Officials, leaders in Essex County call for stricter gun laws following massacre

Officials, leaders in Essex County call for stricter gun laws following massacre

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The nation was again plunged into despair on May 24 when a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, injuring many others. This was the third-deadliest school shooting in a U.S. school, after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and the Sandy Hook Elementary […]

South Orange Village health officer John M. Festa to retire

South Orange Village health officer John M. Festa to retire

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On May 24, South Orange Village announced the retirement of long-time health officer John M. Festa, effective June 3. “Congratulations to health officer John Festa on his retirement,” village President Sheena Collum said. “John has served our community as an exemplary public servant and led us through some of the most […]

South Orange Village administrator to step down June 30

South Orange Village administrator to step down June 30

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village announced May 4 that Adam Loehner, who has been serving as village administrator since late 2018, will be stepping down effective June 30 to take a job as assistant manager in Livingston.  “Mr. Loehner’s contributions and commitment to the village throughout his nine years of service as an […]

Community Care & Justice launches social media presence

Community Care & Justice launches social media presence

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange has launched its Community Care & Justice social media presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. CC&J will use its social media presence to share news and information related to its mission of empowering community members in optimizing their own wellness and in turn protecting the community’s most vulnerable and […]

South Orange to add 175 new street trees this spring

South Orange to add 175 new street trees this spring

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — It is difficult to be a street tree in cities and suburbs: They are forced to live in cramped space, competing with underground utilities, and enduring winter road salts, deer damage and air pollution, not to mention the “haircuts” from delivery trucks, bark scrapes from landscaping trailers and even full-on collisions […]

Coalition on Race announces ChooseSOMA website to welcome black families

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has launched ChooseSOMA.com, a website that showcases the towns’ drive for diversity, inclusion and belonging. While South Orange and Maplewood are among the most diverse municipalities in New Jersey, demographic data has confirmed a decline in black families moving in. According to U.S. census […]

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