Maplewood’s July 4th adds food court

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township recently announced the return this year of the traditional 4th of July festivities to Maplewood Memorial Park on Monday, July 4, but with this year’s celebration bigger and better, with enhanced all-day attractions. New this year will be a food court in Memorial Park as part of the enhanced daytime […]

Rahway River study receives $379,000 in federal funding

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker highlighted $10,954,000 in funding to protect New Jersey communities threatened by repeated floods contained within the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Act appropriations bill, which passed in the Senate on May 12. Among the projects receiving funding is the ongoing […]

Orange mayor working with other towns to combat crime

ORANGE, NJ — For years, police departments have been saying “crime has no borders,” emphasizing that crime is no longer limited to known, fixed locations and the usual suspects. Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss and his public safety director, Tracey Bowers, have taken that approach to combating crime to heart, with the help of Aide to […]

Council votes 5-0 for a rent-control ordinance

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Township Council passed a rent-control ordinance Monday evening. The vote was 5-0. Councilmen Elias Chalet and Carlos Bernard were absent. The ordinance amends the current ordinance. Landlord and tenant representatives saw it as a step in the right direction. Landlords will now be able to increase rents in one of two […]

Essex County libraries receive grant to hold NEA Big Read

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Essex County Library Directors has received a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Essex County. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens one’s understanding of our world, local communities, and one’s self through the joy of sharing a good book. […]

Division of Welfare renamed Division of Family Assistance and Benefits

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Division of Welfare was renamed as the Essex County Division of Family Assistance and Benefits on Thursday, May 19. In addition, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. outlined a number of ongoing initiatives — including an expanded waiting area, call center and interactive kiosks — that will enhance customer service […]

Three Essex County students win annual Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, honored three Essex County high school students with the Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards. Selected out of an outstanding field of 36 applicants, the recipients of the awards were recognized for their contributions to many different causes, including starting a community […]

18 local young men and women honored for bringing Jewish learning to life

WHIPPANY, NJ — The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life recently announced the first cohort of “18 Under 18 Who Bring Jewish Learning to Life.” The contest was open to all middle and high school students in Greater MetroWest New Jersey and challenged them to write an essay demonstrating meaningful connections between their activities, passions […]

More instances of alleged HIB in district revealed

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the investigation into allegations of bullying perpetrated by the Columbia High School baseball coaching staff continues, another set of parents is expressing dissatisfaction about how the district dealt with the alleged mistreatment of their son by a teacher. The parents, Salima and Melvyn Latham, told the News-Record that the school […]