Bloomfield schools are focused on attendance

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Student absenteeism is an ongoing concern for the Bloomfield school district, according to Margaret Contaldi, the director of professional development and interim director of curriculum for the school district. The district was cited in September by Advocates for Children in New Jersey as being one of 10 Essex County school districts with 10 […]

Leaving a legacy for young WO Filipinos

Through original operetta Velezes educate show’s audience and WO’s future college students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — If you attend a West Orange Township Council meeting, you are pretty much guaranteed never to see Council President Jerry Guarino swinging a sword around to drive home support for a resolution. And while Rodolfo Rodriguez may be one of the township’s deputy mayors, he certainly does not spend his days sitting […]

GRHS basketball team gets ‘The Gun’

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge High School Varsity Basketball Coach Liam Carr — with not one senior-year player on the squad — believes something has come his way that will make his young team better, and that is a gift given in memory of a former GRHS basketball player. The gift is a computer-operated machine […]

JCC MetroWest hopes to take bite out of food insecurity

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — With a photo exhibit on display at the JCC MetroWest through Dec. 21, the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition, in conjunction with several other agencies working to end food insecurity, is putting a face to the state’s elderly and disabled population without the means to afford food this holiday season. “NJ Soul of […]

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 […]