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Essex County Parks Department Seeks Information about Vandalism

April 27, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Earlier this month, someone drove a heavy, four-wheel-drive vehicle onto Mayapple Hill field in the South Mountain Reservation and created a great deal of damage by digging deep tire tracks throughout the area.

In addition to making the field unusable until it's fixed, the destruction is wasting county resources as workers spend time ...

The 200 Club of Essex County Presented 2020 Valor Awards to Firefighters & Police Officers

 

The 200 Club of Essex County presented their 2020 Valor Awards at West Orange Fire Headquarters on April 22. The awards were originally scheduled to be presented at their annual Valor Awards luncheon last year but was canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Members of the West Orange Fire and Police Department were remembered for their heroic actions on July 30, 2019. On that date, a ...

Early Morning Fire on Cross Street in West Orange

The West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) responded this morning at approximately 4:20 am to a smoke condition reported by a neighbor at 31 Cross Street in West Orange. Upon arrival, crews confirmed a working structure fire at an occupied 2.5 story wood frame house with a fire on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

The main body of fire was discovered in the walls, and crews were able to open up the walls and ...

Arrests Made in Two Attempted Carjackings at Essex Green Plaza

West Orange, NJ -- On the evening of April 9, police officers were called to the ShopRite in Essex Green Plaza after an attempted carjacking. The victim stated that three men showed a gun to him and told him to get out of his car. He wouldn't vacate the car, and the suspects left.

While investigating the first carjacking, West Orange Police Department (WOPD) dispatch ...

Police Investigating Theft of Car Parked on Liberty Street

WEST ORANGE -- NJ  On April 2, Officer Michael McClellan responded to a call on Liberty Street in West Orange where a man reported that his blue 2007 Ford E 350 was stolen. The owner stated that the vehicle was locked and parked on the street. 

Approximately $1,500 worth of tools were in the stolen vehicle including two ladders, two Milwaukee circular saws, six ...

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Our Lady of the Lake School Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Support its 1:1 Technology Mission

May 10, 2021

Verona, NJ -- Our Lady of the Lake School, a two-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Investors Foundation. The grant will help further Our Lady of the Lake’s 1:1 technology mission of providing a Chromebook to each student in grades 5 through 8.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Investors Foundation, especially ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Inducts New Medical Staff Leadership

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The nearly 1,600 attending physicians at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected leaders among the group to serve two-year terms as Medical Staff Officers.

Inducted at the Quarterly Medical Staff Meeting in April were Alan Garten, MD, who will serve as Medical Staff President as well as First Vice President Michael Addis, MD; Second Vice President John ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Mercer Street Friends, and Norwescap Confer Grant Awards to 292 Community Partners Across 18 Counties

HILLSIDE, NJ -- The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), Mercer Street Friends and NORWESCAP  announced the selection of 292 partner food pantries, soup kitchens and other local food assistance charities to receive grants through a $3.5 million investment in network capacity. Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 were ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

May 5, 2021

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 in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

New Artistic Director for Wildflower Sculpture Park

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 New York Studio School and has exhibited in New Jersey, Brooklyn, New ...

Latest COVID-19 Essex County Statistics Show Slight Improvement

The latest COVID-19 statistics show that the number of cases is slowly decreasing.

A little more than 3 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated, which is almost half of the 6.9 million adults. The state's objective is to vaccinate 70%, or 4.7 million, residents by June 30. 

Another 4.2 million (61%) NJ residents have had one vaccine.

The Department of Health recently ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...