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West Orange Mayor Robert D. Parisi, Livingston Mayor Shawn R. Klein and Governor Richard J. Codey Cut Ceremonial Ribbon at the Sai Hira Ram Trust Hindu Temple

April 6, 2021


West Orange Mayor Robert D. Parisi, Livingston Mayor Shawn R. Klein and Governor Richard J. Codey cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Sai Hira Ram Trust Hindu Temple of Worship.

All three also participated on April 2 in the lighting of candles with honorary guests on hand for the inauguration program welcoming the Hindu temple to West Orange.

A speech of gratitude was made ...

Livingston Mayor Represents U.S. at International Summit Against Anti-Semitism

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 eradicate prejudice and hatred” in their ...

Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona Prepares for Catholic Schools Week

VERONA, NJ — Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, Jan. 31 and runs through Feb. 6. Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona has a full week of activities and events lined up to mark the occasion.

The school will hold its annual Open House virtually at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31 to kick off the week. The full schedule is as follows.


Sunday, January 31: Virtual Open House – 3 p.m.

Hope and Help at St. John's Soup Kitchen on Christmas Eve

NEWARK, NJ - Christmas in the time of a pandemic came to St. John's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Newark with quiet majesty on a gray December day, praying for hope to be born.

More than 100 people lined up for a hot meal in front of the nearly 200-year-old church on Mulberry Street on Christmas Eve. Their city is a hot zone of the coronavirus pandemic, their holiday table ...

West Orange's Dr. Robert Hoatson to be Inducted into Essex Catholic Hall of Fame

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, a 35-year resident of West Orange, will be inducted into the Essex Catholic High School Hall of Fame on Nov. 20. 

Born in Orange, Hoatson, 68, attended elementary school at St. Joseph’s School in West Orange, graduating as the recipient of the “Religion Medal.”

Hoatson was a student at Essex Catholic High School in Newark, an ...


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Mountainside Medical Center's Dr. Shulik's Holistic Approach to Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

May 18, 2021

About 1 million people in the United States suffer from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowl disease that causes inflammation and sores in the digestive tract. Gastroenterologist Dr. Oleg Shulik recently worked with a patient to develop a holistic approach to treatment that allowed her to stop taking medications for the management of her symptoms.

In late September 2020, Lisa A., 31, ...

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients undergoing transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement ...

IRS, Treasury Announce Families of 88% of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. Roughly 39 million households—covering 88% of children in the United States—are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further ...

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 ...

A Day with Whoopi Encouraging Vaccinations

May 15, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — It was a perfect day in East Orange. The parking lot of the ShopRite shopping center (Roberto’s Pizza side) was full of excitement. Smiling eyes could be seen behind the masks everywhere.  Black cars pulled up, and out popped Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy. He was joined by Whoopi Goldberg, the Lt. Governor, County Executive Joseph ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shut down by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

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 ...

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