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Essex County News

May 20, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had its first regular in-person meeting open to the public since 2020 on May 17, and Mayor Sean Spiller and the councilors, with the rent-control ordinance finally in place, might have thought that the issue was behind them at last.  Continued ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents are invited to attend a pair of virtual meetings tonight hosted by the Resilient Northeastern New Jersey project team to discuss and provide input on flood risk reduction strategies.  The meetings will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 8 ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Robert L. Bowser, the 12th Mayor of the City of East Orange passed away.  Mayor Bowser held the distinction of being the first African American in the history of the City to have been elected to serve a third term, serving four terms in total, from 1998 - 2014.  He ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents are invited this month to experience the green space at Branch Brook Park has to offer through a "RefreshandRide" two-weekend escape. Starting April 2, the free-to-attend, family-centric event will include activations for all ages and levels of mobility. The event ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark native Tish Johnson-Jones was appointed this week as executive director of a community-driven initiative to help identify and address the needs of Greater Newark residents over the next five years. With the support of the GreenLight Fund, a Boston-based organization that ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A new report released Tuesday by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), a Newark-based organization that advocates for the immediate needs of families and children, highlighted a cache of information highlighting the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Newark community. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 15-year-old boy was shot by a Newark police officer after he used a vehicle as a weapon against the officer, authorities announced.  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens reported that on Tuesday at approximately 7:30 a.m., Newark police officers were dispatched to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — New Community, a Newark-based outreach organization, is providing free tax preparation services to low-income residents this tax season through its Family Resource Success Center. New Community officials will be available to help low-income individuals properly file their taxes for ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark this Friday will provide ample opportunity to celebrate Irish-American culture and pride, but it will also celebrate some notable New Jersey residents. As a lead-up to the annual parade, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Community leaders across Newark and the state are determined to move the needle on racial justice through a new six-part virtual series that addresses how to tackle systemic racism and other issues. The series, "IMAGINE MORE: Racial Justice Begins with Us," is aimed to lay out an ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The oldest Irish-American parade in New Jersey finally returns to downtown Newark this month after a two-year absence. The parade, which is organized by the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Inc., is scheduled for Friday, March 11 at 1 p.m. in the city’s downtown.  Due to ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ  — In a rare move, the local police union is making an endorsement for mayor, throwing its support behind Mayor Michael Melham for four more years of service.  The endorsement, posted to the Belleville PBA's official social media channels read: “Belleville PBA Local #28 is proud ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A swim program where children and young adults across the spectrum can learn water safety and swim instructions will launch in Newark next week, city officials announced. The city's "Learn to Swim Program for Children with Autism" program was announced Monday by Newark Mayor Ras ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Victoria Foundation Co-Executive Officer Irene Cooper-Basch announced she will be retiring next month after leading the organization for 20 years and granting $200 million to community organizations in Newark and across the state. As a co-executive officer of the Victoria ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Investment in violence reduction strategies and outreach resources for residents is planned to come to Newark by way of state grant monies recently awarded to multiple community-based organizations in the city. Community organization leaders discussed their plans on how to spend the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark-based resident outreach organizations  United Community Corporation and Clinton Hill Community Action are teaming up to host a housing assistance workshop this weekend that will provide on-site help to individuals. The workshop will be hosted Saturday, Feb. 19 at 404 ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County residents ages 60 and older are invited to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2022 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. Those who submit entries by Monday, April 11, will be ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to recently being interviewed on CBS News about their work in advocating for two legislative bills mandating that all New Jersey students learn about the history and contributions of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in their classrooms, members of the Livingston ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) is currently seeking high school juniors to participate in its annual three-week summer youth internship program designed to expose local high school students to potential careers in law, law enforcement and government.  According to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents are invited to attend virtual meetings that will be held next week by the Resilient Northeastern New Jersey project team to discuss and provide input on flood risk reduction strategies.  The meetings will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and again ...

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