South Orange Middle School Students Have Photo Op With Rep. Payne in Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students on a visit to Capitol Hill as part of the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. had the chance to meet with and take a photo with Donald Payne, Jr. on Friday. Payne is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey District 10, which includes South Orange and Maplewood.

Photos of the students with Rep. Payne were ...

Lecia Bianca Jewels Sets Out to Make Bloomfield Center a Style Destination

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Center renaissance continues as Lecia Bianca Jewels becomes a style destination on main thoroughfare in this Essex County Community. Lecia Clay, owner of the boutique, describes her jewelry as 'bridge jewelry,' - pieces that are in a space between costume jewelry and fine jewelry, while having value. 

'Lecia Bianca' is the ...

Nearly 100 Leaders Gather to Address Healthcare Needs of the Latino Community

Belleville, NJ - Leaders of more than 100 Latino-focused organizations in Belleville, and its surrounding communities of Newark, Bloomfield, Montclair, and Jersey City gathered at Clara Maass Medical Center on Saturday, June 9th for breakfast and a discussion on meeting the healthcare needs of the Latino community.


“As a leader in healthcare, we want the Latino community to ...

Essex County Summer Music Series Begins: Fireworks, Jazz, Doo Wop, Rock & Roll, Reggae, Latin and More

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to attend the 2018 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series. The free Concert Series brings a diverse group of musicians and entertainers to perform at locations throughout the historic Essex County Park System and provides residents with an evening leisure activity to enjoy the parks. This ...

Moms Demand Action Hold 'Wear Orange' Rally in South Orange on Gun Violence

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Moms Demand Action sponsored a rally on Sunday at the gazebo on Sloan Street in South Orange to spread awareness about gun violence and to demand legislative change.

This is the third year a "Wear Orange" rally was held in SOMA, part of a national recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. Orange became a symbolic color in the gun ...

Bloomfield Parents Protest Board of Education Decision to Add Armed Guards to All Public Schools

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Emotions ran high prior to and during Monday's Board of Education meeting at Bloomfield High School.

Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting, about 25 parents protested outside of the main entrance with signs expressing their disapproval of the placing of armed guards in all district schools.  Several parents had megaphones, while many drivers passing by on ...

Community Offers Feedback on Plan to Save Historic Newark Mansion

NEWARK, NJ - For the group of around forty people gathered in the basement of Abyssinian Baptist Church to discuss the future of an iconic Newark landmark, a quote from the Bible posted on the wall said it best - it's time to build. 

"We believe in the potential of this project," said Carmelo Garcia, deputy mayor and director of economic and housing development, regarding a ...

Essex County Dedicates $100 million Schools of Technology Campus in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County Schools of Technology opened its newest campus Monday on the grounds of the former United Hospital Center in Newark's West Ward.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo was joined by a host of local, state and federal officials to dedicate the Essex County Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology, a $100 million, three-story, 320,000-square-foot state-of-the-art ...

Governor Signs Bill Reactivating Newark's Urban Enterprise Zone

NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Murphy Wednesday signed legislation reactivating Urban Enterprise Zones for five years in five communities across the state, including Newark.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, a Democrat from Newark, allows qualifying businesses in the UEZ to charge and collect the state’s sales and use tax at one-half of the normal ...

Essex-Area Chambers of Commerce Gather for Multi-Chamber BBQ

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Both members and non-members of the Livingston, North Essex, West Orange, Millburn/Short Hills, Livingston, South Orange and Maplewood Chambers of Commerce gathered at Livingston Bagel in May for the third annual multi-chamber barbecue, hosted by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and sponsored by George Press Jewelers, Jan Press Photo Media, ...

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