Man brings his Nutley values to the Navy

Man brings his Nutley values to the Navy

NUTLEY, NJ — Military service requires dedication, resilience, patriotism and strong foundations, all things that Jason Castellanos has in spades. The Nutley native was June’s “Sailor in the Spotlight,” an online feature put together by the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14. Castellanos, who graduated from Nutley High School in 2015, has been in […]

Bloomfield High School graduates Class of 2020

Bloomfield High School graduates Class of 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield High School’s graduation ceremony is still going to be held at Foley Field this year, but it’ll look a little different from years past. Only students are allowed to attend the event, which is scheduled for July 15. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools and gatherings, graduations were included. So […]

Irvington multiagency task force takes action against fireworks disturbances

Irvington multiagency task force takes action against fireworks disturbances

IRVINGTON, NJ — Lately, the sounds of fireworks have been plaguing numerous areas in the tristate area. Complaints about the nightly fireworks annoyance can be found splashed all over news outlets, voiced on social media platforms and heard within households. But in Irvington, Mayor Tony Vauss and the Department of Public Safety have decided to […]

Glen Ridge celebrates Senior Day

Glen Ridge celebrates Senior Day

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Before the COVID-19 pandemic caused all gatherings to be shut down, Glen Ridge High School’s graduation ceremony was scheduled for June 19. The school district still found ways to celebrate — the day of the planned ceremony became Senior Day instead. Superintendent of Schools Dirk Phillips said in an email to […]

Irvington HS student-athlete receives award for strength, perseverance

Irvington HS student-athlete receives award for strength, perseverance

IRVINGTON, NJ — What shows strength? For 2020 Irvington High School graduate Raymond Simmons, it was persevering despite injury and crushing disappointment. Named by his teammates as their captain in advance of the Blue Knights’ 2019 varsity football season, Simmons’ story was sufficiently inspiring to earn him this year’s annual Kearny Bank Strength Award, a […]

Little libraries remain stocked in Bloomfield

Little libraries remain stocked in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Libraries in New Jersey are just now beginning to open for curbside pickup after months of being limited to online activity. But it’s still not safe to browse through the stacks, a problem that the Little Free Libraries scattered about Bloomfield are here to solve. All nine of them have been being […]

WO Rotary awards scholarships to 17 honorees

WO Rotary awards scholarships to 17 honorees

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Rotary Club’s annual scholarship ceremony looked a little different this year. The usual plan, when the world isn’t three months into a global pandemic–induced lockdown, is to gather at Mayfair Farms to honor graduating high school seniors from town and award them money to use for college. But with […]

Maplewood hosts ‘Awareness to Action’ discussion

Maplewood hosts ‘Awareness to Action’ discussion

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee and the Township Committee hosted an online forum with three sets of panelists on June 19, addressing law enforcement accountability, mass incarceration and the treatment of black people in the Maplewood community. The Zoom meeting, titled “Awareness to Action,” featured members of the Maplewood Community Board on Police, […]

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