Temple Ner Tamid to host violin concert

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The community is invited to Temple Ner Tamid, located at 936 Broad St., Bloomfield, for a special “Artist in Residence” Shabbat, featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Lisa Gutkin on Friday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., with a dinner and concert concert following. An engaging musician, Gutkin is a member of the Klezmatics. She […]

EO man sentenced to 33 years for 2014 Elizabeth robbery

EAST ORANGE, NJ — An East Orange man has been sentenced to 33 years in state prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint in Elizabeth in 2014, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced on Monday, Jan. 11. In October 2015, a Union County jury convicted Diken Michelle, 30, of East Orange, on charges […]

Irvington man involved in counterfeit scheme pleads guilty

IRVINGTON, NJ — The ringleader in a counterfeit check scheme, Harold Stephens, 32, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Michael Toto in Middlesex County on Friday, Jan. 15, to conspiring with Michael Caldwell, 40, of Irvington, and Janilyn Roman, 32, of Orlando, Fla., and others to steal $620,000 from various banks by creating […]

Burns Night fundraiser for the schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Burns Night dinner and dance fundraiser to benefit the Achieve Foundation will be held at the Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood, on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. Burns Night is an annual Scottish tradition, celebrating the life of poet Robert Burns. It is usually held on or around […]

Chilton to represent WOHS at regional poetry competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Junior Elijah Chilton was named the 2016 Poetry Out Loud winner at the 10th annual competition at West Orange High School on Jan. 6. Senior Kyla Trinidad was named as runner-up. Chilton competed with nine other students to represent the high school at the regional competition at the South Orange Performing […]

Final ruling in Chase’s disciplinary hearing set for February

IRVINGTON, NJ — Since Friday, Jan. 1, the clock has been counting down for Sheila Ellington to make a final ruling on Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase’s first public disciplinary hearing case. Ellington is the hearing officer appointed almost two years ago to oversee the case, which is based on multiple misconduct charges filed by former […]

Hughes bids farewell to East Orange Council

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The East Orange City Council bade a fond farewell to outgoing 5th Ward Councilman Lonnie P. Hughes on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. “From the mighty 5th Ward,” Hughes’ 5th Ward partner, Councilwoman Alicia Holman, said on Monday, Dec. 28. “We’re going to miss your knowledge that you brought to the table. But […]

Hoverboards touch down in Bloomfield, Glen Ridge

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield School District has banned hoverboards from school property. According to Superintendent Sal Goncalves, he informed his administrators Monday that the district was taking this step on the advice of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. The Glen Ridge Superintendent of Schools Dirk Phillips said his district has not addressed the […]

Fish and chips dinner to benefit St. Mary’s

NUTLEY, NJ — St. Mary’s Rosary Society in Nutley will be hosting a fish and chip dinner on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall. Last seating will be at 6 p.m. Dinners are being prepared by a Lyndhurst restaurant and will be served in Msgr. Walsh Hall in […]

Donaldson tapped to spread YMCA Togetherhood program

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the YMCA of the USA launched “Togetherhood,” its social responsibility initiative, in 2014, longtime South Mountain YMCA employee Tommy Donaldson led the effort at the Maplewood-based branch. The South Mountain Y was one of only 50 out of more than 2,700 YMCAs nationwide chosen to pilot the program, according to […]