Essex County News

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally.  In Essex County, the price at the pump has hit ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation.  Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year.  The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke ...

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UPDATE: NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who was reported missing, has been located. She was suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male, officials announced Monday. Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s financially burdened homeowners who face a looming eviction moratorium expected to end this June can seek help and information during a virtual seminar hosted by nonprofit United Community Corporation this month. The free virtual seminar’s goal will emphasize options ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A school year like no other has prompted South Orange-Maplewood parents to launch the community's first independent elementary school. The Village School of South Orange is accepting applications for students starting this fall in grades kindergarten through ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A school year like no other has prompted South Orange-Maplewood parents to launch the community's first independent elementary school. The Village School of South Orange is accepting applications for students starting this fall in grades kindergarten through ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – If you are looking to get outside this week and enjoy the fresh spring air, Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is holding an open-air gallery that includes art from professional and amateur local artists. The gallery, on display now through the end ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park. She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years. Sanders holds an MFA from The ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are calling on residents to submit their feedback on proposed designs for a Harriet Tubman monument to be constructed in Washington Park.  After five local, critically acclaimed artists were selected by city officials earlier this year to propose preliminary designs ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department will be able to wear a hijab as part of their uniform in what Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara is calling a “slight change, but very impactful.”  “This change, which allows our Muslim female officers to wear the hijab in ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Rutgers University-Newark students can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine at any Essex County vaccination site.  Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo extended the opportunity to all Rutgers-Newark students.  Appointments are readily available now, but it is unknown how long the ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Demolition has officially begun at the former Northfield Baptist Church at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, where the township recently approved an application by Livingston Builders, LLC, to create a mixed-use residential and retail development at ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswomen Mikie Sherrill on Monday joined Mayor Venezia, Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Councilman Nick Joanow, Councilman Rich Rockwell, Councilman Ted Gamble, Assemblyman Tom Giblin and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. on Essex Avenue ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29 at Colgate Park in ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The weather was picture perfect for another annual Bloomfield Town Cleanup, which was held Saturday morning at more than 70 locations throughout town. Whether along Broad Street or deep in the woods at Clarks Pond, residents in green t-shirts carrying trash bags were a common ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The People’s Organization For Progress (POP) held a rally Wednesday in response to the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial and to demand an end to police brutality and justice for its victims.  The rally took place today, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4:00pm, at the Lincoln ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Marquise Smith, 26, of Newark has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and felony murder for the fatal shooting of Agustin “Orlando” Pichardo, 51, of Newark. It is alleged that Smith fatally shot Pichardo during an attempted ...

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NEWARK, NJ – More than 30 local artists came together this week to work on a one-of-a-kind “Black Lives Matter” mural which encompassed a year’s worth of planning and preparation.  After the killing of George Floyd sparked protests and rallies around the country in 2020, it served as a catalyst ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- A box truck found itself in a bad situation Tuesday morning when it caught wires on the top of the vehicle and pulled a telephone pole down.  The incident occurred by the corner of Franklin Street and Washington Street. As a result, Franklin Street was closed between Municipal ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Sean Spiller, a former President-elect of the NJEA and current Mayor of Montclair, has responded to accusations made by an outgoing Montclair Board of Education member who accused Spiller of being motivated by “money, perks and power.” Sergio Gonzalez was appointed to the ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield Fire crews arrived to find a well involved detached garage fire located at 23 Clarendon Place just before 8 p.m. on Monday evening.  Fire apparatus was seen along Belleville Avenue and Clarendon Place, where the fire personnel set up to douse the fire. Hose lines were ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The time has come for Bloomfield Public Schools' students to step foot back into district classrooms for the first time in over 13 months as pre-kindergarten through 6th grade pupils transition to Hybrid Instruction beginning this Monday, April 19. “A year ago when we sent ...

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BELLEVILLE – Cherry Blossom-lined Mertz Avenue was transformed into an open-air yoga studio for about 50 people who spent Wednesday afternoon holding the lotus, the downward dog and other poses. The “Street Yoga Under the Cherry Blossoms” event led by Yogi Michelle Petersen of Signature Fitness ...

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(Newark, NJ) – On April 14, 2021, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners virtually held its 2021 Essex County Celebrates Youth Program via Zoom teleconference.  The ceremony aims to acknowledge and encourage outstanding young people throughout Essex County.   Commissioner President Wayne ...

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Montclair, NJ (April 2020) – Nosebleeds can be your body’s response to several factors. Seasonal allergies, injury or trauma to the nose, repeated sneezing, cold air, certain medications, chemical irritants and nose-picking can all lead to bleeding in the nose. Luckily, very few reasons for a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary. John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County will host its annual Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Essex County residents may drop ...

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Want to guess what Diet Dog picked from the menu? Henry sure doesn’t... You can find out this week in our next Virtual Readers Theatre: “Doctor Smarty in The New Normal” by Andy Reynolds , directed by George Seylaz on April 15th at 8:00 PM. In the midst of COVID-19, 82-year-old Henry is ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic has amassed great destruction to businesses in the United States. According to Yelp’s Local Economic Impact Report from September 2020, over 97,966 businesses have permanently closed their doors on a nationwide scale. However, during this incredibly difficult ...

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