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Injured firefighter Paul Leber honored by city officials

May 1, 2018

Newark, NJ–Paul Leber, a Newark firefighter injured on the job, was honored Tuesday at St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Church during the Newark Department of Public Safety’s Public Safety Award Ceremony.

“It is a great day to honor Newark’s bravest,” said Mayor Ras J. Baraka.

Baraka described a very solemn ride to the hospital to see Paul Leber after his ...

Newark Students Exposed to Opera through Arts Grant

May 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - An education grant has provided Newark schoolchildren an opportunity to learn about and participate in one of the most classic theatric musical forms - opera. 

"I like that you can express your feelings with actions and feelings. I found some good ways to express my talents," said Imanol, a fifth grader at Rafael Hernandez Elementary School in Newark's ...

Parsippany septuagenarian becomes NJIT's oldest engineering grad

NEWARK, NJ - It was about five minutes after Robert Dresnack’s Water Resources Engineering class had begun when a septuagenarian poked his head into the room at NJIT. Puzzled, the professor inquired, “May I help you?”

In fact, he could. “I’m a student in this class,” replied Chris Antholis, then 72, who was six years into his quest to earn a Bachelor of ...

Newark students present community service projects

Newark, NJ—On Tuesday, students from five Newark Public Schools presented their community service projects at the Prudential Financial building on Broad Street.

The students, who have participated in the Spirit Afterschool Club since December, were awarded certificates for participating in community service projects in their own neighborhoods.

Ruth Hernandez, a coordinator ...

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announce release of Puerto Rico Relief Commission Report in Newark

May 17, 2018

Newark, NJ—Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver traveled to Newark Thursday to announce the completion of a report ordered by Gov. Phil Murphy recommending ways New Jersey could help the more than 30,000 displaced Puerto Ricans who remain in the state following Hurricane Maria.

Oliver was joined by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló at the Flamboyan in the North Ward. Gov. Murphy was ...

Chaneyfield Jenkins and Corchado speak at homelessness forum

Newark, NJ – On Wednesday mayoral candidate Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and Council Member At-large candidate Hector M. Corchado discussed the problem of homeless in the city of Newark at a forum at the Newark Public Library.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka sent word that there was an emergency at his daughter’s school and he was unable to attend the event originally slated as a mayoral ...

Baraka proposal will give renters free legal help during eviction

Newark, NJ–Mayor Ras J. Baraka and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposed ordinance that will provide low income residents in Newark with free legal representation in landlord-tenant disputes during eviction proceedings.

Baraka said he felt inspired by de Blasio’s existing legislation and he reached out to the NYC mayor to discuss how to implement similar ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

May 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

Baraka wins reelection in Newark mayoral race in a landslide

May 8, 2018

Newark, NJ–Newark Mayor Ras Baraka won reelection to lead New Jersey’s largest city in a landslide victory over challenger Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, staking his claim to another four years inside City Hall.

Baraka garnered more than more than 77 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial tally by the Essex County Clerk's Office. Chaneyfield Jenkins received ...

Chaneyfield Jenkins and Corchado speak at homelessness forum

Newark, NJ – On Wednesday mayoral candidate Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and Council Member At-large candidate Hector M. Corchado discussed the problem of homeless in the city of Newark at a forum at the Newark Public Library.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka sent word that there was an emergency at his daughter’s school and he was unable to attend the event originally slated as a mayoral ...

Judge tosses lawsuit against Baraka alleging misuse of city funds

Newark, NJ–A lawsuit filed by three Newark residents alleging Mayor Ras J. Baraka had improperly spent city taxpayer money to pay for expenses that should have been paid by the mayor’s campaign was dismissed.

Donna Jackson, Lisa Michaelson and Tharien Arnold filed the suit in Essex County Superior Court with a little more than a week until the May 8 non-partisan election, in ...

Philip Roth's Childhood Home Still Standing in Newark

May 23, 2018

NEWARK, NJ—The house at 81 Summit Avenue in Newark's Weequahic neighborhood is otherwise unremarkable expect for a sign attached to its faux flagstone facade noting that the home has been designated a historic site -- the childhood home of celebrated author Philip Roth, who died Tuesday at the age of 85.

There were no crowds outside the home to pay homage to the ...

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Newark Boys Choir to play free concert Wednesday

Newark, NJ—On Wednesday, a free lunch concert featuring members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Newark Boys Choir will take place at the Hahne & Co building in the indoor courtyard next to the Whole Foods.

The concert, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on May 23, is sponsored by PSE&G, which provides financial support to both groups. The utility ...

Veteran nurse at Saint Michael’s Medical Center receives Daisy Award

May 16, 2018

Newark, NJ—A nurse who has worked for Saint Michael’s Medical Center for more than 26 years was honored with the DAISY Foundation's Daisy Award, which honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day

Honorata “Nori” Reyes of Union, who works in the hospital’s same-day surgery department, was described as a role model and a team player ...

Seventh police precinct to open this summer in the North Ward

May 12, 2018

Newark, NJ–A seventh seventh police precinct located at the Newark Schools Stadium is expected to open this summer.

Initially slated to be a mini-police station, the project grew in scope and eventually resulted in adding the seventh fully functioning police precinct.

“When School Stadium was designed, we included a community center that we hoped we could use as ap police ...

City to build a new police and fire safety training complex in the South Ward

Newark, NJ—Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, and Executive Director of the Newark Housing Authority Victor Cirilo on Monday unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art police and fire training complex.

The proposal calls for a complex to be built on the former grounds of the William H. Brown Academy that would train 1,700 police and fire personnel ...

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TRYP by Wydham Hotel opens in downtown Newark

May 2, 2018

Newark, NJ–Mayor Ras J. Baraka and several council members, including mayoral candidate Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, attended the ribbon cutting Wednesday at the TRYP by Wyndham Hotel on East Park Place.

The luxury hotel has 101 rooms, special family and fitness rooms, and occupies the renovated St. Francis Hotel, whose historic features are preserved in the hotels design ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

Morristown, NJ-The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Newark man given 22-year sentence for kidnapping, sexual asault of Rutgers student

May 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Newark man was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a Rutgers University student on the school campus in New Brunswick.

Michael Knight, 40, of Newark must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Superior Court Judge ...

Autism rates continues to rise in New Jersey, Rutgers study shows

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Autism rates in New Jersey continue to rise and lead the nation, according to findings from a Rutgers University study.
 
In a report that examined reports of eight-year-old children, a university study found one in 34 had autism, an increase of 19 from two years ago.

“It is now clear that what we saw in 2016 was just a pause along the way.  It ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

Morristown, NJ-The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Here's How to Help Protect Young Athletes from Injury: Let Them Play Multiple Sports

April 30, 2018

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt.

But not all injuries are caused by ...