Essex County News

April 24, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Just two weeks after Essex County Correctional Facility became one of the first jails in the United States to test all ICE detainees for the coronavirus, U.S. Immigration and Customs officials are blocking Essex County Officials from reporting the results to the public.  Essex ...

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BELLEVILLE - Hundreds of children of all ages got a chance to wave hello to the Easter Bunny and take in some of the cherry blossoms. Saturday’s Eastern Bunny and Cherry Blossom Caravan pop-up event was a huge success, with dozens of cars slowly making their way down charming tree-lined streets ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County announced Monday that inmates and ICE detainees being housed at its correctional facility on Doremus Avenue will be screened for the coronavirus, making it one of the first jails in the United States to utilize the recently approved antibody rapid blood test to screen ...

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When Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, a longtime lawman who learned how to be a cop on the streets of Newark, found out that he has coronavirus, he was down, but not out. In fact, Fontoura is yearning to get back into the fight against the pandemic plaguing his section of ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ – Mayor Michael Melham has announced several measures to ensure the safety of Belleville residents in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Senior Center on Franklin Avenue will be closed immediately and all Senior Clubs will be suspended indefinitely.  This will allow the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement fought for racial and social justice, but called for economic equality too. “God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty,” Martin Luther King, ...

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The 2020 Girl Scout Cookies got a fresh new look when the packaging was overhauled. Two girls from Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) are featured on two of this year’s Girl Scout cookie packages sold nationwide. Samiyah A. and Christel B. are both Girl Scouts from Montclair chosen from ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A study designed to help formerly incarcerated men re-enter society in Essex County recently held its final graduation from an intervention program. The Newark Community Collaborative Board, a group of researchers, service providers and people with histories of substance use and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. will present WBO Featherweight Boxing Champion Shakur Stevenson with the Key to Essex County on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Stevenson started boxing at the age of 5 and his amateur career culminated with him winning the Silver Medal in the 2016 ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Youth from Newark and New York City rang in a new decade of trading on Thursday with the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony. The youth represented various mentoring organizations, as January is also National Mentoring Month.  MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership and two of its ...

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Does a Thin Mint Chocolate Ganache Cupcake or perhaps Samoa Shrimp with a Do-Si-Do sauce sound appetizing? If so, you’ll love the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) fundraiser. This holiday season, professional chefs are dreaming up their perfect recipe, while GSHNJ prepares ...

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ESSEX, COUNTY, NJ — Five furry Essex County officers will find themselves without a job in the new year, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Due to budget demands, Essex County will disband its K-9 unit and will enter into a new shared services agreement with other law enforcement agencies ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ – An active threat exercise held on Tuesday in Belleville was invaluable because it revealed ways the township can work to keep its employees safe in the event of an active shooter scenario, officials said. The exercise started at about 10:30 a.m. with the sound of gunfire echoing ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark Parking Authority employee is charged with selling narcotics and illegally possessing a weapon while on the job, the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced  Aughkay Green, 48, was indicted on one count each of possession with intent to distribute heroin, ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ – Mayor Michael Melham dug his golden shovel into the ground and scooped up a pile of mud. The currently vacant plot of earth on Franklin Avenue left soggy from rain will soon be the location of a modern three-story, red-brick building, as Belleville begins its ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ - Anthony Iacono has hit the ground running since starting as the township manager and his hard work has resulted in saving taxpayers thousands of dollars.  He has focused on getting a handle on spending and installing safeguards to control or eliminate wasteful overtime among ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ – The past few weeks have been frustrating for Belleville Mayor Michael Melham and residents of his entire community.  While Belleville has been dealing with water challenges since late 2018, recent conference calls, press conferences, meetings and news reports seem to only ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The city will be getting its first dog park and it will be located in Branch Brook Park after a community group pushed for space where their four-legged friends could run unleashed. "We are happy to work with the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, which came to us with the idea ...

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