Missing Woman Found Safe, a Million-Mile Traveler and Holiday Celebrations

The top stories on Belleville-Nutley Patch in December

A missing Nutley woman was found unharmed the day after police asked for the public’s help in locating her.

Several cars parked on the same Belleville street were all vandalized.

Two units at a Mill Street apartment complex in Belleville were burglarized, with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of cash and merchandise reported stolen. 

A motorist was arrested on drug charges after Belleville police stopped his vehicle because a headlight was out.

Six temporary jobs in Belleville and an additional three in Nutley were created with federal money. The workers will assist with cleanup efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

A construction project at the Watchung Avenue ramp to the Garden State Parkway was nearly complete in early December. The exit is near the Bloomfield-Nutley border. 

School officials in Nutley reported a budget surplus of $1.6 million.

A section of Franklin Avenue became a winter wonderland -- complete with horse-drawn carriages and roasting chestnuts -- during the township’s official holiday lighting ceremony.

Santa came to town in style in Belleville, where officials marked the start of the holiday season with the lighting of a Christmas tree and menorah at Belleville High.

A Nutley resident flew a record 1 million miles on United Airlines in 2012, a milestone achieved during a December flight between London and Chicago.

Ryan Lanza, a Hoboken resident initially misidentified as the Newtown school shooter, went into mourning for the victims of the massacre, which included his mother. The actual shooter was Lanza’s brother Adam.

While no local residents shared in December’s record Powerball lottery prize of more than half a billion dollars, a number of Essex County venues, including a Nutley convenience store,


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