St. Mark’s can be saved, but the road there is difficult

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The professional engineer hired by the International Federation of Chaplains to assess the remains of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church following its New Year’s Day fire recommends that the church walls should first be shored from the outside using a system of braces and wooden beams or rakers. Optimized Engineering Associates principal Guy […]

Broadway legend Priscilla Lopez to spend week at Newark Academy

LIVINGSTON / MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Newark Academy arts department will welcome Tony Award-winning actress Priscilla Lopez as the 2016 Artist-in-Residence from Feb. 22 through 25. Lopez is best known for her part in the original production of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway, where she played the role of Diana Morales. She also won a Tony Award […]

Authorities investigate homicide of Irvington man in Newark

  NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray  and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose have announced that authorities are investigating the death of an Irvington resident on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Newark. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., Newark police officers were dispatched to the area of Salem Street and Rockland Terrace […]

Arts Unbound, Matheny Arts announce first arts program for artists with disabilities

ORANGE, NJ — Arts Unbound and the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program, two New Jersey-based non-profits that support the professional development of artists with developmental or physical disabilities, have launched Art Garden CSA, a community-supported arts program, to connect emerging artists with disabilities and local art collectors. Based on popular community-supported agriculture […]

Pink Tie Affair to support breast cancer awareness

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Susan G. Komen North Jersey will be encouraging guests at their gala Pink Tie Affair to “inspire hope, celebrate life, and be part of the cure.” The event, which will be Friday, March 4, at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, will feature the introduction of a new class of heroes — […]

TC passes ordinance to issue bonds for Gregory project

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a bond ordinance appropriating $375,000 to cover the cost of traffic and parking improvements at Gregory Elementary School on its second and final reading during the council’s Feb. 9 meeting. The ordinance — which was passed by a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Joe Krakoviak voting against […]

Edison Middle School student receives international acclaim for #1000BlackGirlBooks project

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Marley Dias, 11, has become an international media celebrity as the result of her #1000BlackGirlBooks project, created to collect and distribute books that represent young black females as main literary characters. Over the past month, Marley has traveled across the United States, appeared on the news, in magazines like “People” and […]

New town initiative promotes healthy alternatives

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Department of Health has several new projects that it hopes will promote healthy eating and exercise habits. One is a contest among fifth- and sixth-graders at Fairview and Carteret elementary schools. Two convenience stores, one near each school, have agreed to set aside a small area where only fresh fruit, unsalted […]

EO Historical Society swings into high gear this month

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Historical Society of East Orange kicked off Black History Month by rolling out its traveling tribute to local history, which was on display in the lobby of City Hall for the first week of February. “We are once again putting on display our traveling program, with regard to individuals who have […]