‘BARKtoberfest’ pet adoption event returning to TBZ

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Meet adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens while supporting local animal shelters and rescue groups during the third annual “BARKtoberfest” on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Turtle Back Zoo’s Berson Education Center, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. Attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs in […]

County unveils artist’s rendering of new TBZ entranceway

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., center, holds an artist’s rendering of the new entranceway to Turtle Back Zoo that was announced Friday, Sept. 14. The $5.3 million project will reconfigure and modernize the entrance and create additional entrance points so larger crowds can be accommodated and long lines of visitors […]

County to hold 13th annual Senior Wellness Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The13th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day, a free event for all county senior citizens, will be Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. The Essex County Senior Wellness Day is free and open to all seniors residing in Essex […]

‘Drill Family Flamingo Exhibit’ opens at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Turtle Back Zoo unveiled its new flamingo exhibit, dedicated as the “Drill Family Flamingo Exhibit” in honor of the West Orange family’s long-time relationship with the zoo, which dates back to the zoo’s original opening in 1963. “The flamingo exhibit is a dynamic attraction that will captivate […]

Turtle Back Zoo reopens leopard exhibit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The leopard exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo reopened Monday, Aug. 27, following a comprehensive modernization and expansion of the area to provide the highest standard of care and first-class conditions for the snow leopards and Amur leopards living there. “Many of the upgrades were made behind the scenes and will enhance […]

County to celebrate July as Parks and Recreation Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host a month-long schedule of free activities to celebrate July as National Parks and Recreation Month. The public is invited to enjoy “Wellness on the Waterfront,” which includes yoga demonstrations, concerts, movies, and arts and crafts at the South Mountain […]

WO Rotary awards $18K to nonprofits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Rotary Club hosted residents and community organizations at Mayfair Farms for its annual Community Service Awards Luncheon on June 8, awarding $18,700 to 22 local and national nonprofit groups. The funds for the awards were raised during events held throughout the year, and go toward supporting organizations that […]

Attend Essex County open house at zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 16th annual Essex County open house will be held at Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival-like event combines games and activities to entertain and provide information to raise public awareness about the programs and services […]