New Irvington Manor hosts annual Kwanzaa celebration

IRVINGTON, NJ — The New Irvington Manor hosted its third annual Community Kwanzaa at the manor on Washington Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 27, from noon to 7 p.m. The Kwanzaa holiday was founded by Maulana Karenga in 1965. “It’s that time of year: holiday time, celebrating, closing out the old year and welcoming in the New […]

EO police, fire unions show solidarity in contract negotiations

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Members of both the East Orange Police Department’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 16 and Fraternal Order of Police Local 188 were at City Council’s last meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 28, to update council on the ongoing contract negotiations with Mayor Lester Taylor’s administration. That was before 5th Ward Councilwoman Alicia […]

New Year rung in with no ‘Rev. Ron’

IRVINGTON, NJ — Christian Love Baptist Church on Lyons Avenue rang in the New Year the same way it has in the past: with a prayer service and vigil at the church. But for the first time ever, Pastor Ronald B. Christian, known more familiarly as Rev. Ron, was not there to preside over the New […]

EO chairman thanks assemblywoman for support

Oliver pushing for legislation prohibiting sale of realistic-looking toy guns to minors on state level

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Toy guns have been in the news recently, both nationally and locally. On Monday, Jan. 11, a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, declined to indict the white police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, after officers responded to reports of guns and possible gunplay outside a […]

First reading of ordinance abolishing police chief approved

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington’s chief of police may be no more. At least the position, that is. The Municipal Council voted unanimously Wednesday, Dec. 28, to approve on first reading a new ordinance that would abolish the position of chief of police from the chain of command within the Irvington Police Department’s hierarchy. “East Ward Councilman […]

High School to host MLK Ceremony

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host its 21st annual Legacy of a Dream Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Irvington High School Auditorium. The committee was founded by former Municipal Council President, Essex County Freeholder and Team Irvington social and political organization founder D. Bilal […]

Mayor calls Irvington a destination for Dem candidates

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Jan. 1, East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor remarked at his city’s annual City Council reorganization meeting that, based on the attendance of so many high-powered New Jersey Democratic Party elected officials at the meeting, his city must rate high on the list of important places to be in 2016. If so, then […]

Orange mayor discusses ‘wish list’ included in YWCA deal

ORANGE, NJ — At the Orange City Council’s work session Monday, Dec. 14, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren said the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs allowed him to create a “wish list” when he applied for a $2.5 million grant to facilitate a deal to buy the old YWCA building on Main Street and convert it […]

Green chosen as new EO Council chairman

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The who’s who of Democratic Party members who attended East Orange City Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting in City Hall on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, almost eclipsed the swearing-in of new members 5th Ward Councilman Mustafa Brent, 4th Ward Councilman Casim Gomez and 1st Ward Councilwoman Amy Lewis, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman […]

Irvington well-represented at EO Reorganization Meeting

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington was well-represented at the East Orange City Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting on Jan. 1, when Irvington Building Department Director Ted Green was chosen to serve as that legislative body’s new chairman. Green, who previously served as the council’s vice president in 2015, serves as the 3rd Ward councilman in addition to his […]

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