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Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

August 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

Montclair Theatre Issues Plea for Flood Recovery Assistance

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Studio Players suffered significant damage to their facility during the flood last week that left parts of Montclair under water.    As a result, they are now asking for community groups to assist them in the cleanup effort.

They have issued the following statement:

As you may have seen already, Studio Players in Upper Montclair suffered massive damage to their ...

Newark Receives $5.6M Settlement from East Orange Over Sewage Dispute

NEWARK, NJ - Newark received a $5.6 million settlement from East Orange, resolving a seven-year legal battle over wastewater that runs through pipes of the state’s largest municipality.

The wastewater produced by East Orange residents has a natural, gravitational flow into Newark's Wastewater Collection System. Under a 1919 Sewer Agreement between the two municipalities, ...

Essex County Leaders Pushing for Cap in Police and Fire Salaries

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County officials have announced that they are pushing for Governor Murphy to enact a salary cap for police and firefighters. This initiative is touted as a means to control the rise in property taxes.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. sent a letter on Monday to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin ...

Bus Returning From Newark Mayor’s Picnic Overturns on NJ Turnpike

Newark, NJ - Thirty-six passengers on a bus returning from an annual mayor’s picnic Saturday were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials said.

Mayor Ras Baraka's fourth annual family reunion picnic event was held at Black Bear Lake Country Club in Millstone. Around 5:30 p.m., a bus leaving the event with ...

Livingston Community Mourns Loss of Two Livingston Students

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston-area residents are mourning the loss of Isabella Brodsky, 17, and Matthew Poole, 18, two rising Livingston High School seniors who unexpectedly died on Tuesday night after swimming in Ramapo Lake in Oakland with their friends.

“On behalf of the town council, the town employees and all of the residents, we express our heartfelt condolences to both ...

Newark Needs to Be 'Invited to the Table' in Marijuana Industry, Mayor Says

NEWARK, NJ - For a panel of lawmakers and advocates at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, it wasn't a matter of if a marijuana market boom was coming to New Jersey. It was just a matter of when.

For Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, it was pivotal that people in his community, who he said have been victimized by drug laws, get to profit from that industry. He was part of an eight-member panel yesterday ...

Some Students in NJ Could Go To County College For Free in 2019

TRENTON, NJ— Some county college students around the state could attend classes in 2019 for free thanks to a pilot program launched by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration yesterday.

The program, the Community College Innovation Challenge, is the first phase of the governor’s initiative to provide two years of community college free for students across the state. It was ...

Luxury Units Slated For Newark's Former Garment Workers' Union Building

NEWARK, NJ - For years, the stretch of Broad Street between William Street and Branford Place has been home to discount stores, wig shops and New Jersey’s largest pawnbroker-jeweler.

But in a sign of how much and how quickly Newark is changing, the corner of the block will soon be anchored by a luxury apartment complex. 

Paramount Assets, a development company based in Elizabeth, ...

Newark Comprehensive Public School Students Less Likely to Enroll in College, Study Finds

NEWARK, NJ - Students from comprehensive Newark public high schools earned college degrees at a much lower rate than charter, parochial, vocational and public magnet schools, a new study finds.

About 16 percent of comprehensive school graduates from 2011 went on to earn a bachelor's degree within six years, compared to about 43 percent of Newark Public magnet school graduates, according to ...

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