Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series returns for 2021

Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series returns for 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series will bring a diverse group of musicians and entertainers to perform at locations throughout the Essex County Park System. This year’s free series features three concert and fireworks spectaculars, five concerts in Brookdale Park, 12 concerts throughout the county, and two cultural festivals. […]

Let’s go fishing in Essex County this June

Let’s go fishing in Essex County this June

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invite the public to participate in Essex County’s 2021 fishing derbies. The free events will be held in six locations in the Essex County Park System. “Our fishing derbies are an excellent opportunity […]

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey joins tree-planting initiative

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey joins tree-planting initiative

NORTH BRANCH, NJ — Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, along with Girl Scouts across the country, are collaborating to plant five million trees by 2026 to help wildlife, improve the environment and greatly expand the amount of tree cover. Girl Scouts have been strong advocates and stewards of the environment since 1912. Climate change […]

Glen Ridge presents Senior Citizen Vaccination Transportation Program

Glen Ridge presents Senior Citizen Vaccination Transportation Program

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The borough of Glen Ridge, in partnership with Essex County, has launched the Senior Citizen Vaccination Transportation Program, which will register and transport senior residents to receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, this program is only for Glen Ridge senior citizens age 60 or older who cannot drive. For […]

2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival to be held virtually

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. has announced that the 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival. […]

Spring holiday emergency food distribution event in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County will present a special spring holiday emergency food distribution event to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus. There will be 1,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of nonperishable food distributed at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Branch Brook Park in Newark on Thursday, April 1, at 9 a.m. The […]

Strut your mutt this October

Strut your mutt this October

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County dog owners are invited to display their creativity and participate in Strut Your Mutt, Essex County’s annual Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, pre-registration of all entries is required; there will be no in-person registration on the day of the parades. To register, visit […]

Historic Ballantine Gates at Branch Brook Park are restored

Historic Ballantine Gates at Branch Brook Park are restored

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Sept. 25 that the restoration of the historic Ballantine Gates in Branch Brook Park has been completed. The project is part of an ongoing initiative to preserve historic features within the Essex County Parks System and ensure all facilities are safe and up to date. […]

Community FoodBank distributes food in Essex County

Community FoodBank distributes food in Essex County

NEWARK, NJ — On Tuesday, April 28, volunteers from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey gathered at Essex County’s Branch Brook Park in Newark to distribute boxes of emergency food supplies to more than 2,000 families who have been forced out of work and are not able to purchase food as a result of the […]

‘Strut Your Mutt’ returns to Essex County

‘Strut Your Mutt’ returns to Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County dog owners are invited to display their creativity and participate in “Strut Your Mutt,” the county’s annual canine Halloween costume parade and contest. This year, four parades have been scheduled, with the newly-opened Branch Brook Dog Park hosting its first event. Participation is free.  Parade No. 1 will be […]