Orange celebrates former Fire Chief Rudolph Scott Thomas with retirement ceremony

Orange celebrates former Fire Chief Rudolph Scott Thomas with retirement ceremony

ORANGE, NJ — The city of Orange sounded sirens in honor of former Fire Chief Rudolph Scott Thomas during his retirement ceremony from the Orange Fire Department on Saturday, Nov. 26. Joined by firefighters, family, friends and community officials, Thomas is the first African American fire chief to retire in the department’s 150-year history. Councilwoman […]

Orange parade celebrates our nation’s veterans

Orange parade celebrates our nation’s veterans

ORANGE, NJ — Capt. Faith Alcantara, executive director of innovation for the Orange Public School District, was the grand marshal at Orange’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 13. Marching with her were Mayor Dwayne Warren and several veterans, including former board of education member Cristina Mateo.  Participants in the parade included Irvington High School’s marching […]

Essex County gives updates on four culvert replacement projects

Essex County gives updates on four culvert replacement projects

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. visited four culverts and bridges on Friday, Nov. 4, to announce that three of the projects were completed and one was underway. The tour included the Locust Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield, where construction was underway, and the Lakeside Avenue Bridge in West Orange, Marion […]

Orange elementary schools celebrate Walk to School Day

Orange elementary schools celebrate Walk to School Day

ORANGE, NJ — Students from Central Elementary School, grades K-2, and Rosa Parks Community School, grades 3-7, walked to school on Wednesday, Oct. 12, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, including Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Superintendent of Schools Gerald Fitzhugh II, RPCS Principal Debra Joseph-Charles and Central Principal Denise White, along with other city […]

Timberlake, faith-based leaders host community rally

Timberlake, faith-based leaders host community rally

ORANGE, NJ — As the Community Wealth Preservation Program bill sits on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk awaiting his action to become law, faith-based leaders, members of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, and labor and grassroots organizations collaborated with Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake, the author of the bill, to rally support in asking the governor […]

The Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma’s Chi Sigma chapter welcome Vauss as new member

The Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma’s Chi Sigma chapter welcome Vauss as new member

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — More than 600 people attended the induction ceremony reception of Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity on Sept. 1. Vauss and his line brother Chris Porter became members of the spring 2022 line of Phi Beta Sigma’s Chi Sigma chapter.  Chapter President George Darby and […]

Orange jams out at sesquicentennial celebration

Orange jams out at sesquicentennial celebration

ORANGE, NJ — The city of Orange Township hosted “150 Years of Orange” on Thursday, Aug. 18., in celebration of the city’s sesquicentennial. Initially known as “Newark Mountains,” Orange was originally incorporated in 1806. In 1872, Orange was reincorporated as a city, and in 1985 it became the city of Orange Township. The community health […]

Officials, leaders in Essex County call for stricter gun laws following massacre

Officials, leaders in Essex County call for stricter gun laws following massacre

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The nation was again plunged into despair on May 24 when a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, injuring many others. This was the third-deadliest school shooting in a U.S. school, after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and the Sandy Hook Elementary […]

Orange undertakes review of all ordinances for outdated, offensive language

ORANGE, NJ — When the Essex County governing body changed its name from the Board of Chosen Freeholders to the Board of County Commissioners, Orange Councilwoman Adrienne Wooten did research about the reasoning, which was that “freeholder” was an outdated term, used when political officials needed to be landowners, which often excluded women and people […]

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