34th annual MLK Legacy of a Dream event will still happen

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will be hosting its 34th annual Legacy of a Dream Commemorative Tribute to the Life and Work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Irvington High School Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 19. “The doors open at 1 p.m.,” said Omar Bilal […]

Residents fondly recall Jones after her recent death

IRVINGTON, NJ — The funeral service for Essex County Freeholder and former at large Councilwoman Lebby Jones is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Franklin Saint John’s United Methodist Church, 142 Maple Ave., Newark. Jones, who had been battling cancer for the last year, died Wednesday, Jan. 9. A viewing prior to […]

Professor explains Afrocentric meaning of color green in mayor’s name

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Professor Akil Khalfani of the Essex County College Africana Institute gave his perspective on East Orange Mayor Ted Green’s last name and just what that means for his city and constituents’ prospects in 2019 and beyond. This topic was discussed Tuesday, Jan. 1, during the East Orange City Council’s annual Reorganization […]

East Orange hosts first citywide Kwanzaa Celebration

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange hosted its citywide Kwanzaa Celebration from Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. One day was set aside during this period to recognize each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: “Umoja” or unity on Wednesday, Dec. 26, in City Hall, featuring Principal Baruti Kafele; “Kujichagulia” or self-determination on Thursday, […]

Bowers looks forward to many good things planned for 2019

IRVINGTON, NJ — Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers wants residents to know there is plenty to look forward to in the New Year. Bowers cited the decision to assign Detective Marcus Smith to serve as the Police Division’s official “senior cop,” assigning Sgt. Sheyla Marquez-Zepeda to serve as the official “kids cop” and the creation […]

Orange BOE swears in members at reorganization meeting

ORANGE, NJ — When the Orange Board of Education hosted its reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, board secretary and business administrator Adekunle James kicked off the event by reading the official certified results of last year’s board election, in which incumbent board member Siaka Sherif won re-election to a full term on the board […]

Irvington well-represented at EO reorganization meeting

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Irvington was well-represented at the East Orange City Council’s annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 1, with Irvington Democratic Committee Chairman Baseemah Beasley and South Ward Councilwoman Sandy Jones present. “Happy New Year to everyone,” said Beasley on Tuesday, Jan. 1. “This was a well-attended event for the council and we […]