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FBI Arrests Dozens in Alleged Mob Conspiracy, Star-Ledger Layoffs and County Deer Culling in Top County News

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

Essex County Hosts Job Fair at Turtle Back Zoo

Essex County will host a job fair for positions at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange later this month. 

West Orange, Livingston, Cranford and Scotch Plains residents had their cars broken into in Short Hills Jan. 11.

Montclair State Reverses Student's Suspension Over Online Fat Jokes

Joseph Aziz, a 26-year-old student from Weehawken, expects to work with the university to take classes in the spring semester.

Star-Ledger Announces Round of Layoffs Wednesday

The publisher of The Star-Ledger announced Wednesday the paper would be laying off 34 employees, a first for a publication famous in the industry for refraining from layoffs, NJ.com reported.

Essex County Scales Back Annual Deer Hunt

The sixth year of Essex County's deer management program —slated to begin Jan. 22 — has been scaled back from previous years, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said Tuesday. 

Newark Teen Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Shotgun at Police

A 17-year-old Newark youth was arrested Wednesday after he fired a few rounds from a shotgun and aimed the weapon at a police officer, Sgt. Ronald Glover of the Newark Police Department said in a statement. 

Bloomfield Man Accused of Taking Part in Mob-Run Trash Scam

A 77-year-old Bloomfield man was charged Wednesday in a widespread federal sweep targeting a mob-run conspiracy to control the trash-hauling industry in New York and New Jersey. 

M-SPEC Protests New Parent Advisory Committee for Special Ed

The formation of a new parents advisory committee for special education throughout the district spurred a strong reaction from Millburn-Short Hills Special Education Committee at Monday night's Board of Education Meeting.

Maplewood's Tim Squyres Nominated for Oscar

Tim Squyres, a longtime Maplewood resident, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing for the "Life of Pi."

Exasperated Verona Judge Postpones Cirilo Trial Until Feb. 6

The Verona DWI case involving West Orange Council President Victor Cirilo was postponed yet again Wednesday after he changed lawyers and requested more time to consult with his lawyer and seek expert testimony from his personal doctor.

Essex County To Host Gun Buy-Back

Local police support program, which will be held in Montclair in February.

Montclair Resident to Seek Another Term in State Senate

Democrat Nia Gill will seek another four-year Senate term representing the 34th District, but she will have to first win the June primary against another Montclarion.

South Orange Officials Approve Gun Control Resolution

South Orange Board of Trustees Monday approved a resolution in support of gun control, joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns in their efforts. Mayors Against Illegal Guns  is a bipartisan coalition of more than 700 mayors who will work together to keep guns out of dangerous hands for the safety of their communities. 

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