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Counties in New Jersey can start to count mail-in ballots October 24, but some are not starting right away.

In Essex County, the Board of Elections said counting will begin 5 days before Election Day. Union County will start October 30, but on the 24th it will start preparing the verified ballots for counting. Officials there say that is the most time-consuming part of the process.

Somerset said it will start sometime before Election Day. Bergen will begin the week of October 26, and Cape May and Camden counties will jump on it, starting their counts on the 24th.

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Essex County residents can apply for a 5.5-million-dollar coronavirus emergency rental assistance program. The program will provide a grant for income eligible Essex County residents to receive assistance on up to six months of rent. Residents must also meet the Federal income eligibility requirement, demonstrate a need or provide eviction notice and provide documentation of household income.

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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., The Board of Chosen Freeholders and Reverend Carmelo Roman, Lead Pastor at Temple Rock of My Salvation will host an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. The distribution will take place at Temple Rock of My Salvation located on 88-90 Verona Avenue, Newark, NJ.

Gun Buyback Event Coming To Newark This Weekend

Mar 27, 2019

A one-day gun buyback event is taking place at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark on Saturday.  

Law enforcement officers will be on hand to collect firearms of all types, from BB guns to assault weapons. Essex County Bar Association President Raj Gadhok says they’re taking them with no questions asked.

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Former Essex County Democratic Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla is endorsing Republican Bob Hugin for US Senate.  He recently changed his party affiliation to independent.  In supporting Hugin, he made a note that he still supports democrats.

“I can tell you that I also voted for and supported our democratic governor. It’s not blue, it’s not red, it’s about people who I think are genuine in addressing the issues.”

Hugin calls his democratic opponent, incumbent US Senator Bob Menendez, a career politician with no interest in the people of New Jersey.

When Sea Turtles Come Marching Home

Sep 7, 2018
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Before the non-profit Sea Turtle Recovery hospital opened at the Turtle Back Zoo, there was no long-term care available for sick and injured sea turtles in New Jersey.  Bill Deerr and Brandi Biehl are the dynamic duo that run the operation.  

“All sea turtles in the world are either threatened or endangered.  That means there’s not many left and we have to do everything we can to save them,” Deerr said.

Taking a tour of the treatment facility with Deerr and Biehl, they talk about the rehab tanks and some of their current patients.

Irvington Announces Lyons Avenue Bridge Reconstruction

Mar 9, 2017

Standing on Lyons Avenue Bridge, above the Elizabeth River, Irvington Mayor, Tony Vauss and Essex County Executive, Joseph DiVincenzo announced a rehabilitation project for the Lyons Avenue Bridge. The project, which will start on Monday March 13, will take three months.

“We’re going to start next week, next Monday,” said DiVincenzo. “We expect it to be done in three months, or earlier. This is something we are looking to do more and more of throughout Essex County. We have done a lot so far. This is an important bridge to do, so we made this a priority.”