Essex County News

April 28, 2021

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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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 to ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival. “The ...

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ROSELAND, NJ — A Roseland police officer who resides in West Caldwell is facing numerous charges, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief Dennis Capriglione Jr. and Roseland Police Captain ...

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NEWARK, NJ – When Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week the launch of the New Jersey Institute of Technology vaccination site in Newark, it was originally planned to deploy 6,000 doses per day. On opening day, the site surpassed that mark with nearly 6,200 doses administered.  “They will be ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Although Essex County stands among the leading regions in the state for COVID-19 vaccines administered, Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. on Tuesday issued a letter to federal legislators and Gov. Phil Murphy, calling for more doses.  As one of the first counties to set up vaccination ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three Essex County men admitted conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today. Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, both of South Orange, and Nasheed Jackson, 24, of ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against the Montclair School District after teachers and staff refused to return to in-person instruction, according to documents. Eight families filed last week after retaining attorney Keri Donohue Avellini, who is also the ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has canceled all  OVID-19 vaccination appointments for Monday Feb. 22 due to lack of vaccines.  Residents with appointments for Feb. 22, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 and Sun. Feb 21 were canceled ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County has canceled all first dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Sunday Feb. 21 due to lack of vaccines.  Residents with fist dose appointments for Feb. 21, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 were ...

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VERONA, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm wWarning for New Jersey, starting from 4 am on Thursday morning until 10 am on Friday.  The anticipated coastal low is in the process of forming and will likely position itself slightly farther out to sea than models indicated ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ — A 34-year-old Morristown resident who has been heavily involved in the Livingston Soccer Club over the last several years and most recently served as a volunteer coach at Livingston High School in the fall of 2020 has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ten-year-old West Orange resident Veronica DiPauli has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for three years but no match has been found. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the community members between the ages of 18-44 will have the opportunity to register and see if they can help. A ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Confidence remains high that a significant coastal storm will leave all of New Jersey with measurable, and in most areas plowable snow by the end of Sunday.  The Saturday models have brought some previously mentioned variables into play, and with that, some adjustments to the ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Following a public declaration of the intent to file a lawsuit against the Montclair Education Association (MEA) on their refusal to return to in-person learning, the 1000-member union has fired back against the Montclair School District. On Tuesday, Superintendent Jonathan Ponds ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the area was blanketed by well over a foot of snow on Monday, Essex County's resident groundhog delivered some potential good news for winter weary residents. Essex Ed, the groundhog at Turtle Back Zoo, made his annual weather predication on Tuesday, Feb. 2, which is ...

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VERONA, NJ – After two years of little to no snow, mother nature has said enough is enough.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all but the farthest northern counties of New Jersey, and it is likely to encompass the entire state by the time the first flakes start ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced today that he will seek re-election for an 11th term. Fontoura, a 24-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, assumed office in 1990 and is currently the longest-serving sheriff in Essex County history and is the dean of the New ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A Fairfield woman who documented her activity on her Facebook page has been charged after an FBI investigation with taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago. Rasha N. Abual-Ragheb was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with unlawful entry and violent ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Benjamin Avrut, 35, of Maplewood, has been arrested and charged with the murder of his mother.  Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul and Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II made the announcement today as part of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of sea turtles were unable to migrate this year before water temperatures became too cold. Sea Turtle Recovery, located at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, has added 17 new sea turtle patients. They join one patient already in the hospital from 2019. Turtle Back Zoo ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The site of the former K-Mart in West Orange will be one of five vaccination centers in Essex County for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, the county disclosed on Tuesday. The building on 235 Prospect Ave. in West Orange will serve residents of Cedar Grove, Verona, Essex ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Mother nature has decided to get involved in 2020 as well. With the official start of winter only a week away, it appears that New Jersey and the entirety of the mid-Atlantic and northeast will get a head start on things over the next 24 hours.  A small wake up call will be ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Accompanied by Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez and Essex Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and members of his administration recently took a tour of the vacancy left by Sears at the Livingston Mall in hopes of turning the site into what DiVincenzo ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Comfort Inn located at 286 Route 46 East on Monday evening.  At approximately 6 p.m., according to Police Chief Anthony Manna, an unknown white male wearing a surgical mask entered ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, West Orange resident Charlotte Wescott has sewn more than 2,600 face masks. The masks Wescott makes provide protection to nursing home residents, foster children and Native Americans across the United States, as well as home health ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents may donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this month.  The drive to benefit families in need will be held from Dec. 8-31. Because of the pandemic, visitors will ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will not conduct its annual Deer Management Program to reduce the number of deer in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation in 2021. Other county priorities during the pandemic were cited as the reason. “Our energy and manpower ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Rev. Melvin E. Wilson, Pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Orange, will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, December 3, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to ...

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