Photo of the Day: Turtle Back Zoo's Essex Ed Predicts Super Bowl Winner

With the County Executive and Essex Ed are Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante and Animal Keeper Tamara Myhar. (Photo courtesy of Essex County

WEST ORANGE, NJ - At Turtle Back Zoo's annual Ground Hog Day event, local celebrity groundhog 'Essex Ed' predicted that  Atlanta Falcons would defeat the New England Patriots in this year's Super Bowl.

Essex Ed saw his shadow at the 11 a.m. ceremony meaning New Jersey residents are in for six more weeks of winter. 

"I prefer warmer weather, so I'm a little disappointed in Essex Ed's prediction. I was really hoping for spring weather to arrive early this year," Essex County Executive Joseph "Joe D." DiVincenzo said. "It may be cold outside, but it's still a great time to come out and Experience Essex, and our wonderful Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Recreation Complex. Waiting for Essex Ed on Groundhog Day creates excitement about Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo and highlights its role as an educational resource," he added.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Six-Year-Old Discovered Sleeping Unattended on West Orange School Bus

March 16, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When a bus driver employed by the Hunterdon County Educational Service Commission, which performs certain bus runs for the West Orange School District, failed to perform the mandatory inspection of his bus after dropping students off at Redwood Elementary School and returning to the bus depot on Friday morning, the district confirmed that a 6-year-old student had ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

March 13, 2018

March 4, 2018 – March 11, 2018

On March 7, 2018 at 12:16 a.m., Ptl. Justin Westra stopped a vehicle being operated without a front license plate. The operator, a 23 year old male from West Orange, was arrested after it was determined that his license was suspended. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 8, 2018 at 11:43 p.m., officers ...

Ten Ways to Be Productive on a Snow Day

March 7, 2018

Another Nor’Easter has smacked us in the face today.  After so many of us lost power for what seemed to be an eternity, it’s a good time to make up for lost productivity and work on the famous Stephen Covey Quadrant 2 Activities.  What are they you may ask?  Those are the activities that are Important, yet not urgent (well some of them can be).  In other ...

Fairytale Marriage Proposal Takes Center Stage at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A surprise engagement took center stage at last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Somerville. In the midst of the March 11 festivities, Piscataway resident Steven Verardi boarded a float and popped the question to his girlfriend Elise Latona, marking the first known engagement to take place at the parade in 27 years.

Since opening The Beauty Bar ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Martin Luther King, Newark, and the Cool Spring ...

Education Law & Justice Other

Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Financial Seminar

Business & Finance

LEGO Drive Benefiting Kids with Cancer

March 16, 2018

A good friend of mine lost his son to cancer at age 10 a few years back. His name was Paul Jimenez aka "Paulie". Since his loss, the family has started a foundation called "Paulie Strong" to help raise awareness and donations for those in need. This March, they are holding a LEGO drive for children with cancer. 

All LEGO sets collected will be donated to the Pediatrics ...