Division of Welfare renamed Division of Family Assistance and Benefits

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Division of Welfare was renamed as the Essex County Division of Family Assistance and Benefits on Thursday, May 19. In addition, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. outlined a number of ongoing initiatives — including an expanded waiting area, call center and interactive kiosks — that will enhance customer service […]

Turtle Back Zoo opens African Adventure Exhibit

Turtle Back Zoo opens African Adventure Exhibit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County opened the African Adventure Exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo on Tuesday, May 17. The exhibit is the largest at Turtle Back and features four Masai giraffes, eland, whistling ducks, ostriches and tortoises. At the ribbon-cutting were Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Gov. Chris Christie, N.J. First Lady Mary […]

EO, SO residents honored with Legends Awards

EO, SO residents honored with Legends Awards

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Division of Senior Services hosted the 10th annual Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month Celebration on Wednesday, May 11, in The Priory restaurant in Newark. During the ceremony, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented Essex County Legends Awards to East Orange resident Inez Rosalie Alick Elliott and South […]

Savanna Cafe, enhanced bison exhibit open at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County officially opened the new Savanna Cafe and an enhanced bison exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, April 28. The two-story, 16,500-square-foot dining facility is more than three times as large as Turtle Back’s old cafeteria building and provides additional space to accommodate the large crowds at the […]

East Orange represented at D. Bilal Beasley Center dedication

East Orange represented at D. Bilal Beasley Center dedication

  EAST ORANGE/IRVINGTON, NJ — When the dedication ceremony for the new D. Bilal Beasley Community Center in Irvington took place Wednesday, April 6, East Orange Municipal Democratic Committee Chairman and Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones was among the many who came to honor the former councilman, who died in 2014. “I was […]

Community FoodBank thanks county

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo was recently recognized by the Community FoodBank of NJ for donating almost 25 tons of non-perishable food. The 49,078 pounds of non-perishable food was collected during the 2015 Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular, a six-week event that ran from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s […]

County business persons take advantage of free workshop

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A free workshop recently held by the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action welcomed 42 small, women and minority vendors. The workshop was the latest event hosted by the SBDAA to empower the business community and compete for construction contracts. From left are Essex County SBDAA Director […]

County installs electric car-charging stations

WEST ORANGE / NEWARK, NJ — Essex County recently installed new charging stations for electric cars at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange and the Essex County Government Complex in Newark. The charging stations are part of the county’s initiative to promote environmentally friendly alternatives and fulfill a growing need as electric […]