Glen Ridge residents shop and fundraise

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — A Jingle Mingle holiday-shopping event and fundraiser was held at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge in the evening of Thursday, Dec. 10. The event, hosted by the Glen Ridge Home and School Association, featured many vendors, offering items from food to fur coats. A portion of the proceeds were earmarked to […]

Mayor partners with New Irvington Manor for toy giveaway

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss is scheduled to host another toy giveaway on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the New Irvington Manor, across the street from the town’s bus terminal on Springfield Avenue. And Sirett Fuller, one of the manor’s co-owners, along with her brother, Daniel Frett, said she is excited […]

Bloomfield teacher is Essex County Teacher of the Year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education has named a Bloomfield educator its 2015-2016 Essex County Teacher of the Year. Oak View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jessica Picciuto accepted her award at the Wednesday, Oct. 28, meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In an interview at the school earlier this week, […]

Villager’s body found in brook behind Maplewood Library

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Police were out in force the morning of Friday, Dec. 11, in the area of Maplewood Memorial Library’s main building on Baker Street after a body was found in the brook in Memorial Park. The deceased was identified as Lawrence Mancuso, 61, of South Orange. With the area cordoned off since approximately 8:15 […]

Park Avenue School in Orange receives $10,000 award

ORANGE, NJ — The technology coordinator of Park Avenue School in Orange, Denise Harlem, submitted an application and was selected as the one school in New Jersey to receive a $10,000 award — one school per state, one of 51 awards, including Washington, D.C. — from Code.org. Code.org has started an international movement to expose […]

Charles to head Union County Jail, lead ongoing reforms

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s Ron Charles, who serves as president of the West Orange Board of Education, has been hired as the new director of the Union County Department of Corrections, Union County officials announced recently. Charles is a former associate director of the Essex County Department of Corrections, the state’s largest county […]

Bloomfield resident to perform at Lincoln Center

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers Adler is slated to make her debut in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. She was hand picked to sing on the new series, titled “Music Over Manhattan.” Sowers Adler was a nominee for the first-ever Tony Award for […]

Great character

BLOOMFIELD, NJ  — Bloomfield High School students named Characters With Character for the month of  November are, from left, Laura Mizhirumbay, Jaydin Ortiz, Ashley Amoako and Emmanuel Odekunle. Each month, selected BHS students are recognized for being a positive example to the school community by demonstrating exemplary character traits. These students are ‘Characters With Character.’ The […]

Orange police officer is charged with sexual contact

ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced on Thursday, Dec. 3, that Orange Police Officer Ricardo A. Arias-Vasquez, 34, of Hampton, has been charged with criminal sexual contact and witness tampering for touching a woman during a routine traffic stop. The alleged incident occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 18. While on duty, […]

St. Rose welcomes new principal

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — St. Rose of Lima Academy in Short Hills got to know a new principal, Tina Underwood, in the first half of the school year. Many students from around Essex County attend St. Rose. Below is an interview conducted with Underwood by sixth-grader Mia Henrich, a member of the editorial staff for […]