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Each week Patch highlights some of the top headlines from around Essex County.

Bomb Threat at Montclair High School on Tuesday

A bomb threat referencing Montclair High School prompted the evacuation of students and faculty around 2 p.m. Tuesday.  

Student Removed From James Caldwell High School for Making List of Names

School officials removed a student from James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell Monday after learning the boy kept a list of eight names in a notebook, school officials announced Tuesday.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker ended months of speculation Thursday when he announced that he was considering a run for US Senate.

A New Tax for Plastic Supermarket Bags May Be in Your Future

A new Senate bill could have you paying more for plastic bags at the grocery store.  

The Carryout Bag Reduction and Recycling Actwas approved by a 4-0 vote of the Senate Environmental Energy Committee on Monday that would require stores to charge a 5-cent fee per plastic food bag at the checkout aisle beginning in 2014.

Washington School Locked Down While Police Investigate Report of Gunshot

School officials locked down Washington Elementary School in West Caldwell for about an hour Tuesday afternoon while police investigated reports of a possible gunshot in the area.

Synchroettes Dazzle Crowd at Fundraiser

Tuesday's performance helped collect donations for Toys for Tots.

Nutley Resident Hits a Million-Mile Record

There’s frequent fliers. And then there’s Tom Stuker. 

United Airlines announced earlier this month that Stuker became its first customer ever to travel 1 million miles in a calendar year, a milestone reached during a Dec. 6 flight from London to Chicago. The distance is equivalent to circling the globe 40 times, or two round-trips to the moon -- with miles to spare. 

"Millburn USA: One of America's Greatest Towns"

Municipal government sponsors short video that explores Millburn-Short Hills life.

Village Has Little News for Frustrated Commuters

The South Orange Board of Trustees Monday update on NJTransit had little news for frustrated commuters.

Schools Undergo Safety Re-Evaluation After Connecticut School Shooting

The Verona and Cedar Grove School Districts are re-examining their safety guidelines following the Friday, Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Essex County Schools Vigilant after Newtown Shooting

Police investigated an alleged bomb threat in Montclair and an incident in West Caldwell; other districts increased security and reevaluated policies.

Mayors Issue Nationwide Gun Control Letter to Obama

Over 750 mayors from around the country, including Maplewood's Vic DeLuca, are urging President Obama for stronger gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Ct. school shooting.

Young Organ Donor to be Remembered on Rose Parade Float

A Livingston family unveiled a floragraph likeness of their 11-year-old son, whose organ donations saved the lives of four people after he died of an allergic reaction.

Local Couple Launches "This Town Coffee"

Gordon and Samantha Pomp met on an airplane, bonding over former beloved jobs as baristas and a love of a “good” cup of coffee. They dated, got married, and daydreamed of one day being in the coffee business.

Saint Barnabas Donates $100K to Livingston Bicentennial

One of Livingston’s largest businesses is joining forces with the township to celebrate next year’s bicentennial.


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