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NOW the festive season and its celebrations are over, Essex County Council (ECC) is encouraging residents to consider signing up to Dry January to get a head start to a healthy New Year. The national campaign to stay booze-free for the first month of the…

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THE OWNER of a well-known gym in Harlow has passed away. Elvis Meade, 54, passed away on Thursday night after a short illness. Elvis was the owner of Ripped Gym in High Wych Tributes, via the Facebook page have poured in. Robb Claxton said: “Haven’t…

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HARLOW residents are still invited to put across their opinions on plans for a new free school in Harlow. Aspire Academy is described as an Alternative Provision established under the Free School route for children and young people aged 4-16 for whom mainstream education for…

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HARLOW Council has published its revised New Year waste and recycling collection dates. They are as follows Normal: Friday, January 3 – Revised: Monday, January 6 Normal: Monday, January 6 – Revised: Tuesday, January 7 Normal: Tuesday, January 7 – Revised: Wednesday, January 8 Normal:…

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ONE OF THE bands that are filed under ‘Punk legends” are coming to The Square next month. The Members were primarily known for the top 20 hit: “Sound of the Suburbs” although the older members of YH had a soft spot for “Offshore Banking Business”…

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HARLOW’S Bush Fair Ward Councillor and Vice-Chair of Harlow Council Ian Beckett has once again pledged to raise funds for Sam’s Mission, an initiative set up by Sam Snelling to support the work of Harlow Hospital’s Neonatal baby unit. Last year Councillor Beckett raised £1,000…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon came face to face with two apprentices with the same name when he visited Harlow-based O-I Glass Factory. Accompanying Mr Halfon was his parliamentary apprentice Aaron Farrell who won the joint Apprentice of the Year award in the Harlow Star business…

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TWO Harlow residents have been honoured with British Empire Medals in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Chartered surveyor, Graham Ellis, 64, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds after more than 35 years of fundraising. Graham was one of the few Harlow residents to…

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A LOUGHTON man is due in court over an alleged assault and damage to a police cell. Ross Matthews, of Mead Close, Loughton, is charged with assaulting Lee Arthy and using threatening, insulting or abusive words or behaviour towards him in Harlow on December 13.…

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MEMBERS of the Fire Brigades Union took national strike action between 06:30 hrs and 08:30 hrs on Friday morning. A spokesperson for Essex Fire and Rescue said: “Once again, ECFRS will be relying on strong resilience arrangements to keep the county safe. “Members of the…

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THE region’s ambulance service thanked its staff and volunteers for their work in caring for more than 2,000 patients during a busy New Year’s Eve into 2014. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) saw 2,164 emergency calls during New Year celebrations most…

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BUSINESSES across Harlow are being urged to go head-to-head against their competitors as a nationwide workplace fitness initiative is launched. Companies and organisations in Harlow are being invited to take part in the ‘Workplace Challenge’ programme that is being rolled out in the New Year…

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THE striking of Big Ben to herald the New Year saw a further blow to the hopes of Essex unemployed youngsters, according to the Harlow’s Euro MP. Labour’s Richard Howitt MEP says that Britain is the only country in Europe still to submit a plan…

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A POPULAR Old Harlow chinese restaurant has gone into administration. Just before Christmas, a notice was posted by a director, Choi Va Hang on the London Gazette website, informing concerned parties that “Evanfare Limited, trading as Zenz Oriental restaurant of Station Road, Old Harlow had…

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Ryman Div One North Harlow Town 1 v 0 Ware HARLOW opened up their 2014 account with a solid if unspectacular 1-0 victory against Ware at the Harlow Arena. Ware may be bottom of the league but they are always awkward opponents and in dreadful…

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THE number of people killed on the county’s roads continues to fall under the police and county council’s partnership approach to making Essex a safer place to travel in. Essex Police and Essex County Council made concerted efforts throughout 2013 to further reduce the number…