EAST ORANGE, NJ - The City of East Orange celebrated the opening of its very first 7-Eleven Convenience Store yesterday with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The celebration was convened by Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, the East Orange City Council (represented by newly elected Council President Ted Green and others), city staff and a host of well wishers gathering at the South Arlington location.

The 7-Eleven represents what appears to be a positive trend for the city. Just one day earlier the Taylor Administration hosted a similar event at Hoffman Blvd. celebrating the opening of another business establishment - Burnet BBQ #4

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The opening of this well known business chain was met with great enthusiasm because after years of slow economic growth, and unfulfilled promises, the town has finally began to see rapid progress in the business sector. 

The event moderator, Planning Director Valerie Jackson noted that of the eighteen (18) or so employees, approximately half are East Orange residents; and the remaining live close to the area. And in a true gesture of civic cooperation 7-Eleven made a grant of $711.00 to their neighbor directly across the street, the East Orange Public Library.  EOPL Director Carolyn Ryan Reed gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the library.