Rainbows children’s support group at NCJW seeks volunteers

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Rainbows program, which lies at the heart of NCJW’s commitment to women and children, is seeking volunteer facilitators for its fall session. The Rainbows peer support program is for children coping with grief, separation, divorce, death, abandonment or other painful transitions and will help guide them through these difficult situations. To […]

Mayors Council endorses federal strategy for initial Rahway River flood mitigation plan

Mayors Council endorses federal strategy for initial Rahway River flood mitigation plan

CRANFORD, NJ — The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control voted at its recent meeting to endorse the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ strategy for initial flood mitigation in the upper Rahway River Basin, according to a recent release from the Mayors Council. Known as Alternative 4a, the plan is a revision of one […]

County plans month of festivities to celebrate parks and recreation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs announced a month-long schedule of activities to celebrate July as National Parks and Recreation Month. The public is invited to enjoy “Wellness on the Waterfront,” which includes exercise demonstrations, concerts, movies, and arts and crafts at the South Mountain Recreation Complex […]

Codey Arena opened as cooling center

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announce that Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center. The arena will be open to the public on Thursday, July 7, from 2 to 11 p.m. and […]

Essex County graduates residents from OSHA certification program

Essex County graduates residents from OSHA certification program

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., fourth from left, Essex County Director of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action Deborah E. Collins, third from left, and Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, far right, presented the graduates of a 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification program with certificates from the […]

Assembly approves bill barring juror discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Reed Gusciora and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to bar individuals from being excluded for jury service because of their gender identity or sexual orientation unanimously cleared the Assembly, according to a June 29 release. “Jury service is one of the fundamental civic requirements of every citizen […]

Senate Democrats launch school funding website

TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney, Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey announced on July 1 the launch of a new, interactive website to share the details behind their plan to bring every school district in New Jersey to full funding under the School Funding Reform Act, […]

State Senate approves two bills to bolster the battle against substance abuse

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Senator Richard J. Codey that aims to ensure that substance abuse instruction in public schools incorporates the most current, evidence-based standards and practices received final legislative approval in the Senate in June. “Schools across the state are responsible for teaching our children about drugs, their negative effects […]

Coalition calls for more to be done to end domestic violence

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence called for more action in a June 30 press release, drawing attention to the eight lives lost to domestic violence in June. “As we end this month and move into the holiday weekend where many of us will be celebrating our country’s independence, we […]