ECCF Civilian Task Force to hold public hearing on Jan. 30

ECCF Civilian Task Force to hold public hearing on Jan. 30

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force will host a virtual public hearing on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. The focus of this public hearing will be on addiction treatment and medication-assisted treatment practices at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Due to the increase in COVID-19 transmission […]

New Jersey Teen Media Contest now accepting submissions

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Human Services has announced that teens across the state can begin submitting entries for the 26th annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which highlights Human Services’ mission to support families, especially during these challenging times. The contest, run by Human Services’ Division of Family Development, is open to all New […]

DiVincenzo presents 2021 county budget of $770 million

DiVincenzo presents 2021 county budget of $770 million

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented a 2021 budget of $770 million that addresses the challenges due to the ongoing national economic conditions, according to a press release from the county. Layoffs have been avoided since 2004 and budgets have been unveiled before the state’s statutory […]

ICE detainees go on hunger strike at ECCF

NEWARK, NJ — Approximately 150 men in ICE custody are on a hunger strike inside the Essex County Correctional Facility and the Hudson County Correctional Center in an effort to be released from custody so they can be reunited with their families, away from the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the detention centers. As […]

Area officials express dismay, outrage about Jan. 6 events at the Capitol

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Jan. 6, 2021, is a day that will live in infamy. Thousands of individuals, some armed, from across the country stormed the U.S. Capitol looking to halt the certification of the results of the November 2020 presidential election based on unfounded claims of election fraud. These individuals — who have alternatively […]

Essex County commissioners sworn in at 2021 organization meeting

Essex County commissioners sworn in at 2021 organization meeting

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — District 2 Commissioner Wayne Richardson, of Newark, was unanimously elected president of the Essex County Board of County Commissioners — formerly called the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders — and District 5 Commissioner Carlos Pomares, of Bloomfield, was unanimously elected vice president, during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. […]

DEP reports record number of bald eagle nests, with eagles confirmed in all 21 counties

DEP reports record number of bald eagle nests, with eagles confirmed in all 21 counties

TRENTON, NJ — More than 40 years after facing near-extinction, New Jersey’s bald eagle population is soaring and reaching new milestones, including confirmation for the first time of nesting pairs found in each of the state’s 21 counties, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe announced Jan. 7. New Jersey’s bald eagles achieved three significant […]

PSE&G gets green light to provide smart meters

PSE&G gets green light to provide smart meters

NEWARK, NJ — PSE&G received approval Jan. 7 from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to invest approximately $700 million during the next four years to provide its 2.3 million electric customers with smart meters. The decision clears the way for the largest installation of smart meter technology in New Jersey history. Smart meters […]

Avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams

Avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues, here are some signs of potential scams: you are asked to pay out-of-pocket to get the vaccine; you are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access; advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, […]

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