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April 3, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival. “The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the area was blanketed by well over a foot of snow on Monday, Essex County's resident groundhog delivered some potential good news for winter weary residents. Essex Ed, the groundhog at Turtle Back Zoo, made his annual weather predication on Tuesday, Feb. 2, which is ...

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A sticky substance on plant leaves, plant stands, and the floor are often the first clue alerting gardeners to a problem. If a closer look reveals bumps on the upper and lower surface of leaves and stems, it means scale insects have moved in to dine on your houseplants. Severe infestations can ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management issued a statement Wednesday afternoon advising residents to be prepared ahead of the storm. Rain and high winds, with gusts up to 65 m.p.h in some areas, are expected Thursday Dec. 24 into Friday Dec. 25., 2020.  The statement ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield resident Rick Wright has recently written two books that, literally, are for the birds.  While that connotation is usually negative, in this instance it's a perfect description of the local author's latest work. Wright's Custom Bird Guides series introduces ...

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GLEN ROCK, NJ -  Is your perfectly-carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife? If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food more than usual. Some suspect fewer acorns have left squirrels hungry, while ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - One firefighter was injured while attending to a blaze on Saturday morning. The fire broke out while the residents were away from home. Sometime around 11:50AM, the Montclair Fire Department responded to a call reporting a smoke condition at a home at 15 Oxford St.  When ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Each year during October a haunted house emerges among the homes lining Walnut Street in Bloomfield.  Resident Andrew Alsheskie makes sure that each year is a little spookier than the year before. "This year's Halloween display is our most  challenging to make it family friendly ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had yet another meeting with a light agenda that was dominated by public comment on the rent control issue. During the meeting, a new Municipal Clerk was appointed and the Deputy Clerk retirement was announced.   During public comment at the ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In the spirit of kicking off the fall season, Mayor Al Morgan approves the Pilley pumpkin as the community's BIGGEST pumpkin ever! New Providence resident Doug Pilley, along with his brother John and son Knevin, grew a “giant pumpkin” in their backyard, estimated to be ...

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NEW VERNON, NJ - Aside from music concerts and your favorite restaurants, there are other reasons to escape the confines of your home during a pandemic, while still respecting social distancing standards. Community members are invited to attend the house tour of Tyvan Hill Mansion, located at 579 ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had another meeting in which public comment took twice as much time as the agenda, which consisted of seven resolutions and no new or pending ordinances.   While some public comment focused on policing in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake in ...

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Pollinators are responsible for about 75% of the food we eat. The European honeybee is the most well known but our native bees are also critically important. We can help our native bees and gardens by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides and providing shelter as well as food and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe ...

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Create a front garden that is sure to boost your mood and welcome visitors all year round.  All you need is one weekend and a bit of paint, flowers, décor and edging material to boost your landscape’s curb appeal. Add a splash of color by painting your front door.  Look for colors that ...

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Plant it forward! Our horticulturalist at Van Vleck Gardens has curated a collection of hard to find and exquisite plants to plant this fall and enjoy next spring. The order form will be live at 9AM on Monday, June 1st and be active through June 14th at 9PM. Check out the photos of unique ...

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