Nutley family is zoo visitor No. 750,000 for 2015

Prizes awarded to Zuniga family as annual total of visitors continues to grow

NUTLEY, NJ — Each year, Essex County keeps track of the number of people who visit Turtle Back Zoo in South Mountain Reservation. Each year that number gets bigger, and the county always celebrates when the previous record is broken. This year, the record-breaking visitors were members of the Zuniga family of Nutley, Melissa and […]

Cubie, Cofone display their art locally at JCC MetroWest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The JCC MetroWest is hosting two exhibits of photographs and paintings from artists with whom the West Orange community may be familiar. One has made a name for himself within the township’s burgeoning art scene as both an award-winning photographer and a former chairman of the West Orange Arts Council. The other […]

SHU student loses eyesight, gains sense of charity

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Like most teenage guys who are into cars, Joseph Sehwani hoped to one day drive his very own dream car — in his case, a Nissan GT-R. He longed to hear the purr of the vehicle’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, to see the sun glint off the hood’s sleek chrome as he […]

First reading of ordinance abolishing police chief approved

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington’s chief of police may be no more. At least the position, that is. The Municipal Council voted unanimously Wednesday, Dec. 28, to approve on first reading a new ordinance that would abolish the position of chief of police from the chain of command within the Irvington Police Department’s hierarchy. “East Ward Councilman […]

TNR successes, failings topic of meeting

Committeewoman Larrier gets tough with nonprofit Furry Hearts, demands hard numbers in report

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although the Maplewood Board of Health seemed pleased to hear a report that 145 feral cats had been trapped, neutered or spayed, vaccinated and released, board President India Larrier had some tough documentation questions. During the Board of Health meeting, which took place Jan. 5, during the Maplewood Township Committee meeting and is […]

West Orange’s younger students do well on PARCC

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange students scored above the state average on last year’s PARCC exam, and above the average in the 11 other states in the PARCC Consortium. A higher percentage of West Orange students in grades three through eight earned passing scores on most subject tests than the average percentage of New Jersey […]

YMCA earns top rating from Charity Navigator for 5th year

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The nation’s largest charity evaluator has awarded the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges its top rating for the fifth year straight in recognition of the organization’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, according to a press release. “Only 6 percent of the charities we rate have received at […]

‘Portrait of Ray’ brought to SOMS this MLK weekend

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, South Orange Middle School in partnership with the Vanguard Theater Company will host a community event celebrating the life of pioneering musician Ray Charles with the musical production “A Portrait of Ray,” which will feature Broadway star and South Orange resident Dwayne Clark. Clark currently stars […]

Former Eagle Scout spreads his wings to lead EO YMCA

EAST ORANGE, NJ — When James Forde was 11, a friend showed up at school dressed in his Boy Scout uniform. “I wanted to know all about it,’’ Forde said. “And when he described summer camp, I was hooked.” Forde went on to become a scout camp counselor, earn the Eagle Scout rank and build […]

High School to host MLK Ceremony

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host its 21st annual Legacy of a Dream Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Irvington High School Auditorium. The committee was founded by former Municipal Council President, Essex County Freeholder and Team Irvington social and political organization founder D. Bilal […]