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New Parking Restrictions to be Reconsidered

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Franklin Street Residents have been protesting against the newly imposed parking restrictions since June, when new street signs were posted. The signs limit parking to residential permit holders on Willard Street and Kilmer Court, a cul-de-sac, between the hours of 2 to 5 a.m. The parking department confirmed that as it […]

Commuters Get New Option with OurBus

NEW YORK, NY –– After tasting success during the first week of service, OurBus, Inc. has announced additional departure times and stops to the Livingston and West Orange area. OurBus, a technology company, received various requests to increase service after their initial launch of the Livingston-West Orange-New York commuter route on July 10th. OurBus indicated that it was pleased to experience success as the first crowdsourcing technology company to […]

Macy’s to Close Store in Livingston?

LIVINGSTON, NJ - After disappointing sales for several consecutive months, a source is telling The Essex Times that Macy's plans to close its store in the Livingston Mall on Eisenhower Pkwy. This comes after a dramatic announcement that the Ohio-based department store chain would close dozens of its stores nationwide. The closings […]

Bloomfield Resident Wins Johnston Award

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Ron Manning, a 38 years old historian from Bloomfield, was announced the winner of the Johnston Award for 2017. The Johnston award is given to historians who study the history of New Jersey by the Johnston Foundation every year since 1995. "Mr. Manning's contribution to our history is remarkable", says [...]

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 2018. The program will ensure that assessments are conducted uniformly and equitably. Maplewood has contracted with Appraisal Systems, Inc. to assist with the reassessment process. [...]

Montclair Resident Found Guilty of Phone Threats

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor, Robert Laurino, announced yesterday that Montclair resident, Ronald Basi, age 27, had been found guilty of four counts of fourth-degree threats and intimidation. This comes after a jury trial before Superior Court [...]

Fares Expected to Be Reduced During Summer Work at Penn Station

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Train fares are expected to be reduced for commuters during the major renovation work at Penn Station this summer, officials say.

Commuters have been bracing for a tough summer as Amtrak is scheduled to spend eight weeks fixing equipment inside Penn station beginning this month. Daily delays are expected. The work should end by early fall. […]

Essex County Favors “Repeal and Replace”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – While lawmakers in Washington are working on the new healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, 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 Senate's proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. 81% of respondents said that healthcare costs were too high, and 63% view Obamacare as a bad healthcare legislation. [...]

Pedestrian Killed in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —A fatal accident last night left one pedestrian dead, says South Orange Police. A 65-year-old man died after he was hit by a car near the Mountain train station.

The South Orange resident was on the sidewalk when a 2012 [...]

Your Taxes are Going Up

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Board of Education submitted its annual budget for the school year 2017-2018 last week. As a result of the proposed budget, taxes on the average home in Bloomfield, assessed at $270,700 will increase by about $200, which represents a whooping increase of 2.89 percent over the current rates. [...]

West Orange Board Member Heavily Criticized

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Numerous West Orange residents spoke out against West Orange Board of Education Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum during the board’s meeting on May 8 after his extremely controversial vote on gender identity in a previous meeting.

“Schwarzbaum is expressing opinion that belong to the dark ages”, says resident who attended the meeting “it was a mistake to allow [...]

Glen Ridge Agrees to Affordable Housing Project

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 agreement reached with the developer of a proposed apartment building on Baldwin Street.

Elizabeth McKenzie, a court-appointed Special Master, presented to members of the Council and dozens of audience members the [...]

No New Charter School in Bloomfield?

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Township Council officially voted against a proposal to establish a charter school at 683 Bloomfield Avenue. The vote was held during a regular meeting of the Council last Monday. Currently, the proposed location for the school is used by the Sacred Heart Academy [...]

Bloomfield Councilman Pleads Guilty

NEWARK, NJ – Bloomfield’s Councilman, Elias Chalet, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of bribery. Four other charges, including official misconduct, were dropped. Chalet is expected to be sentenced to five years in prison with two years of parole ineligibility. He appeared in Newark Superior Court before Judge Martin Cronin […]

David Urbach, a Holocaust Survivor, dies at 89

WEST ORANGE, NJ - David Urbach, a Holocaust survivor and a human rights activist, died yesterday in West Orange after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

Urbach was born in Germany in 1928. He was 5 years old when the Nazis came to power in early 1933. After Hitler took over [...]
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Green Criticized

EAST ORANGE, NJ – City Council Chairman and 3rd Ward Councilman, Ted Green, is facing heavy criticism for attending an anti-Trump rally in Newark last week. The East Orange mayoral candidate participated in East Orange 5th Ward Councilman Mustafa Brent’s “One United” event, which turned into a nasty demonstration against the President of the United States. [...]

West Orange Turtle Back Zoo Gets Accredited

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Turtle Back Zoo received accreditation from the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) early this month. The accreditation is valid through 2022.

This is the first time the zoo is accredited by the ZAA. It was previously accredited by the Association of Zoos and […]

Division in Glen Ridge over Petition

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A petition signed by over 500 Glen Ridge residents has sparked debate in the Essex County town. The petition calls for a declaration of Glen Ridge a “sanctuary city” for immigrants. The Essex Times found that the borough council is preparing a resolution to provide some protection for undocumented […]

A New Jitney Route in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ —The township of West Orange will get its much anticipated sixth jitney route in the next couple of months. The route will cover both the Redwood and Pleasantdale sections of the township. No specific stops have been decided yet, but Mayor Robert Parisi is assuring residents in an interview that the township is committed to focusing on the Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle [...]

“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 [...]

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