Many to be honored at State of the Township Address

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss said he will be ready to roll out the Police Division’s new Tactical Emergency Response Team at his annual State of the Township Address at Christian Pentecostal Church on Thursday, Jan. 28. “They’ve got new all black uniforms and weapons,” Vauss said of the team during an interview at Don’s […]

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 […]

Townspeople support decision to abolish police chief’s position

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Municipal Council unanimously voted to abolish the position of chief of police from the chain of command within the Irvington Police Department, and the reaction around town to the news has been swift. Longtime residents and community activists such as Irvington Joint Block Association Coalition President and Nesbitt […]

Chase turns in his gun and badge; may sue township

IRVINGTON, NJ — After more than 40 years as a police officer, Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase turned in his badge and gun Tuesday, Jan. 19, at headquarters. He had been ordered to do so by Public Safety Director Tracey Bowers in a directive hand-delivered to him at his home by detectives from the department’s Internal […]

EO mayor announces agreement with CWA union

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor announced on Monday, Jan. 18, at the city of East Orange’s annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Ashland Avenue, that his administration has reached an amicable contract negotiation agreement with the members […]

Orange Dems endorse Kerry Coley for mayor

ORANGE, NJ — The Orange Democratic County Committee formally endorsed East Ward Councilman Kerry Coley for mayor in the upcoming May municipal election on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 18. “We believe Councilman Coley has the experience as a retired law enforcement professional, taxpayer and family man to help solve the issues of […]

Hamm and others rally on MLK’s actual birthday

IRVINGTON, NJ — Chairman Larry Hamm and the members of his People’s Organization for Progress spent Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Friday, Jan. 15, doing what he said the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner would have wanted them to do — hold a protest march in downtown Newark to support the fight for […]

Orange councilwoman marches with P.O.P.

ORANGE, NJ — Orange Councilwoman at Large Donna K. Williams, a longtime member of the People’s Organization for Progress, joined Chairman Larry Hamm and fellow members of the organization Friday, Jan. 15, to march in downtown Newark in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. “Monday, Jan. 18, is the national holiday, but today, […]

Final ruling in Chase’s disciplinary hearing set for February

IRVINGTON, NJ — Since Friday, Jan. 1, the clock has been counting down for Sheila Ellington to make a final ruling on Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase’s first public disciplinary hearing case. Ellington is the hearing officer appointed almost two years ago to oversee the case, which is based on multiple misconduct charges filed by former […]

Hughes bids farewell to East Orange Council

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The East Orange City Council bade a fond farewell to outgoing 5th Ward Councilman Lonnie P. Hughes on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. “From the mighty 5th Ward,” Hughes’ 5th Ward partner, Councilwoman Alicia Holman, said on Monday, Dec. 28. “We’re going to miss your knowledge that you brought to the table. But […]

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