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 […]

Time for celebration

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss, left, sits with Municipal Council President Charnette Federic, center, and Superintendent of Irvington Public Schools Neely Hackett, right, on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, at the 212th Haitian Independence Day Celebration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Grove Street. The event was organized by Frederic’s Civic Association, along with […]

Free music program offered

ORANGE, NJ — On any given Saturday, Orange Preparatory Academy business teacher Glenn Gamble can be found standing next to a yellow school bus on the Lincoln Avenue side of the school, holding a clipboard and patiently waiting for the students participating in the school district’s weekend music program to arrive for the short bus trip […]

New Irvington Manor hosts annual Kwanzaa celebration

IRVINGTON, NJ — The New Irvington Manor hosted its third annual Community Kwanzaa at the manor on Washington Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 27, from noon to 7 p.m. The Kwanzaa holiday was founded by Maulana Karenga in 1965. “It’s that time of year: holiday time, celebrating, closing out the old year and welcoming in the New […]

EO police, fire unions show solidarity in contract negotiations

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Members of both the East Orange Police Department’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 16 and Fraternal Order of Police Local 188 were at City Council’s last meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 28, to update council on the ongoing contract negotiations with Mayor Lester Taylor’s administration. That was before 5th Ward Councilwoman Alicia […]

New Year rung in with no ‘Rev. Ron’

IRVINGTON, NJ — Christian Love Baptist Church on Lyons Avenue rang in the New Year the same way it has in the past: with a prayer service and vigil at the church. But for the first time ever, Pastor Ronald B. Christian, known more familiarly as Rev. Ron, was not there to preside over the New […]

EO chairman thanks assemblywoman for support

Oliver pushing for legislation prohibiting sale of realistic-looking toy guns to minors on state level

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Toy guns have been in the news recently, both nationally and locally. On Monday, Jan. 11, a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, declined to indict the white police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, after officers responded to reports of guns and possible gunplay outside a […]

First reading of ordinance abolishing police chief approved

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington’s chief of police may be no more. At least the position, that is. The Municipal Council voted unanimously Wednesday, Dec. 28, to approve on first reading a new ordinance that would abolish the position of chief of police from the chain of command within the Irvington Police Department’s hierarchy. “East Ward Councilman […]

High School to host MLK Ceremony

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host its 21st annual Legacy of a Dream Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Irvington High School Auditorium. The committee was founded by former Municipal Council President, Essex County Freeholder and Team Irvington social and political organization founder D. Bilal […]

Mayor calls Irvington a destination for Dem candidates

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Jan. 1, East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor remarked at his city’s annual City Council reorganization meeting that, based on the attendance of so many high-powered New Jersey Democratic Party elected officials at the meeting, his city must rate high on the list of important places to be in 2016. If so, then […]

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