Heartwarming Good News in Essex County: Year in Review

By on December 23, 2021 0

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – The world can be a scary place. But it’s also full of humor, inspiration and beauty. Let’s focus on this second part.

Take a look at some of the most uplifting stories of 2021 in Essex County below.

Adopted for the Holidays: Watch New Jersey Families Cry for Joy

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“As soon as that hammer strikes, as soon as the judge announces it – it’s the best feeling in the world… it breaks your soul.”

Take a photo tour of this incredible ‘fairy trail’ in New Jersey

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A beloved New Jersey nature reserve is home to a village of miniature “fairy houses”. Prepare to regain your faith in humanity.

Montclair Native Wins Triple Oscar Win for “Nomadland”

Jessica Bruder, who attended Montclair Kimberly Academy, wrote the famous book that went on to become an Oscar-winning film.

Ambitious Bloomfield teenager accepted to 7 Ivy League colleges

A senior from Bloomfield High School has entered some of the country’s most prestigious universities. But in his family, this is not new.

Music keeps Maplewood’s autistic man connected to beloved priest

When his NJ church went virtual, the concerts kept them together. Ben’s mom says, “It’s amazing to see the smile spreading across Ben’s face.”

Short Hills woman is ‘first female amputee’ to graduate from Fire Academy

“I am the first female amputee in the world to graduate from a fire academy,” said Amanda Sullivan, athlete and speaker from New Jersey.

Newark turns empty storage containers into homeless shelters

Newark Hope Village’s unique rooms will provide COVID-friendly shelter to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Montclair cops save breastfeeding baby after choking

A group of police from Montclair helped rescue a 6-day-old baby. Read a thank you note from her “eternally grateful” parents.

NJ Teen’s hit beauty salon inspires pride in East Orange

Maylani Brown, 18, says she chose East Orange to start her business because it is “a reflection of herself”.

Cherry blossom season lights up Essex County (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The annual bloom of cherry blossoms has been a breath of fresh air for many Essex County residents after a long and stressful winter.

Dr Oz helps cops save NJ man’s life at Newark airport

A Port Authority officer saw a man fall to the ground. He started CPR. And then TV’s “Dr. Oz” came along. Here’s what happened next.

‘World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm’ Continues to Grow in Essex County

COVID-19 can’t stop green. Catch up with this state-of-the-art “indoor farm” in New Jersey’s most populous city

North Jersey man uses stimulation control to return to college

New Jersey cybersecurity enthusiast uses his COVID stimulus check to return to school after a quarter of a century out of the classroom.

Bloomfield actor lands on ‘Big Break’ show with Kevin Bacon

Kevin Interdonato is officially a degree from Kevin Bacon. But he also hopes to spend some screen time with another co-star: his wife.

Newark Teen wins prestigious award and receives accolades from New York giant

New Jersey teenager excelled on the football field and in the classroom despite mother’s death, surgery and other hardships: video

Former Belleville BOE member returns $ 2,000 he found at the bank’s drive-thru

Why give up a huge handful of hundred dollar bills? It was a simple choice, said Michael Sheldon – that’s what his parents would tell him to do.

Essex County town turns old school into massive homeless shelter

It used to be a school. But soon, it will be a refuge that serves one of New Jersey’s largest populations of homeless residents.

Essex County Footballer HS Inspires Town With Gridiron Glory

With just one carry of pigskin, Jessica Felix scored a huge touchdown for aspiring female soccer players across New Jersey.

Essex County resident’s ‘travel diary’ unites women amid pandemic

A “travel diary” that started in North Jersey has since grown into an international collaboration between more than 100 women.

Newark Nonprofit Creates a Positive Fellowship Pipeline

Even the coronavirus pandemic can’t stop Allison James-Frison from helping girls “live, love and laugh” in Brick City.

Essex County student inspires ‘tears of joy’ in his mother

Khalid Branch overcame a series of obstacles as a student with special needs. He hopes to become a gym teacher.

Professor who grew up in Livingston competes on “Jeopardy”

Livingston’s 1991 High Class graduate Hester Blum competed in Jeopardy! She said a local teacher influenced her career.

Belleville sisters keep ‘wave of positivity’ on with food drive

Two brothers and sisters from Belleville are continuing their efforts to revitalize their township. This time, it’s with a “contactless drive”.

NJ woman opens revolutionary cafe for deaf community in Essex County

Deaf’s Delight Café is the first of its kind in New Jersey. But the road to success has not been without struggle, says its owner.

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