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Millburn Teen Gives Laptops New Life for Charity

January 17, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — A junior at Millburn High School is using his skills with computers to help young women half a world away have a chance at higher education. Alexander McBride, the founder of Laptops4Africa.org, has already sent 21 laptops to deserving female students by teaming with a family friend who hand delivers donations to a girls leadership training school in Tanzania ...

Livingston Residents Share Ideas and Concerns at Riker Hill Art Park Open Forum

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo to ...

Christie Signs Bipartisan Bill to Draw Amazon’s HQ2 to Newark

NEWARK, NJ – Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday authorizing billions of dollars in state tax incentives to draw Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark.

Amazon's move to Newark could bring up to 50,000 new jobs to the region.

The city was selected by Christie in October as the state’s endorsed ...

Millburn Police Announce Arrest in November Carjacking

MILLBURN, NJ - Ahmed Anthony, 29, of Newark was arrested on charges stemming from a carjacking in Millburn on November 27, according to a statement from the Millburn Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Anthony is facing charges ranging from first degree carjacking and first degree kidnapping to second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, stated the release from Millburn ...

Essex Green and Executive Drive in West Orange Designated as 'Area in Need of Redevelopment'

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After more than three hours of debate among members of the West Orange Township Council and the public, the council voted 4-1 to approve a resolution designating the Essex Green and Executive Drive area as an “area in need of redevelopment” consistent with recommendations recently made by the West Orange Planning Board. 

Councilman Joe Krakoviak was the ...

Essex County College Reports Favorable Financial Audit as Major Milestone

NEWARK, NJ – Essex County College is reporting a clean bill of health on its annual financial audit.

The audit, completed last month by certified public accounting and auditing firm PKF O’Connor Davies, found no material weaknesses in the college’s internal controls and found ECC to be in compliance with all federal and state sponsored programs. In addition, the ...

Brendan Byrne's Career Forged in Essex County Before Becoming N.J. Governor

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ  - Before he became New Jersey's governor, Brendan Byrne carved his career path in his native Essex County, as county prosecutor during a tumultuous era in Newark's history. 

Tested and tempered, he was ready for his time in Trenton. 

Byrne, who died Thursday, is fondly remembered by those who watched his life, and his legacy, spring to life as a ...

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Welcomes 907,522 Visitors in 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo finished 2017 with an all-time record attendance of 907,522, marking the first time that attendance has eclipsed the 900,000 mark. It was also the 13th-consecutive year that a new annual attendance record was established.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. was proud to announce the many improvements recently made to the ...

Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Elects New President and Vice President

NEWARK, NJ – During this week’s annual reorganization meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Brendan Gill of Montclair and Wayne Richardson of Newark were was unanimously elected as board president and vice president, respectively.

Gill, who succeeds Freeholder Britnee Timberlake as president, has served as vice president since 2015. He was elected to his first ...

Turtle Back Zoo Closes 2017 with Record Attendance for 13th Straight Year

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Turtle Back Zoo closed 2017 with record attendance. 907,522 people visited the zoo last year continuing the trend of increased attendance every year for the past 13 years.

African penguins will be moving to a new exhibit area soon,  joining giraffes and lions in the African section.

The zoo has grown and added new features every year for the past ...

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