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 […]

Bill to raise minimum smoking age now law

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by state senators Richard J. Codey and Joseph F. Vitale raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21 years of age in New Jersey was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on July 21. “The governor and I have finally found […]

West Orange to receive $182,100 Green Acres grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a July 14 release, state Sen. Richard J. Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John F. McKeon today applauded a $182,100 Green Acres grant for West Orange in the 27th Legislative District, to be used to improve Lafayette and Degnan parks. The $182,100 grant is part of $80.7 million announced […]

Codey leaves legacy of compassion in WOSD

After 16 years at Gregory School, former first lady of NJ retires, will focus on mental health initiatives

Codey leaves legacy of compassion in WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 16 years in the West Orange School District and a career in the field of education spanning more than 30 years, Gregory School teacher Mary Jo Codey is ending her career as an elementary school teacher. Codey, who served as a basic skills teacher at the Gregory School, is well-known […]

Badlanis launch Families for Safe Streets in New Jersey

Badlani: FSSNJ’s goal is to end ‘traffic violence’ in state

Badlanis launch Families for Safe Streets in New Jersey

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many kinds of violence draw attention in our society and yet traffic violence is often overshadowed, reduced to being called “accidents.” West Orange resident Sangeeta Badlani’s son, Nikhil, did not die from an accident; his death was preventable — he died from a careless driver disregarding a stop sign in South […]

$20,000 raised for Mary Jo Codey Scholarship Fund

$20,000 raised for Mary Jo Codey Scholarship Fund

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Scholarship Fund honored educator Mary Jo Codey at a reception held at the Montclair Country Club on June 15, raising $20,000 to implement an annual scholarship in her name. Attendees included Mary Jo Codey’s husband, Richard Codey, former N.J. governor and current state senator; West Orange Mayor Robert […]

‘A Taste of NJ’s Best’ celebrates great cause with fine food

‘A Taste of NJ’s Best’ celebrates great cause with fine food

EAST ORANGE, NJ — FAMILYConnections recently honored James Laird, award-winning chef of Chatham’s Restaurant Serenade, and former Maplewood Mayor Ellen M. Davenport at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston during “A Taste of NJ’s Best.” Laird received FAMILYConnections’ 2017 Champion of the People Award for his work in mentoring young people. Davenport received FAMILYConnections’ 2017 Lifetime […]

Meeting with NJT postponed, officials wait for answers

Officials pleased with concessions, angered by treatment

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Following Gov. Chris Christie’s May 23 announcement that the Morris & Essex Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station will be diverted to Hoboken for approximately eight weeks this summer while Penn Station is upgraded to repair tracks and switches, officials from the many towns affected called for a meeting with NJ […]