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History Recalls Dr. King’s Shabbat Sermon in Springfield in 1963

January 22, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – A few days after his 34th birthday, a Baptist minister and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was invited to deliver the Friday night Shabbat sermon to the Jewish congregation of Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield, New Jersey.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader in the 1960’s, was the guest speaker ...

County Officials Reveal Plans for Watsessing Park All Access Playground and Community Center Groundbreaking

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced plans to build an all access playground, new community center and on-site parking lot in Essex County Watsessing Park on Friday at Bloomfield Town Hall.

The new all access playground will be the first of its kind in the Essex County Parks System to be designed for children of all physical abilities.

State DEP to Hold Listening Sessions on Environmental Justice

NEWARK, NJ -  Three listening sessions will be held so the state Department of Environmental Protection can get input on how it should consider environmental justice in its work.

The state DEP’s draft proposal lays out how all executive branch departments or agencies should consider environmental justice when addressing issues in communities that experience excessive exposure to ...

17 LPN Graduates at Essex County College Ready for Next Step

NEWARK, NJ - Augustine Omwan first became interested in the nursing profession while working as a youth missionary in Nigeria.

“I clearly saw all the help these people needed,” said Omwan, now 42. The clincher for him to pursue a career as a nurse was when he needed a stent. “I saw all the caring the nurses provided me.”

On Jan. 10, Omwan began to turn that dream ...

Gateway Center Buildings in Newark to Come Under New Ownership, Report Says

NEWARK, NJ - The new owners of three massive Gateway Center buildings plan to reinvent the skyway leading to Newark Penn Station, ROI-NJ and other media outlets have reported.

An announcement about Onyx Equities, Garrison Investment Group, Axonic Capital and Taconic Capital Advisors entering into a joint venture acquire One, Two and Four Gateway Center is forthcoming. Prudential Financial ...

Fair Lawn Teacher's Unconventional Methods Inspire Student Art

FAIR LAWN, NJ – Fair Lawn art teacher, Lauren Mandal, begins every class unconventionally.

She begins by hitting a gong with a rubber mallet, and then enthusiastically reads aloud her classroom mantra: "I am Smart, I am Kind, I Am Important, and I am an Artist!" The students repeat each line in unison, increasingly louder after each line.

There is nothing conventional ...

Passaic County Sheriff's Officers Come to Aid of Injured Hawk

WAYNE, NJ - An injured Red Tail Hawk is on its way to recovery thanks to the actions and compassion of two Passaic County Sheriff’s Officers.

According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, PCSO Officers Alaa Matari and Bashkim Seji were patrolling in the area of Hamburg Turnpike and Oldham Road in Wayne on Wednesday when they came upon an injured Red Tail Hawk in the roadway.

Advised by a ...

Original 1907 Times Square Ball Has Direct Link to New Jersey

NEW YORK, NY – Walter Fuhrman Palmer, the head electrician at the venerable New York Times newspaper more than 100 years ago, helped to create a legacy shared by tens of millions of people who have jammed Times Square on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the traditional countdown to the New Year.

Palmer, who lived in Warren, NJ, designed the first giant sphere to drop on Times Square, ...

New Jersey Marine Brothers Get Celebratory Surprise Before Deployment

TETERBORO, NJ -- Two brothers who will be deploying on separate missions for the United States Marine Corps soon received a couple of giant surprises on Sunday as they received a hero's sendoff from the local community. The day's events were coordinated by A Hero's Welcome North Jersey.

The day began for Ethan and Noah with tickets to the New York Giants/Dallas ...

Newark Airport Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure on December 24

NEWARK, NJ — State health officials said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, December 24 between noon and 4 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Brussels, Belgium, had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, according to the N.J. Department of Health (DOH). The person, whose name was not released, ...

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