Teacher, policeman and fire dept. honored

WEST ORANGE — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner, recognizing an educator, a police officer, a business and a fire department for their actions during the past year. After introductory remarks by Board Member Adam Wolf, Pastor Terry Smith of The Life Christian Church gave a keynote speech, first praising […]

Renovated pool in Colgate Park opens

Renovated pool in Colgate Park opens

ORANGE, NJ — Marty Mayes was the first person to jump in the newly renovated community pool in Colgate Park. “I grew up two blocks from the pool,” said Mayes, who is the director of Public Works for Orange. “This is the one I used to come to as a kid. That made it even […]

District receives $100K for ‘energy champions’

District receives $100K for ‘energy champions’

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington Public School District has received a $100,000 grant from the federal government to train and support energy managers, who will lead air quality projects and identify funding for improvements with a particular eye twoards improving the HVAC system in district buildings. “Energy improvements for schools create healthier learning environments for […]

Relay for Life lights up DeMuro Park

Relay for Life lights up DeMuro Park

NUTLEY, NJ — More than $66,000 was raised at the 17th Annual Relay For Life held in DeMuro Park to benefit the American Cancer Society. “We had a big crowd,” said Halle Baker of the American Cancer Society. “It was an amazing event. A lot of teams showed up this year. It was our first […]

Police seek to partner with community

Police seek to partner with community

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The third annual Belleville Community Bike Ride is an opportunity to get some exercise, reconnect or meet neighbors and talk with police officers in a casual, non-stressful situation. It is also part of a larger plan. “The bike ride is another opportunity in which to meet our police officers and get to […]

Parade, ceremony honor the fallen

Parade, ceremony honor the fallen

MAPLEWOOD, NJ —  Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony were held Monday. The parade route took marchers up Parker Avenue to Maplewood Avenue through the village before turning left onto Baker and then left onto Valley Street before ending at town hall for a short ceremony. Marchers included Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Columbia High School […]

South Orange has approved 6 marijuana retailers

South Orange has approved 6 marijuana retailers

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The township has approved six potential marijuana retailers and three are close to opening up in the village. “All are still in process,” said Julie Doran, acting township administrator. “Three have come back, so far, with conditional licenses from the state. One has dropped out. So now there are five that […]

Marijuana becomes major tax source in Maplewood

Marijuana becomes major tax source in Maplewood

By Joe Ungaro and Javon Ross MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It has been one year since recreational marijuana became legally available in Maplewood and the tax revenues are much higher than expected, police report no significant problems and three more dispensaries are poised to open. “It’s been going well, even better than we thought,” Mayor Dean […]

Unified Vailsburg to hand out Prudential grants that support neighborhood growth

Unified Vailsburg to hand out Prudential grants that support neighborhood growth

NEWARK, N.J. –The Unified Vailsburg Services Organization has been selected to help administer the Prudential Community Grants Program that aims to support local, community-based projects that foster stability and growth. “We are looking for programs or projects that create vibrancy in neighborhoods, that support neighbors,” said Tiffany Jackson, Prudential’s director of inclusive community and administrator […]

ECS begins vital fundraising drive

ECS begins vital fundraising drive

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Oh the stories it could tell. The Ethical Culture Society building on Prospect Street in Maplewood has lived through 128 years of history, having been built as a hospital in 1895. It served for a time as a sanitorium for tuberculosis patients and it has served as a base for a prison […]