Townspeople support decision to abolish police chief’s position

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Municipal Council unanimously voted to abolish the position of chief of police from the chain of command within the Irvington Police Department, and the reaction around town to the news has been swift. Longtime residents and community activists such as Irvington Joint Block Association Coalition President and Nesbitt […]

Chase turns in his gun and badge; may sue township

IRVINGTON, NJ — After more than 40 years as a police officer, Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase turned in his badge and gun Tuesday, Jan. 19, at headquarters. He had been ordered to do so by Public Safety Director Tracey Bowers in a directive hand-delivered to him at his home by detectives from the department’s Internal […]

Presentation explains policy of community policing to the public

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington NAACP hosted a presentation on policing on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Greater New Point Missionary Baptist Church on Paine Avenue. Numerous questions were asked about safety and the current role of community policing. Sgt. T. Charles was able to answer a few of the important questions explaining that patrols are […]

Hamm and others rally on MLK’s actual birthday

IRVINGTON, NJ — Chairman Larry Hamm and the members of his People’s Organization for Progress spent Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Friday, Jan. 15, doing what he said the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner would have wanted them to do — hold a protest march in downtown Newark to support the fight for […]

Irvington man involved in counterfeit scheme pleads guilty

IRVINGTON, NJ — The ringleader in a counterfeit check scheme, Harold Stephens, 32, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Michael Toto in Middlesex County on Friday, Jan. 15, to conspiring with Michael Caldwell, 40, of Irvington, and Janilyn Roman, 32, of Orlando, Fla., and others to steal $620,000 from various banks by creating […]

Final ruling in Chase’s disciplinary hearing set for February

IRVINGTON, NJ — Since Friday, Jan. 1, the clock has been counting down for Sheila Ellington to make a final ruling on Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase’s first public disciplinary hearing case. Ellington is the hearing officer appointed almost two years ago to oversee the case, which is based on multiple misconduct charges filed by former […]

Time for celebration

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss, left, sits with Municipal Council President Charnette Federic, center, and Superintendent of Irvington Public Schools Neely Hackett, right, on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, at the 212th Haitian Independence Day Celebration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Grove Street. The event was organized by Frederic’s Civic Association, along with […]

New Irvington Manor hosts annual Kwanzaa celebration

IRVINGTON, NJ — The New Irvington Manor hosted its third annual Community Kwanzaa at the manor on Washington Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 27, from noon to 7 p.m. The Kwanzaa holiday was founded by Maulana Karenga in 1965. “It’s that time of year: holiday time, celebrating, closing out the old year and welcoming in the New […]

New Year rung in with no ‘Rev. Ron’

IRVINGTON, NJ — Christian Love Baptist Church on Lyons Avenue rang in the New Year the same way it has in the past: with a prayer service and vigil at the church. But for the first time ever, Pastor Ronald B. Christian, known more familiarly as Rev. Ron, was not there to preside over the New […]

First reading of ordinance abolishing police chief approved

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington’s chief of police may be no more. At least the position, that is. The Municipal Council voted unanimously Wednesday, Dec. 28, to approve on first reading a new ordinance that would abolish the position of chief of police from the chain of command within the Irvington Police Department’s hierarchy. “East Ward Councilman […]