Essex County News

September 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a house fire at 10 Nelson Pl. in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, with Maplewood firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the home at about 3:20 a.m., according to a statement from Maplewood Fire Department Chief Michael R. Dingelstedt. The first arriving ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student sustained serious injuries after falling from the campus' parking deck. The incident happened before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a tweet from the University's Twitter account. The student was taken to University Hospital in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Newark International Film Festival kicked of its 3-day festival on Thursday evening with an opening reception and film screening. The Hahne and Co. building opened its grand lobby to hundreds of attendees for the annual NIFF and an array of celebrity ambassadors. Guests dined, ...

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WEST ORANGE — West Orange Police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing West Orange resident. Andre Dasilva was last seen on Sept. 1, at 4:24 p.m. on McWhorter and Ferry Streets in Newark. Dasilva, 57, was reported missing on Sept. 2. Dasilva is described as 5-foot, 11-inches tall ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – “Essex County Remembers,” a solemn ceremony recognizing the lives lost in the 9/11 tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, will once again be held at the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial to mark the 17th anniversary of these events. Essex ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Security footage led to a burglary arrest in Cedar Grove on Tuesday. According to police reports, Cedar Grove police responded to DonRic Selt Storage at 405 Little Falls Rd. on Saturday to investigate a burglary that had occurred overnight.  Security camera footage showed a man ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - While New Jersey lurches toward legalizing recreational marijuana, one Newark lawmaker is leading the conversation against it.  State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), who on Monday hosted a town hall in Hillside, believes the current legalization bill would lead to more foreclosures in ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- On every third Wednesday night of the month, you will find Donna Vaicels, better known by her stage moniker Donna Vee, hosting her comedy show, “Donna Vee & Friends,” at Brookdale Tavern + Kitchen. The next one will take place on September 19th. Vaicels jokes about her ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is facing a Friday deadline to respond to a lawsuit seeking to desegregate schools in cities like Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, as well as districts throughout the state with a large population of minority students. Such a lawsuit drives directly ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Police Department is investigating an incident in which a stolen backhoe was abandoned after striking several parked cars in neighboring Belleville.  According to the Nutley Police Department, the situation began last Tuesday, Aug. 21, when patrol officers were flagged ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Columbia High School athletic director Larry Busichio has been suspended indefinitely along with four other staffers for as yet undisclosed reasons, according to district officials. The suspensions were approved at the last school board meeting on Monday as part ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Superior Court judge upheld an arbitrator’s findings in a six-year contract dispute between the former state-operated Newark Public Schools administration and the city’s teachers union. The Newark Teachers Union filed grievances against the district a year after reaching a ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A developer is seeking to build four residential towers - one that has a pool on the roof - in various parts of the West Ward that are dotted with dilapidated two and three-family homes. MORE: Those Boarded-Up Homes in the West Ward? Newark Has a Plan for Them. New West 1, based ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.   The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Studio Players suffered significant damage to their facility during the flood last week that left parts of Montclair under water.    As a result, they are now asking for community groups to assist them in the cleanup effort. They have issued the following statement: As you ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark received a $5.6 million settlement from East Orange, resolving a seven-year legal battle over wastewater that runs through pipes of the state’s largest municipality. The wastewater produced by East Orange residents has a natural, gravitational flow into Newark's Wastewater ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Essex County officials have announced that they are pushing for Governor Murphy to enact a salary cap for police and firefighters. This initiative is touted as a means to control the rise in property taxes. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. sent a letter on Monday to ...

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Newark, NJ - Thirty-six passengers on a bus returning from an annual mayor’s picnic Saturday were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials said. Mayor Ras Baraka's fourth annual family reunion picnic event was held at ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston-area residents are mourning the loss of Isabella Brodsky, 17, and Matthew Poole, 18, two rising Livingston High School seniors who unexpectedly died on Tuesday night after swimming in Ramapo Lake in Oakland with their friends. “On behalf of the town council, the town ...

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NEWARK, NJ - For a panel of lawmakers and advocates at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, it wasn't a matter of if a marijuana market boom was coming to New Jersey. It was just a matter of when. For Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, it was pivotal that people in his community, who he said have been ...

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TRENTON, NJ— Some county college students around the state could attend classes in 2019 for free thanks to a pilot program launched by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration yesterday. The program, the Community College Innovation Challenge, is the first phase of the governor’s initiative to provide ...

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NEWARK, NJ - For years, the stretch of Broad Street between William Street and Branford Place has been home to discount stores, wig shops and New Jersey’s largest pawnbroker-jeweler. But in a sign of how much and how quickly Newark is changing, the corner of the block will soon be anchored by a ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Students from comprehensive Newark public high schools earned college degrees at a much lower rate than charter, parochial, vocational and public magnet schools, a new study finds. About 16 percent of comprehensive school graduates from 2011 went on to earn a bachelor's degree ...

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ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — On New Jersey Family’s recently published “Ultimate Bucket List,” the second annual list of not-to-miss places in New Jersey, six Essex County attractions were among those selected as bucket list destinations. New Jersey Family asked its readers to vote for their favorite ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- A two car accident on Broad Street left one vehicle partially through the front of Mastriano Prime Meats & Poultry and another with major damage in the middle of the road. Two additional parked vehicles were damaged in the accident.  A witness to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A new four-story, mixed-use development with 60 affordable housing units was praised today as a catalyst for other projects along Broadway in the North Ward. Local lawmakers, the developer and state officials broke ground on the the Carrino Plaza Apartments at 416-426 Broadway, the ...

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NJ Department of Transportation has announced they will be closing the Route 46 eastbound Clove Road exit/entrance ramp, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.,Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26. During this closure you will not be able to exit Route 46 eastbound onto Clove Road or access Route 46 eastbound ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The former Burnet Street Elementary School this fall will see its hallways filled with students again. Marion P. Thomas Charter School will open the Performing Arts & Culinary Academy to pre-K through 8th grade students at 28 Burnet St. The site previously housed the Paulo ...

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Newark, NJ – Long before Rutgers University-Newark created an athletic field on University Avenue, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered an address in 1849 at a church that once stood there. Rutgers Board of Governors approved a resolution to rename the field in honor of the time ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The city is using the power of eminent domain to reduce the number of condemned homes and vacant lots scattered throughout the West Ward. The redevelopment plan for the West Ward was introduced in 2016 and encompasses properties from the border of Irvington to South 13th Street ...

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