Turtle Back to add Sea Turtle Recovery Center to zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced June 10 that a Sea Turtle Recovery Center will be developed at Turtle Back Zoo. The new facility will enable Turtle Back to enhance its mission of promoting conservation and preservation, and create a sanctuary to nurture and assist the Zoo’s namesake animals. “We […]

Two from Bloomfield named Outstanding Senior Citizens

Two from Bloomfield named Outstanding Senior Citizens

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Six Essex County residents were presented Outstanding Senior Citizen Awards during the 41st annual Senior Citizen Luncheon at The Chandelier in Belleville on Thursday, May 5. Approximately 150 Essex County seniors attended the annual celebration, which recognizes members of Essex County’s various senior clubs for their dedication and commitment to the […]

Essex County Open House returns

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 14th annual Essex County Open House at Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, will be Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival-like event, which includes free admission to the zoo, combines games and activities to entertain and provide information to raise public awareness […]

Race for the Cure opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura were among the honorees and dignitaries who participated in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony that kicked off the Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure’s 5K Walk. The annual event, which was held May 1 at the South Mountain Recreation […]

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 […]