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West Orange Resident Found Guilty of Bias Intimidation

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced yesterday that West Orange resident, Exampliar Exantus, age 47, had been found guilty of four counts of fourth-degree bias intimidation. This comes after a jury trial before Superior Court [...]

Special Elections to be Held for Orange BOE

ORANGE, NJ – The city of Orange is going to the polls again to elect two new members for the Board of Education. The polls will be open Tuesday, March 28, from 1 to 8 p.m. Following the elections, the number of BOE members will increase from the current seven to nine, as the state requires in this type of district.

According to Orange clerk's office, the candidates for the […]

Essex County Favors “Repeal and Replace”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – While lawmakers in Washington are getting ready to debate the new healthcare bill, Essex County residents are welcoming the expected changes. In a survey conducted by The Essex Times, 55% of respondents said that they were in favor of the House of Representatives’ proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. 81% of respondents said that healthcare costs […]

Thompson Announces His Candidacy for East Orange Mayor

EAST ORANGE, NJ - A new candidate has entered the East Orange Mayoral race - John Thompson Jr. Thompson believes that governments on all levels have disappointed its citizens and he is confident that he can offer a different perspective and vision on how government should work for the community of East Orange.
In a letter to the people of East Orange he writes the [...]

More Believe that “Country is Headed the Right Direction”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – In a survey conducted by The Essex Times, 57% of respondents said that the US was headed the right direction. Only 43% said that the country was not headed the right direction. These numbers represent a jump in those who believe that the country is headed the right direction: only 28% were optimistic back in September 2016, just before the elections, and 72% were [...]

Bloomfield Councilman Rejects Plea; Trial to Begin May 16

NEWARK, NJ – Bloomfield Councilman, Elias Chalet, will stand for trial on May 16 for allegedly accepting a bribe to use his political power. The Bloomfield councilman is accused of soliciting a $15,000 bribe in order to secure a real estate deal. Last week, Chalet rejected a plea bargain of seven years in state prison, with three […]

A Bomb Threat against the JCC – But Who is Behind It?

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Recent bomb threats against Jewish centers around the country have not skipped the peaceful center in West Orange. A phone call threatening to bomb the local Jewish community center was received yesterday afternoon and sent a wave of […]

“Warren Needs to Go”: Calls for Orange Mayor Resignation

ORANGE, NJ — Demonstrators in Orange were calling for the resignation of Mayor Dwayne Warren yesterday. A large demonstration, organized by a group named “The Honest Way”, was calling for the Orange Mayor to step down following an FBI raid of the Orange municipal building in January and a shutdown of city [...]

A Gun Seized at Newark Liberty

NEWARK, NJ - A loaded gun was seized from a passenger at Newark Liberty International airport yesterday morning after the passenger took the gun to a security checkpoint in a carry-on bag, officials said.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said that a loaded .25 caliber handgun had been spotted by the TSA as the carry-on bag was being X-rayed at a checked-in in Terminal C. The spokewoman added that the 59 years old passenger told [...]

U.S. Air Force Honors Glen Ridge Resident

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — A glen Ridge Resident, a member of the Class of 1992, Lt. Col. Mark Archer of the U.S. Air Force, has won this year's Outstanding Officer of the Year. The U.S. Air Force awards this honor each year to an officer who displays superior leadership, outstanding job performance, community involvement, and personal [...]

Macy’s to Close 68 Stores; Thousands are Expected to Be Laid Off

After presenting very disappointing holiday sales, Macy's, the big department store chain, announced yesterday that it would close 68 stores nation-wide and cut more than 6,000 positions. This comes [...]

West Orange Protest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While President Trump is quickly fulfilling his campaign promises, a small group of activists decided to protest in West Orange. A couple of dozens of residents marched in provocation around the front of Town Hall chanting slogans against President Trump. “We need love, not hate,” said Sean Clark, one of the protestors, “we want equality. Trump is not the one who will [...]

Affordable Housing Debated in Glen Ridge

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A special Council Meeting was held last week in Glen Ridge’s municipal building to explain to the Borough Council and the general public the impact that New Jersey’s affordable housing mandate has on the Glen Ridge community. Elizabeth McKenzie, a court-appointed Special Master, presented to members of the Council and dozens of audience members the history of the affordable housing act, called the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), which followed a legal case in Mt. Laurel back in the mid 1980s. McKenzie also discussed the specific impact which arises from a lawsuit brought by Glen Ridge Developers, LLC [...]

Orange City Hall under FBI Investigation

ORANGE, NJ — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the Orange municipal building last Wednesday and shut it down for the day. “A search warrant was executed by the FBI in the city of Orange Township,” Orange public information Officer, Keith Royster, said […]

Maplewood Reassessment Near Completion

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Division of Taxation have ordered the Township of Maplewood to perform a reassessment program to be implemented for tax year 2017. The program will ensure that assessments are conducted uniformly and equitably. Maplewood has contracted with Appraisal Systems, Inc. to assist with the reassessment process. According to Appraisal Systems, Inc., the 2017 assessed value of 7274 units around the township is $3.8 billion. The average [...]


West Orange Women Protest in D.C.

South Orange and Maplewood Residents Head to D.C. to March for Equality

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