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Newark man arrested for pizza shop burglary

February 19, 2018

Newark, NJ--A Newark man was arrested Monday for making off with the dough.

Scott Russo, 48, was arrested after officers responded to a call of a burglary at Queen’s Pizza, located at 122 Halsey Street, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced Monday.

The glass entrance to the shop was broken and cash taken from the cash registers.

Surveillance cameras ...

Illegal South Ward rooming house closed for life-threatening conditions, 12 relocated

Newark, NJ—An illegal rooming house in Newark's South Ward has been shuttered and 12 people relocated after Newark fire inspectors discovered life-threatening conditions inside the property on Friday.

Newark Fire Inspectors responded after citizen complaints to a one-family house at 46-48 Van Ness Place and found “deplorable conditions” inside the ...

Newark Police Division's CommUnity and Cops meetings invites public's input

Newark, NJ--The Newark Police Division is seeking the public’s input on a the creation of a new community policing plan through a series of upcoming CommUnity and Cops meetings to be held throughout the month of February.

Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced this week that public input will be used to formulate the new Newark Police Division community policing policy.

The ...

Newark Public Schools kicks off celebrity reading program

February 20, 2018

Newark, NJ--In an effort to promote reading and literacy throughout the district, Newark Public Schools kicked off the United Way’s Celebrity Read program at First Avenue School.

Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Robert Gregory was joined by Assistant Superintendent Erskine Glover, Principal Jose Fuentes, Essex County Freeholder Robert Mercado and members of the Newark ...

Rutgers-New Brunswick to Exhibit Papers of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, left an outsize imprint on state politics and national policy by the time he died while in office, in 2013.

His papers, now curated and maintained by the Rutgers University Libraries, encompass 2,250 boxes of hats, buttons, campaign stickers, vinyl records, paper documents and other artifacts that, laid end ...

Diversity and tolerance initiatives will further LGBTQ inclusion in Newark schools

Newark, NJ—In an effort to promote diversity, tolerance and inclusive learning environments throughout district high schools, Newark Public Schools will be advancing a series of initiatives as part of "Newark Connects LGBTQ Students," which will serve to create programming that celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning high school ...

WBGO's Newark Today show to focus on bail reform, domestic violence 

February 15, 2018

Newark, NJ—WBGO's Newark Today show will take a serious look at the national issue of bail reform from a local perspective on Thursday's live broadcast, particularly in light of last week's domestic violence-related homicide in Newark. 

Tiffany Wilson, a Newark resident, was shot to death last Tuesday by Kareem Dawson, her ex-boyfriend. According to court records, ...

Murphy signs executive order creating commission on Puerto Rico relief

Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order establishing the Commission on Puerto Rico Relief, an 18-member commission that will collaborate with state and federal agencies to expedite processes benefiting displaced Puerto Ricans in New Jersey, as well as examine ways the state can aid the island.

“It is unacceptable that five months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Baraka, with Booker, files petitions in Newark for reelection bid 

February 9, 2018

NEWARK, NJ—Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, joined by former Newark mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), filed his petitions to officially get on the ballot for his 2018 reelection, raining paper on City Hall in a show of incumbent-favored force.

"The people of this city liked me four years ago, and you have shown me that you want more," Baraka said to a crowd of more ...

Chaneyfield Jenkins officially certified as Newark mayoral candidate 

Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins became the first mayoral candidate to be officially certified to be on the ballot for the upcoming 2018 municipal elections, according to her campaign. 

“I’m pleased to announce that as of [Monday, Feb. 5] I am officially certified as a candidate for Mayor of Newark," said Chaneyfield Jenkins. "I want to ...

WBGO's Newark Today show to focus on bail reform, domestic violence 

February 15, 2018

Newark, NJ—WBGO's Newark Today show will take a serious look at the national issue of bail reform from a local perspective on Thursday's live broadcast, particularly in light of last week's domestic violence-related homicide in Newark. 

Tiffany Wilson, a Newark resident, was shot to death last Tuesday by Kareem Dawson, her ex-boyfriend. According to court records, ...

Lawyers Leading the Way help Newark Boys Chorus School accomplish its mission

February 16, 2018

Newark, NJ—It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes corporate social responsibility to put children through the Newark Boys Chorus School.

Founded in 1969, the school provides a rigorous academic curriculum and a comprehensive, performance-based music program that includes a diversified repertoire of classical music, spirituals, folk music and jazz for students ...

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Nation’s largest timber office building coming to Bears Riverfront Stadium site in Newark

February 5, 2018

Newark, NJ--Plans to develop the nation’s largest timber office building to be built on Newark's old Bears Riverfront Stadium and adjacent Lincoln motel sites were unveiled Monday by commercial real estate firm Lotus Equity Group.

The 11-story commercial office building, designed by Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture, will anchor Riverfront Square—an ...

Britnee Timberlake Joins New Jersey General Assembly Replacing Sheila Oliver’s Post

January 30, 2018

Former Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake was sworn in Monday to fill the seat vacated by Sheila Oliver, who became the first black woman to assume statewide office in Garden State history when she became lieutenant governor earlier this month.

Timerlake, an East Orange resident, will represent the 34th District, which ...

Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...