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Orange Responds to Family in Fatal Fire

Individuals have been taking to the keyboard and the stage since news of the 197 Central Pl. fire that killed two young children here Feb. 20 spread across town and the country.

At least 364 people have donated to a gofundme.com page for Jadyah Taj'Mirah McEachin, Zi'Yahn K. Toney and their family since Feb. 21. One donor has posted there his announcement of a special music performance at a Belleville site 8 p.m. Feb. 28.



Our Friend, Reggie Ward: 1948-2015

Reggie_Ward2If you ever came across a beautiful photo of something that happened in the community, chances are it was taken by an even more beautiful person. 

East Orange Teacher-Coach Arrested on Shocking Charges

Justin W. Bozinta has been seeing the inside of a Union County Jail cell - instead of gymnasiums here at the John L. Costley Middle School, East Orange Campus High School or elsewhere nearby - since Feb. 13.

Bozinta, an East Orange School District employee since 2000, may not be seeing the insides of those and his other accustomed places for perhaps a long time - if ever - depending how the child pornography, marijuana and weapons possession charges fare in New Jersey Superior Court-Elizabeth.


New Fire Director Presents Citywide Fire Safety Program for Washington Manor Seniors

On Thursday, February 19, newly-appointed Fire Director Kenneth Douglas and Captain Spearman visited the Washington Manor senior housing facility to educate residents about how to prevent harmful fires and how to survive them.

Appointed by Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren, Douglas comes to Orange with nearly 20 years of experience in the fire service as a veteran of the Newark Fire Department.

"Being a long time veteran of the fire service, I find the City of Orange to be an inspiring community that is on its way to becoming a model city in the County of Essex," Douglas said. "My obligation as the new Acting Director is to further promote a strong bond with the community through the development of fire preventative strategies and to increase overall fire safety."

The 90-minute program consisted of a question-and-answer session between residents and both Director Douglass and Captain Spearman. Residents expressed their concerns and were eager to learn numerous safety tips so they can feel comfortable and safe in their homes.

Former Councilwoman and resident at Washington Manor Linda Bell said: "This presentation with the new director gives us hope that things are going to get better in the City of Orange."

Executive Director of the Orange Housing Authority, Dr. Walter D. McNeil, Jr. said: "It is wonderful to see Director Douglas learning about the community. In his short time as acting director, he has been seen at several events, including at the Housing Authority's monthly Board meetings. Director Douglas is making it a priority to be proactive in the community and it is a pleasure to have him."

"With the extreme weather conditions in our area, it is very important for the fire department to take time and effort to ensure our seniors know how to take the necessary safety precautions," added Captain Spearman.

The fire program is part of a series of educational forums the Orange Housing Authority is offering this year to its residents.

Lowest Raise in Recent History for Orange's OMEBA Union

Many people had doubts about a recent deal the administration made with the Orange Municipal Employees Benevolent Association. However, I spoke with some key people involved, and discovered that the deal was actually legitimate.

Orange's City Council has been receiving either direct or indirect comments about their 5-1-1 split vote approving a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Mayor Dwayne D. Warren's administration and the Orange Municipal Employees Benevolent Association since Feb. 3. The MOU is a preliminary to the city's full contract negotiations with OMEBA.


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