Freeholders pass resolution urging Congress to assist local governments

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On April 29, the Essex County Freeholder Board approved a resolution calling on Congress to expedite and pass all upcoming COVID-19 legislation providing financial assistance to county and municipal governments. The freeholder board supported the previously passed CARES Act, which provided financial assistance to individuals, small businesses and state governments. However, […]

New chairman of ECC Foundation board addresses student needs

New chairman of ECC Foundation board addresses student needs

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Reginald Davis, the new chairman of the Essex County College Foundation board, said he will help ensure the foundation works in harmony with ECC’s leadership in maintaining “students first.” “As chair, I’m making sure the full board knows what to do to support the college,” said Davis, who has been on […]

State works to support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

TRENTON, NJ — On April 29, the Murphy administration announced $24 million in state and federal resources for temporary wage increases for the direct support professionals who care for adult individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in group homes and supervised apartments — $10.6 million in state funding and $13.4 million in federal matching […]

Nonprofit donation supports medical team working at test site

Nonprofit donation supports medical team working at test site

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. thanked Team 94 for providing a week’s worth of meals and protein drinks for the first responders and medical professionals working at Essex County’s COVID-19 testing site in Weequahic Park in Newark. Team 94 donated $5,000 to pay for the meals and partnered with OWYN […]

NJYS announces virtual auditions via Zoom for its 2020-21 season

NJYS announces virtual auditions via Zoom for its 2020-21 season

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The New Jersey Youth Symphony recently announced that it will hold virtual auditions for the 2020-21 season from May 18 through June 5 using the videoconferencing platform Zoom. Audition registration for NJYS’ 15 ensembles, including strings, winds, percussion, jazz, chamber music and three full orchestras, is available online  through May 10. […]

Payne announces $148M in stimulus funds for Newark Airport

NEWARK, NJ — U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. announced April 14 that Newark Liberty International Airport would receive almost $148 million from the recent CARES Act stimulus package to help Americans during the coronavirus crisis. Overall, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded 24 New Jersey airports roughly $161 million in funding.  “I was delighted to hear […]

Cases of COVID continue to rise in Essex County

Cases of COVID continue to rise in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The statewide lockdown continues, all in the effort of flattening the curve of COVID-19. While statistics are showing progress on this front, the number of cases is still continuing to rise nationally, statewide and in Essex County. As of April 21, according to statistics from the state, New Jersey has 92,387 […]

Heroes Salute Parade held at SBMC

Heroes Salute Parade held at SBMC

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Spearheaded by the Livingston Police Department, more than 20 of Essex County’s municipalities held a Heroes Salute Parade past Saint Barnabas Medical Center to recognize the incredible efforts of medical staff battling the coronavirus. Essex County has the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, according to statistics from […]

State has taken more than 600 actions on price-gouging, consumer complaints

NEWARK, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced April 15 that the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has issued approximately 514 cease-and-desist letters and 89 subpoenas to businesses reported by consumers to have engaged in price gouging or other consumer protection violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The division’s open cases include investigations of […]

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