Christmas fire damages Maplewood home

Christmas fire damages Maplewood home

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A fire tore through a home in Maplewood’s Hilton neighborhood early on Christmas morning, damaging the newly renovated interior and preventing the owner from moving in when she was planning to. Sandi Gedin inherited the house from her father and had just moved her belongings in. No one was in the house […]

Holiday contest helps raise awareness about nature and the environment

Holiday contest helps raise awareness about nature and the environment

ROSELAND, NJ — Residents throughout the county brought stunning entries to the Essex County Environmental Center’s Annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest, which was held Saturday, Dec. 21. All told, there were 35 entries in this year’s contest. “Our Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest is a wonderful project that incorporates our mission to […]

Sheriff’s officers provide toys to needy children

Sheriff’s officers provide toys to needy children

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — To help ensure that all local little boys and girls were not shut out of their holiday dreams, a team of eight Essex County sheriff’s pickup trucks and SUVs departed Veterans Courthouse morning to make their rounds at houses of worship, schools and social service agencies to deliver greetings and gifts […]

Local church gives back in season of giving

Local church gives back in season of giving

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Believers Love Fellowship church in Irvington hosted its fifth annual winter coat drive on Saturday, Dec. 14, spearheaded by church elder Patricia Petty, along with other church members. While the church gives out bread and pastries to the community each week, in addition to the usual fare, it handed out winter […]

OPD hosts toy giveaway this holiday season

OPD hosts toy giveaway this holiday season

ORANGE, NJ — Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren took part in the Orange Police Department’s fifth annual Christmas toy giveaway at the Orange Police Headquarters on Monday, Dec. 16. “The Orange Police Department underwent a transformation into a holiday toy wonderland,” Warren told the Record-Transcript on Tuesday, Dec. 17. “Children of all ages were greeted with […]

Experience Christmas in the 1885 Ballantine House

Experience Christmas in the 1885 Ballantine House

NEWARK, NJ — For many modern-day families, observing Christmas means hanging stockings, making treats for Santa Claus and preparing a holiday feast. But in 1891, some families held an open-house Christmas Eve tea for the neighborhood and children set out wooden shoes for Santa along with their stockings. These are just two examples of the […]

Celebrate the season in Seton Village

Celebrate the season in Seton Village

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Village invites the community to attend a gingerbread house decorating party on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the corner of West Fairview and Irvington avenues.  Children will be able to decorate a gingerbread house, craft snowflakes and design ornaments. There will be music, hot chocolate, eggnog […]

Senior holiday party in West Orange

Senior holiday party in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Department of Senior Services will hold a holiday party on Friday, Dec. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave. in West Orange. The party will include a sit-down luncheon, entertainment, live music, dancing, a cash bar and door prizes. Admission is charged. […]

NJ enforcing ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown during holiday season

NJ enforcing ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown during holiday season

TRENTON, NJ — With the busy holiday travel season fast approaching, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety has announced the kickoff of a statewide traffic safety campaign targeting drunken and impaired drivers. Starting Dec. 6, law enforcement agencies across the state will be patrolling the New Jersey roads looking for drunken and impaired drivers as […]

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