10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition amazes at WOHS

10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition amazes at WOHS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Junior Nooha Kawsar was crowned the winner of the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition, held Jan. 8 at West Orange High School. Junior Olivia Ridley was named runner-up by a margin of a 10th of a point. All finalists had to memorize two poems: one of 25 lines or fewer, […]

Sheriff’s detectives recover handgun, $2K in drugs during stop

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, a semiautomatic handgun and close to $2,000 in illegal narcotics were seized the evening of Jan. 16 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested an adult male. According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted […]

HUD awards $46 million to NJ local homeless programs

TRENTON, NJ — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Jan. 17 nearly $2.2 billion in grants to support thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed support to approximately 6,593 local programs on the front lines, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  […]

Bloomfield woman indicted for $30M fraud scheme

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County woman and a Canadian man were indicted Jan. 17 for their roles in a securities fraud scheme that induced victims to invest $30 million worth of cash and cryptocurrency based on fraudulent misrepresentations, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Edith Pardo, 68, of Bloomfield, and Boaz Manor, 46, of Toronto, […]

SOCO honors beloved community members for MLK Day

SOCO honors beloved community members for MLK Day

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Civic Organization held its 50th Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 12 at South Orange Middle School. Beloved Community Awards were presented to Adunni Slackman Anderson of South Orange and former Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca. Photos Courtesy of Nancy Gagnier

Area bank supports Main Street Counseling

Area bank supports Main Street Counseling

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Columbia Bank Foundation awarded Main Street Counseling a $7,000 grant this January. This award will allow Main Street Counseling to make some building repairs and expand mental health services even further at its Marcella Avenue location. Pictured, from left, at a check presentation are Main Street Counseling Vice President John […]

East Orange man shot to death in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the fatal shooting of Marquis Forman, 27, of East Orange, according to a Jan. 16 press release from the ECPO. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Forman was shot on the […]