Timberlake’s freeholder seat remains vacant for now

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A seat on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders remains open after Britnee Timberlake, a former president of the Board, filled the seat in the New Jersey State Assembly left vacant by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. Timberlake was on the freeholder board from 2015 to 2018, and was the president […]

Domestic violence detention cases to be handled separately

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Feb. 16 that a pilot program with a single judge handling all detention hearings in domestic violence cases started Feb. 15 in Essex County. Superior Court Judge Ramona Santiago is hearing the cases. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office have […]

Patriotic essay contest for N.J. students

READINGTON, NJ —  The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and PNC Bank are inviting New Jersey students in grades two through 12 to take part in the 15th annual PNC Bank “American Patriot Essay Contest” by writing a short essay on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” The grand prize winner […]

Rachel Coalition seeks volunteers

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The Rachel Coalition, a partnership of eight Northern New Jersey organizations, working together to provide services and support programs for victims of domestic violence in Essex and Morris County, is seeking volunteers for its Court Advocate Program. This 40-hour hands-on training program educates participants to assist domestic violence victims with emotional […]

County to hold spring and summer camps for children

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County invites children of all ages to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center. These affordable programs provide the campers with a fun and enriching experience while school is on recess. Turtle Back Zoo has several week-long camp […]

JFS receives grant for case management

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — JFS MetroWest recently received a grant from Investors Foundation to support case management. Guided by the wisdom and values of its tradition of respect for all people, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey provides innovative, compassionate, and outstanding social services to enhance the independence and well-being of individuals and families […]

Metro YMCA ranks in top 4 percent of U.S. nonprofits

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges for a seventh straight year received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the United States for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability. “Only 4 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, […]

Study shows that 10 percent of car crashes involve drowsiness

TRENTON, NJ — The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the United States, using footage of everyday drivers, found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The difficulty in detecting drowsiness following a crash makes drowsy […]

NJ Transit proposes discontinuation of Bus Route 95

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is proposing the discontinuation of Bus Route No. 95 in the Somerset-Union-Essex County corridor due to low ridership and the availability of ample alternative public transportation to facilitate these trips. On average, bus Route No. 95, which operates from Watchung to Newark Penn Station via the Route 22 corridor, services […]

County drive for the needy collects 11 tons of donations

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County recently announced that 97,459 people visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo and more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the […]

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