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 […]

High School to host MLK Ceremony

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host its 21st annual Legacy of a Dream Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Irvington High School Auditorium. The committee was founded by former Municipal Council President, Essex County Freeholder and Team Irvington social and political organization founder D. Bilal […]

Mayor calls Irvington a destination for Dem candidates

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Jan. 1, East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor remarked at his city’s annual City Council reorganization meeting that, based on the attendance of so many high-powered New Jersey Democratic Party elected officials at the meeting, his city must rate high on the list of important places to be in 2016. If so, then […]

Irvington well-represented at EO Reorganization Meeting

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington was well-represented at the East Orange City Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting on Jan. 1, when Irvington Building Department Director Ted Green was chosen to serve as that legislative body’s new chairman. Green, who previously served as the council’s vice president in 2015, serves as the 3rd Ward councilman in addition to his […]

212th Haitian Independence Day celebrated

IRVINGTON, NJ — Municipal Council President Charnette Frederic was joined by Mayor Tony Vauss and several local dignitaries and members of the Haitian diaspora at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Grove Street on Friday, Jan. 1, to celebrate 212th anniversary of Haitian independence from France. FamiCare founder Thecy Faustin, the Ring the Bell for […]

Gone but not forgotten

Photos by Chris Sykes IRVINGTON, NJ — A member of Christian Love Baptist Church on Lyons Avenue in Irvington holds up a CLBC Strong button, for sale on Thursday, Dec. 31, at the church during the New Year’s Eve prayer service and vigil that takes place annually to welcome in the New Year at midnight. This […]

Newark honors Rev. Ron by renaming street after him

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the city of Newark renamed the corner of Wickliffe and West Market streets in Newark, directly across the street from Newark Tech School, Essex County Veterans Memorial Park and the Society Hill apartments complex, in honor of Rev. Ronald B. Christian, also known as “Rev. Ron,” the former […]

Evans remembered for his impact at funeral, candlelight vigil

IRVINGTON, NJ — The funeral was held Friday, Dec. 18, at Irvington’s Christian Pentecostal Church for Darrel “Creep” Evans, the former Crips gang member who became famous for appearing on the Sundance television documentary “Brick City” a few years ago. According to police, Evans was shot to death on Clinton Place in Newark on Monday, Dec. […]