Oranges & Maplewood NAACP to present 108th annual Freedom Fund Gala

Oranges & Maplewood NAACP to present 108th annual Freedom Fund Gala

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District and serves as the Democratic Caucus chairperson in the U.S. House of Representatives, will deliver the keynote address at the 108th annual Oranges & Maplewood NAACP Freedom Fund Gala, held virtually this year with the theme “When We Fight We Win.” […]

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey joins tree-planting initiative

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey joins tree-planting initiative

NORTH BRANCH, NJ — Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, along with Girl Scouts across the country, are collaborating to plant five million trees by 2026 to help wildlife, improve the environment and greatly expand the amount of tree cover. Girl Scouts have been strong advocates and stewards of the environment since 1912. Climate change […]

Discard unused medications safely on Drug Take Back Day

Discard unused medications safely on Drug Take Back Day

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, the Essex County Division of Community Health, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team are encouraging residents to dispose of their old or unwanted prescription medications during the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual Drug Take Back […]

NJAW’s temporary scheduled treatment change to end in this area

NJAW’s temporary scheduled treatment change to end in this area

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On April 19, New Jersey American Water will resume using chloramines in water treatment at its Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Water Treatment plants. These plants serve NJAW customers in Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties. In mid-January, as part of an annual routine maintenance program for its water […]

SMC selects new artistic director, team for Wildflower Sculpture Park

SMC selects new artistic director, team for Wildflower Sculpture Park

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — After nine years as artistic director/curator of the Wildflower Sculpture Park in the South Mountain Reservation, Tricia Zimic is handing over the reins to Newark artist Lisa Sanders.  Sanders, who has two permanent pieces in the sculpture park, will be supported by a team devoted to the visual arts and the […]

South Mountain Conservancy warns against building tepees in the reservation

South Mountain Conservancy warns against building tepees in the reservation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Building tepees in the woods from natural sticks can be an exciting team-building activity filled with imaginative play. Unfortunately, when these structures are built in protected areas, such as South Mountain Reservation, there are unforeseen negative consequences, the South Mountain Conservancy warns.  Tepees are generally built off-trail from fallen limbs. Removing […]

DiVincenzo calls on federal legislators for more COVID-19 vaccines

DiVincenzo calls on federal legislators for more COVID-19 vaccines

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Tuesday, March 23, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. called upon members of Essex County’s federal delegation to urge President Biden to allocate more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Essex County. The letter was sent to U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez; U.S. Reps. Donald Payne Jr., Mikie Sherrill, Albio […]

New Jersey Blood Services announces a blood emergency one year into the pandemic

New Jersey Blood Services announces a blood emergency one year into the pandemic

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Blood Services recently announced a blood shortage in the region, one year after the region was the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic. Before COVID-19, donors could stop by community blood drives at convenient locations like high schools, colleges and offices. It has been one year since these groups had to […]

NJAW to begin annual spring cleaning, water main flushing

NJAW to begin annual spring cleaning, water main flushing

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Beginning March 15 and continuing into the fall months, New Jersey American Water will perform the annual cleaning of its water distribution system to support the continued provision of high-quality, reliable water service to its customers. Flushing the system helps to clean out any build-up of mineral deposits and sediment inside […]

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