Essex County News

May 14, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester.  The school sent an email this week to the school community communicating the University's Executive Cabinet decision.  “We know that reaching a high vaccination level ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally.  In Essex County, the price at the pump has hit ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The lack of lines tells the story. At the end of March, hundreds of people lined up at the New Jersey Institute of Technology COVID-19 vaccination site in Newark after it launched. More than 6,200 doses were administered that first day. Now, a little over a month later, only a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Four individuals have been charged in an investigation for allegedly conspiring as members of a criminal ring responsible for numerous residential burglaries across much of New Jersey, including in Verona. The participating law enforcement agencies have worked collaboratively to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Strong winds felled a mature tree in the Newstead neighborhood this morning, landing on and damaging a landscaper's pickup truck.  The wind's force caused the top of the Crest Drive tree pull away from the trunk, leaving the trunk standing; the limbs took power lines down with ...

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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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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 — 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 – 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 — A corrections officer has been charged with smuggling contraband at the Essex County Correctional Facility, located on Doremus Avenue in Newark. Alray Blackmon, Jr., 31, of Newark has been charged with Second Degree Attempting to Provide an Electronic Communication Device to an ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — During the German City of Frankfurt am Main’s first-ever Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism—a live virtual event held on Tuesday in conjunction with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) in order to “empower the world’s brightest municipal and local leaders to come together to ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County has canceled all COVID-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 vaccine availability. Residents with fist dose appointments for Feb. 21, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 ...

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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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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Dr. Steven Arsht, a Livingston resident and orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was so overcome with emotion when he received his first COVID-19 vaccination that it led to the establishment of a new social media campaign intended to encourage others to get ...

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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 — Essex County has announced the upcoming schedule of its coronavirus testing sites. The tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456. Upcoming testing locations are as ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – For the second time in a week, a significant to major snowstorm seems poised to hit New Jersey.  This time, the confluence of two systems, one that is streaking through from the conveyor belt pattern from the Northwest through the Midwest, down to the Ohio Valley, and then ...

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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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CALDWELL, NJ — The borough of Caldwell and the Caldwell Police Department is urging all residents to stay at home and not to brave the forecast conditions during the impending snowstorm unless it is a dire emergency that you must travel out on the roadways. The Caldwell Police Department said, ...

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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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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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LIVINGSTON, NJ — After vaccinating hundreds of health care workers on Saturday in Newark, Essex County officially opened another vaccination site in the former Sears building at the Livingston Mall on Monday in partnership with Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC). SBMC, an RWJBarnabas Health ...

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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County distribution of pantry items for those dealing with food insecurity will have special contents for the Christmas holiday. In addition to a variety of non-perishable food such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Cedar Grove resident who has been a soldier in the Lucchese Crime Family admitted on Wednesday that he planned and carried out an aggravated assault on the current husband of one of the former stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey." According to an ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The West Caldwell School of Technology will be one of five vaccination centers in Essex County for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, the county disclosed on Tuesday. The school on 620 Passaic Ave. in West Caldwell will serve residents of West Caldwell, Bloomfield, ...

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