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East Orange Police Seek Public’s Help in Finding Missing Newark Child

September 20, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Police are asking the public to help them find an 8-year-old from Newark who was last seen in East Orange on Sunday. 

Niyad Robinson was last seen in the area of William and North Grove streets in East Orange around 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. He was wearing black pants, a white T-shirt and black shoes, East Orange police said. 

The 8-year-old is known to frequent ...

Montclair State University Police Come Under Fire After Drawing Gun Following Student Fight

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair State University officials have come under fire over a recent video that has surfaced of the campus police responding to a call of a fight between students on Wednesday, with guns drawn. 

Students and alumni took to twitter after a video surfaced.

Students and alumni are concerned that this incident could have escalated and state that this is not the first ...

$2.6M Federal Grant Will Go Towards Hiring 20 Newark Firefighters

NEWARK, NJ - The city’s fire department will receive about $2.6 million from a federal grant that will go towards hiring more firefighters, officials announced today.

Newark was one of three municipalities to receive a piece of a $4.9 million Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Newark’s portion will be ...

Newark's Solution to Low College Enrollment: Start With 8th Graders

September 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The Newark Public School District is pledging to increase student opportunities to attend college by starting to work with children while they are in in middle school.

The push by Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León comes amid a study from Rutgers University - Newark, which found disparities between public comprehensive schools and ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint legislative panel expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify and answer ...

State Board of Education Postpones Vote on PARCC Rollbacks

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Board of Education postponed a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before it was set to vote on the plan.

The decision put off the vote was a setback to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on eliminating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment on ...

Sussex Avenue Shelter Officially Closes as Newark Moves Ahead with New Plan

September 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The city officially closed a temporary homeless shelter at 224 Sussex Ave., with plans to pay third parties to provide more beds beginning in November instead.  

The shelter opened in December 2017 to house the homeless during extreme periods of cold weather, but city officials only intended for it to stay open until March 2018. Responding to public outcry when it was ...

Newark City Council Demands Explanation About Lapse in Recycling, Street Cleaning

NEWARK, NJ - City council wanted to get to the bottom of an issue that residents have been inundating them with for at least the past month: Why hasn’t recycling been getting picked up regularly and when will street sweepers get to certain roads?  

The two issues are separate. A contract dispute is at play when it comes to recycling pickup, while inexperienced drivers and call outs ...

Program That Would Help Evicted Newark Residents Stalls on Final Vote

Newark, NJ - An ordinance that would have given legal representation to low-income city residents facing eviction was put on hold Thursday at a city council meeting because it was unclear how the measure would be funded.

An ad hoc committee of several community groups that worked with the city on the ordinance emailed council members asking them not to approve the measure ...

Ex Rutgers Football Player Devera Released Without Bail on Fraud Charges

August 23, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail.

Brendan Devera, 18, stood before the camera in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center wearing jail-issued ...

Ex Rutgers Football Player Devera Released Without Bail on Fraud Charges

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail.

Brendan Devera, 18, stood before the camera in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center wearing jail-issued ...

Newark Airport Workers Rally for $19 Minimum Wage Ahead of Port Authority Vote

September 6, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Employees at Newark International Liberty Airport in March were on the verge of receiving an hourly wage increase up to $19, but the Port Authority Board of Commissioners has stalled on giving its final approval for the measure.

So yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy and Mayor Ras Baraka joined members of 32BJ SEIU, a union that represents 14,000 airport employees in New York and New ...

NJ Reentry Program Expands, Helping Woman, Minorities, Veterans

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Reentry, the program that former Gov. Jim McGreevey started to help recently released inmates obtain housing and employment, is now moving to assist a large segment of society with training for and placement in jobs in construction trades through a program called NJBuild.

At ceremonies Thursday marking the opening of the NJBuild office in New Brunswick, McGreevey said the ...

Annual Bicycle Tour to Roll Through Newark This Sunday

September 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Cyclists will take a tour through Branch Brook and Weequahic parks, the Ironbound community and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart this Sunday. 

Brick City Bike Collective, a cyclists advocacy group, will host the 16-mile ride, including a shorter loop through the Ironbound for families. An optional 11-mile route will head towards Weequahic Park and back for ...

Newark Photographer Captures a City in Flux

When Akintola Hanif walks the streets of Newark, the pictures he takes capture what he wants to see. And according to him, his vision captures more glory than grit.

“My work is about the souls of the misunderstood. What interests me the most is focused on what people may not see and don’t want to see,” said Hanif, 46, a professional photojournalist and Lincoln Park ...

500 Free Backpacks On Hand at Festival de la Familia This Saturday

NEWARK, NJ - Up to 500 children will get a free backpack filled with school supplies at the 11th Annual Festival de la Familia this Saturday.

Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Puerto Rican and African music and dance performances will fill the road on Broadway between Bloomfield Place and Broad Street this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Carnival games, street performers, crafts and more ...

Conference to Point Path to a Healthier Newark

September 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - An upcoming conference to be held in Newark will highlight a campaign that seeks to help the community get healthier. 

The second annual Believe in a Healthy Newark campaign conference, set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at NJIT, will bring together several important community stakeholders united by an initiative to promote better health in some of Newark's poorest ...

Fall Sports Season Heightens Risk of Head Trauma

TRENTON – The return to school also means a return to highly-competitive sports, prompting the need for student-athletes across New Jersey to heed caution, especially in contact sports such as football and soccer.

The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) believes that caution begins with the youth sports coach and parents, who must be aware of all risks and develop a ...

Saint Michael's Nurse Receives Daisy Award

A nurse who has worked for Saint Michael’s Medical Center for the last decade was honored with the DAISY Foundation's Daisy Award, which honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.

Shanta Carter of East Orange, who works on the hospital’s A7 nursing unit, was described as a true patient advocate by her manager.

“Shanta exemplifies ...

Program That Would Help Evicted Newark Residents Stalls on Final Vote

September 10, 2018

Newark, NJ - An ordinance that would have given legal representation to low-income city residents facing eviction was put on hold Thursday at a city council meeting because it was unclear how the measure would be funded.

An ad hoc committee of several community groups that worked with the city on the ordinance emailed council members asking them not to approve the measure ...

Ex Rutgers Football Player Devera Released Without Bail on Fraud Charges

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail.

Brendan Devera, 18, stood before the camera in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center wearing jail-issued ...

Ex Rutgers Football Player Devera Released Without Bail on Fraud Charges

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail.

Brendan Devera, 18, stood before the camera in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center wearing jail-issued ...

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Mystery Developer Gets OK to Turn Historic Griffith Building Into Apartments

September 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A mystery developer received approval from the city planning board to turn the historic Griffith building on Broad Street into modern apartments and ground floor retail space.

The building at 605-607 Broad St. was built in 1927 by the Griffith Piano Company and was used as a showroom, office tower and recital hall. Now, the building is slated for 60 studio apartments, 27 ...

Seton Hall University Student Dies After Falling From the Campus' Parking Deck

September 11, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student died after falling from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday, according to a letter to the school community from the University's Interim President, Mary J. Meehan Tuesday afternoon.

The student was identified in a letter to the university community as Julian M. Mislavsky.

South Orange Police Officers responded to a ...

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Rutgers Names Old Bridge Freshman as Starting QB

August 24, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers football has decided to go with a freshman over a red-shirt senior for the quarterback job. 

Artur Sitkowski will start as quarterback for the 2018 season opener against Texas State on Saturday, Sept. 1, before heading out to Ohio State to compete against one of the most talented defenses in college football.

As expected, Sitkowski beat ...

OPINION: Mayor Baraka, Oppose ICE in Washington and Also At Home

September 14, 2018

As the authors of a ThinkProgress article on Newark’s shortcomings as a sanctuary city that Mayor Ras J. Baraka recently lambasted as “yet another pathetic example of how some so-called progressives viciously attack each other rather than organizing and uniting to fight the real enemy in Washington,” we’d like to respond.

While we are sorry the mayor felt the need ...