Freeholders honor three county VoTech scholarship recipients

Freeholders honor three county VoTech scholarship recipients

NEWARK, NJ — On July 10, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored three recent high school graduates from the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools who were awarded scholarships from the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation, Investors Bank and PSEG. The scholarship awards recognize distinguished students from technical and vocational schools who plan […]

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. “It is an honor to lead a department that invests in the people of New Jersey in such diverse and meaningful ways,” Secretary of […]

Stay safe and healthy when your power is out

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey recently experienced a large number of power outages due to stormy weather. Power outages and flooding significantly increase health risks such as medicine contamination/safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, food poisoning, medicine errors, mistaken identity mishaps and more, according to the New Jersey Poison Control Center.  Every minute counts in poisoning […]

Rachel Coalition social worker receives Humanism in Healthcare Award

Rachel Coalition social worker receives Humanism in Healthcare Award

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sabrina Stuart, a licensed clinical social worker with the Rachel Coalition, was selected as a recipient of the Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award. Sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, this award recognizes the contributions of professionals who work in local direct service health care organizations. Those who are […]

New law expands Address Confidentiality Program

New law expands Address Confidentiality Program

TRENTON, NJ — Seeking more safeguards for victims of stalking and sexual assault, a measure amending current state statute to include such individuals in the Address Confidentiality Program administered by the Division on Women in the Department of Children and Families was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 19.  The new law, […]

Board approves NJ Transit’s FY20 local and community transportation programs

Board approves NJ Transit’s FY20 local and community transportation programs

NEWARK, NJ — On July 17, the NJ Transit board of directors authorized the expenditure of approximately $45 million in federal and state funds to implement local transportation programs for Fiscal Year 2020, providing critical local transportation services for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, the economically-disadvantaged and rural residents. Each of the programs extends or […]

Fontoura outlines plan to make joint K-9 task force in county

Fontoura outlines plan to make joint K-9 task force in county

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On July 17, Sheriff Armando Fontoura today outlined a new initiative in law enforcement and public safety. The initiative, which is expected to be implemented Jan. 1, will create a shared services K-9 task force between Essex County and its municipal police departments. Fontoura said the proposed K-9 task force would […]

NJ bill becomes first-in-the-nation opioid warning label law

NJ bill becomes first-in-the-nation opioid warning label law

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to adopt a permanent law mandating warning labels for prescription opioids. Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle requiring all prescription opioid medications to have a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and […]

Governor signs bill to expand sexual abuse, assault awareness education

Governor signs bill to expand sexual abuse, assault awareness education

TRENTON, NJ — Every New Jersey school district will be required to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention instruction from preschool through 12th grade under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 19. The new law, A-769, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, […]

NJ Dept. of Health encourages residents to avoid dangers of extreme heat

NJ Dept. of Health encourages residents to avoid dangers of extreme heat

TRENTON, NJ — With temperatures in New Jersey hitting triple digits, the New Jersey Department of Health is urging residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “There were 176 emergency department visits between May 29 and July 8 due to heat-related illness,” state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan said. “It is critical […]