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 […]

Orange mayor discusses ‘wish list’ included in YWCA deal

ORANGE, NJ — At the Orange City Council’s work session Monday, Dec. 14, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren said the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs allowed him to create a “wish list” when he applied for a $2.5 million grant to facilitate a deal to buy the old YWCA building on Main Street and convert it […]

Green chosen as new EO Council chairman

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The who’s who of Democratic Party members who attended East Orange City Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting in City Hall on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, almost eclipsed the swearing-in of new members 5th Ward Councilman Mustafa Brent, 4th Ward Councilman Casim Gomez and 1st Ward Councilwoman Amy Lewis, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman […]

Irvington well-represented at EO Reorganization Meeting

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington was well-represented at the East Orange City Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting on Jan. 1, when Irvington Building Department Director Ted Green was chosen to serve as that legislative body’s new chairman. Green, who previously served as the council’s vice president in 2015, serves as the 3rd Ward councilman in addition to his […]

Corbitt attends Irvington’s Haitian Independence Day fete

ORANGE, NJ — Orange Councilman at Large Elroy Corbitt is a black man without ties to the Caribbean island of Haiti, but he represents many Haitian-American constituents in the city. Those constituents gave Corbitt to come out to celebrate Haitian independence on New Year’s Day along with Municipal Council President Charnette Frederic, Mayor Tony Vauss and […]

212th Haitian Independence Day celebrated

IRVINGTON, NJ — Municipal Council President Charnette Frederic was joined by Mayor Tony Vauss and several local dignitaries and members of the Haitian diaspora at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Grove Street on Friday, Jan. 1, to celebrate 212th anniversary of Haitian independence from France. FamiCare founder Thecy Faustin, the Ring the Bell for […]

Gone but not forgotten

Photos by Chris Sykes IRVINGTON, NJ — A member of Christian Love Baptist Church on Lyons Avenue in Irvington holds up a CLBC Strong button, for sale on Thursday, Dec. 31, at the church during the New Year’s Eve prayer service and vigil that takes place annually to welcome in the New Year at midnight. This […]

Union reps ask EO City Council to help contract negotiations

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Several East Orange employees came to the City Council’s regular meeting Monday, Dec. 14, to make the city’s legislative body aware of difficulties they say they are having with Mayor Lester Taylor’s administration. Bennie Brantley, an employee in the Department of Public Works who is also the president of Communication Workers of […]