a small red bag around 4 a.m. in the area of Mt. Prospect Avenue and Sunset Avenue.  Given the hour and temperature, and being aware of previous vehicle thefts and burglaries in the area, ...

Local Residents Encouraged to Join the Citizen’s Police Academy

The Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit is seeking support from members of the community, both residents and businesses.  

 

Starting January 24, 2017 and running for 10 weeks, the Montclair Police Department and Bloomfield Police Department will be holding a free Citizens Police Academy.  This program is made available to anyone that ...

St. Paul Baptist Church Hosted International Day to Celebrate Various Cultures in the Community

January 6, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - St. Paul Baptist Church held its annual International Sunday Day on Sunday, December 31. 

This day recognizes those congregants that are from other countries through participation in the procession of countries and the sharing of a cultural dish native to their home land.

Eleven countries from around the world representing the continents of Africa, South ...

Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach Approved for $8M Raise, 3 Year Contract Extension

January 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials have signed off on a three-year extension for head men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell, now set to run through the 2023-2024 season.

The move came at a specially-called Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

Pikiell’s initial contract was signed in March 2016 and set to run five years, of which he’d be ...

Giants Sign Former Bloomfield High School Star Kristjan Sokoli

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- With the NFL playoffs heating up, those teams not fortunate enough to make the postseason get a jumpstart on improving their roster for the following season. The New York Giants recently locked down Bloomfield High graduate Kristjan Sokoli, signing him to their  to their practice squad, giving him a futures contract.  

NFL teams use futures ...

$45 Million Multi-State Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation

January 11, 2018

TRENTON -- Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that New Jersey has entered into a $45 million multi-state settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation that resolves allegations the New-Jersey-based company improperly serviced mortgage loans during a four-year period. In addition to New Jersey, the overall settlement involves Attorneys General and state mortgage regulators from more ...

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Pedestrian Victim in Fatal Bus Accident Identified as 78 yo Nutley Man

January 13, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Nutley Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo released details about the pedestrian victim of the fatal accident involving a NJ Transit bus Thursday night in Nutley.

Umberto Lombardi, 78, was struck and killed by an articulated bus turning left from Bloomfield Avenue to Centre Street. Lombardi was crossing the ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

January 14, 2018

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 17

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, January 17, 10:30 AM

Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange

Mirrors of Midcentury French Culture at SHU

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, January 17, 6:30 PM

Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell

Essex Photo Club Exhibit and Lecture at Caldwell ...

Arts & Entertainment

ATTORNEY GENERAL PORRINO ANNOUNCES $75,000 IN FORFEITURE FUNDS FOR FAMILY JUSTICE CENTERS IN ESSEX, UNION AND MONMOUTH COUNTIES THAT PROVIDE SUPPORT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

January 14, 2018

TRENTON –Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino today announced that he is providing a total of $75,000 in forfeiture funds – $25,000 each – to Family Justice Centers in Essex, Union and Monmouth Counties, each of which provides coordinated services in one location to help victims of domestic violence and their children protect themselves and rebuild their ...