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Essex County News

May 15, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member. Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the ...

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - Memorial Services for former East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser have been set for May 7th at 11 am, at Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing Arts located at 35 Winans Street, East Orange, New Jersey 07017. The public is invited to the memorial services, however, due to limited seating ...

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ORANGE, NJ — The future of a historic, mixed-use building at 235 Main Street in Orange remains uncertain after a multiple-alarm fire destroyed the majority of the structure earlier this week. According to authorities, the cause of the fire is under investigation and is believed to have started in a ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Municipal Clerks were in full force attending the Municipal Clerks Association of New Jersey’s 2022 (MCANJ), Education Conference in Atlantic City. Est Orange's own, Kim Lemmon is the Treasurer for the Association.  “What made this Conference so special for ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ - Three generations of women – grandmother, daughter and granddaughter – are lifetime members of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ), with more than 162 years of combined Girl Scout experience. Jeanne Van Steen, who resides in Nutley for the past 65 years, has been a lifetime ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Sheriff Armoando Fontoura announced today that Officers from his Department’s Bureau of Narcotics from his office set out to arrest a West Orange man who was wanted for Criminal mischief and eluding police on March 31st. As a result of the arrest, they the Detectives recovered ...

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ - Three men were killed hours apart in three shootings Wednesday in East Orange, Orange and Irvington. The East Orange shooting happened early Wednesday, March 16, on Hilton Street at an address in the 50s. A more specific time was not immediately available. One man was ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Officers of the Nutley Police Department arrested a 58-year-old township resident following an investigation of allegations of inappropriate behaviors while working as a substitute teacher in the Nutley Public School district.  The incident that led to the investigation took place ...

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NEWARK, NJ —After two years of no bagpipes and no green stripe painted in the middle of the street, the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade returned to downtown, a day when it was especially good to see and be seen as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. "It's surreal seeing all these people, particularly ...

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The 69th Annual West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 12:15 p.m., beginning at the corners of Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Main Street. Back in 2020, the Parade Committee selected Mellen Dangler as the 2020 Grand Marshal. She will finally lead the parade tomorrow.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - NJ Transit, has suspended train service between Broad Street, Newark and South Orange due to a fallen tree on the tracks in the area of the Mountain Station, South Orange. According to Jim Smith, NJ Transit, Director of Media Relations, at this time there is no estimate on the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark this Friday will provide ample opportunity to celebrate Irish-American culture and pride, but it will also celebrate some notable New Jersey residents. As a lead-up to the annual parade, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — During its 2022 “Salute to the Irish” Celebration held virtually on Thursday, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners commemorated the heritage and traditions of the Irish community while recognizing the parade committees and honorees of the Newark, Nutley and West Orange St.

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Essex County, NJ – On Monday, February 14th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Monday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) is currently seeking high school juniors to participate in its annual three-week summer youth internship program designed to expose local high school students to potential careers in law, law enforcement and government.  According to ...

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Essex County, NJ – On Friday, February 4th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Friday, ...

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Essex County, NJ – On Tuesday, January 18th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Friday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark police detective on Sunday was injured in a vehicle collision by a juvenile driver operating a stolen automobile, according to authorities.  The officer, who was unidentified in a report released by the Newark Department of Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara, was injured ...

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MONTCAIR, NJ – This Thanksgiving was a special time for Jill Szalony, 51, of Montclair. Jill, her husband Alex Samuelson, and their three children, Benjamin, 22, Grace, 20, and Jesse, 18, are celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Jill’s life-saving heart transplant. As the family joyfully counts ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark police officer has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains and related charges for hitting a pedestrian on the Garden State Parkway, according to authorities.  Newark Police Officer Louis Santiago, 25, of Bloomfield, was charged on Wednesday ...

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Newark, NJ – Jashyah Moore, an East Orange 14-year-old who had been missing, was found in New York City, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephen Moore is safe and is being provided all appropriate services, he said. Other than stating that Moore  wil be returned to New Jersey ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Veterans Day observance ceremony held on Tuesday at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark served as both a moment to pay tribute to a handful of local veterans for their service and to give them a chance to pay homage to those that made the great sacrifice.  For US Marine ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly 43 years after the due date, an overdue book was returned to the Montclair Public Library (MPL), staff announced. "A very honest patron just returned a book that was due in 1978," said a statement posted on In a post on the MPL Facebook page. The 'Paddington Abroad' ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Essex County is now eligible for disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Ida during the night of Sept. 1.  Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, along with state and ...

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West Orange, NJ — On Saturday, Sept. 11, Essex County officials and residents will gather at 8 a.m. in Eagle Rock Reservation to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The 9/11 Memorial is located at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue and Prospect Avenue in West ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Exotic animals did not escape from Turtle Back Zoo during yesterday's storm, officials said yesterday. The announcement came in response to many Essex County residents who expressed concern about a viral announcement claiming zoo animals - including lions, penguins and reptiles ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is now available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) for any area residents considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised and will also become available to this population at the Essex County Vaccination ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The names of Newark’s first three African American firefighters will forever be honored with a bronze plaque bearing their names at the firehouse on 360 Clinton Ave.  Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara on Tuesday dedicated Engine 10 at Clinton Avenue to ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A New Jersey Superior Court Judge, Lisa M. Adubato, has rejected an attempt to overturn Montclair’s leaf blower ordinance, township officials announced on Friday. A landscaping company, Vito Dente and Dente, filed a legal challenge to Montclair's law, which restricts the use of ...

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