Essex County News

May 12, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation.  Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Guaranteed Income Pilot Program that is planned to help Newark residents stave off economic insecurity by putting money directly into their hands with no strings attached may soon come to fruition starting with a group of selected individuals.  First broached by Newark Mayor Ras ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year.  The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s financially burdened homeowners who face a looming eviction moratorium expected to end this June can seek help and information during a virtual seminar hosted by nonprofit United Community Corporation this month. The free virtual seminar’s goal will emphasize options ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Apothecarium Dispensary at 1865 Springfield Avenue had its ribbon cutting on Friday morning. The new medical cannabis dispensary serves as Maplewood’s first and only. The facility offers its own brand of cannabis products (grown at its Boonton, NJ farm) called KindTree along ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Less than a quarter of Newark residents are fully vaccinated, however, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge said the Biden-Harris administration is determined to raise those numbers. Joined by local health professionals and area officials, Fudge ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park. She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years. Sanders holds an MFA from The ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – If you are looking to get outside this week and enjoy the fresh spring air, Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is holding an open-air gallery that includes art from professional and amateur local artists. The gallery, on display now through the end ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are calling on residents to submit their feedback on proposed designs for a Harriet Tubman monument to be constructed in Washington Park.  After five local, critically acclaimed artists were selected by city officials earlier this year to propose preliminary designs ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department will be able to wear a hijab as part of their uniform in what Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara is calling a “slight change, but very impactful.”  “This change, which allows our Muslim female officers to wear the hijab in ...

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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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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Mountainside Medical Center has recognized several staff members for exceptional leadership in the establishment and operation of the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Hospital CEO Tim O’Brien recognized Florey Cruz-Cerpa, manager of Community Health; Julia Ilyin, director of ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29 at Colgate Park in ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Sean Spiller, a former President-elect of the NJEA and current Mayor of Montclair, has responded to accusations made by an outgoing Montclair Board of Education member who accused Spiller of being motivated by “money, perks and power.” Sergio Gonzalez was appointed to the ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswomen Mikie Sherrill on Monday joined Mayor Venezia, Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Councilman Nick Joanow, Councilman Rich Rockwell, Councilman Ted Gamble, Assemblyman Tom Giblin and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. on Essex Avenue ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — The YMCA of Montclair announced in June of 2019 a fundraising campaign to build an imaginative and inclusive neighborhood playground behind the Y’s Geyer Family Branch at 159 Glenridge Ave in Montclair. Scheduled to break ground in the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put the ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – A massive green project is inching closer towards getting a green light. Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and members of the Township Council on Wednesday night hosted a Virtual Presentation to update the community about the status of the Essex-Hudson Greenway Project. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County will host its annual Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Essex County residents may drop ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Here is the upcoming schedule of Coronavirus testing sites sponsored by Essex County; the tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456. Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, 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. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival. “The ...

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

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Have you seen Venika Williams? It has been 39 months since this mother was last seen or successfully contacted. The Police are asking for the public to assist in locating Venika, 28, who went missing on December 22, 2017. The police believe she was last seen headed to Jersey City ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Statements of condemnation were made regarding the recent outbreak of violence against members of the Asian community during Monday night’s Bloomfield Council Regular Meeting. “I want to acknowledge the number of hate crimes against the Asian Community over the past year,” ...

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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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MONTCLAIR, NJ — Following the mass killings in Atlanta this week, in which eight people at three locations were murdered, six of them Asian women, the Montclair Township Mayor and Council has issued a statement of support to the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Each noted that ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After the mass killings in Atlanta this week, in which eight people at three sites were murdered, six of them Asian women, the Maplewood Township Committee and the Maplewood Library Board of Trustees each issued statements of support to the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) ...

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