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 […]

Nutley actress nominated for a Perry Award

NUTLEY, NJ — Nutley resident Caroline Ritacco has been nominated for a Perry Award as Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play for her performance as Young Molly in Neil Simon’s “Jake’s Women,” directed by E. Dale Smith-Gallo and staged in late March and early April at Studio Montclair in Montclair. Also nominated from that production […]

Coach works off the field to build players’ character

NUTLEY, NJ — While many coaches focus solely on the academic and athletic success of their athletes, JD Vick strives to build the character of his students with annual summer service trips. Vick, who coaches the freshman football, baseball and boys’ basketball teams at Nutley High School, took his students on an excursion to Gatlinburg, Tenn., […]

FAMILYConnections kicks off backpack collection

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — FAMILYConnections, a local counseling and family services agency, has announced the start of a “Got Your Back” backpack drive to benefit students in the agency’s Outreach to At-Risk Youth and School-Based Youth Services programs. Donations of individual school items and full backpacks will be accepted through Sept. 1 and can be […]

Big grins and high fives at B2SS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — “I got the coolest stuff!” said one young boy running up to greet his father after attending the ninth annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store on Sunday, July 30. “My new backpack makes me feel smart and important!” said another child. With walls completely lined with coats, rows of new sneakers, […]

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

DREAMS works to change culture, outcomes in county

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Domestic violence has long-lasting repercussions beyond the immediate effects of pain, fear and injury. A family touched by domestic violence can struggle to regain its footing, plagued by physical and emotional reminders of its trauma. In Essex County, these families receive help from DREAMS, a program from FAMILYConnections that aims to […]

NJ Transit adopts fiscal year 2018 operating, capital budgets

Operating budget keeps fares stable; capital budget continues financial commitment to enhance overall customer experience

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ Transit Board of Directors adopted a Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget and capital program on July 12 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 press release from NJ Transit. “NJ […]

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It is no easy feat to raise children in this day and age. There are many external stressors and unavoidable family issues that can make this even more difficult. Through its Parents As Teachers program, FAMILYConnections identifies at-risk families and provides one-on-one help to ensure everyone in a home remains safe. […]

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