East Orange tries to stop sale of local home mortgages

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Elected officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the steps of City Hall in East Orange on Thursday, Feb. 4, along with HANDS Inc.; New Jersey Communities United, a home mortgage and housing advocacy group; Valley Arts Executive Director Patrick Morrissy, and some of the city’s struggling homeowners, to demand that banks holding local mortgages […]

EO Historical Society swings into high gear this month

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Historical Society of East Orange kicked off Black History Month by rolling out its traveling tribute to local history, which was on display in the lobby of City Hall for the first week of February. “We are once again putting on display our traveling program, with regard to individuals who have […]

Chase’s disciplinary hearing reaches 45-day deadline

IRVINGTON, NJ — The final ruling in Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase’s first disciplinary hearing case could hinge on the sworn testimony of a former Irvington Police Department officer. Monday, Feb. 15, was the deadline given by hearing Officer Sheila Ellington for a final ruling. This was 45 days after Chase’s lawyer, Joseph R. Donahue of […]

$749K grant to improve streetscape

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders have awarded Irvington $749,000 for streetscape improvements, announced Mayor Tony Vauss on Friday, Jan. 29. Vauss said the streetscape work will be done by Zenith Construction Services and thanked the “Essex County Freeholders Board for their great support of the township of Irvington.” “With this funding […]

Judge rules fired teacher can pursue lawsuit

ORANGE, NJ — Superior Court Judge Stephanie A. Mitterhoff ruled on Friday, Feb. 12, that former Orange school teacher Marilyn Zuniga can continue to pursue her wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer. On May 12, 2015, the Orange Board of Education decided by resolution to formally terminate Zuniga from her position as third-grade teacher at […]

Workshop to discuss hidden dangers at school and home

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Nassan’s Place, a local autism awareness and family support nonprofit organization, is teaming up with Parents of Autistic Children to host “Hidden Dangers: Keeping Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Safe in the Community, School and Home.” The workshop will be held at Mount Carmel Guild Academy in West Orange […]

‘First ladies’ join forces for coat giveaway

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Anyone who braved the freezing temperatures on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, and traveled on Main Street in Orange or East Orange would have seen coats with envelopes attached to them hanging on parking meters all along the main commercial artery that links the “Sister Cities.” The coats were placed there by […]

Township responds to Code Blue on holiday weekend

IRVINGTON, NJ — Essex County officials issued a “code blue” alert on Friday, Feb. 12, in response to the blast of air that plunged the temperature into the low double-digits for the Presidents Day weekend. Township and county officials said the code blue was in effect from 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, until 9 a.m. […]

NJ Civil Service says Chase is still the police chief

IRVINGTON, NJ — According to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, as of Tuesday, Feb. 2, Michael Chase is still the chief of police in Irvington and Chase is threatening to sue the administration and the township if his employment status is not clarified as soon as possible. Chase is involved in a legal dispute with […]

Former EO councilman sets record straight

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Now that he’s officially retired and residing in the Washington, D.C., area, former East Orange 5th Ward Councilman Lonnie P. Hughes said he doesn’t want to be the kind of former elected official that tries to advise his successors on the East Orange City Council. But when attorney Ashton Thomas of Elizabeth […]

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