B’nai Shalom hosts in-person concert for seniors

B’nai Shalom hosts in-person concert for seniors

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seniors from West Orange and neighboring communities gathered for an outdoor concert, co-sponsored by Homewatch CareGivers, the Margulies Senior Center of the Jewish Community Center and B’nai Shalom’s Hazak Seniors group, on Tuesday, Oct. 6.  This is the first time that many of these seniors have come together for an in-person […]

County recognizes 33 senior artists in annual juried art show

County recognizes 33 senior artists in annual juried art show

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. congratulated 33 Essex County artists who received awards in the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. This year’s contest was conducted virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.  “We are proud to have been able to conduct this year’s senior art show virtually, which […]

Township discusses how to use CDBG funding

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield received $615,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding that Township Administrator Matthew Watkins suggested using for COVID-19 relief and expenses at the Sept. 14 Township Council meeting. The money could be used for expanded community virus testing, small business assistance, food pantry supplies and mental health programs for seniors. “There are […]

East Orange teams up with Lions, produce company

East Orange teams up with Lions, produce company

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange hosted its second food distribution event, in partnership with the Livingston Lions Club and Chad Yagodich of Seashore Fruit and Produce Company, on Saturday, Sept. 12, providing more than 77,000 pounds of prepackaged fresh produce to families at the East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted St. The Livingston Lions […]

JFS pilots Selfhelp Community Services’ Virtual Senior Center

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ will pilot a five-month program to combat social isolation utilizing Selfhelp Community Services’ Virtual Senior Center. Launched in 2010, the VSC engages homebound older adults in live and interactive classes on a range of topics and activities. The program has been shown to break down […]

Irvington Housing Authority, partners provide tablets to seniors

Irvington Housing Authority, partners provide tablets to seniors

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington Housing Authority recently partnered with T-Mobile, Quicklert and Comelit to connect and protect seniors through an innovative venture that could serve as a national model for public housing authorities. “It was my idea to architect an information management system that would help us address the issues discovered during COVID-19 while […]

JFS to deliver 300 care packages to at-risk older adults in the community

JFS to deliver 300 care packages to at-risk older adults in the community

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Through a donation from the Sobel Family Foundation, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ is delivering care packages to 300 at-risk older adults in the community.  During the next few weeks, JFS volunteers will deliver the care packages to residents of Village Apartments in South Orange, the Federation Plaza in West […]

East Orange senior apartments to be redeveloped

East Orange senior apartments to be redeveloped

EAST ORANGE, NJ — National affordable housing developer Community Preservation Partners announced Aug. 7 its first rehabilitation project in New Jersey: a $123 million overhaul of the Norman Towers senior apartments in East Orange in a joint venture with L+M Development Partners. CPP and L+M purchased the property for $94 million and will invest more […]

Seniors invited to submit art to county show

Seniors invited to submit art to county show

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — All non-professional and professional senior citizen artists residing in Essex County are invited to participate in the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show and Exhibition. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s competition will be held virtually. The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, Aug. 24. “Essex County has […]

Five SO, Bloomfield residents take honors in Legacies contest

Five SO, Bloomfield residents take honors in Legacies contest

SOUTH ORANGE / BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Older Americans Month is usually in May, but Essex County took the liberty of delaying it until July, holding off on announcing the winners and honorable mention honorees of the Essex County Senior Citizen Legacies Writing Contest because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of an in-person celebration, all eight […]