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Two Charged with Abusing a 3 Year Old Girl

May 22, 2020

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and East Orange Public Safety Director Dominick Saldida announced today that Tevin Molentiel, 28, and Tamika Dorsey, 36, both of East Orange, have been charged with multiple child abuse offenses following an investigation by the Special Victims Unit of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The victim, a ...

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Charges for Nutley Man Who Allegedly Rammed Vehicle of Muslim Woman, Shouted ‘You’re a Terrorist’

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) welcomed charges brought by Essex County prosecutors against a Nutley man who allegedly rammed his SUV into the occupied vehicle of a Muslim woman and her son. 

According to the Nutley Police Department, the incident began with the Carvel Ice Cream shop on Franklin Ave on April ...

NJ Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey’s highest court held remote proceedings on Monday for Newark Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No.12’s bid to limit the scope of the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, an oversight body created in response to a 2014 federal report showing that Newark Police Department had violated citizens’ rights. 

In June 2019, an appellate ...

Maplewood Police Make Arrest in April 15 Attempted Car Jacking

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The following is an announcement from Maplewood Police Department Chief Jim DuVaul concerning the attempted carjacking on Oakland Road:

The Maplewood Police Department is pleased to report an arrest has been made related to an Attempted Carjacking that occurred in our Township on Oakland Rd on April 15. Detectives quickly located video footage in the area ...

Barhopping Newark Cops Charged with Falsifying Records

NEWARK, NJ — Four Newark police officers are accused of falsifying records to hide their drinking on the job, according to the acting Essex County Prosecutor, who said a lieutenant was included amongst those charged. 

Officers Michael Chirico, 55, Erik Blount, 33, Tashia Jones, 35, and Lt. Norberto Soares, 42, were all charged with tampering with public records, a third-degree ...

NJ Woman Ignored Police, Kept Grooming Pets and is Now Fined

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ — A Parsippany woman ignored police warnings and continued to accept customers to her dog grooming business, a violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s emergency orders relating to COVID-19, said authorities.

The woman, Rita Lacis, 61, was charged with violating the emergency order on Saturday, said state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and state Police ...

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NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

Community Conversations: Returning to a New Normal

Join Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System, for a look at how hospitals are seeing a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and delivering safe and accessible care to every patient.

 

Keeping Our Medical Centers Safe: Emergency Services at Atlantic Health System

At Atlantic Health System the safety of our patients and team members is our top priority. Here are a few ways we are keeping our hospitals safe for you and your families. Please don’t delay seeking important care. To learn more, visit https://www.atlantichealth.org

 

Community Conversation: 3 Things About Our Hospitals You’re Not Hearing in the News

In Atlantic Health System’s latest Community Conversation, Amy Perry, CEO, Hospital Division, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery, Atlantic Health System, shares the keys to our response to COVID-19 and some of the incredible stories taking place inside our medical centers.

 

Milestones

Talia Ramer, Tulane Class of 2020

May 21, 2020

Talia Ramer, daughter of Alia Covel of South Orange and Daniel Ramer of West Orange, graduated cum laude from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, on May 16. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in business management. She was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and held internships working in television production at Wonderama in New York City ...

OPINION: A Pandemic Doesn’t Stop the Dedication to Newark

May 23, 2020

When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look out for one another as their days got busier and the world around them became more ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, May 1-13

May 26, 2020

May 1, 2020; Possession of Stolen vehicle Arrests; At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 66 Gas Station. With the assistance of Union PD, a vehicle stolen out of Irvington was recovered and three individuals were arrested for being in possession of it.  Nineteen-year-old Anaia Staton of Montclair, eighteen-year-old Kamryn Coates of Maplewood and a sixteen-year-old ...

South Orange Police Blotter, May 18-22

Burglary to Auto — A West Montrose Avenue resident reports between May 15th and 16th during the overnight hours unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway, and ransacked the inside.  Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

Shoplifting — On May 16, 2020 the manager at Ashley Market notified South Orange Police of a ...

Memorial Day Celebrations Go Online

May 25, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — To promote social distancing, South Orange Village marked Memorial Day this year on Facebook Live. 

Rabbi Jesse Olitsky of Congregation Beth El gave the invocation. Village President Sheena Collum spoke to families who have lost relatives in the Armed Services: "This day brings home the sacrifices and selflessness of those individuals."

During ...

Maplewood Memorial Day Ceremony Socially Distanced

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee, Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis, and Committee Members Greg Lembrich, Nancy Adams, and Victor DeLuca honored Memorial Day today at Ricalton Square.

In his remarks, McGehee paid tribute to "the women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our Constitution, our Country and way of life... The women and men who served our country ...

Former and Late East Orange Mayor Thomas H. Cooke Jr.: A Legacy Remembered

May 26, 2020

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Former East Orange Mayor, Thomas H. Cooke, Jr. passed away the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Mayor Cooke was a trailblazer and the city's second African American-elected Mayor from 1978 to 1986.

Mayor Cooke was honored posthumously at the 2020 East Orange Memorial Day Celebration. In 2019, he was awarded the Lifetime Citizens Award.

A ...

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 Billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

May 21, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Saturday Night Car Fire on Route 78 in Union

UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters and the scene was turned over to New Jersey State Police and the Department of ...

Casting Announced for Paper Mill Playhouse's  'Rising Star Honors'

May 23, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for “Rising Star Honors,” presented by the Investors Foundation, a virtual celebration of New Jersey high school students, many of whom were unable to perform their high school musicals due to the current Covid-19 health crisis.“Rising Star Honors” presented by the Investors ...

South Orange Farmers Market Postponed Indefinitely

 

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) announced the indefinite postponement of the 2020 South Orange Farmers Market in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“It is with deep regret that we make this announcement,” said SOVCA Executive Director, Julie Doran, “We considered many options and weighed our decision ...