Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Invites the Public to Enjoy the Essex County Free Summermusic Concert Series
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to visit the Essex County Park System and enjoy the 2015 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series. Upcoming events include performances by Jersey Sound, Bradford Hayes and MJ Invincible, a Michael Jackson tribute.
“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have an outstanding line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” DiVincenzo said.
Jersey Sound is one of the Tri State area's premier oldies band, known for its versatility and talented members. The band puts its own spin on the music industry by giving the audience a combination of music genres creating delectable sounds the ear can only imagine. They offer an eclectic blend of classic Oldies, Classic Rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop. With the very best vocalists and a killer rhythm section holding it all together, The "Jersey Sound" experience is one you will never forget. Jersey Sound will perform as follows:
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County Kip’s Castle Park
22 Crestmont Road
Bradford Hayes has been a force on the jazz scene in northeastern United States for several years. In addition to leading his own band and performing with The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Hayes spent 15 years with Babatunde Olatunki’s Drums of Passion Band and served as musical director for three years. A highlight of his career was performing with Mr. Olatunki at Yankee Stadium during Nelson Mandela’s historical trip to the United States after his release from prison. Hayes has been music educator in the Newark Public Schools for 25 years. Bradford Hayes will perform as follows:
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County West Side Park
South 17th Street
MJ Invincible: A Michael Jackson Tribute
MJ Invincible features some of the most amazing and authentic Michael Jackson impersonators. The show is produced and directed by Darrin Ross, who has created a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacular tribute show. Ross has been producing and engineering songs since 1984 with Jam On Productions and was chosen to be a cultural ambassador for the United States representing Dance Motion USA tours to Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine in 2013. He also completed the score and sound design for Alvin Ailey American Dance theater's Beyond The Steps PBS Documentary and for their ballets “Love Stories and Reminiscin” along with sound design and composition for Suzan Lori Parks TopDog/Underdog. MJ Invincible will perform as follows:
Date: Friday, July 24, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Essex County Brookdale Park
Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
The SummerMusic Concert Series is being sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and TD Bank. The series is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.
Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to their needs. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973‑239-2485.
July Events at the Essex Co. Environmental Center
A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of July that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where they can enjoy an enriching recreational experience through nature and conservation activities.
“Our Environmental Center has become the premiere location for environmental education and nature appreciation. With the help of our partner groups, our dynamic schedule of events and activities will captivate all ages,” DiVincenzo said. “Walk in our woods, discover habitats, get pointers on gardening, learn about nature photography and much more. It’s all about nature and it’s all at our Environmental Center,” he added.
Essex County Executive DiVincezo Announces July as Parks and Recreation Month
Public Invited to Enjoy Yoga, Concerts, Movies and Arts and Crafts
at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
West Orange, NJ –Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs announced a month-long schedule of activities to celebrate July as National Parks and Recreation Month. The County Executive invites the public to enjoy “Wellness on the Waterfront,” which includes yoga demonstrations, concerts, movies, and arts and crafts at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in July. All events are free.
Niagara Spring Bottled Water Voluntary Recall
Notice of Special Meeting of the Planning Board
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Essex Fells Planning Board will meet to discuss or act upon public business in accordance with the attached agenda on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 255 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells, New Jersey. Formal action may be taken. Notice of revisions or additions to the above schedule will be posted and advertised as required by law.
Dated: June 23, 2015
MICHAEL D. SULLIVAN
Attorney for the Planning Board
View Official Notice Here
Celebrate July 4th with the 2015 Essex Co. SummerMusic Concert Series
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to celebrate the Fourth of July with three spectacular fireworks displays and exciting concerts by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Friday, June 26th, Shadows of the ‘60s in Essex County Weequahic Park on Tuesday, June 30th and Simply Diamond in Essex County Brookdale Park on Wednesday, July 1st. The 2015 Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series also moves into high gear with a Gospel Festival, House Music Festival and performances by the Air National Guard Band, Brick City Jazz Orchestra, Frank Valdes Quintet and Darlene Love.
“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have a spectacular line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” DiVincenzo said. “An evening in the parks with some of the area’s most talented musicians and our Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganzas are the perfect shows for Independence Day. Come out and celebrate your Fourth of July with us,” he added.
‘Family Nights’ & ‘Zoo-vies’ at Essex Co. Turtle Back Zoo
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to enjoy “Family Nights” and “Zoo-vies” at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this summer. For Family Nights, the zoo will have extended evening hours on Wednesday and Thursday nights from June through August and, for Zoo-vies, popular movies for children will be shown on the top floor of the new Zoo Parking Deck at night.
“Family Nights and Zoo-vies gives children and our families another opportunity to enjoy an evening under the stars at Turtle Back Zoo and our beautiful South Mountain Recreation Complex. Come to Turtle Back in the evening when the temperature gets cooler and our animals get more active, and then stay to watch a movie under the stars in the unique setting of our new parking garage,” DiVincenzo said. “These evening activities are sure to be fun for the whole family,” he noted.
Family Nights at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be on Wednesday and Thursday nights in June, July and August. Instead of closing at 4:30 p.m., the zoo will remain open until 8:30 p.m. with the last admission at 8 p.m. Families also can enjoy a night out for dinner with a variety of specials, including fried chicken, barbeque spare ribs and pizza, being offered in the air-conditioned Zoo Café. Family Nights will be held as follows:
PSE&G Offers Electricity Safety Tips
June is National Safety Month
We rely on electricity every day ─ to light our homes and streets, keep food cold and power up our air conditioners on a hot day. But electricity can be dangerous if not used properly and with caution. June is National Safety Month and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, takes this opportunity to remind customers of 10 ways to avoid electrical safety hazards.
1. Never handle electric appliances with wet hands:Electricity and water don’t mix. Do not handle electric appliances with wet or damp hands, and never use electric appliances in wet or damp conditions unless the appliances are specifically rated for this use.
2. Protect electric outlets close to sources of water:Electric outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and garages should be ground fault circuit interrupting (GFCI) outlets to reduce the chance of electric shock. GFCI outlets are required around pools and spas. Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI), especially in homes with aging wiring systems, can also be added to enhance protection from fires.
3. Secure electric sockets around toddlers and babies:Toddlers can easily insert objects into electric outlets that are not covered properly. All outlets within reach should be protected with plastic closures that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily. Also, replace or upgrade any faceplates that expose the wiring behind.
4. Eliminate defective or worn electric wires:Inspect all appliances and extension cords regularly to ensure that they are in good condition. Cords should not be loose or frayed and should have a grounding prong intact if so equipped.
5. Never work on electric equipment with the power on:When doing work on electric equipment, ensure that all sources of electricity to the appliance are turned off. Be sure to shut off the correct breaker. A simple voltage tester can be purchased for home use at a local electrical supply store.
6. Never pour water on an electric fire:Water acts as a conductor and can cause shock. You must use a fire extinguisher that is rated as Class C for use on electric fires.
7. Leave wiring to the professionals:Proper electric wiring for any building is critical and must meet codes and standards of safety. Employ the services of a licensed professional who can do the job safely and correctly.
8. Watch for overheating bulbs and lights:Lights and bulbs can be sources of heat and must be kept away from such flammable materials as upholstery, drapes, bedding and cribs. Never exceed the maximum wattage specified for the device.
9. Don’t misuse extension cords:Never use extension cords as a permanent substitute for additional outlets. Also, never overload extension cords and block off any unused outlets. Discard them if they have worn out wires or loose connections.
10. Check for covered cords and wires:Electric wires and cords radiate heat. Never cover wires with rugs or furniture. They could overheat and start a fire.
To learn more about potential electrical hazards and how to use electricity safely, visit the National Safety Council at www.nsc.org or the Electrical Safety Foundation International at www.esfi.org.