County distributes $5.8M in CDBG funding to towns, organizations

County distributes $5.8M in CDBG funding to towns, organizations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Jan. 19 that $5.88 million will be distributed to 10 Essex County municipalities and 28 community organizations through the Community Development Block Grant and the Emergency Solutions Grant programs. The CDBG and ESG programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and […]

SOMA community comes together to celebrate King’s legacy

SOMA community comes together to celebrate King’s legacy

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration returned in person to the Columbia High School auditorium for the first time in three years, bringing the community together to celebrate the holiday. The keynote speaker was Robt Martin Seda-Schreiber, chief activist at the Bayard Rustin Center […]

DiVincenzo presents 2023 Essex County budget of $885.4M

DiVincenzo presents 2023 Essex County budget of $885.4M

NEWARK, NJ — On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. presented a 2023 county budget of $885.4 million that includes a 1.5-percent property increase and addresses the challenges incurred by the ongoing national economic conditions and rising costs due to inflation, according to a press release from the county. DiVincenzo has […]

Oheb Shalom Congregation hires new executive director

Oheb Shalom Congregation hires new executive director

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange has hired Michelle Strassberg as its new executive director to oversee all synagogue operations. After an extensive interview process, the executive director search committee selected Strassberg for her experience and enthusiasm. Strassberg started her transition before the new year, with help from her predecessor, Linda […]

Gather around Durand-Hedden’s historic open hearth on Jan. 22

Gather around Durand-Hedden’s historic open hearth on Jan. 22

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Visit Durand-Hedden House & Garden on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. for an annual tradition: open-hearth cooking expert and historical interpreter Margaret Quinn demonstrating cooking techniques based on an 18th-century Dutch-American cookbook. Menu items will include stewed duck, cabbage salad, pumpkin cornmeal pancakes and oliekocken. Children can participate in […]

Chinese and American artists explore spirituality at Walsh Gallery

Chinese and American artists explore spirituality at Walsh Gallery

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University presents “Matter + Spirit,” a traveling exhibition featuring 25 artists from China and North America — including Lauren Schiller, professor of fine arts at Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and the Arts. The exhibition is the result of a gathering of North American […]