South Orange - Maplewood School District Responds to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia H.S. Lot

February 15, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to Columbia High School (CHS) families at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with information about the threatening message that was found painted in the CHS lot that morning. 

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS, and stated, ...

Verona Council Ponders Gov. Phil Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

VERONA, NJ - Like other townships in the area, Verona discussed the potential impact of the potential legalization of marijuana within the state of New Jersey proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson sparked the discussion when he shared an article that appeared in a local newspaper over the weekend.  He noted that the subject of the article, Rick Fuentes who headed ...

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

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 ...

Victim Identified in Fatal Shooting on Ampere Parkway Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and Public Safety Director Samuel DeMaio assure residents that there is no reason to believe further violence will occur in the area following the shooting death on Ampere Parkway Saturday evening. DeMaio confirmed that this was a targeted shooting. 

At approximately 7 p.m. Saturday evening, the first ...

East Hanover Resident Anthony DeMeo Promoted to Captain with Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

EAST HANOVER, NJ - Anthony DeMeo was honored late in December at a ceremony held at Newark’s Leroy Smith Public Safety Building.  

The East Hanover resident was promoted to the rank of Captain with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. DeMeo is a 30-year veteran of the force and is the supervisory officer for the department’s Detective ...

Person Shot, Body in Roadway on Ampere Parkway Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A person has reportedly been shot on Ampere Parkway near Chester Ave. Upon arrival, a body was seen in the street alongside a white van. The body was covered by a white sheet.

Neighbors in the area reported that they heard "5 or 6 shots" fire. Another neighbor reported that "the guy was performing CPR on him." That neighbor believed the "guy" ...

Proposed Ordinance Would Prohibit Marijuana Sales in North Caldwell

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – A proposed ordinance introduced at the North Caldwell Borough Council meeting on Tuesday would prohibit marijuana dispensaries in town, should the state legislature pass a law legalizing marijuana.

Councilman Joshua Raymond argued that the council might be acting prematurely on this matter.

“I want to hear from the public regarding this situation,” he ...

Maplewood Considers Pedestrian Texting Ban

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Township Committee member Nancy Adams raised the public safety issue of pedestrians texting while walking in a crosswalk at the last Township Committee (TC) meeting on Jan. 16.

Adams has proposed fining residents who use hand-held electronic devices while seeking to cross or walk in a crosswalk, citing a similar law approved in 2017 by the city of ...

Motor Vehicle Crash Near McDonald's on Broad Street Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Two vehicles were involved in a crash on Broad Street near the McDonald's Thursday.

Units from the Bloomfield Police Department and EMS are on the scene.

The incident is causing traffic problems from Belleville Avenue to Bay Ave.

This is a developing story, details will be shared once known. 



Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Elected Secretary of NJTPA

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 designed with safety as ...

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