NJ Legislature passes package of bills relating to COVID-19

NJ Legislature passes package of bills relating to COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ — In an effort to help New Jersey address the COVID-19 pandemic now and in the future, the state Assembly and Senate passed a package of bills that addresses a variety of topics, from health care to allowing municipalities to hold online council meetings. A total of 27 bills were passed in the […]

WO runs to ‘Break the Silence’

Mayor’s 5K raises $80,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness

WO runs to ‘Break the Silence’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of runners and walkers trekked up and down Main Street on Sept. 22 for the annual Mayor’s 5K Walk/Run to Break the Silence, raising approximately $80,000 for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to aid research and raise awareness for early detection. The Downtown West Orange Alliance helped organize the event, […]

New law establishes pilot program for later HS start times

TRENTON, NJ — On Aug. 9, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law establishing a four-year pilot program to provide later school start times for high school students in some New Jersey districts.  “Teens are not getting enough sleep, and early school start times are a big part of the problem,” state Sen. Richard Codey, […]

SOMA commuters to receive added bus service at stations in new year

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Friday, Dec. 14, South Orange and Maplewood officials joined state Sen. Richard Codey, Assemblyman John McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey in a meeting with NJ Transit officials to discuss service improvements, timetables, communications, capacity and infrastructure, according to a Dec. 17 press release from the two towns. This […]

Codey announces teen suicide initiative at LMS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — State Sen. Richard Codey held a press conference at Liberty Middle School on May 9 in an effort to address the serious issue of teen suicide and to assist school employees in identifying at-risk students. Codey and his wife Mary Jo — a teacher for more than 40 years, 15 years […]

ACAP launches iStrive program for young adults on the autism spectrum

LIVINGSTON, NJ — “I’m finding it hard to envision the rest of my son’s life and I need to hear what other parents have to say. Maybe there’s something I haven’t thought of.” “My son needs activities so his energy can be directed. He needs a structured place where he can navigate into adulthood.” “Especially […]

How Essex County residents voted this past election

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This election season in Essex County was quite eventful, with a combined 55 elections and four public questions. There were a whopping 159 candidates listed on the various county ballots. All results remain unofficial until certified by Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin. The biggest election was of course that for […]

Codey Fund for Mental Health announces new executive director

WEST ORANGE, NJ — State Sen. Richard J. Codey, former N.J. governor and co-founder of the Codey Fund for Mental Health, recently announced that Julie Bannon is taking the helm as the new executive director at the Codey Fund. Bannon, a long-time West Orange resident, will focus on fundraising and programming for the fund. The […]

Several bills signed into law in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, John Burzichelli, Troy Singleton and Marlene Caride to help protect sensitive taxpayer information is now law. The new law, A-4994, requires certain state and local government agency employees with access to federal tax information to undergo criminal history background checks. The measure enables New Jersey […]

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