Older authors encouraged to enter annual Legacies Writing Contest

Older authors encouraged to enter annual Legacies Writing Contest

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Division of Senior Services invites Essex seniors ages 60 and older to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2020 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. The deadline is Monday, March 16. “Our senior citizens have led […]

Join a youth exchange trip to Japan with Rotary

Join a youth exchange trip to Japan with Rotary

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Area Rotary Clubs are looking for 28 students to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan. The Short-Term Youth Exchange with Japan, now in its 42nd year, offers students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will […]

Local students stage ‘Our Town’ at Pingry School

Local students stage ‘Our Town’ at Pingry School

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Pingry School’s Drama Department presented Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” in November. The story follows the inhabitants of a fictional American town as they learn an invaluable life lesson, even if it’s a little too late. Pictured are the cast and crew: front row, from left, are Ram Doraswamy of Short […]

Beloved West Essex YMCA executive director to retire

Beloved West Essex YMCA executive director to retire

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Longtime West Essex YMCA Executive Director Helen Flores, who led the Y in becoming an integral part of the community, has announced her retirement at the end of the year. Under her leadership, the West Essex Y has grown in membership, outreach and recognition. Through partnerships she’s helped to establish, the YMCA […]

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 […]

TBA Rosh Chodesh group explores contentment vs. coveting

TBA Rosh Chodesh group explores contentment vs. coveting

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Rosh Chodesh group at Temple B’nai Abraham, led by Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz and sponsored by Sisterhood–The Women’s Connection, had a wonderful celebration on Dec. 10, in the middle of the month of Kislev, with guest presenter Rabbi Mary Zamore. Editor of “The Sacred Exchange,” Zamore facilitated a stimulating discussion based […]

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 receives $4.5M to support crime-fighting efforts

NJ receives $4.5M to support crime-fighting efforts

NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Justice announced Dec. 4 that it has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States, including $4,561,569 to support public safety activities in the District of New Jersey. The […]

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, […]