County approves ordinance to create civilian task force

County approves ordinance to create civilian task force

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — An ordinance forming the Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force was recently approved, according to a Dec. 12 announcement from Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Freeholder President Brendan Gill. Creating the ordinance was a collaborative effort and its adoption allows the process of nominating members to the task force […]

Sheriff’s office to disband K-9 Unit in the new year

Sheriff’s office to disband K-9 Unit in the new year

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — At the start of the new year, the four-legged members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office will be hanging up their leashes. Effective Jan. 1, the Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, which has been in action since 1987, will be disbanded. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the officers in this unit […]

NJ enforcing ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown during holiday season

NJ enforcing ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown during holiday season

TRENTON, NJ — With the busy holiday travel season fast approaching, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety has announced the kickoff of a statewide traffic safety campaign targeting drunken and impaired drivers. Starting Dec. 6, law enforcement agencies across the state will be patrolling the New Jersey roads looking for drunken and impaired drivers as […]

Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour returns

Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour returns

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Celebrate the holiday season by participating in the annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour. This year, the tour includes 15 Essex County historic sites, which will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for a weekend tour. The self-guided house tours will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, […]

Mental Health Association celebrates diamond anniversary

Mental Health Association celebrates diamond anniversary

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Seventy-five years ago, Clifford Beers was released from the hospital after suffering from a mental illness and founded the New Jersey Mental Hygiene Association, which aims to improve treatment for mental illnesses in hospitals. Beers’ organization still exists, but under a different name; the Mental Health Association in New Jersey is […]

Essex County Freeholders celebrate Italian Heritage Month

Essex County Freeholders celebrate Italian Heritage Month

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its 2019 Italian Heritage Month celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Hall of Records. The ceremony commemorated the heritage and culture of the Italian-American community. Freeholder President Brendan Gill began the program with welcoming remarks, recognizing the vast diversity that exists in Essex […]

DEP reminds motorists to be extra cautious as deer mating season begins

DEP reminds motorists to be extra cautious as deer mating season begins

TRENTON, NJ — Drivers are urged to use extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer as deer mating season gets under way and darkness arrives earlier, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced. White-tailed deer become more active during mating season, also known as the fall rut. Deer are […]

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will hold a Fall Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Twenty-one police departments in Essex County have free and anonymous collection sites where residents can drop off old and unwanted prescription medications. The event is co-sponsored by the Essex County Division of Community Health, the Federal Drug […]

Recycle old computers and unwanted electronics equipment

Recycle old computers and unwanted electronics equipment

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Essex County Computer and Electronics Recycling Day, sponsored by the county and the Essex County Utilities Authority, will be Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Essex County Fleet Maintenance Facility, 99 West Bradford Ave. in Cedar Grove. “Recycling computer hardware and electronic devices helps remove […]

‘Strut Your Mutt’ returns to Essex County

‘Strut Your Mutt’ returns to Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County dog owners are invited to display their creativity and participate in “Strut Your Mutt,” the county’s annual canine Halloween costume parade and contest. This year, four parades have been scheduled, with the newly-opened Branch Brook Dog Park hosting its first event. Participation is free.  Parade No. 1 will be […]