EOWC announces end of water rate increase

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Residents received some good news when the East Orange Water Commission announced on Sunday, Jan. 31, the official end of the emergency temporary rate increase that had retroactively been in effect since May 2015, although the public was not notified about it until August 2015. According to EOWC Board President Michele Antley, […]

NAACP scholarships made available to college-bound students

ORANGE, NJ — As Black History Month begins, the Oranges-Maplewood NAACP has announced applications for the $500 Reginald T. Jeffries Book Scholarship, the $1,000 Cornelia Thompson Scholarship and three $1,000 Tuition Subsidy Scholarships are now being accepted. The application for the C. Thompson and Tuition Subsidy scholarships must be received by the NAACP of the Oranges […]

East Orange unites to clean up after Winter Storm Jonas

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Despite complaints from residents throughout Essex County about their municipalities’ poor response to cleaning up the record-breaking amount of snow that fell on Saturday, Jan. 23, the general response from East Orange has been mostly positive. At least that was the case at the City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 25, where Mayor […]

EO firefighters waiting for what city owes them contractually

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Although East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor has reached a contract agreement with the city’s largest employee union, negotiations are still continuing with other unions. According to 5th Ward Councilwoman Alicia Holman, chairwoman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, as well as a member of the its Finance and Negotiation committees, the members […]

EO mayor announces agreement with CWA union

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor announced on Monday, Jan. 18, at the city of East Orange’s annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Ashland Avenue, that his administration has reached an amicable contract negotiation agreement with the members […]

EO man sentenced to 33 years for 2014 Elizabeth robbery

EAST ORANGE, NJ — An East Orange man has been sentenced to 33 years in state prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint in Elizabeth in 2014, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced on Monday, Jan. 11. In October 2015, a Union County jury convicted Diken Michelle, 30, of East Orange, on charges […]

Hughes bids farewell to East Orange Council

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The East Orange City Council bade a fond farewell to outgoing 5th Ward Councilman Lonnie P. Hughes on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. “From the mighty 5th Ward,” Hughes’ 5th Ward partner, Councilwoman Alicia Holman, said on Monday, Dec. 28. “We’re going to miss your knowledge that you brought to the table. But […]

EO police, fire unions show solidarity in contract negotiations

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Members of both the East Orange Police Department’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 16 and Fraternal Order of Police Local 188 were at City Council’s last meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 28, to update council on the ongoing contract negotiations with Mayor Lester Taylor’s administration. That was before 5th Ward Councilwoman Alicia […]

EO chairman thanks assemblywoman for support

Oliver pushing for legislation prohibiting sale of realistic-looking toy guns to minors on state level

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Toy guns have been in the news recently, both nationally and locally. On Monday, Jan. 11, a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, declined to indict the white police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, after officers responded to reports of guns and possible gunplay outside a […]

Former Eagle Scout spreads his wings to lead EO YMCA

EAST ORANGE, NJ — When James Forde was 11, a friend showed up at school dressed in his Boy Scout uniform. “I wanted to know all about it,’’ Forde said. “And when he described summer camp, I was hooked.” Forde went on to become a scout camp counselor, earn the Eagle Scout rank and build […]