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Public invited to tour Newark firehouses

July 30, 2017

The public is welcome to visit the city’s firehouse during the Department of Public Safety’s upcoming Open Fire House events.
 
“We’re opening the firehouses to give members of the public the opportunity to meet our city’s firefighters, to see their equipment up close and to learn more about fire safety,” said Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose ...

Two Men Arrested on charges of illegal dumping in North Ward

Two men were arrested in the North Ward Wednesday evening on charges of illegal dumping after they were spotted throwing garbage bags near Greenwood Lake Street and Tiffany Boulevard.

Hector L. Delarosa, 43, and Randolph Robinson, 48, both of Newark, were observed by a concerned citizen driving a red pickup truck filled with debris traveling near Broadway and 2nd Avenue around 9 ...

Lifelong champion of youth to open LEAD charter

August 20, 2017

The first thing you notice about Robert Clark is his smile, then his energy, as he strides down the halls of LEAD, his new charter high school that will open in September.

The modern LEAD building at 201 Bergen Street is alive with activity, as Clark’s team gets ready to open its doors to 92 students in just a few short weeks.

Clark pokes his head into every classroom to check on the ...

Incoming Newark second graders make literacy gains over the summer

In a few weeks, more than 750 Newark Public School students will be entering second grade better prepared to read proficiently thanks to an innovative program between the district one of the city’s highest performing charter schools.

Over the summer, the students attended the “Rising Second Grade” program, a collaborative effort between NPS and Uncommon Schools’ North ...

Uncommon Schools Creating Pipeline of Teachers of Color in New Jersey

When Michelle Yaruqui arrived at Uncommon Schools’ North Star Academy in sixth grade she could barely write in English. She came to the United States from Ecuador with her family when she was five, and the school she’d attended through fifth grade hadn’t challenged her.

“We would only watch movies for class sometimes, or just sit around and talk,” she ...

Baraka blasts Newark fire, police unions in health benefit fight in scathing opinion piece

August 15, 2017

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka escalated the war of words between his administration and the city firefighter and police unions over a recent change in health benefits today, writing a fiery opinion piece first published in TAPinto Newark that lambastes and lacerates his union opponents for using what he terms "scare tactics" and "misinformation" in the ongoing battle.

Newark counters claims that firefighters, police lack health insurance

The City of Newark has countered state claims in its ongoing labor dispute with firefighter and police unions over a recent change in health benefits, stating that union members can access health care and that members will be reimbursed for any unnecessary reductions made regarding retirees because of the shift to the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). 

An attorney representing ...

Legal dispute over health benefits leaves Newark firefighters and police in limbo

John Witsch worked as a Newark police officer for 28 years before he retired in 1999. Ever since, he has enjoyed one of the perks of retirement -- health care benefits provided by the city.

Until this month.

"I have no insurance right now. They rejected my application, and I'm in limbo," said Witsch, one of many police and firefighter retirees who have had similar problems ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, NJ's Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

August 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council today, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to remain ...

50 Jobs Available at Newark-Liberty Airport. Here's How You Can Snag One

ELIZABETH, NJ - Fifty full-time and part-time positions at Newark-Liberty International Airport are available, and an informational session will be held next week for people interested in the jobs.

The ground services company AirServ will be at Union County’s Workforce Innovation Business (WIB) Center in the Mills at Jersey Gardens mall on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. to share information about ...

Application for proposed Lower Broadway area Wawa postponed

An application for a proposed Wawa in the city’s Central Ward was postponed at last night's meeting of the Central Planning Board.

The proposed project, to be built on two lots located at 1300-1346 McCarter Highway on a 2.483-acre site, would see a 5,051 square-foot 24-hour Wawa convenience store with 58 parking spaces, along with a 16-pump gas ...

Oliver event in Newark draws city and statewide supporters

August 1, 2017

More than one hundred New Jersey politicos and local supporters feted Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial Sheila Oliver on Monday night, celebrating her official nomination to party gubernatorial nominee's Phil Murphy's ticket last week. 

The event was sponsored former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and former Councilman Calvin West, ...

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy taps Newark native Sheila Oliver as running mate

On the day she was officially named the Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver's mind went back to Bock Avenue, the one-block street in Newark's South Ward where she grew up and where her political awakening began. 

"It was a very multicultural and multiethnic neighborhood when I grew up there," said Oliver, 65, a 13-year state ...

Robert Treat Hotel's historic Crystal Ballroom in downtown Newark now fully renovated

August 9, 2017

The Robert Treat Hotel in downtown unveiled its new Crystal Ballroom, a hallmark of the hotel since its opening in 1916, earlier this month.

The glittering highlight of the ballroom’s makeover includes a new centerpiece - a three-tier chandelier with 30,000 hand-cut and polished crystals and technology that enables the staff to change the chandelier’s color across the rainbow ...

A $100K Check and a Chance for Newark's West Ward

July 28, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Shovels dug into the earth, steadily burying the roots of five delicate saplings, as dark clouds loomed above this new Littleton Avenue park, near 14th Street. But the rain didn't come.

In some ways, the scene on the morning of July 27 mimicked where Newark's West Ward is right now: Crime and other social problems linger, but a group of community partners ...

Saint Michael’s Medical Center Executives Making the Rounds

July 27, 2017

As the chief financial officer of Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, Marcello Guarneri is used to spending time behind a desk, pouring over balance sheets and financial statements and meeting with colleagues.

But at least three times a week, he is required to leave the comfort zone of the hospital’s c-suite and visit with patients staying in the hospital.

The effort is ...

Saint Michael’s Medical Center Announces Appointment of Emergency Department Director

A physician who earned his medical degree in Newark is returning home to head the Emergency Department at Saint Michael’s Medical Center.

Dr. Kevin Edwards, who graduated in 2011 from New Jersey Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, was named the Medical Director of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Edwards previously served as an ...

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Application for proposed Lower Broadway area Wawa postponed

August 8, 2017

An application for a proposed Wawa in the city’s Central Ward was postponed at last night's meeting of the Central Planning Board.

The proposed project, to be built on two lots located at 1300-1346 McCarter Highway on a 2.483-acre site, would see a 5,051 square-foot 24-hour Wawa convenience store with 58 parking spaces, along with a 16-pump gas ...

NJ Audubon Lauds Lawmaker on Efforts to Keep Open Parks and Beaches

August 4, 2017

Dear TAPInto Editor:

New Jersey Audubon appreciates the work of Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27th Dist), the sponsor of legislation that requires state parks, forests and other natural and historic areas to remain open to the public for seven days if state government is shut down in the future.

This legislation, A5128, which received strong bi-partisan support, provides a safeguard to ...

Teaching entrepreneurship is essential to re-engineering public education

August 16, 2017

The fate of public education in America rests on our ability to help students develop critical skills that will transcend to innovation. 

Innovation has long been the cornerstone for reshaping communities and society. Leaders in the public education space often cite global competition as a reason to improve the quality of public education. 

I agree with this reasoning but can ...