Irvington hosts grand opening of new Planet Fitness

Irvington hosts grand opening of new Planet Fitness

IRVINGTON, NJ — When the new Planet Fitness in the Valley Plaza Mall had its grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the site of the former Valley Fair shopping center on Chancellor Avenue, Mayor Tony Vauss and Genia Philip, the township’s director of Economic Development and Grants Oversight, were in attendance, as […]

Despite rescheduling, annual Legacy of a Dream is a success

Despite rescheduling, annual Legacy of a Dream is a success

IRVINGTON, NJ — At the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee’s 34th annual Legacy of a Dream ceremony in the Irvington High School Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 9, Mayor Tony Vauss congratulated the winners of this year’s essay contest. “I just want to congratulate all of our students, our scholars, everyone who performed here, […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

New county surrogate discusses his job, values and vision

New county surrogate discusses his job, values and vision

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Alturrick Kenney is 37 days into a five-year term as the Essex County surrogate, and has hit the ground running at the Essex County Hall of Records. Winning the elected position with 80 percent of the vote in November, Kenney heads the county court division that probates wills, adoption papers, trust […]

Man found guilty of setting fire at gentlemen’s club in Irvington

Man found guilty of setting fire at gentlemen’s club in Irvington

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Feb. 7 that an Essex County jury has convicted Steve Cotto, 61, of Irvington, of aggravated arson following a trial before Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare. According to Assistant Prosecutor Sean Dickson, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Brian Olsen, on July […]

Independent prosecutor bill signed into law

Independent prosecutor bill signed into law

ORANGE, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday, Jan. 30, signed Senate Bill 1036 into law, which orders the state attorney general to handle the investigation and prosecution of a crime involving a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in their official capacity or while the decedent was […]

Police leaders chime in about comments on ‘Force Report’

Police leaders chime in about comments on ‘Force Report’

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Friday, Jan. 25, acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II issued a public response to the recent “Force Report,” published by NJ Advance Media, which details the results of the media outlet’s five-year study on the use of force by New Jersey police. Stephens said his office has been “carefully reviewing” […]

P.O.P. rally becomes march to investigate police-involved fatalities

P.O.P. rally becomes march to investigate police-involved fatalities

NEWARK, NJ — At the People’s Organization for Progress’ weekly Justice Monday protest outside the Peter W. Rodino Federal Building in downtown Newark on Monday, Jan. 28, the organization called for Gov. Phil Murphy to establish an independent prosecutor to investigate deaths that occur during encounters with police or while in their custody. P.O.P would […]

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