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Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event

Posted Saturday, May 23, 2020

Essex County will hold a food distribution event on Thursday, May 28 at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair.


WHAT: Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event
DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ

The food distribution event will be held RAIN or SHINE.


  • Enter on Washington Street from Elm Street
  • Cars should line up along Elm Street and Orange Road before turning right onto Washington Street  
  • No Left Turns allowed onto Washington Street
  • No arrivals before 8:00 a.m.
  • Drivers must keep their windows rolled up and open their trunks.
  • Buses and walk-ups cannot be served.
  • 1,000 boxes to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The Coronavirus has forced an enormous amount of people out of work and created food insecurity among residents who now have limited income or no income at all. We are pleased to present this Emergency Food Distribution Event to help those through these uncertain times.”

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive

Essex County Expands COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Essex County is providing expanded testing for all County residents. The tests are available to all Essex County residents experiencing coronavirus symptoms or not.

Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results.

Testing is provided free of charge to Essex County residents. No insurance is required.

Appointments are required – to make an appointment visit or call 973-324-9950.

Below are testing locations and dates:

Essex County Weequahic Park Testing Site (Nasal Swab Test)

  • Wednesdays, May 20 & 27
  • Fridays, May 22 & 29
  • No testing on Memorial Day, May 25
  • Additional dates will be announced

Upcoming Essex County Satellite Testing Locations (Saliva Test)

  • Thursday, May 21 – Essex Golf Center, 600 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland
  • Tuesday, May 26 – Essex County Public Works-Fleet Maintenance, 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove
  • Thursday, May 28 – Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.
  • Additional dates will be announced.
  • Residents taking the COVID-19 saliva test should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival.

County to Hold Emergency Food Distribution Event May 21

Monday, May 18, 2020

Essex County will hold a food distribution event on Thursday, May 21 at the Essex County Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology in Newark.


WHAT: Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event
DATE: Thursday, May 21, 2020
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Essex County Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology , 498-544 West Market Street, Newark, NJ

The food distribution event will be held RAIN or SHINE.


  • Enter on South 11th Street in rear of school building
  • Enter South 11th Street via Gould Avenue
  • Cars should line up along Sussex Avenue/Gould Avenue   
  • No Left Turns allowed onto South 11th Street
  • No arrivals before 8:00 a.m.
  • Drivers must keep their windows rolled up and open their trunk.
  • Buses and walk-ups cannot be served.
  • 1,000 boxes to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Council Approves Rent Increase Moratorium Ordinance on First Reading

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Ordinance Imposing Temporary Moratorium on Rent Increases During Covid-19 Pandemic State of Emergency (O-20-08) was introduced on May 5, 2020.
Download a copy of this ordinance.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Weequahic Park Testing Site to Open Three Days a Week

The Essex County drive-through testing site in Weequahic Park, Newark will open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m. until further notice. Tests will be conducted each day until test kits run out.

Residents can register for a test at, or by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 973-324-9950 if they do not have internet access.

The call center will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Phone: 973-324-9950
Fax: 973-324-9958

Thursday, April  23, 2020

Candidates Forum Available for Viewing on YouTube

The League of Women Voters of the Montclair area, Aging in Montclair (AIM) and “Montclair Local” newspaper hosted a televised-only candidates forum on Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. in preparation for the May 12 elections. The forum was held online only. It is available for viewing on the Montclair TV34 YouTube channel.

The election is by mail-in ballot only. Voters will vote for mayor, two council-at-large candidates and their ward councilperson.

Candidates include:

That first slate will be current Third Ward Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Sean M. Spiller, current council members Bob Russo (at-large), Bill Hurlock (First Ward) and Robin Schlager (Second Ward), as well as at-large candidate Roger Terry and Third Ward candidate Lori Price Abrams. There is no Fourth Ward candidate on this ticket.

The second slate will be current Fourth Ward Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Renee Baskerville joined by at-large council candidates Peter Yacobellis and James Cotter, First Ward candidate John Hearn, Second Ward candidate Christina “Chrissy” Thomas, Third Ward candidate Marguerite “Maggie” Joralemon, and Fourth Ward candidate David Cummings.

Planning board member Carmel Loughman is also running independently for one of the two at-large council spots.

Voters are reminded that they will vote for individuals, not a particular slate.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Montclair Farmers' Market Increases COVID-19 Restrictions

Farmers markets are essential retail businesses in our state and the Montclair Farmers' Market remains open as a safer food shopping choice for our community, operating on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Walnut Street Train Station Parking Lot.

The Market has put in place many health and safety measures to ensure shoppers have a safe experience:

  • All Farmers’ Market shoppers must wear protective face masks to enter the market; all vendors are already wearing masks and gloves to assist shoppers.
  • Vendors will provide "No Touch" shopping by staffing produce tables to pick up and place the selected fresh, healthy products in shoppers' bags.
  • Access to the market area will be restricted to one entrance and one exit for the original site to reduce crowd mingling.
  • Six-foot spacing markers will again be placed throughout the area.
  • The market has now been expanded to both sides of the railroad tracks to enable vendors' canopies to be spaced linearly, allowing more space for shoppers.

For any questions about the Montclair Farmers' Market, feel free to reach out to the office of Environmental Affairs at, or call 973-509-5721.

Governor Expands Executive Order 122

Wednesday April 8, 2020
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy yesterday issued expanded COVID-19 rules that impact Construction, Retail Store, and Warehousing and Manufacturing Operations. New guidelines for essential retail stores will likely affect most. These include the following:

  • Essential retail must limit the number of customers in stores to 50 percent of approved capacity.
  • Customers and employees must wear face coverings
  • Stores must provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals
  • Stores must erect physical barriers between customers and cashiers, and for baggers where practicable
  • Stores must regularly sanitize areas used by their employees
See the full description of all that’s included in the expanded Executive Order 122
Saturday, March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Facilities

Below is a list of locations in Essex County and others offered by the State of New Jersey where residents can be tested for COVID-19. You must be symptomatic to be tested. Please call ahead to staff you are coming and to make sure they still have tests available.

Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652
No appointment, drive in only

PNC Bank Arts Center
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Holmdel, NJ 07733
No appointment, drive in only

American Family Care Urgent Care
480 Pompton Avenue, Suite 6, C
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

CityMD Newark Urgent Care
617 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Walk in, no appointment

The Doctors’ Office Urgent Care of West Caldwell
556 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ 07006

American Family Care Urgent Care
464 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite C,
West Orange, NJ 07052


Monday, March 23, 2020

Below please find important information from Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin.

Montclair will hold an election for Mayor and Council on May 12, 2020. The election will be conducted through an all mail-in ballot election.

The Governor issued Executive Order 105, which will now govern the May 12, 2020 elections. See attached.

All registered voters, including inactive voters (those voters whose Sample Ballots have been returned to the County as undeliverable) will be mailed a Vote-by-Mail Ballot.

In order to allow candidates enough time to campaign, and to also allow for enough time for the voter to receive the ballot, vote the ballot, and return the ballot; the County Clerk’s Office will commence the mailing of Vote-by-Mail Ballots on April 21, 2020. This will allow 29 days from today for candidates to connect with voters the best way they see fit under this very serious health crises.

UPDATE: Parking Utility Waives April 2020 Monthly Permit Fees

In our effort to continue supporting the local community, the Montclair Parking Utility is waiving April 2020 parking fees for current monthly permit holders.

If monthly permit holders see any transactions on their accounts for the month of April, please call the Parking Utility at 973-509-4990 so they can address any issues.

Check these pages frequently for updates.
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