Blood drives in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey Blood Services will be conducting blood drives in Essex County. The following drives are open to the public: Friday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Livingston Mall, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston. Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mantena Global, Luso‑Brazilian Seventh‑Day Adventist Church, […]

Murphy administration announces $161 million in grants to 543 municipalities

Murphy administration announces $161 million in grants to 543 municipalities

TRENTON, NJ — On Nov. 18, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $161.25 million in municipal aid grants, with 543 cities and towns across the state receiving funds to advance road, bridge, safety and quality-of-life improvements, demonstrating the Department of Transportation’s commitment to communities. The competitive municipal aid grant program attracted 635 applications from 549 different municipalities […]

NJ officials challenge recommendations in independent tunnels report

NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and NJ Transit and Amtrak officials have strong reservations about the feasibility of proposals in an independent report prepared by London Bridge Associates and released Nov. 23 by the Gateway Program Development Corporation, according to a press release from those concerned.  “Specifically, […]

Urban mayors stand together against the threat of COVID-19

Urban mayors stand together against the threat of COVID-19

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County is once again plagued with COVID-19 cases. Refusing to tolerate an uncontrolled rise in cases for the second time, the mayors of Irvington, Newark, Orange and East Orange came together via Facebook Live to address these concerns on Nov. 16 During the discussion, despite praising the efforts of Gov. […]

UCC delivers 14 days worth of food to COVID-infected families

UCC delivers 14 days worth of food to COVID-infected families

NEWARK, NJ — In March, Va’Lorie James’ phone rang with a message that she was half anticipating and one that she had been dreading. James, a social worker at Barringer High School in Newark’s North Ward, was informed that one of her students had contracted COVID-19. Despite an overwhelming sense of panic and fear spreading […]

Vanguard, Luna Stage win relief grants

Vanguard, Luna Stage win relief grants

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded CARES Act arts organization relief grants to 79 arts organizations, including six N.J. organizations. Receiving $10,000 each are Vanguard Theater Company in Montclair, Luna Stage in West Orange, Gallery Aferro in Newark and Sharron Miller’s Academy for Performing Arts in Montclair. Receiving $5,000 each are […]

PSE&G receives 2020 Outstanding Customer Engagement Award

PSE&G receives 2020 Outstanding Customer Engagement Award

NEWARK, NJ — PSE&G was recognized by PA Consulting as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Customer Engagement Award. PSE&G was also named as the recipient of the ReliabilityOne Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance in the Mid-Atlantic Metropolitan Service Area. This award is presented to a ReliabilityOne recipient who has the best overall customer approach […]

Former Newark official, two others charged with bribes scheme

NEWARK, NJ — A former city of Newark official and officer of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, as well as two business owners, were charged Nov. 19 for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Carmelo G. Garcia, 45, of Hoboken; Frank Valvano Jr., 52, of Florham Park; and […]

Essex County to receive $26.4M NJTPA grant for safety improvements

Essex County to receive $26.4M NJTPA grant for safety improvements

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will receive $26.4 million in federal grants from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to make safety improvements at 39 intersections throughout Essex County. The projects include extending curbs and installing refuge islands, where feasible, to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians; and the installation of leading pedestrian interval signals, […]

Construction management firm donates furniture to Newark library

Construction management firm donates furniture to Newark library

NEWARK, NJ — Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, recently delivered a donation of more than 200 pieces of high-end commercial office furniture to Newark Public Library. Shawmut partnered with client Soho House to donate the furniture before construction begins on Soho’s new space. Shawmut volunteers and partners packed, transported, delivered and […]

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