Big grins and high fives at B2SS

Big grins and high fives at B2SS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — “I got the coolest stuff!” said one young boy running up to greet his father after attending the ninth annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store on Sunday, July 30. “My new backpack makes me feel smart and important!” said another child. With walls completely lined with coats, rows of new sneakers, […]

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

DREAMS works to change culture, outcomes in county

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Domestic violence has long-lasting repercussions beyond the immediate effects of pain, fear and injury. A family touched by domestic violence can struggle to regain its footing, plagued by physical and emotional reminders of its trauma. In Essex County, these families receive help from DREAMS, a program from FAMILYConnections that aims to […]

NJ Transit adopts fiscal year 2018 operating, capital budgets

Operating budget keeps fares stable; capital budget continues financial commitment to enhance overall customer experience

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ Transit Board of Directors adopted a Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget and capital program on July 12 that supports continued investments in infrastructure and equipment to maintain the system in a state of good repair and enhance the overall customer experience, according to a press release from NJ Transit. “NJ […]

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It is no easy feat to raise children in this day and age. There are many external stressors and unavoidable family issues that can make this even more difficult. Through its Parents As Teachers program, FAMILYConnections identifies at-risk families and provides one-on-one help to ensure everyone in a home remains safe. […]

County completes work at Belleville Park playground

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced on Friday, May 12, that construction to upgrade the playground in Essex County Belleville Park in Belleville has been completed. The project is part of the county executive’s initiative to provide modern recreation facilities throughout the Essex County Parks System. “Having safe and up-to-date […]

Leong joins Barnabas Health

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Dr. Rachelle Leong, a fellowship-trained and board-certified physician specializing in breast surgery, recently joined the medical staff of Barnabas Health Medical Group. Dr. Leong will treat patients at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville at 1 Clara Maass Drive in Belleville. Leong will provide comprehensive breast care as well as medical and […]

BHS student receives scholarship

BHS student receives scholarship

BELLEVILLE, NJ  — Scholarship recipient Victoria Bruno, of Belleville High School, above right, stands with Cecelia Polizzi, chairwoman of the Scholarship Program of the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Each year the SECC awards three scholarship. The criteria for the scholarships are based on the students’ financial need, and the fall attendance at a […]

Essex residents recognized for efforts to strengthen the Chain of Survival

BELLEVILLE / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Thirty-six individuals and organizations in New Jersey were recently honored at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association 2017 New Jersey American Heartsavers and Stroke Heroes Awards for their lifesaving efforts. Two Essex County residents were honored for their lifesaving efforts: Stacy Quinn from Belleville and Nerissa Aschoff […]

DiVincenzo receives Clean Communities Vision I Award

DiVincenzo receives Clean Communities Vision I Award

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Clean Communities Council has awarded its “Clean Communities Vision I Award” to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. for his ongoing vision to turn ideas into accomplishments. DiVincenzo is the first-ever winner of the Vision I Award, created this year to recognize vision in open space preservation and […]

PSE&G files for gas supply rate increase this fall

NEWARK, NJ — PSE&G filed June 1 for a modest increase in residential gas bills that would take effect this coming fall. If approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, this would be the first gas supply rate increase in nine years, according to a press release from the utility. While the proposed […]