Columbia HS wrestling team defeats Belleville; falls to Livingston

The young Columbia High School Cougar varsity wrestling team traveled to face  two Super Essex Conference squads,  Belleville and Livingston. The Cougars came away with a split, defeating Belleville, 51-27, and losing to Livingston, 49-21. At Belleville, the Cougar upper weights won six of the seven bouts: Blake McGowan (152 pounds), Hunter Dallison (160), Tristan […]

RAKES program a success: 75 properties are cleared

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — More than 150 volunteers participated in this year’s eighth annual RAKES program — Random Acts of Kindness Extended to Seniors. The volunteers cleaned away and bagged the leaves on the properties of over 75 senior citizens. “I would like to thank the many volunteers that donated their time and efforts,” said […]

Belleville man arrested for trying to rob MMS student

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department received a call at approximately 8:55 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, from Maplewood Middle School reporting a possible robbery involving a student, according to a Dec. 19 press release from the police department. The victim, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, reported that he was approached by a man in the […]

Seton Hall’s Dean Gardner wins March of Dimes award

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A Seton Hall University College of Nursing faculty member recently won a prestigious award from the local March of Dimes chapter. College of Nursing Associate Dean Marcia Gardner of South Orange won the Academic Educator Nurse of the Year Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes, a […]

West Orange’s Andrea Galea and Kaitlyn Ianiro help Mount Saint Dominic Academy Lady Sea Lions make a big splash, start season 3-1

by W. L. BILL ALLEN, JR. Contributing Writer CALDWELL– It was not all that long ago that the swim squad from Mount Saint Dominic Academy went 12-1 and won an Essex County Championship meet and Super Essex Conference regular season and championship meet titles, as well. Since 2012, however, the Lady Sea Lions have posted […]

Maplewood & South Orange week of December 24th

OBITUARIES: • BERGER – James A., formerly of Maplewood; Dec. 11. Animal control officer. • FRIELAND – Helene Reiter, of Maplewood; Dec. 8. Flutist, great-grandmother. • JOYNER – Henry Plummer, of South Orange; Dec. 13. Great-grandfather. • KENNY – Catherine E., formerly of South Orange; Dec. 13. Wife and mother. • MANCUSO – Lawrence A., […]

West Orange week of December 24th

OBITUARIES: • DRAGOS – Richard Joseph, formerly of West Orange, Dec. 12. VW salesman. • ESTIMABLE – Clameus, of West Orange; Dec. 7. Taxi driver for Yellow Cab Co. • TORLUCCI – Josephine Antonetta, of West Orange; Dec. 16. Great-grandmother.

Arraignment made after Bloomfield drug arrest

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Jersey City suspect was arraigned Dec. 16 on multiple drug charges following his arrest Dec. 15 by Essex County Sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as part of a series of ongoing drug investigations in Bloomfield, a task force of detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics […]

Live Nativity

Photos Courtesy of Church on the Green BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Church on the Green in Bloomfield holds its second live nativity story Friday, Dec. 18. The event includes an outdoor narrated walk and follows Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, making several stops on the church grounds and ending up at the Carriage House for a […]