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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 [...]

Essex County Favors “Repeal and Replace”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – While lawmakers in Washington are working on a 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 House of Representatives’ proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. 81% of respondents said that healthcare costs [...]

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 […]

No Contract for West Orange Teachers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Despite previous publications, The West Orange Board of Education and the West Orange Education Association have not yet reached an agreement regarding teachers’ salaries.

Both sides are still negotiating the issues and a final contract is still yet to be presented. Although Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Rutzky, did say in a press statement that the savings factored into the pending school budget will not be removed, it is not clear whether there will [...]

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 [...]

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 […]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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