WO Planning Board recommends changes to amphitheater plan

Maplewood officials discuss reservations about project

WO Planning Board recommends changes to amphitheater plan

WEST ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board made seven recommendations to Essex County when the plan for a 500-seat amphitheater was presented at a Jan. 8 courtesy hearing featuring three witnesses and extensive questioning from the public. The Planning Board does not approve or deny county applications; the Board of Chosen […]

13th annual deer management program begins in Essex County

13th annual deer management program begins in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. outlined plans for the 2020 Essex County Deer Management Program in South Mountain and Hilltop reservations. This is the 13th year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer. “Controlling the population by removing deer from […]

‘Strut Your Mutt’ returns to Essex County

‘Strut Your Mutt’ returns to Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County dog owners are invited to display their creativity and participate in “Strut Your Mutt,” the county’s annual canine Halloween costume parade and contest. This year, four parades have been scheduled, with the newly-opened Branch Brook Dog Park hosting its first event. Participation is free.  Parade No. 1 will be […]

County to repair Tulip Springs Bridge

County to repair Tulip Springs Bridge

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., center, announced that work to repair the Tulip Springs Bridge in the South Mountain Reservation started Sept. 30. Built in 1920, the historic structure is undergoing a renovation. During construction, the roadway leading to the Tulip Springs picnic area will remain open.  Displaying an artist’s […]

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

West Orange passes resolution similar to Maplewood’s, and South Orange trustees hear from deputy parks director on expansion

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

WEST ORANGE / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing conflict between county residents and the administration of Essex County regarding a proposed amphitheater at the Turtle Back Zoo continued at two local council meetings last week. At the Sept. 10 West Orange Township Council meeting, a resolution was passed asking the county not to develop […]

SMR Family Campout registration is open

SMR Family Campout registration is open

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Families with young children seeking a nature-intensive outdoor experience are invited to register for the sixth annual South Mountain Reservation Family Campout scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 6, with the rain dates for the following weekend. The program will be based out of Summit Field in  the reservation.  […]

Maplewood passes resolution against zoo expansion

West Orange Town Council plans to draft resolution against expanding the zoo's footprint

Maplewood passes resolution against zoo expansion

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — County residents continue to voice opposition to the Turtle Back Zoo amphitheater proposed by County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. earlier this summer, with several towns speaking out against the project. The Maplewood Township Committee passed a resolution at its Aug. 6 meeting asking the county to suspend expansion of the Aug. […]

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