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Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

October 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

Newark Police Step Up Enforcement During Pedestrian Safety Campaign

NEWARK, NJ - Newark police officers are in the midst of conducting a pedestrian safety initiative that uses a decoy to educate - and issue summonses - to people during a month-long Street Smart NJ campaign.

The campaign is being led by the Newark Police Department with support from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and Essex County Sherriff’s ...

Newark Man Identified As Victim in Fatal Pedestrian Incident in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The 51-year-old man who was struck and killed on South Orange Avenue on Friday evening has been identified as John Peebles of Newark, according to Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz and Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II.

At approximately 11:16 p.m., Peebles was walking eastbound on South Orange Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle. He was ...

Former Councilman Returns to Newark as Fighter for Charter Schools

October 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The first thing people usually ask when looking to move to a new neighborhood?

How are the schools?

In the case of Newark, building up the school system may be one way to attract newcomers to the city while also providing for long-time residents. The best way to do that starts with choice, according to a city councilman-turned-charter-school-advocate.

“That’s how ...

Charter Advocates Gather in Newark Amid New Reality

Charter school leaders and their advocates are gathering in Newark Thursday morning for their annual conference amid a new reality: the state's top elected official—unlike his predecessor—is not a strong supporter of the alternative public schools that have taken root over the last two decades in cities like Newark, Camden, Paterson and Plainfield.

In his first year ...

Rutgers Board Approves Improvements on All Campuses

CAMDEN, NJ— A new business school building is in the works at Rutgers-University Camden.

“It is quite feasible for us to have a business school building in the next several years," University Chancellor Phoebe Haddon said at the Rutgers Board of Governors meeting on Thursday. 

“Most universities in the area that are our size have an up-to-date, state-of-the-art ...

Essex Freeholders Consider Future of ICE Contract After Denouncing Agency's Spokesman

October 19, 2018

The Essex County Freeholder Board called for the ouster of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman for New Jersey but have not budged on ending its controversial contract with the agency.

The freeholder board at its Wednesday meeting in Maplewood passed a resolution supporting other lawmakers who have called for Emilio Karim Dabul to be terminated from his position ...

Group Suing Newark Over Lead Levels Says City is 'Misleading' Residents

NEWARK, NJ - An environmental group that is suing Newark officials over elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water is alleging that statements made by the mayor at a Friday press conference about the issue were "misleading."

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) alleges there are numerous homes in the East Ward with elevated levels of lead, contrary to what ...

Newark mayor unsure how long drinking water contained unsafe lead levels

NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka today said he was unsure exactly when the chemical used to prevent lead from dissolving into pipes stopped working, but it will be fixed in about six to eight months.

In the meantime, Baraka said the city will begin handing out water filters to homeowners who have lead service lines—the pipe that connects the water main under the ...

Bloomfield Beats Science Park 3-1 on Senior Night in Girls Varsity Soccer

October 15, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – It was a celebration of the seniors as the Bloomfield Bengals Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated Science Park of Newark 3-1 in a non-division game last night at Foley Field.

With the bulk of the action played in the Science Park end with Bloomfield on the attack, senior Lauren Synnott and junior Gina Perrotta scored a goal apiece in the first half to give the Bengals a ...

Bloomfield Bengals Steamroll Over Newark Central 5-2 in Boys Varsity Soccer

BLOOMFIELD, NJ- They’re firing on all cylinders.  The Bloomfield Bengals Boys Varsity Soccer team dominated the Newark Central Blue Devils 5-2 in a Super Essex Conference, Liberty Division match on Monday afternoon, October 8, at a soggy Watsessing Park in Bloomfield.
After Newark Central jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at 15:00 into the first half, it was all ...

Shabazz HS Football Player, Shot 6 Times, Returns as Quarterback

NEWARK, NJ - When Jaheem Burks was shot six times in January, his coach at Malcolm X Shabazz High School didn’t think the teen would live - let alone ever play football again.

“He looked at me with the coldest stare and said, ‘I’m gonna play this year,’” recalled Shabazz High School Bulldogs Coach Darnell Grant, even though he assumed the ...

Newark CEDC CEO Steps Down to Take Top Job at Newark Alliance

October 9, 2018

The head of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation has stepped down to take the top job at the Newark Alliance, a non-profit group charged with promoting the city.

Aisha Glover was named the CEO of the Alliance, replacing Kimberly McLain, who has "moved on to a new opportunity."

“Aisha is a Newark rock star, and her commitment, experience, and record of ...

11 Companies to Be On Hand at Essex County College Job Fair

NEWARK, NJ - Job recruiters from 11 companies across multiple industries will be on hand at an upcoming job fair at Essex County College, which is open to students and the public.

The fair will be held Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college’s fourth floor multipurpose room at 303 University Ave. in Newark. Companies are searching for candidates to fill full and part-time ...

Tech Nonprofit To Offer Free Classes, Job Support to Newark Residents

NEWARK, NJ - A national tech training nonprofit is setting up shop in Newark and plans to train and help place about 130 Newark residents in jobs over the next three years. 

Per Scholas, which has six other locations in the country, will open classrooms in the historic New Jersey Bell Building at 540 Broad St. Training for the program will be free and courses will run three to four ...

Newark clergy stands by Menendez in U.S. Senate race despite ethics issues 

October 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez came to Newark to get what he needs in an unexpectedly close reelection battle - prayer, provided by clergy members who will drum up critical urban votes despite the senator's recent ethics issues. 

"One thing that I love about this man is that he understands that this is not about him. It's about the decisions he makes that serve the ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park this Saturday, Oct. 21

October 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular ...

Newark Arts Festival colors changing downtown

Art is a major force in the redevelopment of Newark. But when the Newark Arts Festival opened this year, for a few days it was the greatest force. 

"I like to be able to hang out on a weekend night and walk around from space to space and see experimentation," said Anker West, a longtime Newark artist and designer, at the Index Art Center on Washington Street while artists and ...

'Joker' Filming in Newark Will Close These Roads

NEWARK, NJ - Filming for “Joker,” a movie that tells the backstory of the popular Batman villain, is coming to Newark in about a week.

Crews will be on hand from Oct. 13 to 16, and a number of road closures and parking restrictions are expected around Downtown during that time.

The movie is scheduled to be released next year and stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. It’s ...

Enterprising Hillsborough Students Ship Clothing to Villages in India

October 19, 2018


HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Rohan Singh and Ritik Gupta, seniors at Hillsborough High School are helping impoverished populations in some of the most underprivileged parts of Southeast Asia by tutoring  younger students, cleaning out their closets and asking others to do the same.

Through their nonprofit charity organization “Coaching to Contribute,” Rohan and Ritik have ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Free Haircuts, Links to Social Services for Homeless at Newark Public Library Tomorrow

NEWARK, NJ - Free haircuts, manicures, clothing, toiletries and more will be dispersed to those affected by homelessness at the Newark Public Library tomorrow.

The event will start Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the main branch located at 5 Washington St. The event, “Shaping Lives 2018: Links to Homelessness Services” will be co-sponsored by the City of Newark, the library and Bridges ...

This is Where Newark Residents Can Obtain a Free Flu Shot

October 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - City residents can obtain free influenza vaccinations from now until March 2019 at multiple locations throughout Newark.

Residents must present proof of residency at the site, which includes a personal identification card or a utility bill with their name and address on it.

The program is organized by the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness. Newark ...

$4M Grant Awarded to Rutgers to Bolster Mental Health Services in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - A $4 million federal grant will allow Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) outpatient program in Newark to offer more services to those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

The grant was received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It will fund the UBHC’s behavioral health outpatient ...

Cutting-edge Cardiac Procedure Now Offered at Saint Michael’s

Verna is an active 94-year old senior from Kearny who loves cooking, spending time with her two grandchildren and playing bingo at the township senior center.

A decade ago, she had two stents placed in the arteries in her heart, but otherwise, she’s been in good health.

She didn’t think much when she started experiencing discomfort in her abdominal area one day ...

Newark Tenants Can Call This Hotline if Heat or Hot Water Isn't Working

October 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Residents who live in apartments without heat or hot running water can reach out to the city for help, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka reminded tenants. 

Landlords in Newark are required by municipal ordinance to keep homes at 68 degrees between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. from Oct. 1 to May 1. Between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., the temperature must be maintained at 65 degrees.

Landlords who ...

Former Newark Public Safety Director Honored by Essex Freeholders

NEWARK, NJ - Former Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the board's celebration of Italian Heritage Month.

DeMaio, now serving as Bloomfield Public Safety Director, began his career in law enforcement in 1986, following in his father's footsteps in the the Newark Police Department. During his 28 ...

Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted on Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

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Here's Where Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Crop Up in Newark

October 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ -  The city has proposed specific guidelines for where medical marijuana dispensaries would be located should any come to Newark.

Six medical marijuana dispensaries currently operate in the state, and the nearest one is in Montclair. The state is reviewing applications for six more licenses to open new dispensaries.  

There are nearly 150 applications from 103 ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, October 26, 9:00 AM

Marion Bolden Student Center, Newark

Job Readiness Event

Business & Finance Education


Sat, October 27, 9:00 AM

Essex County Cherry Blossom Center, Belleville

Newark North Ward Halloween Dog Parade

Community Calendar


Mon, October 29, 8:00 AM

Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark

Breast Cancer Screening at Saint Michael's ...

Health & Wellness

OPINION: We Need To Strengthen Disability Rights Law

October 7, 2018

This week marks an important milestone in the civil rights movement for people with disabilities:  the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Stephen Komninos Law in New Jersey.

Named after a young man who died almost 10 years earlier to the day — due to inexcusable neglect by his group home staff — the landmark law established policies and procedures for protecting those ...

Third Annual Lincoln of Wayne Car and Bike Show Raises Money For First Responders

October 10, 2018

WAYNE, NJ - The third-annual Lincoln of Wayne Black Label Car & Bike show raised money for first responders including the Wayne Fire Department, Wayne EMS and the Wayne PBA.

"Every event we put on over the course of the year is always a fundraiser, so today we raise money for the community that supports us all year long.. that's our first responders," said Lincoln of Wayne ...