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This is Why Traffic in Newark Was So Bad During The Snowstorm

November 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Why were the roads so bad last night when an autumn storm dropped anywhere from two to four inches of snow in Newark? The city was helping the state clear highways, a city spokesman said.

“The crux of the problem was that virtually all of the entry and exit points to Newark - which are all state and federal highways - were shut down,” city spokesman Frank ...

Multi-Town Firefighters Battle Montclair Blaze in the Snow

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As snow is falling in Montclair, firefighters are fighting a blaze at the corner of Walnut St. and Valley on Thursday evening, according to reliable sources.

Located in the 200 block of Walnut St., the entire 2.5 story home was engulfed in flames. There are no known injuries at this time.

Details have not yet been released by the Montclair Fire Department. 

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Snow Closes Major Highways in Newark

UPDATE: Delayed Opening Announced for Newark Public Schools

NEWARK, NJ - Major highways in Newark have been closed tonight due to icy conditions and collisions, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said. 

Routes 280, 78, 21 and 22 are closed after snow, rain and sleet caused "numerous" collisions and "massive" gridlock throughout Newark, authorities ...

Building Dedicated to Rutgers Alumnus Anchors Engineering School

November 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In yet another expansion of its facilities, Rutgers University this week dedicated a new four-story, 106,000-square foot Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, named in honor of a 1950 university graduate who has made major donations to his school.

The building on the Busch campus now anchors Rutgers' School of Engineering complex, and is the most recent facility built as ...

Montclair Schools Switch Course and Abruptly Close Schools for Friday, Nov. 16

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After announcing on Thursday that Montclair Public Schools would have a 2-hour delayed opening, school district officials decided to close schools for the day.

District officials stated that staffing was te reason for the sudden change. The announcement came around 8:15 a.m. on Friday morning, through the following message:

"An unexpected change in weather conditions in ...

UPDATED: Newark Public Schools Close After Wintry Conditions

NEWARK, NJ - All Newark Public Schools are closed today due to inclement weather, the district announced early Friday morning. 

The central office opens at 10 a.m., but only essential staff should report to their respective locations, the Newark Board of Education tweeted.

Classes at Essex County College and Rutgers-University Newark also have delayed starts and will open at 10 ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

November 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

New MX-3 Proposal Postponed by Newark City Council

NEWARK, NJ - Council members on Thursday postponed voting on a new draft of a land use ordinance -- one that could potentially allow buildings in the Ironbound to increase to 20 stories -- because they did not have enough time to review it. 

The original MX-3 ordinance was approved last year, but was overturned in court last month after an advocacy group known as PLANewark filed suit ...

Study Shows How Newark's Lead Problem Got So Bad

NEWARK, NJ - It's "not possible" to pin down exactly when lead started dissolving from pipes and into Newark's water because of possible inconsistencies in testing, according to a city-commissioned report.

The city had CDM Smith, an Edison-based engineering firm, investigate what was causing elevated levels after Newark received its first notice of ...

NJSIAA Football: Hasbrouck Heights Three-Peats, 13-7, Over Shabazz

November 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Jasiah Purdie scored the game winning touchdown with 2:33 remaining in the game to give Hasbrouck Heights its third state title in three years, with a 13-7 win over Shabazz at Malcolm X. Shabazz Stadium in Newark.  Zai’heer Jenkins interception with 1:44 remaining in the game choked off the Bulldogs last gasp rally and clinched the victory for the Aviators.

The win ...

NJSIAA Football Playoff Preview: Aviators Face Shabazz in North 2, Group 1 Final

NEWARK, NJ -  It is the game that was supposed to be played at MetLife Stadium, the North 1 and North 2 champions facing off.  There was only one problem with that, Hasbrouck Heights wound up in North 2.

So, the Aviators, ranked second in North 2, Group 1 will travel to face Shabazz High School on Friday, ranked first in North 2 Group 1 for the North 2 Group 1 title and the ...

NJSIAA Playoffs: Hasbrouck Heights Football Game vs Shabazz Re-Scheduled

NEWARK, NJ -  The NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 football game between Hasbrouck Heights High School and Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

All Newark Public Schools closed today due to inclement weather.

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Amazon Officially Announces Pick For HQ2

November 13, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon today announced its picks (yes plural) for its second headquarters, and it wasn’t Newark.

The corporate giant selected Long Island City and Arlington, Va. for the company's new headquarters. The company also selected Nashville for a new operations center, which will handle fulfillment and transportation.

Newark was one of 20 finalists named by the company ...

NJ Republican Says State's Tax Increases Blew Newark's Chances for Amazon's HQ2

NEWARK, NJ - The Republican leader of the state Senate said Gov. Phil Murphy's tax plan ruined Newark's chances of being selected for Amazon's second headquarters. 

State Sen. Thomas Kean Jr (R-Union) put the onus of the governor because he signed a budget in July that had businesses bearing the brunt of a more than $1 billion tax increase. The budget was passed after ...

Baraka Says Newark Will Benefit Even If Amazon's HQ2 Goes Elsewhere

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said Newark has benefited from being in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters -- even if the corporate giant picks a different location.

“It's not over 'til the fat lady sings,” Baraka said today at an unrelated press conference for the opening of a new police precinct. “That's what they say, right?”

The ...

Newark Residents Choose Elected School Board; Dems Win Big in Essex County

November 6, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark residents chose to have an elected school board rather than members appointed by the mayor, according to unofficial election results at this time.  

Newark Public Schools regained local control this year after the state ran the district for about 22 years. The transition plan included having Newark voters decide if the district's designation should be a type I ...

Baraka, Ruiz, Ramos Urge Residents to Vote for Elected School Board on Public Question

NEWARK, NJ – Several elected officials from Newark, including Mayor Ras Baraka, are urging residents to vote for an elected school board when they cast their ballots in Tuesday's election.

The Newark Board of Education Public Question asks voters to choose between a Type 1 school board, which is appointed by the mayor, or a Type 2 school board whose members are elected by the ...

Rutgers Law Students Offer Pro Bono Help to Voters on Election Day

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County resident's who get turned down at the polls on Election Day can get free legal assistance from students at Rutgers Law School.

In a decades-long tradition, Rutgers Law students will be available to represent voters for free before a Superior Court judge on Election Day, November 6.

Students from the Constitutional Law Clinic, International Human ...

Billy Wilkins Launches New Single, 'Monsterz,' on Halloween

November 2, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- What better day to release a video called "Monsterz" than on Halloween? 

Scotch Plains-based musician Billy Wilkins released his latest single at midnight on the spookiest day of the year. 

"It's an upbeat song, actually," the singer/guitar player said. "The song is about mistakes you made in the past. We filmed it at my ...

Lt. Governor Oliver to Deliver Keynote Address at HOMECorp 30th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 30

MONTCLAIR, NJ - HOMECorp, the Montclair-based non-profit, will celebrate 30 years of preserving, restoring and building affordable housing for Montclair residents, on Tuesday, October 30. 

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver will come home to her native Essex County to deliver the keynote address at Mayfair Farms in West Orange  to over 200 guests hailing from the business, arts, ...

Save the Dates: Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns in 2018.

The 'spectacular' returns for weekends in November, then takes place every night in December. 

Save the dates: Holiday Lights Spectacular

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, November 30- December 2

Every Night: December 7 - 31 

Closed: December ...

Newark Company To Host South Ward Turkey Giveaway

November 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A Newark-based property management group is getting into the giving spirit tomorrow by hosting a turkey giveaway.

Essex Property Management Group and South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James will be giving out free turkeys to residents within the councilman’s ward. The property management group’s parent company founder, Michael Ray Figler, will be giving out turkeys ...

Lt. Governor Oliver to Deliver Keynote Address at HOMECorp 30th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 30

MONTCLAIR, NJ - HOMECorp, the Montclair-based non-profit, will celebrate 30 years of preserving, restoring and building affordable housing for Montclair residents, on Tuesday, October 30. 

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver will come home to her native Essex County to deliver the keynote address at Mayfair Farms in West Orange  to over 200 guests hailing from the business, arts, ...

Two Newark Hospitals Earn As While One Earns a D in Latest Safety Report

November 8, 2018

Saint Michael's Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center earned As while University Hospital earned a D in the latest hospital safety report released today by The Leapfrog Group.

An "A" grade recognizes a hospital's efforts to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the country, according to Leapfrog, which provides health care ...

State Investigates Bacterial Infection Cases at University Hospital

NEWARK, NJ - The state Department of Health (DOH) found major infection control deficiencies while it investigated four cases of a bacterial infection at University Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

MORE: Governor appoints monitor to oversee University Hospital

The state became aware of the infection after a premature baby who received care at the hospital and had the ...

Newark Hospital Ranked Among Top 100 Nationally for Cardiac Care

Newark, NJ –  Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark is one of only four hospitals in New Jersey to be named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. 

It was the second year in a row that Saint Michael's was nationally ranked for its cardiac care.

Police Search for Clues as Identity Released of 41-Year-Old Female Victim of Fatal Stabbing on Greenwood Ave

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police
Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday, that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female victim identified as Tameeka Johnson, 41, of Montclair.

Montclair Police discovered ...

Essex County Prosecutor: Maximum Penalty of Life Imprisonment Possible for Montclair Attorney James R. Ray III

NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on Oct. 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
 
“We have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged ...

Attorney Charged with Killing Montclair Mother is Captured in Cuba

NEWARK, NJ - The Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 22, has been captured in Cuba, police officials announced on Wednesday. According to published reports, James Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.

During a press conference, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens announced, "Today, we ...

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New MX-3 Proposal Postponed by Newark City Council

November 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Council members on Thursday postponed voting on a new draft of a land use ordinance -- one that could potentially allow buildings in the Ironbound to increase to 20 stories -- because they did not have enough time to review it. 

The original MX-3 ordinance was approved last year, but was overturned in court last month after an advocacy group known as PLANewark filed suit ...

Newark Gets 32 New Traffic Signals with County Funding

November 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - It was hard to get cars to stop for pedestrians -- especially elderly ones -- at the Sanford Avenue and Sanford Place intersection until a new traffic signal was installed about a month ago, Valerie Crute said.

The three-way intersection in the city’s West Ward only had one stop sign for drivers looking to turn from the less busy, one-way Sanford Place. Sanford Avenue, a ...

Seasonal Recipe: Bourbon Yam Soufflé with Pecan and Bacon Streusel Topping

November 19, 2018

Jenni Preziotti-Gamble, one of the founders of the Watsessing Park Conservancy in Essex County, shared her recipe for a Bourbon Yam Soufflé with TAPinto Bloomfield a couple of years ago, and TAPinto.net editors can’t stop talking about it.

This recipe tied for “Best Side” in the People of Bloomfield’s Best Thanksgiving Competition in 2016. Preziotti-Gamble said ...

Ex-Rutgers Football Player Charged in Attempted Murder Plot is Hard Working 'Role Model,' Pastor says

November 2, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community.

"He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university football player accused of plotting to kill two relatives of an ...

RU football player arrested in double murder plot

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers football player was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder for plotting to kill two members of the family of his friend, authorities said today.

Izaia Bullock, 22, of Piscataway, a junior linebacker, is being held at the Middlesex County jail in North Brunswick following his arrest.

Rutgers dismissed Bullock from the football ...

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Joins in Rutgers Unveiling of Gun Violence Research

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will receive a $2 million grant to open a Gun Violence Research Center, school administrators and state officials announced Wednesday in a presentation that included shooting survivor former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

They appeared at the university with keynote speaker former Gov. James Florio for a ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...