Beasley legacy alive at Community Appreciation Dinner

IRVINGTON, NJ — Former Municipal Council President, Essex County Freeholder and Team Irvington social and political organization founder D. Bilal Beasley died in 2014. But according to his widow, Baseemah, her husband’s spirit was definitely in the air on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the 13th annual Community Appreciation Holiday Dinner that she and most of his […]

Orange mayor: YWCA deal requires $800K in tax money

ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Dwayne Warren revealed during questions from Orange City Council and the public on Monday, Dec. 14, that the $2.5 million deal to purchase the old YWCA building on Main Street and convert it into a new recreation center for the city will not be tax-free, as originally promised. This revelation came during […]

Freemasons help make Holiday Toy Giveaway a success

IRVINGTON, NJ — South Ward Councilwoman Sandy Jones joined forces with several local organizations to host the second Holiday Toy Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue Elementary School. The event was co-hosted by the Garden State Grand Lodge Most Worshipful Master Omar Bilal Beasley, the Friends of Irvington […]

Public safety director attends first City Council meeting

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor announced Dec. 11 that former Newark Police Department Director Sheila Coley has been hired as the city’s first public safety director. “I am excited for the insight and experience that Director Coley will bring to our already dynamic team of leaders,” said Taylor on Friday, Dec. 11. […]

Mayor partners with New Irvington Manor for toy giveaway

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss is scheduled to host another toy giveaway on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the New Irvington Manor, across the street from the town’s bus terminal on Springfield Avenue. And Sirett Fuller, one of the manor’s co-owners, along with her brother, Daniel Frett, said she is excited […]

EO mosque celebrates 20th anniversary

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Muslims of Masjid As-Haabul Yameen mosque in East Orange gathered at the Atrium Country Club in West Orange on Sunday, Dec. 6, to celebrate 20 Years of Spiritual and Civic Engagement. The gathering’s theme was “The Journey Continues.” Unfortunately, the event, which had been planned months in advance, happened the same […]

Holidays to offer many activities

IRVINGTON, NJ — Elected officials and others in town say there are plenty more holiday events scheduled to take place in Irvington in coming weeks, now that the holiday season officially opened with the annual Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony in Civic Square on Thursday, Dec. 3. Mayor Tony Vauss is scheduled to have another toy giveaway on […]

Orange Council resolutions further YWCA purchase deal

ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the majority of the Orange City Council voted to approve two new resolutions giving Mayor Dwayne Warren’s administration the power to go ahead with the $2.5 million deal to buy the old YWCA building on Main Street and convert it into a new citywide Recreation Center. The vote was […]

Vauss insists Moody’s bond upgrade is deserved

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss announced Monday, Nov. 23, that Moody’s Investor’s Service bond rating service had once again upgraded Irvington’s bond rating, the second time it had done so since he took office on July 1, 2014. But in an email on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Irvington NAACP Vice President Kathleen Witcher suggested new home […]

Firefighters play Santa’s helpers

ORANGE, NJ — The city of Orange Township officially kicked off the holiday season with its annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in front of City Hall on North Day Street. Once again, the Orange Fire Department did its part to welcome Santa Claus to town as, according to its firefighters, they have a special […]