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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. [...]

Thompson Calls for a Change

EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange mayoral candidate, John Thompson Jr., is attacking city officials in an open letter he wrote to the community. In the letter, Thompson discusses the outrageous salaries town officials have been taking in recent years, while increasing taxes on residents, or as he puts it “taxpayers are footing the bill to keep the government salaries afloat.” Thompson also [...]

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 […]

Spilman Award Winner Announced

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Mary Ashelbraun, a 25 years old pianist from South Orange, was announced the winner of the Spilman Award for 2017. The Spilman award is given to gifted musicians by the Spilman Foundation every year since 1985. Ms. Ashelbraun is a Master Pianist, “whose love to the piano is apparent every time she plays,” states the announcement from the Spilman Foundation [...]

West Orange Protest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While President Trump is about to conclude his first 100 days as President of the US, 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 deliver equality to all”. Other protestors were more extreme, claiming that Trump was not their president. “Trump’s language is inappropriate for the leader of the free world,” said one of them, “he is a terrible role model for our kids”. “Trump’s policies are a disaster [...]

Three file for East Orange Democratic Mayoral Primary

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Three candidates had formally filed for the Democratic Party primary for mayor of East Orange: City Council Chairman and 3rd Ward Councilman Ted Green, John Thompson Jr. and Kenwyn S. Williams. Each had to present a petition with 50 signatures. The Primary is expected to be held on June 6. […]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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