County recognizes ‘Essex Five’ for Black History Month

NEWARK, NJ — On Friday, Feb. 15, at the county’s 16th annual Black History Month celebration, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented Essex County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards to the NAACP Chapters in Essex County — Oranges-Maplewood, Newark, Montclair and Irvington — and the Urban League of Essex County. Known as […]

County congratulates Ironbound Community Corp. on 50th anniversary

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., third from right, presented a proclamation to the Ironbound Community Corp. congratulating the organization on its 50th anniversary. Receiving the proclamation are members of the ICC staff, from left, Rosa Chalquillo, Jesus Romero, Jessica Valladolid, Irenes Arce, Hazel Applewhite, Nancy Zak, Jay W. Walker, Executive Director […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

County officials and construction trades unions sign labor agreement

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. joined with Essex County Schools of Technology to sign a project labor agreement with local construction trades unions on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The agreement ensures that union workers will be hired to work on the renovation and expansion of the Essex County West Caldwell School of […]

Essex County declares Code Blue

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the county’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Wednesday, Jan. 30, to Saturday, Feb. 2. “Providing our homeless residents with a […]

EC Special Olympics Committee honors DiVincenzo

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. accepted an award from Essex County Special Olympics Director Frank Petrucci on behalf of the Essex County Special Olympics Committee. The award recognizes the county executive for his “many years of support and encouragement for Essex County Special Olympic athletes.” Essex County has hosted […]

Residents fondly recall Jones after her recent death

IRVINGTON, NJ — The funeral service for Essex County Freeholder and former at large Councilwoman Lebby Jones is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Franklin Saint John’s United Methodist Church, 142 Maple Ave., Newark. Jones, who had been battling cancer for the last year, died Wednesday, Jan. 9. A viewing prior to […]

DiVincenzo presents proposed 2019 budget for county

NEWARK, NJ — On Friday, Jan. 11, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented a proposed 2019 budget of $761.6 million. According to the county, this budget stabilizes the Essex’s financial plan and addresses the challenges due to ongoing national economic conditions; layoffs have been avoided since 2004 and budgets have been unveiled before the […]

Essex County enacts Code Blue procedures during cold snap

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Thursday, Jan. 10, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced Code Blue procedures were being activated because of extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect through Monday, Jan. 14. “Providing our homeless residents with a warm place to stay during […]