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Essex County News

July 3, 2022

This story was co-produced in collaboration with CivicStory and the NJ Sustainability Reporting project. NEWARK, NJ — Accessing nutritional food options in Newark has posed a challenge for years to the city’s most underserved residents and families dealing with poverty, an issue that was only ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka was sworn in for his third term Friday outlining his vision for New Jersey’s largest city for the next four years.  "Our vision was always big enough to include all of us, even those who could not clearly see it," Baraka told the crowd who attended the ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Funding has been set aside to address Montclair PFOAS and comes along with fourteen NJ community projects, which will be funded by the House Appropriations Committee for 2023, announced Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11). In Montclair, a Montclair Water Bureau report released ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Claims that comedian Chelsea Handler’s three abortions while attending Livingston High School (LHS) led to the New Jersey district’s refusal to induct her into its alumni Hall of Fame are being disputed by Livingston Public Schools (LPS) officials, who released the following ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The 34th running of the Tom Fleming Sunset Classic benefiting the Bloomfield Educational Foundation returns Thursday night, June 30th. Registration for the races and packet pickup starts at 5:00 PM at Foley Field, with the first event (kids sprints) beginning at 6:30 PM.  Please ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Following a maintenance-related closure and a change in management, Oakeside Mansion reopened to the public on June 25th, with Bloomfield residents enjoying a hot summer afternoon on the property’s lawn and gardens, and touring the spruced-up interior.  Food vendors gave out ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Friday evening, June 24 was a busy night in Downtown Maplewood. It started at 7 pm with a Drag Queen PRE-PARTY as a warm-up to the dance party. This part of the evening was held at LUNA STELLA Restaurant at their Bar. A visit was made to meet and have a drink with the ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's one-time residence in West Caldwell has been targeted for harassment, according to West Caldwell police. In a statement released by the West Caldwell Police Department Sunday night, authorities have responded to multiple calls at a ...

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ROSELAND, NJ -- The Borough of Roseland, the township of West Caldwell and the Fair Share Housing Center are in litigation with the Caldwell Sewer Utility, which is governed by Caldwell's Borough Council and Mayor.  During Caldwell's recent public meeting held on June 14, Business Administrator ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- During Friday's inaugural pride-themed dinner under the stars, the Director of the Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Reginald Bedsoe, was in attendance with a written proclamation from Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. The proclamation reads as ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council held a regular session on June 21 in which one second-reading ordinance, five first-reading ordinances and 25 resolutions on a consent agenda were passed in a matter of minutes.  The bulk of the meeting, though, was given over to public comment, which ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township of Bloomfield is excited to announce the grand re-opening and open house tour of Oakeside Mansion on Saturday, June 25, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Township assumed management of the Cultural Asset a year ago and had been diligently working on facility maintenance as ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- There have been 33 new bollards installed throughout Essex County to enhance the route markings for the Essex County Lenape Trail, a 34-mile trail that connects 18 parks and 11 municipalities. Cutting a ceremonial ribbon on Monday in front of one of the new bollards installed ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The public might have a say in choosing a new name for Jefferson School, but will likely have to choose from a list of candidates suggested by students. The topic will be discussed at the June 27 meeting of the South Orange-Maplewood School Board. The board met Monday to talk ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Harriet Tubman, the heroic abolitionist and trailblazer, made Newark an important stop on the Underground Railroad as she led enslaved African-Americans out of the South to freedom. Now, a community park in the state’s largest city has been renamed in recognition of her historic fight ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The town council issued a Tourette Syndrome (TS) Proclamation and designated June 4 Tourette Syndrome Day. West Orange High School rising senior Jaiden Mendez, who has TS, told the council, “I first came to speak about TS at a town council meeting when I was nine years old and ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ--The Bloomfield Public Library’s first ever Pride Month Reading Challenge is underway, encouraging residents to pick up a book (or five) focusing on LGBTQ+ culture.  Residents have until June 30th to read books from three of the following categories to be eligible for a gift ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- On Monday evening, the Bloomfield Fire Department held its annual awards ceremony in the Bloomfield Council Chambers. Members were honored with awards and citations for going above and beyond the call of duty on calls they encountered over the course of 2021. Among the awards ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ.-- Following up on last week’s story about three Bloomfield sisters who ran a Lemonade stand on June 4 to raise money for the Bloomfield Animal Shelter, on June 11 the sisters—six-year-old Aubrey, a Kindergartener at Demarest School, Emery (age 3) and Callie (age 13 months) brought ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bloomfield hosted its annual Town Paints event on Saturday, June 11. This year’s event saw 30 participants, ranging from children in third grade to adult artists, display their works on the Town Green. “I think the turnout was ...

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EDISON, NJ--Jean-Guy Lauture, who serves as the Director of Information Technology and Assistant Township Administrator for Bloomfield has won the JAG Municipal Excellence award The Jersey Access Group (JAG) is a professional organization that unites municipalities, access channels, non-profit ...

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Multiple parents expressed concern over racist incidents that occurred in West Orange public elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Detailing the various issues during the public comments section of the May 23 Board of Education Meeting, they called for a change in the face of ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- An announcement was made today regarding new traffic signal improvements at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Municipal Plaza as well as Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street in Bloomfield. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. was on hand along with Delvin ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller was among several hundred people who gathered at Summit's Village Green for a #WearOrange Rally on June 3, honoring those lost to gun violence, and focusing on education and action to end the senseless killing. The rally was hosted by Summit Marches On, ...

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WEST CALDWELL -- During the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education conference meeting Monday night, concerned parents questioned and challenged the administration and board regarding the safety of their children.  Parents also questioned how the recent acts of antisemitism and offensive ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Love, happiness, and pride were celebrated Saturday, June 4, on the steps of Maplewood Town Hall as Family, friends and officials gathered to witness the marriage of Township Mayor Dean Davis and George Forbes. The 11year relationship became the legal bond that guarantees all the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In a celebration tinged with concern for the future of LGBTQ+ rights, South Orange and Maplewood ushered in Pride Month over the weekend with a swirl of activities — the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic descended that the towns were able to fully recognize the ...

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Multiple parents expressed concern over racist incidents that occurred in West Orange public elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Detailing the various issues during the public comments section of the May 23 Board of Education Meeting, they called for a change in the face of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - History was made on June 1 at West Orange High School when the LGBTQ flag was proudly flown for the first time. School Counselor Jaclyn Headlam and Officer Karen Mango of the West Orange Police Department helped to organize the event, while Maj. Joseph Marchesi and cadets from ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township of Bloomfield is excited to announce the grand re-opening and open house tour of Oakeside Mansion on Saturday, June 25, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Township assumed management of the Cultural Asset a year ago and had been diligently working on facility maintenance as ...

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