Essex County creates Offices of LGBTQ Affairs, names its first director

Essex County creates Offices of LGBTQ Affairs, names its first director

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced the creation of the Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and introduced Newark resident Reginald Bledsoe as its first director on Friday, May 13. The Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs will support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and provide […]

66-year-old inmate dies in Essex County Correctional Facility, authorities investigate

NEWARK, NJ — An inmate at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark died May 14 after being transported to a hospital, according to a statement released by Essex County spokesperson Anthony Puglisi. “A 66-year-old inmate at the Essex County Correctional Facility was experiencing medical distress this morning and was taken to University Hospital, where […]

Family Connections honors Frank McGehee, area bank a ‘A Toast to Hope’

Family Connections honors Frank McGehee, area bank a ‘A Toast to Hope’

EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, May 10, Family Connections honored former Maplewood Mayor and current Committeeman Frank McGehee with the Roger Manshel Lifetime Achievement Award, and Valley National Bank with the Champion of the People Award. Family Connections is a nonprofit organization that supports children, adults and families facing many of life’s toughest challenges, […]

NJ Transit introduces new technology to aid customers in their travels

NJ Transit introduces new technology to aid customers in their travels

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit announced May 11 the launch of two new technology-focused initiatives to help customers navigate travel on the system as safely and efficiently as possible. Advancements include efforts aimed at improving accessibility on NJ Transit for neurodiverse customers and for customers with mobility challenges. Through its partnership with Magnusmode, NJ Transit […]

Fishing derbies to be held for children in Essex County parks

Fishing derbies to be held for children in Essex County parks

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invites the public to participate in its 2022 fishing derbies. The free events will be held in seven locations in the Essex County Parks system. “Our fishing derbies are an excellent opportunity for our children to enjoy the historic Essex County […]

Caldwell University to celebrate its 80th commencement May 15

Caldwell University to celebrate its 80th commencement May 15

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell University will celebrate its 80th annual commencement on Sunday, May 15, in the Newman Center, 9 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell. The ceremony for master’s and doctoral graduates will begin at 10 a.m., and the ceremony for undergraduates will be held at 1 p.m.  Yaman Thapa will be the undergraduate ceremony speaker. Thapa, […]

Archdiocese of Newark celebrates 500 years of Filipino Christianity with vibrant festivities

Archdiocese of Newark celebrates 500 years of Filipino Christianity with vibrant festivities

NEWARK, NJ — Following a year-long jubilee, hundreds of Filipino Catholics from throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties filled Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart for the Archdiocese of Newark’s final celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines on May 1. The festivities began with a massive procession that highlighted […]

Law enforcement officers and firefighters to be presented with medals for bravery

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 200 Club of Essex County, which was founded in 1966 to assist the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, will hold its 56th annual Valor Awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at Nanina’s in the Park, 540 Mill St. in Belleville. The cocktail reception […]