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Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

May 14, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...

Essex County Fishing Derby Comes to 2 Newark Parks

NEWARK, NJ – Newark residents are invited to grab their fishing poles and cast their lines to participate in Essex County's 2022 Fishing Derbies.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and county Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs officials announced the annual event, which will be held in seven locations across the county. The county will host two ...

Belleville Council Ratifies Mayor’s Planning Board Appointments

BELLEVILLE, NJ - In a move made at the request of the Planning Board attorney Rose Tubito, the Belleville Township Council voted April 26 to ratify all Mayor Michael Melham’s Planning Board appointments.

While the Township stands behind its understanding that the Mayor has the authority to appoint Class IV Members of the Planning Board, the Mayor and Council believe it is in the best ...

Essex County Municipal Clerks Celebrated at Annual Conference

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Municipal Clerks were in full force attending the Municipal Clerks Association of New Jersey’s 2022 (MCANJ), Education Conference in Atlantic City. Est Orange's own, Kim Lemmon is the Treasurer for the Association. 

“What made this Conference so special for the Essex County Clerks” said Association President Jennifer Kiernan, ...

Accreditation Provides Integrity House Opportunity to Reach More Individuals Impacted By Substance Abuse

NEWARK, NJ — Integrity House, one of the state’s largest nonprofit providers of substance use disorder treatment with programs in Newark, is aiming to reach more individuals through its services after the organization was recently awarded a three-year accreditation renewal.

The accreditation renewal was awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities ...

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Spans Over Three Generations

Three generations of women – grandmother, daughter and granddaughter – are lifetime members of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ), with more than 162 years of combined Girl Scout experience.

Jeanne Van Steen, who resides in Nutley for the past 65 years, has been a lifetime member of Girl Scouts for 82 years.

Van Steen grew up in St. Louis and became a Brownie in 1939, when ...

Newark Residents Invited to Sign Up For Lifeguard Training

NEWARK, NJ – With people expected to hit the pools to cool off as the summer months approach, Newark residents ages 15 and older are invited to sign up for Lifeguard Training classes offered by the city.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Director of Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Senior Services Patrick Council announced a series of Lifeguard Training classes, which ...

In Newark, Little League Field Makeover Signals Greater Things to Come For City's South Ward

NEWARK, NJ – A new playing surface has been installed on the Weequahic Park Little League baseball field, providing young ballplayers access to a modernized field.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Tuesday the installation of a new synthetic grass playing surface for the field, part of an initiative to revitalize Weequahic Park and ...

Street Yoga Under the Cherry Blossoms Event Promotes Healthy Lifestyles in Belleville

BELLEVILLE, NJ – Belleville residents bent and balanced, stood and stretched Monday afternoon during Belleville’s third annual Street Yoga Under the Cherry Blossoms event. 

Not only does the free event showcase the spring’s beauty in a town known as the Cherry Blossom Capital of America, but it dovetails into Mayor Michael Melham’s goals of fostering civic ...

Earth Day Cleanup with League of Women Voters Montclair, Apr. 23

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - In celebration of Earth Day, the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area is holding its first “We Love Eagle Rock Reservation” program, organizers announced. On Saturday, April 23, at 9 AM, the group will be hosting a cleanup hike to prepare the reservation for the spring and summer seasons.

The public is invited to participate and asked to meet at ...

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NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

What 40 Million Unrestricted Dollars Can Do

In the summer of 2020, MacKenzie Scott gave a $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC, the largest donation from an individual the organization had received in its 40-year history. Today, that transformative gift is being put to work for racial justice.

Scott, whose stake in Amazon has made her one of the planet’s richest people, is beloved in the nonprofit world not so much for her ...

First Company in Newark to provide Data driven Mental Health creating a powerful feedback loop

May 16, 2022

“First of all, I just want to thank God and University Heights Charter School (UHCS), for hiring The Robinson Lloyd Resiliency Group (RLRG). They provide The Resilient Stars Program and Math Coaching Program, that has tremendously benefited our lives. Her coach, has been so helpful, not only in terms of education but also an emotional support. She has become a big part ...

Developer Proposing 40-story Building on Clay Street Will Come Before Planning Board

May 13, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Plans to construct more than 400 residential units on Clay Street in Newark will come before the city Central Planning Board on Monday.

96 Clay Partnership, a Newark-based developer, is proposing to demolish existing buildings located at the corners of 316-330 Mt. Pleasant Ave., 94 Clay St. and 1239-1243 McCarter Highway to make way for a 40-story mixed-use building.

The ...

First New Jersey Political Action Committee Dedicated to Electing Black Women Launches

May 12, 2022

NEWARK, NJ –– Be Ready, the first political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of Black women in elected office in New Jersey has launched.

Led by a group of Black women with proven experience in organizing, managing campaigns, and advancing issues at the state and local levels, Be Ready will also work to advance a policy agenda centered on the issues ...

Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

May 14, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...