Belleville Police Department hires civilian dispatchers

Belleville Police Department hires civilian dispatchers

BELLEVILLE, NJ — For the first time in two decades, the Belleville Police Department has hired civilian dispatchers to assist officers at the Chief Mark Minichini Communications Center. With the emergency line previously staffed by police officers, civilian dispatchers are considered a key part of creating a smoother communication center. Hiring civilian dispatchers allows police […]

Essex County towns try to recover from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

Essex County towns try to recover from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped Essex County on Wednesday, Sept. 1, with rain traveling north from Louisiana and soaking the area. Towns in Essex County are now in the midst of large-scale cleanups, after water damaged parks, schools, basements and cars, both parked and on the road. In Bloomfield, Mayor […]

Infernos bring the heat to hot night in Belleville with sizzling music

Infernos bring the heat to hot night in Belleville with sizzling music

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Belleville residents braved the sizzling temperatures on Aug. 12 to attend an installment of the Belleville Summer Concert Series that brought a heat of its own. The Infernos delighted the large crowd, which also had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the event, courtesy of the Essex County Mobile Health […]

Town officials limit retail cannabis in Belleville

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Belleville Township Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday, Aug. 17, to restrict the number of retail cannabis facilities in Belleville to only four individual operations. The ordinance also limits retail cannabis facilities to only one commercial zone, the business district, aka BG Zone, while permitting other cannabis-related uses in the Valley, […]

De Pena sworn in as Belleville’s first Latina deputy mayor

De Pena sworn in as Belleville’s first Latina deputy mayor

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Naomy De Pena was sworn in as the first Latina deputy mayor in Belleville’s history on July 1. De Pena, who spent her childhood in a remote area of the Dominican Republic, called it “surreal” to be standing in front of a crowd of friends, family members, township employees and North Arlington […]

County partners with First Tee to offer programming at Belleville field

County partners with First Tee to offer programming at Belleville field

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced a partnership with First Tee to create a learning center and three-hole practice course for the youth development program at Hendricks Field Golf Course in Belleville on Wednesday, June 9. This will be the second First Tee program established in Essex County and will […]