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Bus Returning From Newark Mayor’s Picnic Overturns on NJ Turnpike

August 12, 2018

Newark, NJ - Thirty-six passengers on a bus returning from an annual mayor’s picnic Saturday were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials said.

Mayor Ras Baraka's fourth annual family reunion picnic event was held at Black Bear Lake Country Club in Millstone. Around 5:30 p.m., a bus leaving the event with ...

Driver, 17, Charged in Death of Passenger, 14, Following High-Speed Chase

WARREN, NJ –  A high-speed chase involving stolen car in Warren ended with a on 14-year-old boy dead and a 17-year-old boy charged with vehicular homicide, according to authorieis. 

Both teens are from Newark.

The 17-year old has been charged with 2nd degree Death by Auto, 2nd degree Eluding, 2nd degree Knowingly leaving the scene of a motor ...

Vintage Fire Truck to Be On Hand At Newark's 35th National Night Out

NEWARK, NJ - City residents will get to meet with first responders during the 35th Annual National Night Out event tomorrow.

MORE: Newark Displays Dozens of New Fire, Sanitation Trucks on Broad Street

The city’s police and fire divisions and Office of Emergency Management will be on hand at West Side Park on South 13th Street from 2 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 7, ...

Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

August 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

Essex County Tech Schools Pull $16M from Bank over Foreclosure Practices

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County Schools of Technology is following suit with the county government and will no longer bank with Wells Fargo over the bank's foreclosure practices.  

MORE: Reverend plans to meet with Wells Fargo over Newark foreclosures

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. earlier this month announced the county was cutting ties with the bank and ...

Newark Receives $5.6M Settlement from East Orange Over Sewage Dispute

August 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark received a $5.6 million settlement from East Orange, ending a seven-year legal battle over wastewater that runs through pipes of the state’s largest municipality.

The wastewater produced by East Orange residents has a natural, gravitational flow into Newark's Wastewater Collection System. Under a 1919 Sewer Agreement between the two municipalities, East ...

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get Free Mediation Counseling Against Lenders

NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new ...

Essex County Executive Calls on Governor, Legislature to Re-enact 2 Percent Salary Cap for Police and Fire

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. is calling on Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin to work together and re-enact the 2 percent on annual salary increases for police officers and firefighters that are awarded through arbitration. 

The measure was first adopted in 2011 by the Democratically-controlled Legislature and ...

U.S. Junior Amateur: Michael Thorbjornsen Rallies to Edge Akshay Bhatia for Title

July 23, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Find a way. Just find a way to grind and maybe an opportunity will present itself.

16-year-old and seventh-seed Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Mass. did just that on Saturday afternoon as he edged fellow 16-year-old and good friend 12th-seeded Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1 up, to capture the 71st annual USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol ...

Essex County Tech Schools Pull $16M from Bank over Foreclosure Practices

August 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County Schools of Technology is following suit with the county government and will no longer bank with Wells Fargo over the bank's foreclosure practices.  

MORE: Reverend plans to meet with Wells Fargo over Newark foreclosures

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. earlier this month announced the county was cutting ties with the bank and ...

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get Free Mediation Counseling Against Lenders

NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new ...

Newark Residents Decry Amazon Tax Incentives

NEWARK, NJ - The city hall chambers today filled with shouts of disapproval from residents before a huge tax break for large corporations like Amazon was approved.

City council gave final approval for $1 billion in payroll tax breaks to any business that intends to create at least 30,00 new full-time jobs and make a capital investment of at least $3 billion in Newark. The ordinance calls ...

East Ward council challenger files petition contesting runoff results, calls for new election

August 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The candidate defeated in the East Ward council runoff election has filed a petition contesting the results, alleging voting irregularities and calling for a new election. 

Anthony Campos, a former Newark chief of police, filed the petition on July 19 contesting the June 12 runoff election, according to court documents. Incumbent East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador won by a ...

ArtStart program announces 19 grant winners from across Newark

July 31, 2018

If art helps make a city great, then Newark just got a big boost.

NewarkArts announced 19 winning grant proposals for the non-profit organization's ArtStart program, an initiative designed to promote artistic expression throughout all of Newark's five wards. 

The ArtStart program backs individuals and organizations who create in a range of artistic forms, including dance, ...

Ironbound Community Corp and Table to Table partner to feed the community

July 25, 2018

Every Friday morning between April and November, a truck filled with fresh fruits and vegetables pulls up to the Ironbound Community Corp. (ICC) Family Success Center on Cortland Street in the easternmost section of Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood.

As jets bound for Newark Liberty International Airport scream overhead, large pallets are taken off the truck and ICC staff along with a ...

Newark to Offer Free Vaccinations to School-Bound Children

August 10, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The city is launching a program that will offer free vaccinations to children who in a few weeks will be back in school.

The School Bus Express program will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 15 at the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness at 110 William St. The immunizations will be offered on a first-come basis.

The state requires proof of immunization to attend a school ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Aug 7

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Northern New Jersey through Tuesday August 7.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health ...

Governor appoints monitor to oversee University Hospital

A state monitor will oversee University Hospital in Newark in response to a series of concerns regarding the quality of care and the financial health of the institution, under an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“Given the scope of the problems found at University Hospital, these immediate actions are necessary to ensure the facility can continue providing the highest level of ...

State Sues to Recoup Remediation Costs at Ironbound Facilities

August 1, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The state has filed suit against former manufacturing companies and developers in the city’s Ironbound section to recover remediation costs after pollutants were found, it was announced Aug. 1.

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is focusing on the former Ronson Metals Corporation facility and the former Ruggiero Seafood building, accusing owners of never fully cleaning up ...

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Developer Proposes 4 Residential Towers in Newark's West Ward

August 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A developer is seeking to build four residential towers - one that has a pool on the roof - on different streets in a ward that is dotted with dilapidated two and three-family homes.

MORE: Those Boarded-Up Homes in the West Ward? Newark Has a Plan for Them.

New West 1, based in Ramsey, had four applications seeking variances for the four residential buildings in the West ...

East Ward council challenger files petition contesting runoff results, calls for new election

August 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The candidate defeated in the East Ward council runoff election has filed a petition contesting the results, alleging voting irregularities and calling for a new election. 

Anthony Campos, a former Newark chief of police, filed the petition on July 19 contesting the June 12 runoff election, according to court documents. Incumbent East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador won by a ...

Essex County Cuts Ties With Wells Fargo Over Foreclosure Practices

August 8, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County will no longer hold money in Wells Fargo accounts after clergy from Newark raised concerns about the bank’s aggressive foreclosure practices.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. gave a directive to transfer accounts to other banks in June, and announced today that all accounts would be withdrawn from Wells Fargo. The county had about $3.8 million in ...

Is NJ Having a Burb Bounce Back?

July 31, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Suburban growth may be making a comeback. 

A new Rutgers Regional Report, “The ‘Burbs’ Bounce Back: ‘Trendlet’ or ‘Dead Cat Bounce’?” finds that the demographic shifts of the early part of the decade, 2010-2016, where urban areas had a strong resurgence, may be shifting back to the ...

Rutgers, RJWBarnabas Enter $1B, 20-Year Agreement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University today entered an agreement with RWJBarnabas Health in which the hospital group will provide the university with $1 billion over the next 20 years for medical research and support for the medical school.

Under the public-private partnership, RWJBarnabas will fund and have access to latest medical research at the state university to improve health ...

OPINION: Senator responds to Newark forum on marijuana legalization

August 1, 2018

Editor's Note: On Tuesday, a panel discussion covered by TAPinto Newark was held at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark about the potential for marijuana to be legalized in New Jersey.

Sen. Ronald Rice, a Democratic lawmaker representing Newark who does not support legalization, responded to the discussion, which he was unable to attend. His remarks, which were sent to ...