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Newark English Teacher's Innovative Literacy Program Awarded $1,500

July 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – When Joicki Floyd, an English teacher at Weequahic High School, found out her efforts to establish one of the area’s most innovative literacy programs was honored with a $1,500 award this year, she couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. 

“I started crying. I was surprised," Floyd told TAPinto Newark. "I never thought in a ...

Newark Students Join Rally Calling For More Investment in Emotional Support Services in Schools

NEWARK, NJ – When students across New Jersey return to school come fall for full-time, in-person instruction after being separated from their respective classrooms for nearly a year and a half, many hope to see more counselors in their hallways instead of police officers.   

That was the message from multiple Newark students who joined youth statewide on Wednesday to rally ...

City Council Calls on Biden Administration In Resolution to Cancel Student Debt  

NEWARK, NJ – The Newark City Council is urging the federal government to enact a policy that would cancel all student loan debt. 

The action from city officials came via resolution during a Tuesday meeting, which was sponsored by Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver. It called on President Joe Biden to use his executive authority to cancel all federal ...

Newark's Guaranteed Income Experiment Takes Next Steps, Receives 1,200 Applicants

July 28, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – When the online portal for Newark’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program opened on July 23, Lloyd Terrell, a South Ward resident, had one plan in mind when he logged on at 8 a.m. to ensure he would be one of the first 1,200 people to apply.

“I got up early and prayed,” Terrell said. 

Terrell’s prayers soon paid off when he found out he successfully ...

Gov. Murphy Comes to Newark to Sign Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

University Hospital Earns Top 10 Hospital Ranking by the Lown Institute

NEWARK, NJ-- The national nonpartisan healthcare organization, The Lown Institute has ranked University Hospital as number 10 for the top 10 hospitals for Community Health Investment in the U.S. This makes them the only public hospital in New Jersey to be ranked.

The ranking is due to University Hospital applying a big portion of their revenue and resources to invest in charity care spending, ...

Newark Police Arrest Knife-Wielding Man at Weequahic Park

July 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – A man who threatened bystanders with a knife at Weequahic Park in Newark was arrested on Wednesday, authorities announced. 

Marcelino Canterero, 46, of Newark, was arrested by Newark police officers after families in the park alerted law enforcement that he was wielding a knife and pry bar, according to Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara. 

At ...

Newark Police Honor Fallen Officers in 2020

NEWARK,NJ---The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the  End of Watch Riders, and Beyond the Call of Duty held a memorial service this morning to remember five Newark Police Division members and officers throughout the country who lost their lives in 2020. 

Newark Division members: Special Police Officer Tolbert A. Furr, Police Officer Michael Connors, ...

Elizabeth Police Department Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Man With Dementia

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Police Department is seeking help in locating a missing person with dementia. 

Joao Branco, 67, was last seen at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2021, wearing blue plaid boxer shorts, a gray tank top shirt, a gold ring and watch, and was either barefoot or had on sandals. Joao is 5’8”, approximately 160-180 pounds, brown eyes, gray hair, fair ...

PSE&G Announces Gas Main Replacement Work in Newark

July 29, 2021

Newark, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews are scheduled to replace services on:

Hawthorne Avenue (between Schley Street and Wainwright Street)
Wainwright Street (between Bragaw Avenue and Schley Street)
Leslie Street (between Nye Avenue and Bragaw Avenue)
South 12th Street (between Madison Avenue and Clinton Avenue)
South 13th Street (between ...

UTI Bloomfield Begins Welding Program

BLOOMFIELD – Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Bloomfield is putting some of its top instructors to work as it begins training students in its Welding Technology Training Program this week.

Students enrolled in the 36-week program will benefit from the expertise of instructors like Cesar Cordero, who will teach the hard and soft skills needed for welding careers in industries ...

Fourth Candidate Enters Race for Newark City Council’s West Ward Seat

July 27, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – The candidate pool for Newark City Council’s West Ward seat just got a bit more crowded after lifelong ward resident, Lyndon Brown, announced his bid, making him the fourth candidate in the race. 

Brown, who announced his bid last week, joins candidates Chigozie Onyema, Dupre Kelly and Oscar James in the race for the West Ward seat. The candidates will likely be ...

NJ Gives Cheesequake Rest Area a Good Name- 'Jon Bon Jovi Rest Area'

July 28, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ —Jon Bon Jovi gives a rest area a good name.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is renaming the Cheesequake service area, at Exit 124, after the famous Sayreville rocker, as part of a statewide effort to name service areas on the Garden State Parkway after iconic New Jersey Hall of ...

Families Are Invited to Newark’s Summer Fun in the Park

NEWARK,  NJ-- Residents can enjoy free outdoor events this summer and fall as the City of Newark and Newark City Parks Foundation launch “Summer in the Park.”

The events will feature concerts, dances, movies, games, arts and crafts, picnics, a variety of food trucks, and health and wellness activities throughout Washington Park, Lincoln Park, Military Park, ...

Interactive Virtual Mural Map Showcasing Newark's Public Art Scene to Launch This Weekend

NEWARK, NJ – Among Newark’s bustling streets and historic brick buildings, the murals and works of both local and renowned artists can be found in each of the city’s five wards. Now, those works will be celebrated this weekend with the launch of a one-of-a-kind virtual map. 

City officials will recognize Newark’s prominent public art scene on Saturday, July 31, ...

Newark Woman Admits to Role in Bribery Scheme at Morris County Pharmacy

August 1, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark woman on Friday admitted to conspiring in a kickback scheme in exchange for prescription medications at her pharmacy job in Morris County authorities announced. 

Magdalena Jimenez, 56, of Newark, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp to an information charging her with conspiring to violate the federal ...

Grand Jury Declines to Charge Officer in Fatal Shooting of Newark Man

NEWARK, NJ – A state grand jury this week voted to not file any criminal charges against an Orange police officer who fatally shot a Newark man in 2019, authorities announced. 

Jamahl Smith, 46, of Newark, was shot and killed in July 2019 by an Orange officer, according to authorities. The fatal police encounter was subsequently presented to a grand ...

Newark Man Charged for Carjacking, Sexually Assaulting Woman Inside Vehicle

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was charged in connection to carjacking and sexually assaulting a woman, authorities announced. 

Austin Be-Kwao, 23, of Newark, was charged with robbing, carjacking, and sexually assaulting the woman during an incident in July 2019, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens.

In 2019, the victim, a woman age 55, told ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

Four Ways Waste-to-Energy is Protecting NJ’s Tomorrow

As today’s world demands more sustainable practices due to the mounting impacts of climate change, everyone from regulators to residents are paying closer attention to how waste is handled. This global shift is putting pressure on companies and communities to minimize waste generation, focus on reusing materials already available and leverage them to their fullest benefit.

Here in New ...

Planning Board Approves Warehouse Project in East Ward

July 27, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – A new warehouse facility is planned to be constructed in Newark’s industrial district on property that once housed the Bayonne Barrel and Drum Company. 

The Newark Planning Board on Monday approved preliminary and final site plans for a speculative warehouse to be built on a parcel of property spanning four lots located on 140-166 Raymond Blvd. The warehouse ...

Newark Residents Invited to NJ Transit’s NewBus Meeting

July 30, 2021

NEWARK,NJ —NJ Transit invites the Newark community to attend its upcoming NewBus virtual meeting on August 12. 

There will be two sessions with the first at 3 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m. that will reveal a redesigned bus network for Newark that extends their services to more people and new destinations in the city. 

Residents can register now as ...

Pet-Friendly NJ Restaurants Offer Menus for Your Dog

August 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? You’re not alone.

Catering to the pet-loving crowd, some New Jersey restaurants are taking dog-friendly dining a step further by offering a special menu just for your pooch.

At Sheelen’s Crossing Bistro & Pub in Fanwood, the “woof” menu includes items such as beef, chicken, fish, rice, vegetables ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...