Essex County News Top Stories

July 7, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon.  “Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At least two dozen string players gathered for a socially distanced crowd in Memorial Park to remember Elijah McClain. More than 100 people spread out and listened to local musicians playing and elected officials and others speaking. It was one of many violin vigils across the ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County's next Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 9, in Orange Park in Irvington to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The two towns of SOMA have joined cities across the country in support of communities of color by painting 'Black Lives Matter' down Valley Street today. South Orange's phrase is in front of Blink fitness center and Maplewood's lettering begins at the field behind ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Rain poured down on Newark on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t bother the group of volunteers and spectators who convened on Halsey Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to paint a bright yellow message in giant letters on the street: “ABOLISH WHITE SUPREMACY, ALL BLACK LIVES ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made a surprise appearance at Nutley Pride's 'Chalk It Up To Love' event in Memorial Park Friday, June 26. 'Chalk It Up To Love' was a continuation of the ongoing chalking events in the township's municipal parks sharing messages of hope, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — An ordinance put forth by Mayor Ras Baraka creating a permanent headquarters for the city’s Office of Violence Prevention and outlawing racist activity, among other actions. was signed into law on Wednesday hours after being approved by all nine Newark City Council Members, The ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The clamor of djembe drums and laughter danced in the air as a small group gathered in Washington Park late Thursday night. Above them, the source of their joy swung from a crane - Christopher Columbus.  After years of contention, the statue of the 15th-century explorer, which was ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had a small agenda for its June 23 meeting, the final meeting of the lame-duck council under Mayor Robert Jackson – again, held without the public physically in attendance due to COVID-19 – with nine resolutions under a consent agenda.  Concerns ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia ordered all municipal offices closed on Friday, June 19 in observation of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. “It is a crucial step for our township to take to acknowledge this important day in American history,” said ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — Among many resolutions during its recent meeting the borough council unanimously passed Resolution 6-145 designating the month of June as “LGBTQ Pride Month”.  Councilman Jeffrey Gates stated: “With Resolution 6-145 on tonight’s agenda, I continue to be proud to be a member of the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Juneteenth celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States when black enslaved people in Texas were told they were free on June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This year marks 155 years since that ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ —The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, June 18, at Colgate Park in West Orange to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The event is being co-sponsored by St. Barnabas Medical Center. One thousand boxes of food will be distributed to ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- After a successful Chalk the Street event on Washington Street yesterday afternoon, TAPinto Bloomfield shared some stories and pictures from the gathering, which can be found ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County Department of Public Works will hold the Essex County Paper Shredding and Used Tire Recycling Day on Saturday, June 27. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Essex County Public Works Department, 99 West Bradford Avenue in Cedar Grove. “Along with our ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – On a sundrenched Sunday afternoon, Bloomfield residents held a Chalk The Street event in the downtown area on Washington Street in support of Black Lives Matter. The community event came about from a Facebook group called The Bloom.  Many local artists helped make today’s event ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners proclaimed June as LGBTQ+ “Pride Month” during their first in-person meeting since March 3 in the Nutley Commission Chambers on Thursday, June 4. Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco was marked absent excused. While the Board is meeting in ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to keep residents and township employees safe during the COVID-19 crisis, Bloomfield has purchased a thermal imaging scanner. The scanner will be used to quickly assess a person’s temperature which will help in detecting possible COVID symptoms.  “With our township ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Sunday's Black Lives Matter rally and march made national news. Tuesday night it was included in a segment of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. So how did a march of 1,000 people, in a small town, on the banks of the Passaic River, even get started?  TAPinto reached out to Mike ...

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(Essex County) — Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #144 stating the July 7th Primary Election will be conducted primarily by Vote by Mail Ballot. It is important for voters to understand how the new process will work to be sure votes are valid under the new rules. This election will be ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ— Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia announced this week that he has signed a pledge through former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. In taking this pledge, Mayors and other City Council officials are uniquely positioned to introduce common-sense limits on police use of ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - More than 4000 people gathered in Montcair's Rand Park on Sunday to protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Since then, protests have been sparked across the world for justice and ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – For the second time this week, community activists and residents of Bloomfield staged a peaceful march and protest on Friday evening in honor of George Floyd. In conjunction with the Bloomfield Police Department, marchers seeking justice trekked from Bloomfield High School down ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following a successful demonstration of thousands against the killing of George Floyd last Saturday, People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Larry Hamm is inviting supporters back for another round of peaceful rallying.  POP, a grassroots organization for social, economic and ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Scores of Nutley students gathered on the corners of Franklin Ave. and Centre St. Thursday to declare 'Black Lives Matter.' What started out as a group of about 20 youth at 4 p.m., grew over the next two hours to nearly 100 people. Virtually all were dressed in all black to mourn ...

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NEWARK. NJ — Recognizing its status as one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus. Essex County expanded its testing to some of Newark’s more hard-to-serve populations this week, including the Ironbound’s immigrant community.  Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), who was part of ...

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NUTLEY, NJ  - Town hall was lit up with the colors of the rainbow flag Monday night in honor of Pride Month. June is Pride Month in the United States. The month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riot in 1969. Two American presidents have formally acknowledged Pride month with ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Residents of Bloomfield staged a peaceful two-hour silent march and protest on Sunday afternoon in honor of George Floyd to raise awareness about the alleged mistreatment of citizens nationwide by rouge law enforcement members. Some marchers gathered near Watsessing Park, and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an ...

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  MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Junior League of Montclair-Newark (JLMN) announced it is hosting their annual spring street fair online this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event will take place over a three day period from June 1st  - June 3rd  2020 and will feature social media ...

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