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Essex County News

February 6, 2024

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Shortly before noon on Monday, the South Essex Fire Department (SEFD) received a fire alarm signal from a home on Redmond Road. Upon arrival, the firefighters signaled that it was a residence with a large ongoing fire, and the deputy chief on site transmitted a second ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Lady Edwina of Essex, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, did not see her shadow during Turtle Back’s Annual Groundhog Day celebration on Friday and is predicting an early spring, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. announced Friday morning.  During the ...

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ROXBURY, NJ — An Irvington woman and an accomplice in October robbed a man in the Roxbury Motel and fled the area after leaving the man with a gunshot wound he sustained during a struggle for the weapon, according to authorities. The woman, Auraceli Maldonado, 24, was found in Florida on Nov. 2 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Police have arrested a 40-year-old woman for allegedly carjacking a vehicle with a 3-year-old child inside, according to Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé. The car theft triggered a region-wide Amber Alert for the child, who was found unharmed hours later inside the missing car ...

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CALDWELL/ESSEX FELLS, NJ — Linda and Lori McClelland of Livingston and their pet Milo won third place in the “Most Creative Costume” category at the annual Essex County "Strut Your Mutt" Costume Parade and Contest at Grover Cleveland Park Dog Park in Caldwell/Essex Fells on Saturday ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Oct. 17 around 6 p.m., Mary Drury and her two children were at home when her 7-year-old son saw flames in their kitchen. Although the three of them escaped, they have been displaced to a motel and will not be able to move back into their house for almost a year. “There was ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County has scheduled its annual “Strut Your Mutt” Canine Halloween Costume Parades and Contests with the first of three events to be held at the Branch Brook Dog Park in Newark on Saturday, Oct. 21. “The canine costume parades are growing into a favorite Halloween celebration ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — As the nation observed Banned Books Week, an annual event in October celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information, the Essex County School Boards Association (ECSBA) passed a pivotal resolution on Book Bans and Guidelines for ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — Golden Bay Distillery will be showcasing the new Championz Gin Ron Guidry Limited Edition at Tierney’s Tavern on Oct. 25, during which former New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry will be upstairs at Tierney's from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to meet and mingle with guests According to ...

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MONTCLAIR/CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Essex County Utilities Authority (ECUA) will hold its fall Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, October 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Essex County Fleet Management (Public Works), 99 W. Bradford Avenue in Cedar Grove. The ECUA Household Hazardous ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. has proposed to rename the county Division of Family Assistance and Benefits headquarters in Newark to honor late Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. He will soon present his proposal to the Essex County Board of Commissioners for its approval.

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TAMPA, FL — The New York Yankees recently signed Millburn High School 2018 alumnus Peter Serruto, who has since flown to Tampa to report for rookie training at the Florida Complex League. Becoming a Yankee has been a lifelong dream of Serruto’s. “They were always my favorite team," he ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for two recent bias incidents that occurred in West Orange, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura. Harper’s Café, ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — Steven Echavarria, a 2023 graduate of Millburn High School, was drafted 72nd in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher was the second pick of the third round of the draft. Named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the ...

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The three Newark fire captains who were injured while fighting a fatal ship fire at Port Newark have been released from the hospital, the city’s public safety director said Saturday, as firefighting operations on the cargo ship continued. The Newark firefighters were among the five injured and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A cargo ship fire at Port Newark that claimed the lives of two city firefighters on Wednesday was expected to continue burning into the weekend officials said on Friday as the city mourned the men who were based at Newark’s Ironbound firehouses. Family and friends, many of them ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A cargo ship fire that rose to two alarms at Port Newark on Wednesday night left two Newark firefighters dead and five injured, authorities said. Firefighters Augusto Acabou, 45, and Wayne Brooks Jr., 49, died while responding to Corbin and Marsh streets on a call of six to seven ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Giselle Romero, owner of the Maltese Shih Tzu who was attacked by a coyote last Friday, has created a GoFundMe to pay for her dog’s medical care. “I was walking on a trail right next to the dog park with my little dog, my best friend, yesterday at noon and a coyote attacked my ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A 15-year-old West Side High School student, whose 2003 slaying prompted an outpouring of advocacy for the Essex County LGBTQ+ community, received posthumous honors last week. Sakia Gunn’s aunt Gail Guions and cousin Valencia Bailey accepted the honors on Gunn's behalf during the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In Newark's Rafael Hernandez School in the North Ward, only three third-graders out of 50 passed a state reading exam. At Hawkins Street School in the East Ward, the numbers were four out of 54 third-graders. And at Avon Avenue School in the South Ward, it was two out of 61, for a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — “Junior" Soprano’s house is back on the market. Okay, it’s not really where that grouchy old TV mobster lived. And actor Dominic Chianese, now 92, never set foot in the place. It’s just a modest home at 380 Highland Avenue in the city’s desirable and historic Forest Hill ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ -— An Essex County man has confessed to stealing credit cards and checks from the mail while working as a United States Postal Service (USPS) carrier in Montclair and Verona in 2021, officials confirmed earlier this week. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Parrish Brookins, a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Transit alternative bus service is set to begin on Monday, April 10. Tentative details are outlined below: RELATED: NJ Transit to Cover De Camp Bus Routes

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County high school juniors are invited to attend the county prosecutor’s annual summer internship program, offering a firsthand look at police work and government from July 5 through Aug. 4. The program is open to the first 30 high school students to apply here before the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Wu-Tang Clan hip-hop artist “Raekwon” is making a major investment in Newark’s Four Corners Historic District by opening the city’s first cannabis lounge that allows on-site consumption and use of marijuana products. The Newark Landmark and Historic Preservation Commission approved ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A state grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old East Orange man on attempted murder charges for the shooting of two Newark police officers on Nov. 1, 2022.  Kendall Howard is to be arraigned in Essex County Superior Court on Friday, facing six felony charges in connection with ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex Edwina, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, saw her shadow and is predicting another six weeks of colder weather, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced Thursday morning.  During the zoo’s annual Groundhog Day Celebration, Essex Edwina ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Police are searching for a hit-and-run pickup truck driver who killed a 5-year-old girl on Tuesday evening and seriously injured her father and 2-year-old sister in Newark.  The girl’s death was confirmed in a statement from acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and ...

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LOS ANGELES, CA — On his 93rd birthday, legendary United States astronaut and Montclair native Buzz Aldrin tied the knot for a fourth time. Known for his venture to the moon on the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969 with Neil Armstrong, Aldrin was one of the first two humans to set foot on the ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. was sworn into his sixth term as Essex County Executive on Tuesday by New Jersey State and Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman LeRoy Jones in the Essex County Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Building in Newark. “This is my ...

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