New York man arrested for Newark homicide of 21-year-old woman

NEWARK, NJ — Wesley Jean-Marie, 32, of Valley Stream, N.Y., has been arrested and charged with the murder of Leeana Cottle, 21, of Newark, who was fatally shot on July 20 in Newark, according to a July 22 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Cottle was shot on the 200 block of S. […]

Newark man sentenced to prison for role in armed robbery spree

NEWARK, NJ — Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, was sentenced to nine years and two months in prison for participating in a string of convenience store robberies that took place across New Jersey in November and December 2017, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on July 21. Whagar previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before […]

NJ Transit receives fiscal year 2022 authorization to secure capital funding

NJ Transit receives fiscal year 2022 authorization to secure capital funding

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ Transit board of directors adopted the 2021 update to “A Five-Year Capital Plan,” along with the Fiscal Year 2022 authorization to secure funding, on July 1. “A Five-Year Capital Plan” is an unconstrained vision of projects to demonstrate opportunities for safety, service, reliability, resiliency, sustainability and other improvements critical to […]

West Orange BOE holds Parade of Honors to recognize outstanding individuals

West Orange BOE holds Parade of Honors to recognize outstanding individuals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The June 21 end-of-year Board of Education meeting featured its semiannual Parade of Honors recognitions for the notable achievements of staff and students.  Roosevelt Middle School students Rhianna Giuliano and Violet Kohlstein won the Outstanding Community Service Award for their environmental health work; Liberty Middle School students Natalia Feliz, Justin Lopez […]

Scholarships for Belleville, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge students

Scholarships for Belleville, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge students

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce Foundation has named four 2021 scholarship recipients: Belleville’s Vivian Shu Yi Li, who will attend Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and Cybel Cobbinah, who will attend Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.; Bloomfield’s Gwen Reoch, who will attend Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn.; and Glen […]

Hackensack Meridian med school, Seton Hall U. to present opioid conference

Hackensack Meridian med school, Seton Hall U. to present opioid conference

NUTLEY, NJ — Experts from Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine will host a virtual conference on Friday, July 30, to address the record number of opioid deaths in the nation, treatment options and training clinicians to prescribe addiction medication. The virtual conference, “Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders: State-of-the-Art Science to Advance […]

Baraka announces plans for second Hope Village to provide housing

NEWARK, NJ — On July 14, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced plans for Newark Hope Village II and that the city is seeking a partnership with developers and architects to help create the site. The program follows the success of the original Newark Hope Village, an initiative to convert shipping containers to temporarily shelter […]

Essex County College receives $90,000 grant

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County College has received a $90,000 grant as part of the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership program, which aims to equip students with in-demand knowledge and skills supporting employment and a pathway for lifelong careers upon graduation. In addition to the funding, Johnson Controls employees will support ECC through volunteering and […]

Health insurance company makes major donation to NJPAC

Health insurance company makes major donation to NJPAC

NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Performing Arts Center announced on July 13 that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has made a $3 million gift to NJPAC to support new arts and wellness programming, both at the arts center and throughout Newark. The support comes through the company’s charitable arm, The Horizon […]

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