Holiday contest helps raise awareness about nature and the environment

ROSELAND, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented awards to the children and families who participated in the Essex County Environmental Center’s 14th annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest on Monday, Dec. 17. There were 35 entries in this year’s contest. “Our Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest is a wonderful project […]

Turtle Back Zoo receives American Humane certification

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, March 28, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced that American Humane has granted certification to Turtle Back Zoo. AH is the third national organization to award certification or accreditation to the zoo. In addition, the county executive announced that work was under way to build a new flamingo […]

County dedicates replica of historic Indian Trails Plaque

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. unveiled a replica of a historic Indian Trails Plaque next to the Essex County Courthouse in Newark on Thursday, Dec. 28. The plaque shows old Indian trails through the city of Newark and how they relate to current major thoroughfares. It was originally dedicated in 1951, […]

County crowns winners in annual gingerbread house contest

ROSELAND, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. presented awards to the children and families who participated in the Essex County Environmental Center’s 13th annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest on Monday, Dec. 18. There were 33 entries in this year’s contest. “Our Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest is a wonderful […]

Essex County Environmental Commission wins state award

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Association of NJ Environmental Commissions recently awarded the Essex County Environmental Commission with its Environmental Achievement Award for an ongoing series of roundtable programs where environmental issues are discussed. “We commend the Environmental Commission for creating a venue where information can be shared and dialogue started about timely issues affecting […]

County modernizes Rink 1 at Codey Arena

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, Nov. 9, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced that a $2.8 million project to modernize Rink 1 at Codey Arena is complete. The new refrigeration system will enable the arena to operate more efficiently and will provide a better ice skating surface. This is the first major renovation […]

County parks system earns three awards

WEST ORANGE / MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Essex County Parks System received three awards from the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association on March 7. The African Adventure Giraffe Exhibit and Savanna Cafe at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and the Essex County Glenfield Park Playground in Montclair were given the Excellence in Design […]

Turtle Back Zoo’s groundhog sees his shadow

According to rodent, we can expect six more weeks of winter

Turtle Back Zoo’s groundhog sees his shadow

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex Ed, resident groundhog at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2. The Groundhog Day legend states that if the groundhog sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather. In addition, Essex Ed predicted that the Atlanta Falcons would defeat […]

Nutley family is zoo visitor No. 750,000 for 2015

Prizes awarded to Zuniga family as annual total of visitors continues to grow

NUTLEY, NJ — Each year, Essex County keeps track of the number of people who visit Turtle Back Zoo in South Mountain Reservation. Each year that number gets bigger, and the county always celebrates when the previous record is broken. This year, the record-breaking visitors were members of the Zuniga family of Nutley, Melissa and […]

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