Conklin speaks to full house at Words

Conklin speaks to full house at Words

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange author Melanie Conklin addressed an audience of more than 30 individuals at Words Bookstore in Maplewood on April 21. She discussed her debut novel, “Counting Thyme,” and signed copies of the books for her new fans. Approximately half the audience was composed of children, who asked illuminating […]

Tami Christian has church services at Morell’s campaign headquarters in Orange

Tami Christian has church services at Morell’s campaign headquarters in Orange

IRVINGTON/ORANGE, NJ — When the Rev. Ronald B. Christian, pastor of Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, died unexpectedly last year, his widow, Tami Christian, also a minister, split from that church and started her own New Beginnings Ministries, using the satellite church her husband had founded at the Irvington Housing Authority as the seed […]

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 […]

Librarians picket council meeting, demand more funding

Librarians picket council meeting, demand more funding

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Public Library employees and supporters took to the streets in objection to the Township Council’s decision not to provide additional funding for the library in this year’s municipal budget, holding an “informational picket” outside Town Hall during the council’s April 5 meeting. Led by staff representative Rene Garzon of […]

NAACP hosts Candidates Night forum for 3 vying unopposed for BOE seats

    IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington NAACP hosted a Candidates Night Forum at Greater New Point Baptist Church on Paine Avenue on Thursday, April 7, for the three incumbent members of the Board of Education running unopposed for re-election on Tuesday, April 19. “They are unchallenged,” said NAACP Vice President Kathleen Witcher, who moderated […]

Israeli soldiers visit South Orange, put human face on IDF

Israeli soldiers visit South Orange, put human face on IDF

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Awareness and understanding were the focal points of the day as the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour, which highlights the challenges faced by and misconceptions about the Israeli Defense Force, was brought to the South Orange community in a program hosted April 10 by Oheb Shalom Congregation. The Israeli Soldiers’ Stories […]

WWII vets honored with quilts as thank you for service

WWII vets honored with quilts as thank you for service

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Domenick Tutalo and Anthony Piccoline were just 18 years old when they enlisted in the U.S. military during World War II. Neither knew at the time that they would soon participate in two of the most significant battles in history — Tutalo at Iwo Jima and Piccoline at Normandy. And after […]

Rally near bus terminal protests racism and sexism

IRVINGTON, NJ — Several local organizations staged a protest rally against racism and sexism Saturday, April 9, at the corner of Clinton and Springfield avenues, adjacent to the Irvington Bus Terminal. The rally was organized by Irvington Joint Block Association Coalition President Elouise McDaniel, in conjunction with numerous organizations, including the Essex County Chapter of […]

School store opens in cafeteria of Ridgewood School

School store opens in cafeteria of Ridgewood School

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Ridgewood Avenue School has opened a student-run store in its cafeteria. The grand opening was last week. The area being used was, until recently, a storage room for pallets and paper. According to Principal Mike Donovan, the transformation was the idea of Jack DeWitt, the director of student services; teachers Christine Coppola, […]