East Orange’s 4th Ward City Council race heats up

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The race for East Orange City Council’s 4th Ward between Councilman Casim Gomez Sr., Councilwoman Tameika Garrett-Ward and challenger Patrick Reid, who is president of the East Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Jamaican Organization of New Jersey, is shaping up to be the most competitive contest in the Democratic primary […]

Graham, Saunders battle for freeholder seat in Democratic primary

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Freeholder Romaine Graham will square off against former East Orange Councilman and Code Enforcement Director Dwight Saunders in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 4, in a race to fill former Freeholder Lebby Jones’ seat on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, vacant since she died of cancer […]

Bishop returns to discuss NJ gentrification

ORANGE, NJ — Bishop Reginald Jackson, the former pastor of Orange’s St. Matthew AME Church on Oakwood Avenue and leader of the New Jersey Black Ministers Conference, participated in the Institute of the Black World 21st Century National Town Hall Meeting on Gentrification at the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus in Newark on Friday, […]

Beasley-McCleod makes history in Irvington

Beasley-McCleod makes history in Irvington

IRVINGTON, NJ — Newly appointed South Ward Councilwoman Jamillah Beasley-McCleod made local history on Monday, April 22, when she became the first black Muslim female appointed to Irvington Municipal Council. The daughter of former council President D. Bilal Beasley, who was also an Essex County freeholder and Team Irvington social and political organization co-founder, Beasley-McCleod […]

Incumbents sweep uncontested BOE election

IRVINGTON, NJ — Not surprisingly, the three members of the Team Irvington Strong social and political organization running uncontested for re-election in Irvington Board of Education election on Tuesday, April 16, swept to victory. According to the unofficial election results posted on the Essex County Clerk’s website at www.essexclerk.com, incumbent board members Vice President and […]

Oranges-Maplewood NAACP president says no more debates

ORANGE, NJ — Oranges-Maplewood NAACP President Tom Puryear, who resides in the Presidential Heights section of East Orange and also serves as the 2nd vice president of the Presidential Heights Community Association, said the Oranges-Maplewood NAACP won’t be hosting any candidates night events ahead of the June primary and the November general election. Puryear helped […]

EO mayor steals the show during convention in NYC

EO mayor steals the show during convention in NYC

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Ted Green stole the show on Friday, April 5, at the national convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York City, thanks to his participation in the “From Jail to Work” panel discussion. On panel featuring Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, […]

Friends of Irvington Park carries on Jones’ legacy

Friends of Irvington Park carries on Jones’ legacy

IRVINGTON, NJ — Earlier this year, Omar Bilal Beasley and the late South Ward Councilwoman Sandy Jones said the Friends of Irvington Park had big things in store for 2019. But after Jones’ unexpected death Thursday, March 21, Beasley said the FOIP will continue to carry on her legacy. “I’m still going to hold the […]

EO’s 5th Ward debate draws a large audience

EO’s 5th Ward debate draws a large audience

EAST ORANGE, NJ — More than 400 people were in attendance on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m., for the Presidential Heights Community Association’s 5th Ward City Council debate at New Vision Full Gospel Baptist Church on 4th Avenue, between 5th Ward Councilman Mustafa Brent and challenger Royston Allman, of the Ampere Civic Improvement Association […]