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Newark Police Officers Honored for Bravery, Valor

May 25, 2018

Newark, NJ—Members of the Police Division were presented with awards Friday for outstanding service to the City of Newark at a public ceremony held at St. Lucy’s Church.

The award recipients included police officers, civilian personnel, business and law enforcement partners and community members who were given medals, awards and certificates in recognition of acts of valor, ...

Step Team from Newark middle school finishes on the podium in national step competition

June 18, 2018

A step team from Uncommon Schools North Star Academy Clinton Hill Middle School in Newark finished third in a national step contest this weekend in Atlanta.

Da Boyz Step Team took home the third place trophy in the National Step League's Break The Stage National Championships.

The team was one of only 20 to qualify for the national competition out of hundreds nationwide. To qualify, the ...

Applications to Rutgers jumps nearly 10 percent; increase from out-of-state students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Applications to Rutgers University this year increased 9.4 percent over last year, university President Robert Barchi told the Board of Governors at a meeting this week.

The university received nearly 45,000 applications this year, Barchi said.

That included a 20 percent increase in the number of students from outside New Jersey applying to Rutgers, the university ...

Dream Team students find purpose, positivity at Malcolm X Shabazz High School

Newark, NJ—Malcolm X Shabazz High School senior Elijah Nazario had a vision to create a documentary displaying the positive work being done by himself and other students who belong to the Dream Team.

Nazario, 17, described the Dream Team as “A non-profit organization where we make dreams come true.”

Students on the Dream Team come up with their own project ideas ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

June 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Co-working space Launch Pad officially opens in style

June 8, 2018

Newark, NJ—Scores of residents and entrepreneurs from the city attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration for the opening of Launch Pad, a co-working space located in the Hahne & Co building on Halsey Street.

The event, held at the Launch Pad Newark on Wednesday night, featured a live band, food and drinks. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Launch Pad CEO Chris Schultz, Phone.com ...

Facebook Provides Verification Badges for All TAPinto Facebook Pages

TAPinto and its 75 partner sites have been verified on Facebook with the social media platform's blue badge, which is given to news organizations that meet Facebook's authenticity criteria. 

Facebook gives the blue verification badge to "eligible brands, media organizations and public figures," based on factors that include policy compliance and public ...

Governor signs bill reactivating Newark's urban enterprise zone

Gov. Murphy Wednesday signed legislation reactivating Urban Enterprise Zones for five years in five communities across the state, including Newark.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, a Democrat from Newark, allows qualifying businesses in the UEZ to charge and collect the state’s sales and use tax at one-half of the normal rate. 

"I want to ...

Baraka-backed candidates sweep Newark council runoff elections

June 12, 2018

Newark, NJ—All three Newark council runoff elections in the East, Central and West wards resulted in victories Tuesday for members of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s municipal slate. 

East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, West Ward Councilman Joseph McCallum, and political newcomer LaMonica McIver in the Central Ward defeated their rivals on Tuesday, cementing Baraka’s ...

Ironbound showdown: Will Amador or Campos win the East Ward council seat on Tuesday?         

Newark, NJ—Days after thousands of people poured into the streets of Newark's Ironbound section for the annual Portugal Day celebration, the people of the East Ward will hopefully pour into the voting booth to choose between two Portuguese-Americans with contrasting backgrounds and personal styles.

Incumbent Augusto Amador received the most votes, with 1,524 tallies and 42.97 percent ...

West and Central ward runoffs could reshape Newark council

Newark, NJ—On Tuesday night, all uncertainty about the composition of the Newark City Council will end when the results of three runoff elections come in from the East, Central and West wards.

TAPInto Newark is focusing this article on the West and Central ward races, with another story on the East Ward.

West Ward

In the West Ward, Councilman Joseph McCallum, Jr. received the most ...

Tour reminds Newark of author Philip Roth's mark 

June 6, 2018

The lustrous literary legacy of native Newark son Philip Roth began at home.

In the aftermath of Roth's death last month, a tour of places that made the pages of his books not only demonstrated that his imprint on Newark is still deep. It shows that his life's work still makes people's hearts, minds and souls come alive. 

The Sunday afternoon tour, which left from the ...

Street Closures Sunday for African American Heritage Parade

Newark today announced street closures for the 51st Annual African American Heritage Parade, to be held Sunday, May 27 starting on Broad Street and Lincoln Park at 1:30 p.m.

STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, the following streets will be closed to traffic:

Broad Street between Chestnut and Murray Streets
Pennington Street between Broad and ...

Hispanic Law Enforcement Society raises scholarship funds for Newark students 

June 18, 2018

A local Latino law enforcement society might have had their recent fundraiser at an Ironbound cigar bar, but amidst the clouds of smoke, their mission was clear—get the money needed to help mold the minds of Newark students through scholarships. 

The Hispanic Law Enforcement Society of Essex County raised more than $100,000 for scholarships meant to send Newark students to college ...

Volunteers welcomed back to Saint Michael's Medical Center

May 25, 2018

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark has relaunched its volunteer program, giving members of the community an opportunity to serve in a hospital setting.

The volunteer program was suspended in 2011 while the hospital was struggling financially under its old owners. Since it was purchased by Prime Healthcare in May 2016, the hospital is ...

Council members question police psychologist contract

May 30, 2018

Newark, NJ—Members of the council raised questions and expressed concerns today at a special meeting about a contract with the doctor who does the examinations for police academy recruits.

North Ward Council Member Anibal Ramos Jr. started the questioning over a resolution to ratify and authorize a contract not to exceed $264,875 with Nicole J. Rafanello for Clinical and Forensic ...

Mayor Ras Baraka’s Ex-Treasurer Admits Embezzlement and Fraud

Newark,NJ—Mayor Ras J. Baraka's former campaign treasurer pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $220,000 in campaign funds.

Frederick Murphy Jr., of Bloomfield, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Newark to three federal counts charging him with wire fraud, bank fraud, and tax evasion before Chief Judge Jose L. Linares.

Murphy served as the treasurer for ...

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McGovern's summer renovation closing party celebrates change

June 16, 2018

It always takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust when you walk into McGovern's Tavern in Newark, a downtown fixture since 1936.

But this Friday afternoon, there were two immediate sights that demonstrated something was different.

First, most of the photos, portraits, and articles that cover the bar's walls were removed, the relics of decades of history gone.

Second, you ...

Newark men honored for serving as role models by the Marion P. Thomas Charter School Foundation

June 11, 2018

Newark, NJ—Three local men and one corporation received awards from the Marion P. Thomas Charter School (MPTCS) Foundation at its annual “Fathers for our Children” Awards Ceremony and Scholarship Fundraiser.

This year’s award recipients are Modia "Mo" Butler, political strategist; the late Dr. Fabian Rice of RWJ/ Barnabas Health’s ...

Essex County Undersheriff Kevin Ryan dies

June 20, 2018

Kevin Ryan, a former Assemblyman from Nutley who served as an Essex County Undersheriff, has died.

Ryan, 49, served for nearly two decades in the Essex County Sheriff's Office, rising to the rank of undersheriff. He also served a year beginning in January 2011 as State Assemblyman before redistricting changes.  

Ryan was a close confidante of Essex County Sheriff ...

50 years after RFK assassination, the NBHS band’s moment is remembered

June 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a warm June day in 1968, 40 members of the New Brunswick High School band stood on the city train platform playing solemn hymns.

It was supposed to be a one-hour performance as they waited the train traveling from New York to Washington, carrying the body of a slain presidential candidate, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But one-hour dragged into two, and then three, as ...

Got junk? Rutgers students do

June 1, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - On a thin tripod of supports, the black charcoal grill sat on top of love seat that was half on the street, half on the curb, outside a Delafield Street apartment.

As the college year ends, and this generation of Rutgers students empty out of apartments, their well-used but now discarded remains line city curbs, and sometimes spill into ...

50 years after RFK assassination, the NBHS band’s moment is remembered

June 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a warm June day in 1968, 40 members of the New Brunswick High School band stood on the city train platform playing solemn hymns.

It was supposed to be a one-hour performance as they waited the train traveling from New York to Washington, carrying the body of a slain presidential candidate, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But one-hour dragged into two, and then three, as ...

Hearing Loss Common in School-Aged Children

May 30, 2018

With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect school-aged children, and where to find help.

“Some children are born ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...