South Ward

February 23, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A three-year study on the  Newark Community Street Team 's (NCST) efforts to minimize crime in Newark shows the organization effectively decreased crime while increasing community trust as well as public safety from March 2017 to January 2020. “Communication and relationships ...

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NEWARK, NJ — After a fire engulfed a Leslie Street home in flames on Feb. 12, one of the building’s tenants, Tracy Hightower, lost nearly everything. However, shortly after news spread among Newark residents of the incident, they decided to band together to help her out, now hoping they can do the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A community member was recognized by Newark Opportunity Youth Network for his years of service to the community on Tuesday morning.  Altarik White, founder and executive director of Leaders For Life, a partner of NOYN, opened the front door of the group’s South Ward headquarters to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Nearly 1,900 winter coats were distributed to city residents this weekend as part of a joint initiative between Newark-based charter organization BRICK Education Network, Macy’s and UPS.  BRICK, a charter management organization that aims to provide equal opportunities for students ...

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NEWARK, NJ — An ordinance transferring a swath of properties in the South Ward was advanced by Newark City Council on Tuesday, making Brandywine Acquisition & Development the owners of a site slated to be redeveloped into a training facility for police and fire recruits.  Formerly owned by ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Mercy House, a program under the Archdiocese of Newark, distributed hundreds of toys to parents in need on Friday outside their Clinton Hill location as the need for support skyrockets this holiday season.  Cherly Riley, director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three organizations in Newark were awarded $1.262 million from New Jersey’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) COVID-19 Relief Grants, most of which will be redistributed to local small businesses.  The funding is being allocated from the state’s portion of CARES Act ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Clad in a fur-collared coat and designer brands, Siree Thomas, co-owner of Ascension Capital Partners, beamed as city officials, his business partner and his family sliced through the ribbon on the Avon Lofts on Tuesday.  The action marked recognition of the South Ward’s newest ...

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NEWARK, NJ — On an Election Day like no other in United States history, Newarkers turned out to polling locations across the city.  Newark, which has a historically low voter turnout rate, yielded only 54% voter participation in the 2016 election compared to New Jersey’s 68%. This year, Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ —  In the late afternoon of Sept. 26, 2018, Paul “Boink” Braswell climbed into the passenger seat of his cousin’s pickup unaware that they were being followed by a multi-agency task force. The detail was investigating Braswell, 29, and his cousin Phil Belton for firearms trafficking.

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Beth Israel Medical Center announced Friday that the Transplant Program director who allegedly pushed for unethical patient care will be leaving the facility.  Dr. Mark Jay Zucker, who joined the heart transplant team at NBIMC in 1989, is moving on to “pursue new ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Leaders of Newark and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center broke ground Tuesday on a major construction project that will give the South Ward’s premier medical facility a whole new look and increase its capacity. Newark Beth Israel and the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, which have ...

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NEWARK, NJ — At the Green Oasis Garden on West Runyon Street, Marcellis Counts, 24, loads up a bee smoker with fragrant dried herbs and grasses, fuel that the urban beekeeper learned helps prevent disease in hives.  “Bees like herbs. I use thyme, sage, basil, oregano, but not all herbs though.

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Department of Public Works officials and neighbors of a longtime South Ward community member made a show of what it means to keep Newark clean on Tuesday when the group surprised the 97-year-old woman with a golden broom for her efforts to brighten up her neighborhood.  Rain, ...

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NEWARK, NJ —  Developers looking to grow Newark beyond the city’s bustling downtown gained momentum on Wednesday with the approval of tax abatements for three projects set to add hundreds of units of housing to the South Ward.    This includes the mixed-use Tucker View Apartments, whose original ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Wiping down a black vinyl salon chair, Keer Oliphant motions her client over and points an infrared thermometer at her forehead: all clear. The styling commences.  Back in March, Oliphant, the owner of Klean Kutz on Bergen Street, joined the legions of small business owners whose ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Like many local organizations looking to support the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd, the Newark Water Coalition (NWC) organized a march in the South Ward on June 12 tied to its mission of mutual aid, a form of political participation in which ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Gov. Phil Murphy, Mayor Ras Baraka and members of the New Jersey state legislature turned out to recognize the official opening of the New Action Network and New Jersey Reentry Corporation’s new facility on Bergen Street, which will include a new ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Leaders of the BRICK Education Network convened with community partners on Thursday morning to assess their immediate response to COVID-19, the transition to the recovery phase and plans for the first Federally Qualified Health Care Center to Clinton Hill in the South Ward, signaling ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Back in March, Walter “Willie” Green, stricken with a cough and fever, bounced around the Newark area from hospital to hospital, being told three times by doctors that he didn’t have symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.  It wasn’t until Green went to a free testing site that ...

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South Ward residents in need of transportation may be eligible to receive a free ride from the ride sharing company Lyft. South Ward Children’s Alliance (SWCA) announced that it has teamed up with Lyft to provide access to rides up to $25. Residents must use a special code, which can be obtained ...

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