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CASA Essex Welcomes New Advocates


ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Fifteen volunteers joined a community of advocates dedicated to speaking up on behalf of Essex County's foster children with CASA for Children of Essex County. The latest class of advocates gathered at the Wilentz Court Complex in Newark on Tuesday, February 13 as they as they took an oath to advocate for the best interest of foster children in family court. 

The newly appointed CASA advocates included Courtney Redfern Klein, Maritza Lopez, Christene Mann, Ali Kim, Lorita "Suki" Arthur, Mike Capron, Alice Avellanet, Lois Perkins, Jenna Zemachson, Rose Lorre, Aniyah Lewis, Kayanna Richards, Domenica Dominguez, Leslye Lopez, and Randi Mazzella (not pictured).  

Each volunteer meets with their child regularly, collaborates with people involved in the child's life, attends court hearings, and communicates their findings in order to ensure that the child's best interests are represented in the community and in the courtroom. 

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Essex County is home to more than 2,000 foster children who were removed from their home because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Last year CASA for Children of Essex County advocated for nearly 600 of these children. 

To learn how you can speak up for Essex County's foster children and ensure they receive they services and the support they need, contact Jess Earl at or visit for a schedule of upcoming events. 

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Essex County Undersheriff Kevin Ryan Dies at 49

June 21, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Kevin Ryan, a former Assemblyman from Nutley who served as an Essex County Undersheriff, has died.

Ryan, 49, served for nearly two decades in the Essex County Sheriff's Office, rising to the rank of undersheriff. He also served a year beginning in January 2011 as State Assemblyman before redistricting changes.  

Ryan was a close confidante of Essex ...

Suspect Charged with Using Sword in Fight Over Parking Spot in NJ

June 19, 2018


SOMERVILLE, NJ  - A Manville man has been charged with aggravated assault and other charges after police say he attacked another man with a sword in a dispute over a parking space.

The victim had attacked the suspect, Jared Razzano, 35, of North 9th Avenue, with a contractor’s four-foot level, according to the Somerset County  Prosecturors Office, but he has not been ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Thai Chef Burglarized, Four iPhones Stolen and More

June 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The following police blotter was compiled by the Montclair Police Department on June 12, 2018:


06-05-2018 (Union Street) Burglary to an apartment.  Cash was taken in this incident.  Access was gained through an unlocked rear door.  

06-05-2018 (Union Street) Theft of a scooter from the rear yard of a residence.

06-05-2018 (Elm ...

First Ward Councilor Hurlock to Hold Community Meeting, June 28

June 21, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ – First Ward Councilor William Hurlock will host a community meeting Thursday, June 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Bellevue Avenue Branch of the Montclair Public Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair.

The meeting is open to everyone and will focus on current issues and concerns of the Montclair community.

For more information, please contact Councilor ...