Maplewood, Newark, South Orange neighborhoods join preservation program

Maplewood, Newark, South Orange neighborhoods join preservation program

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has designated 20 communities from across the state to join the Neighborhood Preservation Program, which is designed to strengthen the economic health of threatened but viable neighborhoods and to encourage private investment in these communities. The department selected the communities through a competitive application process.  […]

New Jersey Historic Trust announces preservation grant award recommendations

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, approved $14,305,959 in grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund for 69 preservation planning, heritage tourism and capital projects to save and promote historic sites throughout the state. Of note this year, the trust […]

DCA adds Maplewood to the Main Street New Jersey Program

DCA adds Maplewood to the Main Street New Jersey Program

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs announced Sept. 30 the designation of four new communities to the Main Street New Jersey Program, an initiative aimed at encouraging and supporting the revitalization of downtown business districts throughout the state. With the designation, downtown districts in Maplewood, Bernardsville, Fair Lawn and Toms River […]

Newark unveils statue of former mayor in front of City Hall

Newark unveils statue of former mayor in front of City Hall

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 14, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., the Gibson family and other dignitaries unveiled a statue honoring former Newark Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson in front of City Hall on Broad Street. The 8-foot bronze statue […]

Essex County remembers on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Essex County remembers on 20th anniversary of 9/11

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center with a ceremony at Eagle Rock Reservation, at which the names of the 57 county residents who died in the attacks were read. Among the speakers were Deborah Calimano, a flight attendant with United Airlines; […]

Essex, Union counties receive LEAP grant for correctional facility consolidation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex and Union counties will share in a $250,000 state grant to assist in covering transitional costs related to the consolidation of Union County Correctional Facility operations within the Essex County Correctional Facility. The Division of Local Government Services of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs provided the funding through […]

Sheila Oliver named a leader of nation’s Lieutenant Governor Association

Sheila Oliver named a leader of nation’s Lieutenant Governor Association

TRENTON, NJ — Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver is serving on the leadership committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association. NLGA is the professional association supporting lieutenant governors and the officeholders first in line of succession to governor in all 50 states and the U.S. territories in the goal of being as effective and as efficient […]

Pilot program launched in East Orange to divert evictions

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs launched the Expanded Access to Counsel and Homelessness Diversion Anti-Eviction Pilot Program in August to help low-income residents stay in their homes when threatened with or facing eviction, according to an Aug. 25 press release. The pilot program is operating in three cities — East […]

Murphy signs sweeping housing eviction prevention and utility assistance bill

Murphy signs sweeping housing eviction prevention and utility assistance bill

UNION CITY, NJ — On Aug. 4, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that will provide comprehensive housing eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, S-3691, appropriates an additional $500 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and $250 million for utility assistance, both […]

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