Federation announces free High Holy Day tickets for newcomers

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — MetroPass, a collaborative program between Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and area synagogues, is designed to provide newcomers to the community — or to synagogue life — with complimentary High Holy Day tickets. In its seventh year, this program is designed to lower the barriers of entry and to encourage […]

FAMILYConnections kicks off backpack collection

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — FAMILYConnections, a local counseling and family services agency, has announced the start of a “Got Your Back” backpack drive to benefit students in the agency’s Outreach to At-Risk Youth and School-Based Youth Services programs. Donations of individual school items and full backpacks will be accepted through Sept. 1 and can be […]

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, […]

Heart health for women

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death and women are often treated differently than men. Join Dr. Marc Cohen, director of cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women as he discusses […]

Maternal mental health seminar for health care professionals

RAHWAY / HACKENSACK, NJ — The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s Perinatal Mood Disorders initiative is pleased to offer free workshops in Union and Bergen counties focusing on maternal mental health. This opportunity is open to all community and clinic based professionals, such as health care providers, home visitors, community […]

Make strides against breast cancer

NEWARK, NJ — The American Cancer Society will present Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St. in Newark, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the walk commencing at 10. The walk helps raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. The event brings […]

Moody’s upgrades county’s bond rating to Aa1

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Moody’s Investors Services has improved Essex County’s bond rating to Aa1 with a “Stable Financial Outlook,” according to a recent press release from the county. This represents an upgrade over the previous rating of Aa2 with a “Positive Financial Outlook” that was assigned in March 2016. Since 2003, Essex County’s bond […]

‘Clear the Shelters’

NEWARK, NJ — The Associated Humane Societies shelters in Newark and Tinton Falls, along with nearly 700 animal shelters across the country, plan to “Clear the Shelters,” a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, Aug. 19. Adoption fees will be waived that day for approved adopters with a $50 donation for dogs and $25 for […]

McKeon decides not to run for Congress

McKeon decides not to run for Congress

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the past several months, there has been a lot of conjecture regarding who would be running to represent the 11th District in Congress. Many have been pointing to Assemblyman John McKeon, a Democrat who represents the N.J. 27th Legislative District, believing that he will challenge incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican. […]

New media center opens at Essex County College

NEWARK, NJ — A state-of-the-art media center and student lounge opens this month at Essex County College’s main campus in downtown Newark. Designed by RSC Architects, the renovated 18,800-square-foot “Information Commons” has 140 computer workstations, seven classrooms, breakout rooms, open lounges and a computer lab — creating an atmosphere that encourages collaboration, creativity and relaxation, […]