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Students, school policymakers meet to fight chronic absenteeism

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ—Jemiah Wolfe, 18, a student at LEAD charter school, read a passage IN her poem to a hushed crowd: “I’m sorry for the way I act but it’s for many reasons. I’m hurt and bitter. I change just like the seasons.” 

Wolfe and several other students recited poetry Tuesday to serve as a reminder for teachers, administrators and policymakers as to ...

Rutgers Professor Named Pulitzer Prize Finalist

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For Evie Shockley, poetry – and her professorship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick – are central to her engagement with a world that needs change and central to the ways she prepares students to do their own engagement.

This week, Shockley was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category. The Pulitzer ...

Newark held an election last week, but hardly anyone bothered to vote

NEWARK – Just 5 percent of the 143,269 registered voters in Newark went to the polls in the school board election this week, selecting three school board members running together on the Moving Newark Schools Forward slate.

Candidates Dawn Haynes, Asia Norton and Yambeli Gomez were the three top vote-getters among a field of 13 candidates.

Each year, Newark votes in school board ...

Environmental groups plan to sue Newark over elevated levels of lead in water

April 24, 2018

Newark, NJ–The Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW Caucus) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced plans to sue the city of Newark for elevated levels of lead in the water on Tuesday.

The NEW Caucus and NRDC filed a notice of intent to sue the City of Newark, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities, and Director Andrea Hall ...

Women need better treatment behind bars, lawmakers say

Newark, NJ—Former Newark Mayor and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez held a roundtable discussion in Newark Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formerly  incarcerated women to discuss state legislation modeled after a bill Booker introduced to reform the way women are treated behind bars. 

“Dignity must be afforded to all of ...

Gov. Murphy announces proposed NJTransit funding increase

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

North Star Academy sprinter signs letter of intent to attend Manhattan College

April 22, 2018

North Star Academy senior Amahri Boyce had just run the 55-meter sprint in 7.26 seconds at the Molloy Stanner Games in the New York Armory in January when she lost her footing on a mat at the end of the track.

Instead of celebrating her personal best, Boyce was nursing a pain in her foot. She iced it and thought everything would be fine. It wasn’t until she got to the doctor later that ...

Did Racism Prevent Babe Ruth from Becoming a Major League Manager?

BRONX, NY – As baseball approaches the April 15 anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier, a new book, BABE RUTH - A Superstar’s Legacy by Jerry Amernic, makes the case that The Bambino never got the coveted opportunity to become a big-league manager for fear that he might push for integration.

Babe Ruth’s grandson, Tom Stevens, wrote the Foreword ...

Legislation reinstating Urban Enterprise Zone in Newark awaits governor's signature

April 12, 2018

Newark's popular Urban Enterprise Zone, which expired under Gov. Chris Christie's administration, is close to making a comeback.

Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin that would extend Urban Enterprise Zones for 10 years—including reviving the one in Newark—received final approval from the Assembly Thursday. 

The bill, S-3549, previously ...

LUPE Fund announces new leadership position for President Sara Peña

Newark, NJ - Lupe Fund President Sara Peña will serve as the Director of the Center for Hispanic Policy Research and Development at New Jersey Department of State, the organization announced today.  

Peña will be primarily responsible to provide financial support and technical assistance to Hispanic community -based organizations throughout New Jersey and to ensure ...

Baraka, Chaneyfield Jenkins spar at Newark mayoral debate

April 20, 2018

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and his mayoral race challenger, Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, waged a war of words at a packed debate in the city's downtown on Thursday night, less than three weeks away from Election Day.

"I believed in Ras Baraka, and I'm disappointed," said Chaneyfield Jenkins, wearing her trademark black glasses and black-and-gold earrings ...

Essex County Filmmaker to Host Trailer Release Party in Newark for Newest Film, Apr. 20

April 10, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County filmmaker Yucef Mayes will be hosting a trailer release premiere for his second short film, Zahra and the Oil Man on April 20.

Born and raised in Newark, Mayes currently resides in the city of Orange. The filmmaker resident of Rutgers-Express Newark, produced the film alongside Newark arts icon, the late Rodney Gilbert. 

Zahra and ...

New Taylor Swift Exhibit Opens at Newark’s Grammy Museum Experience in the Rock

NEWARK, NJ - TAPinto got a special invite to see the new Taylor Swift Experience exhibit at  the Newark GRAMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center.  The exhibit opens to the public tomorrow.

The exhibit was curated and supplied items directly by Taylor Swift and her mother. It definitely shows in the exhibits. You will see childhood photos and family ...

High-Tech Gadgetry Fuels the 35th Anniversary of the World Series of Birding

BERNARDSVILLE – For any real competitor, there’s the ultimate competition: think the Final Four. Or the Super Bowl. Or the biggest cucumber at the state fair.

For birdwatchers, the not-to-miss event is the annual World Series of Birding, to be held Saturday, May 12. It’s a proud New Jersey exclusive.

Individuals and teams fan out across the state for a ...

Prudential announces $30 million in grants to Newark non-profits

April 10, 2018

Prudential Financial today announced $30 million in grants to support 17 non-profit organizations in Newark, including some of the city's most enduring institutions like the Newark Museum, the Newark Public Library, NJPAC and the NJ Symphony Orchestra.

The grants will also go to support community projects in the city's five wards, including a long-awaited community center in ...

Newark's Center for Autism joins North Ward Center to expand services for people with autism

Newark, NJ—North Ward Center CEO and Center for Autism founder Michele Adubato was once asked whether she had anyone with autism in her family.

Adubato's response was immediate.

“I said, ‘Yeah, about 400,’” Adubato said.

It is this love and unwavering dedication that has helped bring about the merging of two organizations that have been serving ...

Big Brothers Big Sisters group set to travel to China

NEWARK - On the eve of his first plane ride, Jhasaad Shiggs is ready to leave his Newark home for no ordinary trip. He's going to cross a continent and an ocean. Destination: China.

"I've never really been out of Newark, and for me to get this chance, it's amazing," said Shiggs, 17, an 11th grader at the Marion P. Thomas Charter High School in Newark. "It's ...

Saint Michael's hires veteran NYC emergency room doctor

April 19, 2018

When Dr. Ramy Yakobi first toured the Emergency Department at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, he was immediately struck by how different it was from the New York City emergency rooms where he worked his entire career.

“This is the most beautiful emergency room that that I have ever seen,” said Yakobi, who was recently named the new chair of the Emergency Department ...

Newark's Center for Autism joins North Ward Center to expand services for people with autism

Newark, NJ—North Ward Center CEO and Center for Autism founder Michele Adubato was once asked whether she had anyone with autism in her family.

Adubato's response was immediate.

“I said, ‘Yeah, about 400,’” Adubato said.

It is this love and unwavering dedication that has helped bring about the merging of two organizations that have been serving ...

More than 1,000 Newark residents helped by New Jersey Reentry Corporation

April 24, 2018

Newark, NJ—Former governor and chairman of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) Jim McGreevey on Tuesday celebrated the 1,065th participant of the NJRC since its inception in December 2015.

The NJRC provides individualized assessments and treatment plans, addiction treatment, sober housing, job training (resume writing, interviewing skills, etc.)  and employment services, ...

Kiburi Tucker sentenced to 38 months in federal prison

Kiburi Tucker, a longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the business partner of a Newark woman who admitted to tax evasion last year, was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion, federal authorities announced. 

Kiburi D. Tucker, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty in November before Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares after being charged ...

Former Gov. Florio, gun violence activists, offer blueprint

NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association. 

In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun control is unthinkable. But 40 years ago, it was not a big ...

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Major redevelopment to take place on MLK Blvd.

April 25, 2018

Newark, NJ—Two groundbreaking ceremonies held Wednesday are the latest indication that Dr. Martin Luther Kind Boulevard is changing.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka told TAPinto Newark that while MLK Blvd. represents despair in other places, the City of Newark is fighting to change that perception.

“We’re developing MLK Blvd.,” Baraka said. “We’re trying to change ...

"Flashes of Genius" gala celebrates Newark Arts and longtime supporter Ellen Lambert

April 26, 2018

Newark native Kim Hawthorne's journey as an actress has taken her across the world to light up the stage. Hawthorne journeyed home earlier this month to shine a light on those who back the mission of supporting the arts in Newark, a force that positively changes cities and changes lives.

"I could not be more excited to be illuminating the arts in my hometown," said Hawthrone, a ...

LUPE Fund, Inc. to Announce the 2018 Young Latina Leadership Scholarship Recipients during Power of Women Reception

Newark, NJ – The LUPE Fund, Inc. will announce the selection of seven outstanding undergraduate students to receive the 2018 Young Latina Leadership Scholarship during their annual Power of Women Reception. LUPE Fund’s Power of Women Reception and 15th Anniversary Celebration will be held on May 2, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Waterside Restaurant, located at 7800 River Road in ...

High-Tech Gadgetry Fuels the 35th Anniversary of the World Series of Birding

April 6, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE – For any real competitor, there’s the ultimate competition: think the Final Four. Or the Super Bowl. Or the biggest cucumber at the state fair.

For birdwatchers, the not-to-miss event is the annual World Series of Birding, to be held Saturday, May 12. It’s a proud New Jersey exclusive.

Individuals and teams fan out across the state for a ...

Rutgers protesters planned at Tuesday's Board of Governors meeting

April 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - If you believe what you read on Facebook these days, it would appear that more than 100 protesters will be storming the Rutgers University Board of Governors meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 10.

The reason? 

Contracts are set to expire in June for  20,000 faculty and staff members at the university.

But that is not the only issue at hand. There are a laundry ...

Safe Sleep for Babies Requires Effort from All

April 10, 2018

For more than a decade, my organization, Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), has sounded the steady drumbeat of safe sleep awareness, which in turn has created bans on dangerous products and has helped enact laws that work to ensure babies are sleeping safely.

In 2018, KBS kicked off its latest awareness campaign designed to promote safe sleep practices and products ...