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Coalition on Race Hosts 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is hosting its 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance and Luminary Project on January 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM. This year’s event will...

Maplewood Man Arrested, Charged With Mother’s Murder

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a homicide. On Monday January 4, 2021...

Former West Orange KMart Will Be Vaccination Center

One of four vaccination centers in Essex County will be located in West Orange, at the former Kmart site, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi announced today. Parisi thanked Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr....

‘SOMA For Safe Return to School’ Plans Rally to Open Schools in South Orange...

A group of parents in South Orange and Maplewood, frustrated that their public schools have been closed since March due to COVID-19, while surrounding districts including Millburn, Summit and Livingston are open, are planning...
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South Orange Reports Increase In Teen COVID-19 Cases, Offers Halloween Guidance

South Orange reported that in the period from October 1 to October 19, the village recorded 21 new positive COVID-19 tests. "Even more concerning is that last week, we recorded 5 teenagers who tested...

Newark Museum Acquires Major Work by Contemporary Black Artist Bisa Butler

The Newark Museum of Art has acquired a large-scale artwork by Essex County resident Bisa Butler, a rising star among contemporary Black artists in the United States, known for her quilted portraits celebrating Black...

Baristanet Profile: Dawn Fitch

Name: Dawn Fitch Where do you live? West Orange When did you move there? 2019 Where did you grow up? Bayonne How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am the founder of Pooka Pure and...

Two West Orange Whole Foods Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus

West Orange Whole Foods remains open, but two employees who tested positive for the coronavirus are in quarantine, a company spokesperson says according to NJ.com. “Out of an abundance of caution, the store performed an...
Happiness Is A Baby Amur Leopard at Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo

Happiness Is A Baby Amur Leopard at Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo

West Orange, NJ – It's just what we need right now -- cute baby photos of a female Amur leopard cub born at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The cub, named...

Local Efforts to Make Masks, Donate Masks to Protect Healthcare Workers Against COVID-19

Montclair Design Week has organized a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Drive for local hospitals. If you have a surplus supply of PPE, click here to donate or volunteer or call 973-744-2544 for more...
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St. Patrick’s Day Parades in West Orange and Newark Postponed Due To COVID-19

St. Patrick's Day parades in West Orange and Newark were postponed Wednesday night due to concerns about COVID-19. "We have been monitoring the COVID 19 situation closely and have been in constant contact with elected...

West Orange Man Charged with Having Sexually Explicit Photos of Children

Barry Eagel, 62, of West Orange, has been charged with second and third degree endangering the welfare of a child for distributing and possessing items depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.   Members of the...

NJ’s First Refill Shop Opens in Maplewood, Could Montclair Be Next?

Deanna Taylor-Heacock was a stay-at-home mom who had always had an entrepreneurial spirit. "If I saw an empty storefront, I would talk to my friends about what would go there," she said. "I always had...

Montclair Child Development Center 50th Anniversary Celebrate! #MCDC50

Montclair Child Development Center (MCDC) will hold its first fundraiser celebrating 50 years of embracing every child, empowering their family, and strengthening our communities. The event will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019,...