Essex County News

May 11, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — After New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal last year announced the first revision to the statewide “Use of Force Policy” in two decades, Essex County authorities are now highlighting the new policy revisions with local police.  The Essex County Prosecutor's Office, joined by ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark Parking Authority employee was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday for distributing narcotics, authorities announced.  Aughkay Green, 50, of Newark, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with possession of heroin and cocaine base with ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of Newark residents gathered at Weequahic High School on Thursday to honor the life of Sanaa Amenhotep, who was found dead last week in South Carolina. Sanaa’s parents, Saleemah Graham-Fleming and Sharif Malik Amenhotep, sat at a podium on the high school football field as ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County officials are temporarily closing several COVID-19 vaccination sites due to reports of low demand, however, appointments will no longer be needed at some sites with walk-ins readily available.  “Throughout the entire vaccination process, we constantly were fine-tuning ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced. The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents will be able to safely dispose of their hazardous waste items during a collection event headed by Essex County officials next month.  Essex County will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark community organizations and authorities this weekend hosted an event to break the stigma of staying silent and intimidated to speak up as a victim of crime.  In recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the event reached nearly 700 residents and featured ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ – The single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be indefinitely removed from Essex County vaccination sites after reports of blood clotting experienced in multiple patients around the country has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Federal Drug Administration ...

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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 authorities are offering a reward totaling $5,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those connected to a Newark October homicide.  The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man was arrested on Friday in connection to a fraudulent debit card scheme, authorities announced. Alateef Perry, 43, of Newark, and Rajohn Dawkins, 25, of Irvington, New Jersey, were charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney ...

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — In January, TAP reported on the Essex County student and teacher winners of New Jersey Association of Gifted Children awards. Now, we are diving deeper into the story of Avien Abney, the winner of the Grades 3-5 NJAGC Distinguished Student Award for 2021. Avien Abney, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Latino clergy members in Newark this week were joined by Essex County officials to commence a partnership aimed to promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in minority communities.  The partnership follows suit with recent efforts Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Newark, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted this week. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February is part of a ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Jersey City man was arrested on Tuesday after fatally stabbing his father, a Newark resident, authorities announced.  Noah Jennings, 22, of Jersey City, was arrested and charged with the murder of his father, Phillip Jennings, 60, of Newark, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore ...

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NEWARK, NJ  – Newark Penn Station is on track towards becoming a more reliable and sustainable travel hub as Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday introduced the first fleet of dual-powered locomotives to the city.  Standing on the Track A platform, Murphy introduced just one of 25 new diesel-electric ...

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NEWARK, NJ – NJ Transit will host a meeting this Thursday for Newark residents to gain public insight on how the city’s bus service could be refined.  When NJ Transit earlier this year launched NewBus Newark, it became an initiative to rethink local bus service in the Newark region based on ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Enrollment is now open for a spring break camp hosted by United Community Corporation.  The camp will take place from April 5 to April 9 and coincide with Newark Public Schools' spring break period. The camp will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. “It is really ...

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NEWARK, 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.  “The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives, but it has not stopped our magnificent Cherry Blossoms ...

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NEWARK, NJ – When Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week the launch of the New Jersey Institute of Technology vaccination site in Newark, it was originally planned to deploy 6,000 doses per day. On opening day, the site surpassed that mark with nearly 6,200 doses administered.  “They will be ...

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NEWARK, NJ— A special Essex County Spring Holiday Emergency Food Distribution Event to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is set for April 1 at Branch Brook Park. There will be 1,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food distributed at the Cherry Blossom ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of Women’s History Month, the Livingston Township Council hosted a virtual ceremony on Monday to commemorate Essex County’s first-ever female mayor Doris Beck, who served as Livingston’s mayor twice during her eight years on the council and whose sons, Bruce and Steven ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Although Essex County stands among the leading regions in the state for COVID-19 vaccines administered, Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. on Tuesday issued a letter to federal legislators and Gov. Phil Murphy, calling for more doses.  As one of the first counties to set up vaccination ...

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NEWARK, NJ – As Newark’s underserved residents suffer disproportionately from the effects of the coronavirus, local officials, organizations and businesses are moving to ensure balanced access to the vaccine.  Officials on Tuesday announced the launch of The Newark Equitable Vaccine Initiative ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A COVID-19 testing site will return to Newark this week, Essex County officials announced.  "Unfortunately, Essex County leads the state in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus," Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said in a statement. "Our fight against this ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Businesses and organizations in the greater Newark area are invited to apply for the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP) starting April 6. The $15 million program, which is being piloted, is the first of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)-funded initiative ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A corrections officer from Newark was charged today with smuggling contraband into the Essex County Correctional Facility, authorities announced.  Alray Blackmon Jr., 31, of Newark has been charged with second-degree attempting to provide an electronic communication device to an ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Housing Authority and its Board of Commissioners are stepping up efforts to protect and ensure the safety of residents.  The housing authority officially unveiled two mid-size mobile command centers this week to implement more than 1,000 cameras throughout public housing ...

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