Community FoodBank distributes food in Essex County

Community FoodBank distributes food in Essex County

NEWARK, NJ — On Tuesday, April 28, volunteers from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey gathered at Essex County’s Branch Brook Park in Newark to distribute boxes of emergency food supplies to more than 2,000 families who have been forced out of work and are not able to purchase food as a result of the […]

NJ Transit enhances cleaning efforts at Newark Penn Station

NJ Transit enhances cleaning efforts at Newark Penn Station

NEWARK, NJ — To protect NJ Transit customers and employees, the hours of operation at Newark Penn Station will be modified overnight to allow for a daily deeper cleaning and disinfection. Until further notice, NJ Transit will close Newark Penn Station overnight from 11 p.m. until 4:30 a.m., reopening daily at that time. All NJ […]

HUD allocates second wave of relief funds, $23M goes to NJ

HUD allocates second wave of relief funds, $23M goes to NJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced May 1 that his department will allocate $685 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help low-income Americans residing in public housing. New Jersey will receive an allocation of $23,302,088. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation, will be awarded […]

Freeholders pass resolution urging Congress to assist local governments

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On April 29, the Essex County Freeholder Board approved a resolution calling on Congress to expedite and pass all upcoming COVID-19 legislation providing financial assistance to county and municipal governments. The freeholder board supported the previously passed CARES Act, which provided financial assistance to individuals, small businesses and state governments. However, […]

ECC success coaches make a difference in retaining students

ECC success coaches make a difference in retaining students

NEWARK, NJ — “When Essex County College launched its Success Coaches program last year, its mission was simple: Focus on student retention,” ECC President Anthony Munroe said, adding that the college has 20 such coaches who work with students in specific academic areas. Success coach Yash Gajera said he is in constant contact with his […]

TV star Naturi Naughton donates to ECC Food Pantry

TV star Naturi Naughton donates to ECC Food Pantry

NEWARK, NJ — Platinum recording artist, film and television star Naturi Naughton, a self-described “Jersey girl,” firmly believes in giving back to the community, especially now amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Naughton, born and raised in East Orange, is staying true to her local roots. The star of the Starz show “POWER” has made a $5,000 […]

Cases of COVID continue to rise in Essex County

Cases of COVID continue to rise in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The statewide lockdown continues, all in the effort of flattening the curve of COVID-19. While statistics are showing progress on this front, the number of cases is still continuing to rise nationally, statewide and in Essex County. As of April 21, according to statistics from the state, New Jersey has 92,387 […]

Heroes Salute Parade held at SBMC

Heroes Salute Parade held at SBMC

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Spearheaded by the Livingston Police Department, more than 20 of Essex County’s municipalities held a Heroes Salute Parade past Saint Barnabas Medical Center to recognize the incredible efforts of medical staff battling the coronavirus. Essex County has the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, according to statistics from […]

Residents risk receiving tickets and citations if rules are broken during lockdown

Residents risk receiving tickets and citations if rules are broken during lockdown

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In continuation of the “lockdown” efforts and initiatives put forth by Mayors Ras Baraka of Newark, Ted Green of East Orange, Dwayne Warren of Orange and Tony Vauss of Irvington, the mayors decided April 4 to take further collective action. Given the proximity of their communities; the relative ease of travel […]

Arts center launches ‘NJPAC in Your Living Room’

Arts center launches ‘NJPAC in Your Living Room’

NEWARK, NJ — With its campus closed to audiences and artists during the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has found a new way to bring the magic of the performing arts to its community. An online portal, “NJPAC in Your Living Room,” offers live, original content, as well as a curated collection […]