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Largest group of Newark firefighters graduate in gala ceremony

October 12, 2017

The largest group of recruits in the Newark Fire Department’s history graduated Tuesday in a gala public ceremony hosted by City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose.

Sixty-eight of Newark’s bravest representing a diverse class of new firefighters were welcomed by city officials at the afternoon ceremony held at Our Lady of Good Counsel ...

UPLIFT Academy and Newark Opportunity Youth Network partnership creates leaders of tomorrow

October 23, 2017

Pedro Assis and Kareemah Sims linger in front of each painting that lines the Gallery Walk at UPLIFT Academy.

The two high school juniors look and sound reflective, with an understanding and maturity beyond their years.

The paintings are all well-executed and impactful--striking images of everyday life, emotions, challenges--and many filled with optimism and ...

M.E.T.S. Charter School announces decision to close its doors

M.E.T.S. Charter School announced Tuesday that it will be shutting its doors at the end of the year.

The early college preparatory school, which just opened its downtown Newark location to much fanfare on Aug. 29 following a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Chris Christie, made the decision after an Oct. 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

According to a letter disseminated by the school ...

Exclusive: Shavar Jeffries talks education reform in the City of Newark

A few years ago, Shavar Jeffries served on the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board as its president. Today, he has a hand in national education policy as head of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER).

From the micro to the macro, Jeffries's experience gives him a unique perspective on urban education. He has an expansive view of efforts at the local, state and national levels ...

Newark unites behind combined post-Hurricane Maria effort for Puerto Rico

September 25, 2017

United by love, empathy and solidarity, all Newark stood united and ready to help Puerto Rico during its people's time of trial after the devastation of the island that is the homeland, and the heartland, of many city residents.

The call went out to all five city wards and far beyond as an array of civic leaders from both city politics and from the business community came together at a ...

New Jersey Devils partner with women's hockey franchise

October 8, 2017

The New Jersey Devils has become the first National Hockey League franchise to partner with the National Women’s Hockey League.

The Devils organization, through parent company Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), announced the partnership with the NWHL’s New York Riveters Thursday, marking the first time an NHL team has partnered with a NWHL ...

Christie, Booker, and Baraka show strong support for Newark to be next Amazon HQ

October 16, 2017

A bipartisan trinity of New Jersey politico firepower assembled in downtown Newark to shoot the first salvo needed to score a major economic triumph for New Jersey's largest city: the construction in Newark of the new corporate headquarters for Amazon, the world's largest online retailer.  

All three of the prime politicians in place inside Rutgers Business School on ...

Obama, Murphy define leadership at 2017 governor's campaign rally in downtown Newark

October 21, 2017

Everyone in New Jersey knows that all roads and all trains ultimately lead to Newark, the state's largest city.

With the Garden State, and all of America, at a crossroads, former U.S. President Barack Obama came to downtown Newark this week to back Phil Murphy's bid to become New Jersey's governor less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election.

Woven into the 44th ...

Former President Obama to visit Newark to campaign for Murphy

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to roll into downtown Newark on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as the battle to run New Jersey heats up in the race's final weeks. 

Obama's appearance in New Jersey's largest city less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election on behalf of Murphy is ...

Newark civic leaders slam Guadagno's anti-Murphy TV attack ad

A group of notable Newark leaders spoke out as one to protest the release by the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno of a highly negative attack ad slamming Phil Murphy, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Across the board, all of these major city players, including a pastor and prominent politicians, called out Guadagno, who has served as Gov. Chris Christie's ...

Link Community Charter transforms into gallery for Open Doors arts event

October 16, 2017

It was the perfect merging of arts and education during this year’s Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, with Link Community Charter School (LCCS) joining forces with one of the city's most vibrant art organizations for the largest multi-day celebration of the visual and performing arts.

Selected as a designated “art gallery," students ...

Famed author and journalist Robert Caro gives Philip Roth Lecture at Newark Public Library

Robert Caro, one of America's greatest literary lions, gave a lecture about his work at the Newark Public Library, the downtown marble and wood-paneled shrine of the city's intellectual life, as part of an annual lecture series named after the equally revered author Philip Roth, a proud native son of Newark.    

Caro, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a journalist for ...

Partners in Awareness, Access and Action: Komen North Jersey and City of Newark to present Women’s Wellness Expo

October 23, 2017

In the hopes of continuing its mission of awareness, access and action, Susan G. Komen North Jersey has forged a partnership with the City of Newark and will present a free Women’s Wellness Expo this weekend for women in Newark and surrounding communities.

The inaugural Expo, to be held on Saturday, October 28, at the JFK Recreation Center, will draw on resources from public, ...

Barat Foundation co-founders will exhibit works to benefit Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

The co-founders of the Barat Foundation, which helps students create public art across Newark, will be among 11 artists exhibiting work to benefit Volunteer Lawyers for Justice at its annual gala.

Since the foundation’s creation in 1997, Chandri and Gary Barat have been dedicated to the power of the arts to transform lives and level the playing field for highly motivated, underserved ...

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark joins statewide hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico

NEWARK, NJ - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark (HFHGN) has announced a partnership with “New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” (NJ4PR), created by leaders of the state's Puerto Rican community in a statewide effort to help the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

More than half a million New Jerseyans claim Puerto Rican ancestry, with ...

How Neurosurgery Helped Me Cope with Parkinson’s Disease

October 2, 2017

I was attracting unwanted attention again. My head would not stop moving. It swiveled side to side while my body wiggled.

It was April 2014. I was trying to watch my daughter’s kindergarten teacher get married inside a beautiful church in South Orange. I couldn’t stand still.

"I have Parkinson’s," I whispered to a woman who I thought was sympathetically looking ...

Saint Michael's Medical Center celebrates 150 years of excellence

Saint Michael’s Medical Center marked the 150th anniversary of its founding Friday with a celebration that included a visit from Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark, as well as a host of elected officials and civic leaders from throughout the community.

Tobin blessed the hospital, celebrated on the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, which ...

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Mortgage fraud charges ensnare developer of Newark's new DPW garage

October 22, 2017

A real estate investor who is building Newark's new Department of Public Works garage was arrested along with three others on federal charges of using “straw buyers” to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans from a bank.

Victor Santos, 57, of Wachtung, was charged by federal law enforcement authorities with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Also charged in the scheme were Arsenio ...

Newark civic leaders slam Guadagno's anti-Murphy TV attack ad

October 13, 2017

A group of notable Newark leaders spoke out as one to protest the release by the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno of a highly negative attack ad slamming Phil Murphy, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Across the board, all of these major city players, including a pastor and prominent politicians, called out Guadagno, who has served as Gov. Chris Christie's ...

Rutgers Alumni Announce Creation of Political Action Committee to Support University

October 3, 2017

Rutgers Alumni Announce Creation of Political Action Committee to Support University

“Scarlet PAC” Co-Chaired by Mike DuHaime and Maggie Moran; Comprise Distinguished Alumni Across Diverse Business Sectors

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – October 3, 2017 – As the general election season heats up, with candidates vying for Governor and the 120 seats in the state Legislature, a ...

Using My Words to Fight on Behalf of My Family and Public Charter School

October 16, 2017

On Tuesday, October 17, the New Jersey Charter School Association will be holding its annual conference, bringing public charter school leaders from across the state to Newark. One of the school represented will be the Paul Robeson Charter School located in Trenton, New Jersey.  The following op-ed was written by a Latifah Austin, a parent born and raised in Newark, who now lives in Trenton.