S. Mtn. YMCA honors 8th-grader

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A trip to Manhattan with the South Mountain YMCA shaped Daniel Goldsmith’s life. “As we headed toward Bryant Park, I saw a homeless man lying under some scaffolding, and I remember he had a sign saying ‘Please give me money … I am starving,’” Goldsmith said. The experience moved Goldsmith to action. […]

County to partner with nine local charitable organizations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Friday, April 13, that Essex County was participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the […]

Turtle Back Zoo receives American Humane certification

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, March 28, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced that American Humane has granted certification to Turtle Back Zoo. AH is the third national organization to award certification or accreditation to the zoo. In addition, the county executive announced that work was under way to build a new flamingo […]

DiVincenzo presents 15th annual State of the County Address

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented his 15th annual State of the County Address on Monday, Feb. 26, in the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove. The multimedia presentation outlined county achievements and improvement projects completed in 2017, highlighted the services and programs offered by Essex County and announced […]

County to hold spring and summer camps for children

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County invites children of all ages to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center. These affordable programs provide the campers with a fun and enriching experience while school is on recess. Turtle Back Zoo has several week-long camp […]

County drive for the needy collects 11 tons of donations

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County recently announced that 97,459 people visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo and more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the […]

Essex Ed forecasts an early spring

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County announced that Essex Ed, resident groundhog at the Turtle Back Zoo, did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2. The Groundhog Day legend states that if the groundhog does not see his shadow, warmer spring weather will arrive earlier. In addition, Essex Ed predicted the New […]

TBZ reaches record attendance in 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Zoo finished 2017 with an all-time record attendance of 907,522. This is the first time that attendance eclipsed the 900,000 mark and the 13th consecutive year a new annual attendance record was established. “We have made tremendous improvements to Turtle Back Zoo and the large turnout of visitors each […]

TBZ hits 900,000 visitor mark

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and county and zoo officials welcomed the Owens/Kusik family from East Orange — Joseph Kusik, Alanah Williams and Ikea Owens — as the 900,000th visitors to Turtle Back Zoo during 2017 on Wednesday, Dec. 27. This is the third milestone reached at the zoo in […]

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