Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 13 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are recommending that residents with compromised immune systems receive a third dose, or booster shot, of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Essex County will administer the […]

Belleville school officials celebrate federal ADA compliance

Belleville school officials celebrate federal ADA compliance

BELLEVILLE, NJ — For decades, the Belleville Public Schools had to regretfully mark “no” on the state Comprehensive Equity Plan where it asks if all school buildings comply with the federal American with Disabilities Act. That officially changed Aug. 2 as Superintendent of Schools Richard Tomko, Board of Education President Christine Lamparello, business administrator and […]

Area eateries benefit from Restaurant Revitalization Fund

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — To help one of the business sectors in the state hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown, the state’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund shelled out more than $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and caterers that sustained financial losses during the pandemic. The fund was established as part of the […]

CASA hosts back-to-school supply drive for youth in the child welfare system

CASA hosts back-to-school supply drive for youth in the child welfare system

NEWARK, NJ — CASA for Children of Essex County — a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive — will host a back-to-school supply drive for children and youth in the child […]

Laughter and landscapes: painting event raises money to keep Belleville green

Laughter and landscapes: painting event raises money to keep Belleville green

BELLEVILLE, NJ — A sip-and-paint event at Brix Restaurant in mid-July was a fundraiser for Green Belleville Civic Association, a group formed last year and dedicated to projects, outreach and education. It supports the township’s current Green Team, a group established by vote of the mayor and council in 2019 to pursue environmental stewardship and […]

Scholarships for Belleville, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge students

Scholarships for Belleville, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge students

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce Foundation has named four 2021 scholarship recipients: Belleville’s Vivian Shu Yi Li, who will attend Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and Cybel Cobbinah, who will attend Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.; Bloomfield’s Gwen Reoch, who will attend Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn.; and Glen […]

Newark City Council passes resolution of support for Essex–Hudson Greenway

Newark City Council passes resolution of support for Essex–Hudson Greenway

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark City Council, the governing body for New Jersey’s largest city, approved a resolution of support for the Essex–Hudson Greenway Project on July 9. This resolution of support recognizes the value of the greenway and encourages the state of New Jersey to set aside sufficient funds to secure the property and […]

Belleville Historical Society hosts its annual July 4th celebration

Belleville Historical Society hosts its annual July 4th celebration

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Belleville Historical Society’s July 4th ceremony went off with a bang as Belleville residents gathered at 11 a.m. at the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church cemetery at Main and Rutger Street for the annual event to watch Revolutionary War reenactors fire muskets and cannon at the historic site.  Participants in the […]

De Pena sworn in as Belleville’s first Latina deputy mayor

De Pena sworn in as Belleville’s first Latina deputy mayor

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Naomy De Pena was sworn in as the first Latina deputy mayor in Belleville’s history on July 1. De Pena, who spent her childhood in a remote area of the Dominican Republic, called it “surreal” to be standing in front of a crowd of friends, family members, township employees and North Arlington […]

50 years later, New Jersey rights a historical wrong: AG Grewal formally apologizes for office’s role in shutting down the state’s gay bars

50 years later, New Jersey rights a historical wrong: AG Grewal formally apologizes for office’s role in shutting down the state’s gay bars

TRENTON, NJ — As Pride Month drew to a close, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal took steps to recognize an ugly moment in the history of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office: the systematic targeting of gay bars by the Office’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control between 1933 and 1967, according to a June 29 […]