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Local Businesses Collaborate to Raise Funds for Walnut St. Family Displaced By Fire

December 10, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, December 12, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM to benefit residents who were displaced by the Walnut Street fire that occurred on November 15.

The event will take place at Ruthie's BBQ Pizza, located at 64 1/2 Chestnut Street in Montclair, NJ.  

HOMECorp and Ruthies's are proud to co-host a fun ...

Police Search for Montclair Man Suspected of Stabbing Girlfriend

NEWARK, NJ - Law enforcement officials have charged Kenneth Jones of Montclair, with the
fatal stabbing of Tameeka Johnson, 41, also of Montclair.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Thursday, that Jones of Montclair has been charged and they are seeking his whereabouts.

On November 12, Montclair Police ...

New Rules Limit What Local Police May Ask; Cooperation with ICE Also Curtailed

Police officers across the state are now restricted from asking a person about their immigration status under certain circumstances because of a directive issued by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

Grewal’s policy – which applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies – also limits the types of voluntary assistance that police may provide to ...

This is Why School Buses Weren't Picking Up Some Students in Newark

December 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - It was the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday and phone calls started pouring into Newark Public Schools' central office.

Parents and guardians of special education students wanted to know where their children’s buses were.

“There were many children left at the doorstep,” said school board Chair Josephine Garcia at a business meeting on Dec. 11.

State Supreme Court Denies Newark Parents' Appeal of Teacher Layoff Laws

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court denied hearing an appeal from a group of Newark parents that challenged state law which requires newer teachers be laid off before more senior - and likely - tenured ones. 

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

The lawsuit was filed by six parents for their children who attend ...

Rutgers Report Views Online Classes As the Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

Newark Mayor Appoints Temporary Director to Embattled Water Department

November 28, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The second-in-command at the Newark department, who has been helping distribute lead filters to residents, has taken over the reins as its new acting director.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka appointed Department of Water and Sewer Utilities Deputy Director Kareem Adeem as the head of the department on a temporary basis. The appointment comes after the former director, Andrea Hall ...

Former Gov. Jim Florio to Speak at Montclair State University, Nov. 27

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio will join Political Science and Law Professor Brigid Callahan Harrison in a conversation concerning his book, Standing on Principle: Lessons Learned in Public Life, Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.

Followed by a town hall-style question and answer session with audience members, the event, is open to the public and ...

Newark Slams Social Media Video Made By Group Suing Over Lead

NEWARK, NJ - Newark's spokesman isn’t very happy about a new video that was put out on social media by a nonprofit group that is suing the city over elevated levels of lead. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shared a video that opens with wording over the city skyline that reads "Newark officials are in denial about the city's drinking water." The video ...

Track And Field: Double Winner Tucker Helps Union Catholic Girls Roll to Season Opening Victory

December 17, 2018

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y -- Sydney Tucker won two sprint races with personal best times and Union Catholic picked up victories from five other athletes as the Vikings overpowered the competition on the way to a huge victory in its season opener at the Essex County Track Coaches Invitational at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. 

Tucker, a junior from Newark, won the 55-meter dash in 7.30 and ...

NJ Devils Co-Owner David Blitzer Will Return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Hall of Fame Induction

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David S. Blitzer, a co-owner of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Crystal Palace FC, will return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Dec. 11 for his induction into the school's Hall of Fame.

A graduate of the class of 1987, Blitzer went on to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated ...

HS Football: Shabazz Beats Weequahic in Overtime, 6-0

NEWARK, NJ -  Hasbrouck Heights' last two opponents in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 playoffs battled in their Annual Thanksgiving grudge match, Thursday morning, with Shabazz coming out on top, 6-0, in overtime over Weequahic.  

Shabazz intercepted a pass to end Weequahic's first drive in overtime, and then scored, when quarterback Anthony Travis ...

Newarkers Can Apply for Water Bill Assistance Through This New Pilot Program

December 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - City residents who are having a hard time paying their water bills due to an unforeseen situation will be able to apply for assistance through a new pilot program. 

NJ SHARES, a nonprofit that offers energy and utility assistance for households, received a $10,000 donation from an anonymous, private donor for the pilot program. The donor wanted his or her contribution to ...

Baraka Stands With Groups That Call for Better Working Conditions at Amazon

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka once touted the city’s $2 billion tax break for Amazon to bring its second headquarters to the city, but today he stood with groups that called for subsidies to end for similar companies until better working conditions are implemented for warehouse employees.

The mayor joined a coalition of community groups and unions known as Warehouse Workers Stand Up for ...

New Jersey Food Council Promotes Mary Ellen Peppard to Vice President

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Food Council has promoted its chief government affairs representative to vice president for her work representing food retailers, including supermarkets, independent grocers and convenience stores, as well as their supplier partners. 

Mary Ellen Peppard will take a leadership role in formulating policy positions for legislative strategies on priority ...

Lawsuit Contesting East Ward Run-off Election Results Dismissed by Both Parties

November 30, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The defeated East Ward candidate who filed a lawsuit contesting the runoff election results agreed to dismiss his case just days before it was set for trial.

Anthony Campos' lawsuit alleged voting improprieties and irregularities in the June 12 runoff election against incumbent Augusto Amador. The ongoing trial was set to reconvene Dec. 4, according to a court document ...

Hundreds Attend Montclair Township Tree Lighting

December 10, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair residents gathered to enjoy their visit with Santa, hot cocoa, live music and much more at the Montclair tree lighting this past Friday night.

The event, hosted by the Montclair Recreation & Cultural Affairs, the Montclair Center BID, and the FMBA, started at 5 p.m. with live music, followed by the tree being lit an hour later and Santa visiting ...

Newark City Hall to Come Aglow for Holiday Celebrations

NEWARK, NJ - The city will host three holiday celebrations this month at city hall to recognize Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

“The December season is a special season for people of many faiths,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. “We are delighted to join with all of our faiths, communities, and residents to celebrate this blessed time here at City Hall. I ...

Legendary Newark Artist Jerry Gant Laid to Rest

NEWARK, NJ - Jerry Gant, a Newark native whose art indelibly colored the landscape of his hometown, was celebrated for a life well lived, both as an artist and as a human being. 

"Jerry Gant had swag-matism. Swag-matism is the ability to be so distinct, so bold, so present, that people are drawn to you," said the Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, pastor at Unity Fellowship Church, as he ...

Verona Fire Department Shares Tips for Safely Deep Frying Your Thanksgiving Turkey

November 21, 2018

VERONA, NJ - It’s almost Turkey Time and the last year the Verona Fire Department shared some helpful tips to ensure its residents had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove thought it was information that should be shared again...

"Planning on deep frying your turkey this year? Check out this video before you do to prevent a deadly disaster and the ...

Star-Studded Holiday Dinner for Newark's Homeless Comes to Weequahic High School

December 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The mayor will be joining stars from “The Wire” and “Love & Hip Hop” for a holiday dinner in the South Ward that will be geared towards Newark’s homeless.

Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little in HBO's “The Wire," “Love & Hip Hop” producer Mona Scott-Young and others will be at Weequahic High School ...

New Jersey Devils To Team Up With Newark for Toy Giveaway

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Devils will take some time off the ice to partner with the city for a toy giveaway on Dec. 13.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the hockey team will host the event from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center. Toys were donated by fans who attended two Devils games earlier this month at the Prudential Center.

“It is always ...

5th Annual Toy Giveaway at CityPlex 12 Theater to Bring Holiday Cheer

NEWARK, NJ - About 5,000 toys were given to children last year at the CityPlex 12 movie theater, and the Believe in Newark Foundation expects an even bigger turnout this year.

Santa, elves and raffles will be on hand at the same theater on Dec. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. The foundation collaborated with city officials, including Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver and Mayor Ras ...

Murphy's Monitor Appointed to Temporarily Head University Hospital

December 13, 2018

NEWARK, NJ -  The woman who was appointed through a directive from Gov. Phil Murphy to oversee University Hospital will be the new acting president of the embattled healthcare institution after its former leader resigned.

University Hospital’s Board of Directors today passed a resolution appointing Judith Persichilli to the position. John Kastanis, the former president, ...

University Hospital President Steps Down Amid Scrutiny of Bacterial Infections

NEWARK, NJ - The president of University Hospital announced he will be stepping down as the hospital’s leadership faces intense scrutiny from state and local officials after three babies with a bacterial infection died after receiving care there.  

John Kastanis will officially leave his post as head of the hospital on Dec. 14, according to a statement from the hospital.

Newark Mayor Calls for Shakeup at University Hospital After 2 More Babies With Bacterial Infection Die

NEWARK, NJ -- Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called for a change in leadership at University Hospital after two more infants died at University Hospital amid a state investigation of four bacterial infection cases. 

MORE: State Investigates Bacterial Infection Cases at University Hospital

The state Department of Health yesterday confirmed that two premature babies ...

VICE News to Air Segment About Newark's Lead Problem Ahead of Court Hearing

December 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - VICE News Tonight is scheduled to air a segment about Newark’s lead issues ahead of a hearing tomorrow in federal court, where advocacy groups will try to convince a judge to make the city expand its filter program.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Newark Education Workers Caucus alleged in a lawsuit that city and state officials violated regulations that ...

Advocacy Group Asks Federal Judge To Expand Newark's Lead Filter Program

NEWARK, NJ - The group that is suing Newark over elevated levels of lead has asked a federal judge to make the city extend its filter distribution program to the East Ward, according to court documents.

The city treats its water at two different locations: the Pequannock and Wanaque plants. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and other city officials have routinely said East Ward residents do not ...

Ethics Complaint Says Newark Municipal Judge Had Woman Jailed for 23 Days Over Being 'Disrespectful'

NEWARK, NJ - A municipal court judge in Newark faces ethics charges over allegedly incarcerating a woman who he said was "disrespectful" during a court appearance that involved a landlord-tenant dispute.

The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct last month filed the complaint against Newark Municipal Court Judge Marvin Adames. The complaints says Adames ultimately had the woman ...

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‘Newark Must Not Become Another Brooklyn,’ Baraka Says After Announcing Commission on Gentrification

December 6, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stood at a lectern today that was adorned with a sign that had one simple message: “NO GENTRIFICATION.”

In the hopes of meeting that end, the city has created a new Equitable Growth Advisory Commission. It will draw up to 15 members from the community, academia, businesses and nonprofits to make recommendations to the city on topics about ...

Hundreds Attend Montclair Township Tree Lighting

December 10, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair residents gathered to enjoy their visit with Santa, hot cocoa, live music and much more at the Montclair tree lighting this past Friday night.

The event, hosted by the Montclair Recreation & Cultural Affairs, the Montclair Center BID, and the FMBA, started at 5 p.m. with live music, followed by the tree being lit an hour later and Santa visiting ...

NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

NJ Devils Co-Owner David Blitzer Will Return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Hall of Fame Induction

December 10, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David S. Blitzer, a co-owner of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Crystal Palace FC, will return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Dec. 11 for his induction into the school's Hall of Fame.

A graduate of the class of 1987, Blitzer went on to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated ...

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NJ Devils Co-Owner David Blitzer Will Return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Hall of Fame Induction

December 10, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David S. Blitzer, a co-owner of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Crystal Palace FC, will return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Dec. 11 for his induction into the school's Hall of Fame.

A graduate of the class of 1987, Blitzer went on to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated ...

Bilingual Children are Unique Language Learners

November 26, 2018

As New Jersey classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, professionals are continually learning to provide services to bilingual children.  In the last 30 years, as the number of children has increased by 10 percent in the U.S., those whose home language is not English has more than doubled.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and teachers are focused on young “English Language ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...