New law requires mental health education in schools

TRENTON, NJ — Mental health education will be integrated into health and physical education classes for all K-12 students in New Jersey under legislation signed into law Aug. 9 by Gov. Phil Murphy. “It’s incredibly important that students understand the many dimensions of health, from exercise to mental health and wellness,” Assemblyman Gary Schaer, a […]

JFS works to better support needs of Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors

JFS works to better support needs of Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — JFS MetroWest has been appointed a sub-grantee for critical support services for isolated, Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors. In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ seeks to better support the needs of socially isolated, Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors living […]

More than 800 children shop cost-free at Back 2 School Store

More than 800 children shop cost-free at Back 2 School Store

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The 11th annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store brought much more than just grins on Sunday, July 28, as hundreds of children went shopping at a one-day pop-up store designed to help children in financial need in Essex County. “I can’t wait to get new shoes! I want sparkles on them!” exclaimed […]

Executive order seeks to address ‘rising tide of hate’ in NJ

Executive order seeks to address ‘rising tide of hate’ in NJ

TRENTON, NJ — On Aug. 7, acting Gov. Sheila Oliver issued an executive order establishing an interagency task force to tackle the problem of bias incidents among students and young adults. The executive order follows the publication of a report by Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal that shows a “rising tide of hate” in New […]

Former bank building to become DFAB headquarters

Former bank building to become DFAB headquarters

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County purchased the office building complex located at 320-321 University Ave. in Newark. The 150,000 square feet of space will become the new headquarters for the Essex County Division of Family Assistance and Benefits. The offices are scheduled to be opened by July 2020. “We are always looking at initiatives to […]

Countywide council supports families, those with disabilities

Countywide council supports families, those with disabilities

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Rebekah Novemsky had been going to Statewide Family Support Planning Council meetings for years before she became the family liaison to the state program that offers support to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities and their families about a year ago. Novemsky is a Maplewood resident whose son Liam has developmental […]

Essex to receive $9.7M in grants from NJDOT

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced Aug. 1 the release of $161.25 million in Fiscal Year 2020 County Aid grants to help make infrastructure improvements on the local level. The grants are funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, which is supported by the gas tax. Essex County […]

Bi-state, bipartisan legislation establishes Gateway Development Commission

TRENTON, NJ — In an effort to improve the momentum of the Gateway Program, N.J. Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation that was signed into law July 22. The legislation, A-5570, works concurrent to its legislative counterpart in New York and seeks the establishment of an independent, bi-state […]

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 […]

1 5 6 7 8 9 63