Split between council deepens regarding cannabis in Orange

Split between council deepens regarding cannabis in Orange

ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Orange City Council are currently at odds regarding the immediate future of cannabis in the city. Council members Jamie Summers-Johnson and Adrienne Wooten support allowing cannabis businesses into the city as soon as is feasible, while the five remaining council members prefer a wait-and-see approach. New Jersey required municipalities […]

Pilot program launched in East Orange to divert evictions

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs launched the Expanded Access to Counsel and Homelessness Diversion Anti-Eviction Pilot Program in August to help low-income residents stay in their homes when threatened with or facing eviction, according to an Aug. 25 press release. The pilot program is operating in three cities — East […]

East Orange’s Isaiah House holds early-morning yoga fundraiser in Maplewood Memorial Park

East Orange’s Isaiah House holds early-morning yoga fundraiser in Maplewood Memorial Park

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood’s Memorial Park wasn’t empty as the sun rose on Aug. 13, with residents rolling out their yoga mats for an early-morning session hosted by East Orange–based homeless shelter Isaiah House, followed by a morning dance party. Proceeds from the fundraiser went to both the shelter and the family of Moussa Fofana, […]

NJ Audubon seeks public’s help in collecting data

NJ Audubon seeks public’s help in collecting data

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey Audubon is asking citizens to add to the scientific research on bird mortality, as the organization is concerned about the major decline in bird populations over the last 70 years. The breeding bird population in the Americas has declined by 3 billion birds since 1970. In addition to climate […]

East Orange increases vaccination access and encourages indoor mask usage

East Orange increases vaccination access and encourages indoor mask usage

The COVID-19 delta variant has recently led to rising hospitalizations across the nation. Now, in preparation for the impact this will have on East Orange, the city’s Department of Health and Human Services has increased its efforts to get residents vaccinated and is now encouraging everyone — both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals —to resume wearing […]

Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 13 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are recommending that residents with compromised immune systems receive a third dose, or booster shot, of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Essex County will administer the […]

East Orange Rotary holds successful book giveaway event

East Orange Rotary holds successful book giveaway event

EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, July 24, the Rotary Club of East Orange hosted a book giveaway event at the Omega Family Resource and Learning Center in East Orange. It was a collaborative effort with the Read-Up! Book Club for Children in East Orange, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Eta Pi Chapter and the […]

Kean U’s Scholar Academy accepts 22 East Orange high school students

Kean U’s Scholar Academy accepts 22 East Orange high school students

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Twenty-two current East Orange high school students have been accepted into the Kean University Scholar Academy, a dual-enrollment program that offers qualified students the opportunity to earn college credits while still attending high school. The first cohort began learning earlier this summer, when select students from throughout the state attended a […]