JFS works to better support needs of Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors

JFS works to better support needs of Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — JFS MetroWest has been appointed a sub-grantee for critical support services for isolated, Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors. In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ seeks to better support the needs of socially isolated, Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors living […]

More than 800 children shop cost-free at Back 2 School Store

More than 800 children shop cost-free at Back 2 School Store

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The 11th annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store brought much more than just grins on Sunday, July 28, as hundreds of children went shopping at a one-day pop-up store designed to help children in financial need in Essex County. “I can’t wait to get new shoes! I want sparkles on them!” exclaimed […]

Executive order seeks to address ‘rising tide of hate’ in NJ

Executive order seeks to address ‘rising tide of hate’ in NJ

TRENTON, NJ — On Aug. 7, acting Gov. Sheila Oliver issued an executive order establishing an interagency task force to tackle the problem of bias incidents among students and young adults. The executive order follows the publication of a report by Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal that shows a “rising tide of hate” in New […]

Former bank building to become DFAB headquarters

Former bank building to become DFAB headquarters

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County purchased the office building complex located at 320-321 University Ave. in Newark. The 150,000 square feet of space will become the new headquarters for the Essex County Division of Family Assistance and Benefits. The offices are scheduled to be opened by July 2020. “We are always looking at initiatives to […]

Rutgers develops Cancer Health Justice Lab in Newark

Rutgers develops Cancer Health Justice Lab in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The Cancer Health Justice Lab at the Rutgers School of Public Health has launched a series of educational programming on cancer information, prevention and treatment.  Run by Pamela Valera, assistant professor of urban-global public health, and students at the Rutgers School of Public Health, the multidisciplinary research lab is committed to addressing […]

Countywide council supports families, those with disabilities

Countywide council supports families, those with disabilities

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Rebekah Novemsky had been going to Statewide Family Support Planning Council meetings for years before she became the family liaison to the state program that offers support to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities and their families about a year ago. Novemsky is a Maplewood resident whose son Liam has developmental […]

Law enforcement shuts down ‘major drug manufacturing facility’ in WO

Law enforcement shuts down ‘major drug manufacturing facility’ in WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A major drug manufacturing facility was shut down July 29 and nearly $1 million in methamphetamine was seized by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and detectives from the Newark, Bloomfield, Irvington and West Orange police departments. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a July 30 press […]

Freeholders honor three county VoTech scholarship recipients

Freeholders honor three county VoTech scholarship recipients

NEWARK, NJ — On July 10, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored three recent high school graduates from the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools who were awarded scholarships from the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation, Investors Bank and PSEG. The scholarship awards recognize distinguished students from technical and vocational schools who plan […]