‘First ladies’ join forces for coat giveaway

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Anyone who braved the freezing temperatures on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, and traveled on Main Street in Orange or East Orange would have seen coats with envelopes attached to them hanging on parking meters all along the main commercial artery that links the “Sister Cities.” The coats were placed there by […]

Former EO councilman sets record straight

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Now that he’s officially retired and residing in the Washington, D.C., area, former East Orange 5th Ward Councilman Lonnie P. Hughes said he doesn’t want to be the kind of former elected official that tries to advise his successors on the East Orange City Council. But when attorney Ashton Thomas of Elizabeth […]

East Orange ratifies new CWA contract

EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, Feb. 4, as union members throughout New Jersey were rallying in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15, East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor announced the ratification of the city’s new contract with the approximately 400 members of the Communications Workers of America Local 1077. Taylor said the completion of […]

Orange passes ordinance regulating sale of toy guns

ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Orange City Council unanimously approved on second reading Ordinance No. 5-2016 to regulate the sale of realistic-looking toy guns in the city. The new ordinance amends and supplements Chapter 150 of the Municipal Code, called “Peace and Good Order,“ and creates new chapters regulating the sale of toy […]

EO YMCA invites all to help kick off annual fundraiser

EAST ORANGE, NJ — In the spirit of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the East Orange YMCA on Monday, Jan. 25, took center ring to kick off its six-week, circus-themed annual campaign to raise $80,000 for families and individuals in need. “Lasting personal and social change can only happen when we invest in our kids, […]

Councilmen claim they were tricked into purchasing YWCA

EAST ORANGE, NJ — According to East Ward Councilman and mayoral candidate Kerry Coley and West Ward Councilman Harold J. Johnson, the YWCA deal Mayor Dwayne Warren has been pushing City Council to approve was already done last year. The Warren administration has expressed an interest in buying the old YWCA building on Main Street for […]

EOWC announces end of water rate increase

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Residents received some good news when the East Orange Water Commission announced on Sunday, Jan. 31, the official end of the emergency temporary rate increase that had retroactively been in effect since May 2015, although the public was not notified about it until August 2015. According to EOWC Board President Michele Antley, […]

NAACP scholarships made available to college-bound students

ORANGE, NJ — As Black History Month begins, the Oranges-Maplewood NAACP has announced applications for the $500 Reginald T. Jeffries Book Scholarship, the $1,000 Cornelia Thompson Scholarship and three $1,000 Tuition Subsidy Scholarships are now being accepted. The application for the C. Thompson and Tuition Subsidy scholarships must be received by the NAACP of the Oranges […]

East Orange unites to clean up after Winter Storm Jonas

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Despite complaints from residents throughout Essex County about their municipalities’ poor response to cleaning up the record-breaking amount of snow that fell on Saturday, Jan. 23, the general response from East Orange has been mostly positive. At least that was the case at the City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 25, where Mayor […]

EO firefighters waiting for what city owes them contractually

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Although East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor has reached a contract agreement with the city’s largest employee union, negotiations are still continuing with other unions. According to 5th Ward Councilwoman Alicia Holman, chairwoman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, as well as a member of the its Finance and Negotiation committees, the members […]