Murphy’s proposed budget puts aside more money for schools

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s first proposed budget increases state “formula” aid that goes directly to school districts by $283.6 million, the initial step toward fulfilling the state’s school-funding obligation, according to a March 15 press release from the NJ Department of Education. The budget also increases aid for expanded preschool, STEM programs and […]

Laurino addresses spate of school threats in Essex

Laurino addresses spate of school threats in Essex

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino addressed recent threats made to schools in Essex County on Feb. 27, in the wake of the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. He also spoke about the spike in threats that come after an incident like the one in Florida. According […]

MEND to honor community partners at gala

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — MEND, a nonprofit working to alleviate hunger in Essex County, is hosting a celebratory dinner on Thursday, March 8, at The Woodland in Maplewood. In addition to raising funds and awareness, the gala will honor two community partners that have supported MEND as it works to serve its more than 140,000 food-insecure […]

County deer management program culled 139 cervids

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The county announced on March 2 that a total of 139 deer and 73 unborn deer were removed from South Mountain Reservation and Hilltop Reservation during the 11th annual Deer Management Program. The program was held over 11 days between Jan. 16 and Feb. 27. “Controlling the population by removing deer […]

DiVincenzo presents 15th annual State of the County Address

DiVincenzo presents 15th annual State of the County Address

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented his 15th annual State of the County Address on Monday, Feb. 26, in the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove. The multimedia presentation outlined county achievements and improvement projects completed in 2017, highlighted the services and programs offered by Essex County and announced […]

Worrall Media pair wins NJPA awards

Newspaper company wins three awards for reporting.

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Yael Katzwer, the managing editor of the News-Record of Maplewood and South Orange, as well as the West Orange Chronicle, and Rebecca Panico, a Union County LocalSource staff writer, have been honored by the New Jersey Press Association in its 2017 Newspaper Contest. Both publications are owned by Worrall Community Newspapers. […]

Timberlake’s freeholder seat remains vacant for now

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A seat on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders remains open after Britnee Timberlake, a former president of the Board, filled the seat in the New Jersey State Assembly left vacant by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. Timberlake was on the freeholder board from 2015 to 2018, and was the president […]

County receives $14.8M grants to improve safety at intersections

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has awarded Essex County $14.8 million in federal grants to make safety improvements at 31 intersections in Montclair, Orange, East Orange, Newark, Belleville, Irvington, Bloomfield and Maplewood. “We want everyone to feel safe on our roads whether they’re walking, driving, visiting our local businesses or […]

PSE&G files first rate review in 8 years, requests 1-percent increase

NEWARK, NJ — On Jan. 12, PSE&G filed its first regulatory rate review in more than eight years, asking for an adjustment in electric and gas base delivery rates that would increase overall revenues by approximately 1 percent, according to a recent release from the company. According to the company, the increase is necessary to […]

DiVincenzo presents proposed 2018 county budget of $725.9M

DiVincenzo presents proposed 2018 county budget of $725.9M

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented a proposed 2018 budget of $725.9 million that, according to a press release from the county, stabilizes the county’s financial plan and addresses challenges stemming from ongoing national economic conditions. According to the county, layoffs have been avoided since 2004 […]

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