NJ Transit adopts Fiscal Year 2017 operating, capital budgets

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ Transit board of directors recently adopted a Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget and capital program that supports continued investments in infrastructure and equipment to maintain the system in a state of good repair and enhance the overall customer experience, according to a recent press release from NJ Transit. “The operating […]

Town announces activities for Halloween observance

NUTLEY, NJ — The annual Trunk or Treat festival will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, on the ramp in front of the Department of Public Safety from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. The event is now being prepared by Commissioner Alphonse Petracco and the Public Safety Team. This year’s event will once again […]

NJAW reminds customers to conserve while drought warning is in effect

VOORHEES, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought warning for the following 14 counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. The drought warning designation is an exercise of the DEP’s non-emergency authority and aims to reduce the likelihood or severity […]

Assembly approves giving Judiciary Committee subpoena power to investigate NJ Transit

TRENTON, NJ — The N.J. Assembly on Oct. 20 voted 71-0 to launch an investigation into the safety and financial practices of NJ Transit, giving the Assembly Judiciary Committee subpoena power to conduct an inquiry, according to a press release. The Judiciary panel is working on the inquiry with the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee; this […]

#itscalledatanktop — a ‘wife beater’ is very different

Don’t normalize domestic violence; help to end it instead

#itscalledatanktop — a ‘wife beater’ is very different

EAST ORANGE, NJ — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and much has been done to bring awareness to the disease so far. But this is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and more should be done to combat this insidious killer lurking in our society. FAMILYConnections, a nonprofit organization based in East Orange […]

FAMILYConnections launches social media campaign to combat domestic violence

EAST ORANGE, NJ — DREAMS of Essex, a FAMILYConnections program that helps children and parents recover from domestic violence is launching #itscalledatanktop. This new social media campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October, will bring awareness to the use of violence in our everyday language that has become so ingrained — […]

Health care providers discuss mental illness, addiction

Legislators attend event addressing mental health needs

Health care providers discuss mental illness, addiction

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mental health providers, advocacy organizations and elected officials gathered to express continued support and increased awareness of topics related to mental illness and substance abuse services as the Essex County Mental Health Coalition held its 16th annual Legislative Breakfast at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange on Oct. 7. The event […]

Recycle old computers and unwanted electronics equipment

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County residents are encouraged to participate in the Essex County Computer and Electronics Recycling Day, sponsored by the county and the Essex County Utilities Authority. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Essex County Hospital Center, 125 Fairview Ave. in Cedar Grove. […]

Nutley florist offers customers ‘A Personal Touch’

Nutley florist offers customers ‘A Personal Touch’

NUTLEY, NJ — The old adage is to “say it with flowers.” And that’s what John Monaco, owner of A Personal Touch Florist, in Nutley, has been doing for three decades. Monaco is about to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his flower shop, and it is a milestone that fills him with a great sense of […]

County announces eight winners in photography contest

ROSELAND, NJ — Eight local residents received awards in the annual Essex County Parks Photography Contest. Winners were awarded in adult and youth categories and were recognized on Saturday, Sept. 24, during the annual Fall Family Festival at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. “We congratulate the winners of the Essex County Parks Photography […]

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