NAACP and ‘Essex 5’ members honored

NAACP and ‘Essex 5’ members honored

    ESSEX, NJ — Members of the “Essex 5” local civil rights and social and economic justice advocacy groups were honored by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the 16th annual Essex County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards ceremony in the Leroy F. Smith Public Safety Building. […]

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 […]

Record-breaking low crime stats unveiled in East Orange

Record-breaking low crime stats unveiled in East Orange

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Ted Green, Public Safety Director Dominick Saldida and police Chief Phyllis Bindi hosted a press conference outside City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to announce the city’s new crime statistics. The press conference was the first one without Public Safety liaison Jose Cordero, who Green hired last year […]

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, […]

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” […]