Yogi Berra’s Presidential Medal of Freedom

Perseverance from local family and friends leads to deserved recognition

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It was a closer call for Yogi Berra than people might think. But as to whether the Hall of Fame baseball player, humanitarian and phraseologist was to be considered for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, time nearly ran out. According to his granddaughter, Lindsay Berra, 100,000 signatures had to be collected on […]

Bronze statue dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A bronze statue honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The 8-foot tall statue standing on a granite pedestal was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. “It has been almost a half century since Dr. King’s death, […]

New plaque tells history of the park’s cherry trees

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A new plaque has been added to Essex County Branch Brook Park, located in Newark and Belleville. The plaque speaks of the history of the cherry blossom trees in the park. Located in front of the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, the plaque shares the story of cherry blossoms in Essex County, […]

South Orange Avenue eastbound lanes to be closed Dec. 9 through 11

Essex County, NJ — The eastbound lanes of South Orange Avenue between Cherry Lane/Brookside Drive and Wyoming Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Wednesday, Dec. 9, through Friday, Dec. 11, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily so the roadway can be milled and paved. The westbound lanes will remain open. This is […]

Junior League accepting applications for Community Grants Program

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Inc. invites local non-profit organizations to apply for a Community Grant for 2015-2016. It is offering grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Grant recipients will be announced in spring 2016. The grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations whose programs further JLOSH’s […]

County road leaf collection schedule listed

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Essex County’s 2015 leaf collection schedule for county roads. Residents whose properties are on county roads may place their leaves in biodegradable bags or sweep the loose leaves into piles at the curb. To organize leaf collection on county roads, Essex County is […]

South Orange Ave. eastbound to be closed

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The eastbound lanes of South Orange Avenue between Cherry Lane/Brookside Drive and Wyoming Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, Nov. 20; Monday, Nov. 23; and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The roadwork closing the street was set to be completed Friday, but the recent inclement weather has necessitated an extra […]

NJ Transit’s AquaTrack hits the rails for leaf clearing

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — NJ Transit is prepared to wage its annual battle against Mother Nature and fallen leaves on the rails by deploying its leaf-clearing unit, the AquaTrack, as conditions warrant throughout the fall season. The equipment is a high-pressure power-washing system, which removes leaves and oily residue from the tracks in an effort […]

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