Belleville celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

Belleville celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

BELLEVILLE, NJ — In step with the town’s history, the Belleville Historical Society held a Lunar New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Rabbit at the Belleville Public Library.  The first Chinese community in this part of the United States was not in New York City, but in Belleville. Before there was a […]

Solar, wind initiatives expected to create greener Belleville, save taxpayer money

Solar, wind initiatives expected to create greener Belleville, save taxpayer money

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Belleville School District is moving ahead with cutting-edge initiatives to create a cleaner, greener community. And, while these projects are focused on preserving the environment, they will also be reducing energy bills for the schools while creating important lessons for students. The district, under Superintendent of Schools Richard Tomko, has installed […]

Clara Maass receives $25K donation to support pediatric patients

Clara Maass receives $25K donation to support pediatric patients

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation donated $25,000 to the Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation to support pediatric patients in the hospital’s emergency department. The award will be used to purchase 35 hospital-grade flatscreen televisions and upgrade children’s programming in English and Spanish — initiatives that will create a more joyful environment […]

Ukrainian ballet dancers pour out their hearts in NJPAC performance before returning to war-torn country

Ukrainian ballet dancers pour out their hearts in NJPAC performance before returning to war-torn country

NEWARK, NJ — In “The Nutcracker,” she was a snowflake. In “Sleeping Beauty,” she was a fairy. Both roles, among others portrayed by English-speaking ballerina Olena Pedan, were performed in a recently concluded North American tour by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. The 55-member troupe’s final show, a performance of “Sleeping Beauty,” was presented […]

New Jersey taxpayers now have until Feb. 28 to file for an ANCHOR rebate

New Jersey taxpayers now have until Feb. 28 to file for an ANCHOR rebate

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The state has extended the application deadline and is expanding eligibility for the new ANCHOR property tax relief program. The state extended the filing deadline to Feb. 28, from Dec. 30. To apply, visit the Division of Taxation’s website at nj.gov/treasury/taxation/anchor/. The state has also established an ANCHOR hotline at 1-888-238-1233. […]

County distributes $5.8M in CDBG funding to towns, organizations

County distributes $5.8M in CDBG funding to towns, organizations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Jan. 19 that $5.88 million will be distributed to 10 Essex County municipalities and 28 community organizations through the Community Development Block Grant and the Emergency Solutions Grant programs. The CDBG and ESG programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and […]

Kean University receives $4.5M grant for mental health program in Belleville schools

Kean University receives $4.5M grant for mental health program in Belleville schools

BELLEVILLE / UNION, NJ — A $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund a Kean University program designed to increase diversity among school psychologists while proactively addressing student mental health in the Belleville School District. The Kean Department of Advanced Psychology, which offers graduate degrees in school and clinical psychology, is […]

Belleville bids emotional farewell to longtime municipal clerk

Belleville bids emotional farewell to longtime municipal clerk

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The township of Belleville is bidding a heartfelt goodbye to Kelly Cavanagh, who is retiring on Feb. 1, after dutifully serving 20 years as municipal clerk. A proclamation read at the Jan. 3 township council meeting lauded her strong sense of civic pride. “On behalf of the mayor and township council, we […]

DiVincenzo presents 2023 Essex County budget of $885.4M

DiVincenzo presents 2023 Essex County budget of $885.4M

NEWARK, NJ — On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. presented a 2023 county budget of $885.4 million that includes a 1.5-percent property increase and addresses the challenges incurred by the ongoing national economic conditions and rising costs due to inflation, according to a press release from the county. DiVincenzo has […]

Hundreds celebrate Three Kings Day in Belleville

Hundreds celebrate Three Kings Day in Belleville

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The sound of children’s delight was heard over and over again during a Three Kings Day drive-through event at Belleville High School on Jan. 6. The celebration, presented by Mayor Michael Melham and the township council, has quickly become one of the town’s most popular, festive events. For more than two hours, […]

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