Capt. Rannou named 2019 Firefighter of the Year

Capt. Rannou named 2019 Firefighter of the Year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Fire Department named Capt. Richard Rannou its 2019 Firefighter of the Year in a Dec. 30 ceremony. Rannou, a 20-year veteran and 1988 Bloomfield High School graduate, was chosen by Fire Chief Lou Venezia based on a number of criteria, including valor, customer service, loyalty, dedication to duty, productivity, professionalism […]

DiVincenzo presents $769.9M budget for 2020

DiVincenzo presents $769.9M budget for 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented a 2020 budget of $769.9 million on Jan. 10. According to the county, this budget stabilizes the county’s financial plan and addresses the challenges due to the ongoing national economic conditions; layoffs have been avoided since 2004 and budgets have been unveiled before the […]

Newly-elected Board of Education staffed with veterans

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A group of seasoned board members reorganized into the Bloomfield Board of Education on Thursday, Jan. 2, and were quickly hailed by re-elected president Jill Fischman as an veteran group that will require no training. A reorganization meeting deals chiefly with the swearing-in of newly elected members and annual appointments. Although the […]

Gov. Murphy swears in Bloomfield mayor

Gov. Murphy swears in Bloomfield mayor

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A significant number of New Jersey public officials attended the reorganization meeting of the Bloomfield council in Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 3. So many, in fact, that Township Administrator Matt Watkins at several times intermittently needed to add names to his introduction. The reason for the interest: Gov. Phil Murphy was […]

Freeholders approve contract to replace voting machines

Freeholders approve contract to replace voting machines

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In order to ensure the integrity of future Essex County elections, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution Jan. 7 approving the purchase of new voting machines that will provide optical scanners and paper ballots guaranteeing a secure and safe process.  In the wake of allegations of voter […]

Preliminary 2019 opioid stats show NJ is holding the line on overdose deaths

Preliminary 2019 opioid stats show NJ is holding the line on overdose deaths

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir Grewal joined Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials on Jan. 8 for a round table community meeting to discuss strategies for fighting the opioid addiction epidemic and to announce preliminary year-end opioid statistics for 2019, which indicate that, for the first time since 2012, New Jersey held the […]

Older authors encouraged to enter annual Legacies Writing Contest

Older authors encouraged to enter annual Legacies Writing Contest

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Division of Senior Services invites Essex seniors ages 60 and older to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2020 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. The deadline is Monday, March 16. “Our senior citizens have led […]

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

TRENTON, NJ — On Dec. 13, Attorney Gen. Gurbir Grewal announced final results of “Operation Jacked” and “Operation 17 Corridor,” major investigations and prosecutions that targeted international carjacking and stolen car-trafficking rings. The operations led to arrests and charges against more than 50 ring members in 2014 and 2015, and recovery of approximately 250 stolen […]