As another busy week comes to a close, we've compiled a round-up of the most significant news stories from across Essex County. Residents and visitors alike will find these events relevant as they showcase developments within the communities of Caldwells, Livingston, Millburn, Bloomfield, and Montclair.
In West Caldwell this week, local officials announced plans for major infrastructure improvements throughout the town. Mayor Joseph Tempesta Jr. stated that "the upcoming projects will focus on road repairs and other necessary upgrades to ensure the safety and convenience of our residents."
Meanwhile in North Caldwell, community members gathered at Gould Park for an environmentally friendly event aimed at promoting sustainable practices. Event organizer Sarah Thompson said that "educating our neighbors about green living is essential for preserving our beautiful parks and natural resources."
Livingston made headlines when its school district received recognition as one of New Jersey's top-performing districts by education experts. Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block expressed his pride in both students and staff saying that their hard work has paid off with this prestigious accolade.
A new business also opened its doors in Livingston this week – Fresh & Co., which offers healthy meal options using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Owner Jennifer Greenberg shared her excitement for opening up shop stating "we're thrilled to be part of such a welcoming community!"
Millburn welcomed an innovative medical facility specializing in advanced cancer treatments called Oncology Excellence Center (OEC). Dr. Robert Chen explained how OEC aims to provide patients with cutting-edge technology combined with compassionate care during difficult times.
Additionally, Millburn High School celebrated its annual Arts Festival showcasing student talent through visual art displays alongside live musical performances.
Bloomfield saw progress with affordable housing initiatives after securing funding through various grants supporting low-income families looking for quality housing options. Mayor Michael Venezia praised the efforts of local agencies working together to bring these projects to fruition.
A notable cultural event took place in Bloomfield with the opening of an exhibit at the township's historical society museum, focusing on the rich history and heritage of Essex County.
Finally, Montclair experienced a surge in community involvement with its "Adopt-a-Block" program, where volunteer groups are assigned specific blocks within town to maintain cleanliness and beautification initiatives. Program organizer Janice Harper explained that more than 50 organizations have already signed up to participate this year—more than double last year's participants.
Additionally, Montclair State University announced plans for expansion by adding new facilities focused on promoting STEM education and providing resources for students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
As we wrap up another week filled with accomplishments throughout Essex County communities—from infrastructure improvements to arts festivals—it is evident that each town has unique stories worth celebrating. Stay tuned for next week’s top news stories from around our beloved county!