Essex County, NJ

Where are abortion protests happening in N.J. this weekend?

Demonstrations will be held across New Jersey this weekend in the wake of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, ending constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years. (See list below) Gov. Phil Murphy blasted the decision on Friday as...
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Towns celebrate Juneteenth with art, fellowship and pride

NEWARK, NJ — The Irvington High School marching band, the East Orange Silver Steppers and dancers from Concepts in Choreography in Orange performed at the Essex County Commissioners’ inaugural Juneteenth Jam, celebrating the holiday that was signed into law by President Joe Biden last year to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. Johanna Wright, a Board of Education member from South Orange–Maplewood, hosted the event, which was held outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Building in Newark on June 16.
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Murphy tells Dems ‘we will not let you down’ if they give N.J. early 2024 presidential primary

The pitch could have been made for tourists to vacation in New Jersey, or for businesses to settle here. And Gov. Phil Murphy was a chief salesman. But this was a presentation to a purely political audience — the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee — as Murphy and state Democratic Chair LeRoy Jones Jr. on Thursday made their case to add New Jersey to 2024′s early presidential primary states.

County installs new traffic signals at intersections in Belleville, Irvington

This slideshow requires JavaScript. BELLEVILLE / IRVINGTON, NJ — New traffic signal equipment was recently installed at two intersections along Franklin Avenue in Belleville and two intersections along Springfield Avenue in Irvington. The improvements are part of a $6 million project to upgrade nine intersections throughout Essex County. The...

2 intersection upgrades complete on Belleville’s Washington Ave.

New traffic signal equipment was installed at two intersections along Franklin Avenue in Belleville Thursday, June 23. The improvements are part of a $6 million project to upgrade nine intersections throughout Essex County. The intersection upgrades are part of the county’s initiative to modernize infrastructure to enhance pedestrian and motor vehicle safety and to meet the changing needs of the community.

Roe v. Wade abortion decision sparks protests and support in cities across nation

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was condemned by abortion rights groups and hailed by abortion opponents in cities across the nation. Here’s a look at the reactions and demonstrations in several cities, including New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC and Boston. While most of the rallies were peaceful, some violence was reported, including one incident in which a truck hit at least two protesters.

Belleville Sons of the American Legion attend NJ convention

BELLEVILLE, NJ — For the second year in a row, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 105 attended the American Legion Detachment of New Jersey Convention in Wildwood, representing Belleville and the county of Essex at this 60th statewide meeting of the organization. With 17 members in attendance at this four-day event, Belleville’s Sons were recognized with a number of awards based on their activity within the community and state. The highlight of the week was Squadron 105 marching down Atlantic Avenue in the Department Parade held the last day.

N.J. Paratransit staff push to end pay disparities when working in emergencies

Legislation recently passed by the New Jersey State Assembly would fix inequities faced by NJ Transit Access Link staff because they are considered subcontractors – not agency employees – when a state of emergency is declared. The bill (S3534/A4872), which now moves to the State Senate, would require...

Essex County announces Summer Concert Series lineup

The Essex County Parks System has released the 2022 Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series lineup. The series will feature the Chatham Community Band, The Amazing Grace Little Band and 80′s Revolution. “Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in...

Murphy, Senate President Scutari, Assembly Speaker Coughlin Announce Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin today announced that they have reached an agreement on a back-to-school sales tax holiday as a part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget. The back-to-school sales tax holiday builds on the $2 billion ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program announced last week and other affordability measures that the Governor expects to see in the enacted budget, said the governor and his allies.

Weekend Events: Live Music, Book Talks, Theater and More!

This weekend events guide column is sponsored by Kate McDonough. So many great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:. Live Music. The Wellmont presents The Fab Faux. NJPAC...

New Jersey To Have Historic Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, Cutting Cost of Supplies

From August 27th to September 5th, New Jersey will have a back-to-school sales tax holiday – cutting the cost on school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, computers and school computer supplies. “We’re committed to making New Jersey more affordable for our students and families,” Gov. Phil Murphy...