Write on Sports names four Literacy Champions at 2017 Gala

NEWARK, NJ — Write on Sports held its 12th anniversary gala on Sept. 28 at The Avenue A Club, a Newark firehouse from the 1880s restored to its former beautify. The room was filled with excitement and a sense of celebration among the nearly 200 guests. Four honorees were named 2017 Literacy Champions for their […]

Participate in the annual Newark Bike Tour

NEWARK, NJ — Bikes will roll free through the Brick City on Sunday, Oct. 8, taking riders through some of Newark’s great sights, like the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Branch Brook Park, Weequahic Park and the Ironbound. Organized by Newark nonprofit bike advocacy group Brick City Bike Collective, the 16-mile ride will include two […]

NJ Transit employees send aid to sister agency in Houston

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is sending a helping hand to its transportation counterpart in Houston impacted by Hurricane Harvey. NJ Transit employees donated clothing and supplies, which are now on the way to their colleagues at the Houston Metro transit system. “When New Jersey was hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly five years ago, we […]

ECPO offers domestic violence training

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will again offer a domestic violence training program this fall. Called “Sanctuary,” the program is a 100-hour training program designed to equip community residents to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking and family members of domestic […]

RAINBOWS assists children dealing with grief

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Do you have a child 5 to 12 years old who is grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as death, divorce, separation, abandonment or other painful family transition? The RAINBOWS support group program for children in that age group will be meeting at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center […]

Reviving the Harrison cider apple at Durand-Hedden

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As Newark was settled in the 17th century, apple orchards took root, feeding a booming industry in hard cider. The most famous and revered apple was the Harrison, a diminutive yellow variety named for Samuel Harrison, a descendant of one of the city’s founding fathers. By the end of the Colonial period, […]

Gubernatorial Town Hall on Racial Justice at ECC

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County College, along with the Anti-Racist Alliance of North Jersey and The Africana Institute of Essex County College, will host a Gubernatorial Town Hall on Racial Justice event on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Essex County College’s Smith Hall, West Market and MLK Blvd., Newark. Gubernatorial candidates […]

Essex County towns vary broadly in N.J. municipality rankings

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey Monthly recently released its rankings of all of New Jersey’s towns. Essex County towns run the gamut, with the some of the best and some of the worst, according to the magazine’s methodology. In compiling New Jersey Monthly’s 2017 Top 100 Towns list, researchers at Leflein Associates, an independent […]

‘Connect to Wellness’ for National Recovery Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ — “Connect to Wellness” with FAMILYConnections on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clipper Pavilion on Cherry Street in West Orange to celebrate National Recovery Month. This free festival includes activities such as arts and crafts, children’s activities, yoga, meditation, Zumba and more. For more information, contact Nancy […]

With scams on the rise, know the signs and stay secure

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Scams are a common way for criminals to steal money from innocent victims by using scare tactics and fake stories in a variety of different ways — phone calls, emails and even just dropping notes in mailboxes. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 1.2 million reports of fraud in […]