Essex County News

May 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana were among 29 New Jersey residents named by Governor Phil Murphy to the New Jersey Puerto Rican Commission. The commission, which was established under legislation signed into law by Governor Murphy in ...

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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 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 — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school ...

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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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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 — New legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday will expand access to livable wages and affordable health care for Newark Liberty International Airport workers. The Healthy Terminals Act signed into law by Murphy creates new minimum wage and benefits requirements for certain ...

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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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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Demolition has officially begun at the former Northfield Baptist Church at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, where the township recently approved an application by Livingston Builders, LLC, to create a mixed-use residential and retail development at ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Schools District students and staff will be in the classroom four days per week now after officials expanded in-person learning this week.  Joined by district and area officials, Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León on Tuesday announced the expansion in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Rev. Dr. Ronald Slaughter has delivered virtual sermons from his empty church in Newark since the COVID-19 pandemic began. During that time, he has been trying to address not only his community's spiritual needs but also his flock's mental and physical health. Slaughter said ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — The ribbon-cutting of the Black Lives Matter street mural was the largest socially distanced gathering of residents from East Orange and neighboring towns since the pandemic began. The outdoor event attracted about 300 mask-wearing people to appreciate the art. On a day that ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced 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 ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ — Marquise Smith, 26, of Newark has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and felony murder for the fatal shooting of Agustin “Orlando” Pichardo, 51, of Newark. It is alleged that Smith fatally shot Pichardo during an attempted ...

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NEWARK, NJ — After the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered school buildings citywide, students at LEAD Charter School in Newark returned to their classrooms on Monday to commence in-person instruction for the first time in over a year.  LEAD reopened at 40% capacity — about 70-80 students in the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A 16-year-old boy was arrested this weekend for his connection to a shooting incident that injured a 1-year-old girl, authorities announced.  Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara reported that the teen was arrested on Saturday for shooting an infant in Newark which occurred on ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kicked off an $84.2 million capital project this week to renovate and upgrade one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s major runways.  The project is planned to generate more than $144 million in economic activity for the region and ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A project previously approved to spur redevelopment in the Central Ward will expand even further after the Newark City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to designate a new developer for properties on Broad and Division streets.  The developer, May Newark, LLC, plans to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three Newark police officers rescued a distraught man from jumping off the Route 78 overpass at West Runyon Street and Irvine Turner Boulevard Monday. At around 10 a.m., 5th Precinct officers Darrell Fields, Abdul Aziz Yasin and Miguel Silva responded to a call of attempted suicide ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary. John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Heavy rainstorms may have poured down Monday morning on the Brick City, but nearly 14,500 Newark Public Schools students returning to the classroom for the first time in over a year wouldn’t let the wet weather dampen their excitement.  Joined by district officials, educators and ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A study published recently in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows vaccines may offer some protection for the babies of pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, according to the CDC, there is still limited and uncertain information about its safety for ...

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — In January, TAPinto reported on the Essex County student and teacher winners of New Jersey Association of Gifted Children awards. Now, we are diving deeper into the story of Avien Abney, the winner of the Grades 3-5 NJAGC Distinguished Student Award for 2021. Avien ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ – The Newark Symphony Hall will host a new production this summer, Richard Wesley's "Black Terror."   As the hall's first company-in-residence, the Yendor Theatre Company (YTC) production will be co-produced by Los Angeles-based WACO Theater Center and directed by WACO Co-Artistic ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Joseph Postiglione, who teaches non-verbal autistic students in third to fifth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, wants to help his pupils build an outdoor courtyard that will be “their own comfortable place” and he will teach them “valuable life and social skills along the ...

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