Federal lawmakers seek to emulate New Jersey’s ‘Alyssa’s Law’

Federal lawmakers seek to emulate New Jersey’s ‘Alyssa’s Law’

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to expand a New Jersey law under which public schools are required to install silent panic alarms to protect students during emergency situations. The law, formerly A-764, is known as “Alyssa’s Law,” after former New Jersey resident Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student […]

Sheriff’s Dept. promotes and swears in new officers

Sheriff’s Dept. promotes and swears in new officers

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced promotions and the hiring of several sheriff’s officers during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Leroy Smith Public Safety Building on July 8. Among those promoted were Chief James Spango, who previously served as a deputy chief; Undersheriff Fitzgerald Figliuolo, who also served as a […]

NJDOT receives federal grant to help reduce crashes, pedestrian fatalities

TRENTON, NJ — On July 11, New Jersey Department of Transportation announced receiving a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to develop a statewide “Proven Safety Countermeasures” workshop focusing on reducing intersection and pedestrian fatalities and serious crashes.  The approximately $16,000 grant, which is funded through FHWA’s Accelerating Safety Activities Program, will provide for three […]

NJ Dept. of Human Services names new Medicaid director

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced July 9 that Jennifer Langer Jacobs will lead New Jersey Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which together are known as NJ FamilyCare and provide affordable health care coverage to 1.7 million New Jersey residents, according to a press release.  Jacobs […]

TBZ, other local projects to see state spending freeze

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On June 30, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act into law. The budget lacked the governor’s long-supported millionaire’s tax, which had been vehemently opposed by N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney. While Murphy seemingly lost the fight for a millionaire’s tax, he hit back with Executive Order No. […]

Area youth encouraged to enter NJ Teen Media Contest

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Human Services has issued a call for entries for the 24th annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which highlights the department’s mission to celebrate and support families. This annual contest — run by the Department’s Division of Family Development — is open to all New Jersey middle […]

County recognizes ‘Essex Five’ for Black History Month

NEWARK, NJ — On Friday, Feb. 15, at the county’s 16th annual Black History Month celebration, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented Essex County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards to the NAACP Chapters in Essex County — Oranges-Maplewood, Newark, Montclair and Irvington — and the Urban League of Essex County. Known as […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

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