Crime statistics show BPD improvement

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Police Department released its 2015 annual crime report on Jan. 6. Gun arrests, drug arrests, arrests for outstanding warrants and motor-vehicle stops with a summons being issued increased significantly in the township when compared to 2014 statistics. Of the seven crime categories reported, the only increase was for aggravated assault. Bloomfield […]

EO police, fire unions show solidarity in contract negotiations

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Members of both the East Orange Police Department’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 16 and Fraternal Order of Police Local 188 were at City Council’s last meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 28, to update council on the ongoing contract negotiations with Mayor Lester Taylor’s administration. That was before 5th Ward Councilwoman Alicia […]

Happy Birthday

NUTLEY, NJ  —A birthday party for Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco, who turned 51, was a packed, happy affair on Friday, Jan. 8. About 400 guests came to fete the popular mayor and dance the night away at the Starlite Dance Center. Serving as emcee for the event was Phil Cuzzi, a Major League Baseball umpire. Above […]

Baker unanimously chosen to be new BOE president

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education saw some big changes at its first meeting of 2016. Not only were new board members Annemarie Maini and Chris Sabin sworn in at the Jan. 4 meeting, but Elizabeth Baker was unanimously chosen as the board’s new president. Baker, who is in the second year […]

New Year rung in with no ‘Rev. Ron’

IRVINGTON, NJ — Christian Love Baptist Church on Lyons Avenue rang in the New Year the same way it has in the past: with a prayer service and vigil at the church. But for the first time ever, Pastor Ronald B. Christian, known more familiarly as Rev. Ron, was not there to preside over the New […]

Future of St. Mark’s remains uncertain

Architects offer their services to save St. Mark’s from further destruction following New Year’s fire

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The future of what remains of the former St. Mark’s Episcopal Church building — the 188-year-old historic site that was severely damaged by a fire of undetermined cause on New Year’s Day — remains in doubt as township business Administrator Jack Sayers informed the West Orange Township Council during its Jan. 5 […]

Fallout from parking lot altercation continues

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Councilman at large Joseph Lopez informed the council Monday night that if he needed an attorney to defend himself against any charges brought against him by Daniel Chalet, he expected the township to provide him with one. Lopez said he was taking this position because of an alleged altercation between himself and Chalet […]

EO chairman thanks assemblywoman for support

Oliver pushing for legislation prohibiting sale of realistic-looking toy guns to minors on state level

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Toy guns have been in the news recently, both nationally and locally. On Monday, Jan. 11, a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, declined to indict the white police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, after officers responded to reports of guns and possible gunplay outside a […]

Anderson returns as BOE president

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Dan Anderson has been appointed president of the Bloomfield Board of Education, according to the board secretary, Patti Wilson. The appointment was made by Monica Tone, the Hudson County Superintendent of Schools. This was required after voting for board president ended in a 4-4 tie between Anderson and Jill Fischman, at the reorganizational […]

Mayor outlines goals for Glen Ridge

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — In a telephone interview earlier this week, Glen Ridge Mayor Stuart Patrick spoke about some of his goals for the borough for this coming year. He gave his state of the borough address last week at the reorganizational meeting. Patrick has served on the council for eight years. He also served seven […]