Essex County towns try to recover from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

Essex County towns try to recover from the remnants of Hurricane Ida

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped Essex County on Wednesday, Sept. 1, with rain traveling north from Louisiana and soaking the area. Towns in Essex County are now in the midst of large-scale cleanups, after water damaged parks, schools, basements and cars, both parked and on the road. In Bloomfield, Mayor […]

County seeks Green Acres funding for zoo project, park renovation

County seeks Green Acres funding for zoo project, park renovation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing for a grant application to New Jersey Green Acres at its July 7 meeting for the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, in addition to other improvements at Weequahic Park in Newark. The county is asking for $2.5 million in […]

July celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month

July celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs announced a monthlong schedule of free activities to celebrate July as National Parks and Recreation Month. The county executive invites the public to enjoy “Wellness on the Waterfront,” which includes yoga, concerts, movies, […]

Family Nights and Zoo-vies at Turtle Back Zoo

Family Nights and Zoo-vies at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back Zoo will host Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the zoo at 8 p.m. In addition, on Wednesday evenings during July and August, Zoo-vies, featuring animal-related movies, will be shown […]

Orange youngster catches 10 fish at county derby

Orange youngster catches 10 fish at county derby

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Orange’s Elizabeth Ildefonso, center, from Orange caught the most fish in the girls ages 1-5 category at the Essex County Fishing Derby at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange on Thursday, June 17. She caught 10 fish. Presenting the award are Caitlin Sharp, left, from Turtle Back Zoo and […]

South Orange angler catches first first at derby in West Orange

South Orange angler catches first first at derby in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — South Orange’s Gabriel Levine, center, caught the first fish in the boys category at the Essex County Fishing Derby at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange on Thursday, June 17. He caught the first fish at 5:30 p.m. Presenting the award are Caitlin Sharp, left, from Turtle Back Zoo […]

Get vaccinated at the Turtle Back Zoo

Get vaccinated at the Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — COVID-19 vaccinations will be given at Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who gets their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at the “I Got Vaccinated at Turtle Back Zoo!” will receive a voucher for one free […]

County dedicates new otter exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo

County dedicates new otter exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. officially dedicated the new otter exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, May 20. The exhibit was completely overhauled with modern infrastructure, improved viewing areas for the public and water features for the otters.  “We are continually looking at ways to improve Turtle Back […]

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