ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Take a look back on a year nobody in Essex County will forget. See our collected top news stories of 2020 below (click headlines to read articles).
Watch history being made as the first coronavirus vaccines are administered in NJ. Who will get it next?
The first wave of COVID-19 vaccines has begun at sites in Livingston, Newark, West Caldwell and West Orange.
Case spikes and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported across Essex County. "Our second wave has begun," a top hospital executive said.
Was Belleville Mayor Michael Melham among the first COVID-19 cases in the United States? There's a good chance of it, he says.
A 12-year old New Jersey girl almost lost her life to a blood clot. It may have been caused by the coronavirus, the hospital says. (VIDEOS)
Livingston is likely seeing a "disproportionately high" COVID-19 mortality rate because of its long-term care facilities, officials say.
NJIT in Newark quarantined hundreds of students after finding traces of the virus in their fecal matter.
Tens of thousands of United Airlines employees could soon find themselves out of a job due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.
After closing due to coronavirus, owners of The Cassidy in NJ encouraged fans to visit their other eatery in an 1847 farmhouse in Gladstone.
"The risk to the health and safety of our students and staff is too high," the 12,000 members of the Essex County Education Association say.
"I was grossly unprepared for this," a longtime Newark resident said. "I feel like I whacked a tree at 70 mph."
It wasn't about politics, organizers say. Here's their proposal to "safely and legally" reopen salons and barbershops amid the COVID crisis.
Towns including Bloomfield, Montclair and Cedar Grove say people aren't throwing away face masks, gloves and other COVID-19 trash properly.
A rising tide of compassion is helping Essex County cope with the chaos of COVID-19.
Cory Booker faced challenges from Rik Mehta, Madelyn Hoffman, Daniel Burke and Veronica Fernandez. See unofficial results here.
US Rep. Donald Payne Jr., the incumbent Democrat in the 10th district, has defeated four other candidates.
U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill took on Republican challenger Rosemary Becchi.
Outer space wasn't the final frontier for West Orange native and local hero Mark Kelly, according to early election results.
New Jersey is among a handful of states that's been experimenting with app-based election technology amid the coronavirus crisis.
A U.S. Postal Service carrier has been accused of throwing away 1,875 pieces of mail, including election ballots and campaign flyers.
A hardline conservative group based in Nutley is trying to shake up Republican Party politics in New Jersey.
New Jersey restored voting rights for 83,000 people on probation or parole, just in time for the 2020 election.
Madelyn Hoffman got the second-highest vote total in NJ Green Party history. Only Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential run saw more.
Residents in the Short Hills zip code had raised the second-highest amount of funds for Biden in New Jersey.
John Mirrione can be described in two words, he says: "independent thinker." He ran for Congress in New Jersey's 10th District.
"Put THIS on the news," a protester wrote, sharing a video of people dancing in unity amid a massive rally in New Jersey's largest city.
Video showed peaceful-but-powerful gatherings in Nutley and Belleville. Many residents were happy to see protesters. Others were not.
A Black Lives Matter protest in West Orange drew a diverse crowd of supporters. "I'm not Black, but I will fight for you," a sign read.
A man says he was falsely accused of shoplifting. Now he's leading a boycott against Whole Foods AND Prudential – here's why.
Here's a small taste of what it's like to be a Black student at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, dozens of female alumni say.
The 2020 election is giving people stomachaches across the United States. This Bloomfield resident is taking things a step further.
A massive, $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act got a thumbs-up from almost every member of the U.S. House in New Jersey.
Which municipality had the highest tax bill in Essex County? See where your town ranks.
Essex County has the most homeless residents in New Jersey yet again, a report says. See statewide totals here.
New Jersey's high court dealt a serious blow to a civilian board that investigates alleged police abuse in Newark.
A controversial plan to build an $8 million "conservation pavilion" at the Essex County-run zoo has been put on ice amid the COVID crisis.
In the Ironbound section of Newark, where an incinerator burns trash from 22 nearby Essex County towns, purple is the color of desperation.
Saint Barnabas performed 159 "living donor kidney transplants" last year, making it one of the largest such programs in the United States.
Part of the 'inaugural' class, one brought music to isolated seniors in nursing homes, while another undertook a project with bats.
Some Belleville officials want to designate the entire town as an "area in need of rehabilitation." Here's what it could mean for taxes.
"It's joyful to see a new day of positive change," said Rohan Marley, son of the legendary musician and marijuana activist.
The locations include a former pharmaceutical production site and three gas stations in Essex County, prosecutors said.
PHOTOS: A proposed "greenway" would cross through Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, Secaucus and Jersey City.
Newark's lead water levels have fallen below the EPA benchmark. It's a moment the city has eagerly been working toward, Mayor Baraka said.
A math teacher who "fell in love with the classroom" earned a nod from state officials as the 2020-2021 teacher of the year in Essex County.
Richard Tomko of the Belleville Public School District earned the 2020-2021 Essex County Superintendent of the Year award.
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