FAMILYConnections’ annual Tasting Gala returns

LIVINGSTON, NJ — FAMILYConnections 13th annual Tasting Gala will be Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston. This year’s honorees are award-winning chef James Laird, who will receive the Champion of the People award, and former FAMILYConnections President and Maplewood Mayor Ellen Davenport, who will receive the Lifetime […]

EO Rec Department screens ‘Searching for Shaniqua’ documentary

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The city of East Orange and the Recreation Department, under the supervision of Director Osner Charles, screened the critically acclaimed documentary “Searching for Shaniqua,” produced and directed by Essex County native Phil Branch, at the Cicely Tyson Performing and Fine Arts Theater on Friday, March. 10. According to Charles, the film […]

EO mayor introduces last budget, and with a tax decrease

EAST ORANGE, NJ — At the March 13 East Orange City Council meeting, Mayor Lester Taylor introduced his $140 million budget for Calendar Year 2017, which contained a tax decrease, Taylor’s first as mayor. According to administration officials, the last time the city had a budget introduced containing a tax decrease was 2006. Taylor said […]

County recognizes student artists at Hall of Records

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Art Educators of New Jersey welcomed 96 students from throughout Essex County to the Hall of Records for the AENJ student art exhibit on Monday, March 20. This is the 13th consecutive year the county has partnered with the AENJ to present the student […]

Thirty regional artists support art programs for artists with disabilities

ORANGE, NJ — Arts Unbound has announced the lineup for its fifth annual Friends of Arts Unbound art exhibit and benefit sale. Several new artists are joining familiar favorites to raise funds for the nonprofit gallery and art studio for people with disabilities and seniors. More than 30 artists will be supporting Arts Unbound programs […]

New Hope Baptist Church to host three-night Spring Revival

New Hope Baptist Church to host three-night Spring Revival

EAST ORANGE, NJ — With the spring season soon arriving with its beauty, rebirth and renewal, New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange believes that this is the perfect time to also offer a chance for rejuvenation and revitalization from a spiritual perspective for its members and the community. That’s why the church is hosting […]

Newark man sentenced to 15 years for sexual assault of 11-year-old EO girl

NEWARK, NJ — Craig Holifield, 33, of Newark, was sentenced on Thursday, March 16, to 15 years in New Jersey state prison by Superior Court Judge John Zunic, after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Holifield admitted to sexually assaulting […]

Multi-family sales total 170 Units/$12.82 million featured in East Orange, Orange, Irvington

ESSEX COUNTY — In East Orange/The Oranges and Irvington, where transit-fueled multi-family investment is facilitating a regional renaissance, Gebroe-Hammer Associates Managing Director David Oropeza has arranged four separate sales totaling 170 apartment-rental units and $12.82 million. In each of the transactions, the 30-year investment brokerage veteran exclusively represented the sellers and identified the buyers of […]