Omicron variant fears heighten blood shortage nationwide

Omicron variant fears heighten blood shortage nationwide

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Blood Services has announced a blood emergency due in large part to fears of the omicron variant and the holiday season. Currently, the region’s blood supply stands at a one- to two-day level, well below the ideal inventory of five to seven days. Blood centers across the country are and […]

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour returns

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour returns

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — After a hiatus last year because of the pandemic, this year’s Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour includes 10 Essex County historic sites, which will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for a weekend tour. The tour includes Essex County Kip’s Castle and the Walther House at […]

County cuts ribbon on new West Caldwell School of Technology

County cuts ribbon on new West Caldwell School of Technology

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — A ceremonial ribbon was cut Thursday, Oct. 14, on the Essex County West Caldwell School of Technology, which received a $30 million makeover that included a new two-story addition and a complete renovation of the existing school building. The improvements brought the building up to date and created modern classrooms that […]

Essex County’s 2021 leaf collection schedule

Essex County’s 2021 leaf collection schedule

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s 2021 leaf collection schedule for county roads has been announced. Residents whose properties are on county roads may place their leaves in biodegradable bags or sweep the loose leaves into piles at the curb. To organize leaf collection on county roads, Essex County is divided into four sectors. There […]

Disaster recovery center opens for Essex County in West Orange

Disaster recovery center opens for Essex County in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A disaster recovery center opened Sept. 20 in Essex County to help residents in New Jersey affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the center to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence, and provide literature about […]

Essex County remembers on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Essex County remembers on 20th anniversary of 9/11

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center with a ceremony at Eagle Rock Reservation, at which the names of the 57 county residents who died in the attacks were read. Among the speakers were Deborah Calimano, a flight attendant with United Airlines; […]

NJDA expands spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, includes Essex County

NJDA expands spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, includes Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced Aug. 30 that the N.J. Department of Agriculture has added five counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone. The counties new to the list are Morris, Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex and Union. They join the previously announced quarantine counties of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, […]

Bloomfield school offers ‘Ignite’ program to high school juniors this summer

Bloomfield school offers ‘Ignite’ program to high school juniors this summer

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — At its Bloomfield campus, Universal Technical Institute gave 16 high school juniors a head start preparing for careers in the transportation industry through “Ignite,” a free summer program for high school juniors interested in exploring high-tech, in-demand careers. Participating students, who completed the coursework this August, received intensive, hands-on training and the […]

Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 13 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are recommending that residents with compromised immune systems receive a third dose, or booster shot, of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Essex County will administer the […]

CASA hosts back-to-school supply drive for youth in the child welfare system

CASA hosts back-to-school supply drive for youth in the child welfare system

NEWARK, NJ — CASA for Children of Essex County — a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive — will host a back-to-school supply drive for children and youth in the child […]