Essex County libraries receive grant to hold NEA Big Read

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Essex County Library Directors has received a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Essex County. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens one’s understanding of our world, local communities, and one’s self through the joy of sharing a good book. […]

Division of Welfare renamed Division of Family Assistance and Benefits

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Division of Welfare was renamed as the Essex County Division of Family Assistance and Benefits on Thursday, May 19. In addition, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. outlined a number of ongoing initiatives — including an expanded waiting area, call center and interactive kiosks — that will enhance customer service […]

Volunteers needed at Brookdale

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Volunteers are welcome for the maintenance of the Brookdale Park Rose Garden. The volunteers will be at their duties several times this month. The park will also host a 90-minute early morning bird walk that is free although donations are welcome. Join the Rose Garden team The Thursday Morning Rose Garden Team […]

OPINION: Positive effect of FairTax® on jobs, trade and government spending

Although the FairTax® — H.R.25/ S.155 — is a national consumption tax on new goods and services and government spending and will eliminate all federal taxes on income and investment, it also features a ‘rebate in advance’ also called a prebate, which is based on family size. Additionally, this column will explain the dynamic-positive effect it will have on manufacturing […]

Essex County offers fishing derbies for youngsters

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s 2016 fishing derbies have been announced. The events will be held in seven locations in the Essex County Park System. Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied […]

Indictment charges 21 with racketeering following carjacking ring investigation

TRENTON, NJ — Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy announced April 29 that 21 people have been indicted on first-degree charges of racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly operating a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole luxury cars from suburbs along the Route 17 corridor in New Jersey and neighboring New […]

Suburban Essex Chamber of Chamber reorganizes for 2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce formally installed its 2016 Executive Board and Trustees on Feb. 26, at the Chandelier in Belleville. The board members are Mark A. Wenczel; Donna Plotnick, trustee; Michael Zippo, trustee; Michael Bush, trustee; James Galione, trustee; Josephine OBrien, treasurer; Gerry Generazio, trustee; Cecelia Polizzi, VP programs; […]

Essex County CASA to hold info session at MML

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — CASA for Children of Essex County will host an information session at the main branch of Maplewood Public Library, 51 Baker St., on Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. Attendees will learn how volunteers can help improve the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care as CASA advocates. Advocates are […]

Finished with college? Welcome to ‘the real world’

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Parents, students and graduates are welcome to attend this information-filled program at the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women, which will address that big question of “what’s next?” After finishing college. There are many challenges facing college graduates, which Beth Handler-Grunt, founder of Next Great Step LLC, will discuss. With […]

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