Towns join forces to improve senior life

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A commitment to meeting the unique needs of their older residents resulted in South Orange and Maplewood being jointly awarded a $35,000 grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care to develop successfully aging communities. South Orange and Maplewood leaders Sheena Collum and Vic Deluca will be working together to create a […]

Council passes Downtown Alliance budget for $207K

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the proposed 2016 Downtown West Orange Alliance budget, which totaled $207,000, at its Dec. 15 meeting. Councilman Joe Krakoviak cast the sole vote against passing the budget, which is approximately $15,000 more than last year’s net operating budget of $192,000 despite the fact that the alliance […]

Evans remembered for his impact at funeral, candlelight vigil

IRVINGTON, NJ — The funeral was held Friday, Dec. 18, at Irvington’s Christian Pentecostal Church for Darrel “Creep” Evans, the former Crips gang member who became famous for appearing on the Sundance television documentary “Brick City” a few years ago. According to police, Evans was shot to death on Clinton Place in Newark on Monday, Dec. […]

Shovel Out Seniors effort gears up for winter storms

NUTLEY, NJ — Nutley is once again offering a program to help senior citizens in the winter months. The program, called SOS — Shovel Out Seniors — networks students from Nutley High School and John Walker Middle School who are willing to shovel snow for a nominal fee or for community-service hours. “I believe this […]

Bloomfield man charged with murder

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield man has been charged with the strangulation death of a Rahway woman, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday, Dec. 16. According to authorities, Roberto Grillo, 36, is alleged to have murdered Yolanda Vega, 35, in her Beacon Street home. Rahway police responded to the scene Monday, Dec. 7 and […]

Community set to celebrate Haitian Independence Day

IRVINGTON, NJ — Municipal Council President Charnette Frederic will again sponsor a Haitian Independence Day event Jan 1, 2016 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Grove Street. “You are cordially invited to attend our annual celebration of the 212th Haitian Independence Day,” Frederic said in an email blast sent on Monday, Dec. 21. “The event […]

Outgoing EO councilwoman says goodbye

EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Monday, Dec. 14, the incoming members of the East Orange City Council set to be sworn into office Jan. 1, had their pictures taken inside the Council Chambers at City Hall. Later that same evening, at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting, outgoing 1st Ward Councilwoman Andrea McPhatter bade a final farewell […]

RAKES program a success: 75 properties are cleared

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — More than 150 volunteers participated in this year’s eighth annual RAKES program — Random Acts of Kindness Extended to Seniors. The volunteers cleaned away and bagged the leaves on the properties of over 75 senior citizens. “I would like to thank the many volunteers that donated their time and efforts,” said […]

LT3 Foundation raises $60K to fund EOCHS scholarships

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor and his wife, Bibi, raised $60,000 to fund scholarships for students from Campus High School to pursue higher education at their LT3 Foundation Scholarship Breakfast at the Galloping Hills Golf Course in Union on Saturday, Dec. 5. “I’m the co-founder, with my wife, of the LT3 Foundation […]

Ho-ho-holiday cheer takes over West Orange community

Photo Courtesy of Roz Moskovitz Bielski WEST ORANGE, NJ  — Cesar the Magician entertains the youngest members of the Pleasant Valley Civic Association at the group’s Dec. 20 holiday party in West Orange.   Washington Elementary School held its 13th annual Operation Santa Holiday Drive for some forgotten members of the community last week.   Fifth-grade […]