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North Star Academy's Senior Signing Day Moves Online

May 28, 2020

NEWARK - Hilda Asante-Nyame was so disappointed that she did not get into her first or second choice colleges — University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University — that she created a TikTok video to Orianthi's snarky hit “According to You,” chastising the schools for rejecting her. 

Then her TikTok reveals that  she is headed to Wesleyan ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

What COVID-19 Funding Cuts Would Mean for Newark Public Schools

NEWARK, NJ — Newly drafted 2020-2021 school budgets based on the state’s projections didn’t even have a chance to cool before COVID-19 came and upended the public sector. 

Newark Public Schools, which presented its budget hearing remotely in March, and other urban districts are adrift in a sea of unknowns as the state reassesses what it will allocate to schools. Many are ...

City Officials Celebrated 10,000 Lead Service Lines Replaced — Is the Community Doing the Same?

May 13, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Balloons bearing congratulations flapped in the wind on Aldine Street on Tuesday afternoon, trimmings marking the city’s promotion of its 10,000th lead service line replacement since the project commenced in fall 2019. 

Newark has dealt with elevated lead levels in its water since 2015, a result of aging and long-neglected infrastructure. The ill-famed crisis came ...

Murphy: Groups of 25 Can Now Gather Outdoors

May 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols. 

“So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout you may do so, so long as social distance and ...

These “New Mom Kits” Are Helping Pregnant Women in Newark Monitor Their Health During COVID-19

May 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — As though being an expectant mother wasn’t stressful enough, pregnant women, and their physicians, have a whole new host of anxieties to contend with in the era of COVID-19. 

While it’s unclear how the virus affects pregnant women as opposed to the general population, what medical experts do know is that to keep patients safe, telehealth should be utilized ...

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

Army Medical Brigade Departs from University Hospital Amid Declining COVID-19 Cases

NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Defense health care providers who touched down to provide relief to an overwhelmed University Hospital in April bid Newark adieu on Wednesday, marking an end to the peak that crushed the city’s hospital system last month. 
 
The U.S. Army North mobilized 10 Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the heavy-hit East Coast to bring relief to ...

Small Businesses in Newark Prepare for Reopening

May 28, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — When the pandemic touched down in March, Tonnie Rozier, owner of Tonnie’s Minis boutique bakery on Halsey Street, just about emptied his personal accounts making sure every customer who needed a refund, received one. 

“I wasn’t going to tell someone that I can’t give them back their money, especially once hearing, ‘I can’t afford ...

Paddle Boats Reopen at South Mountain Recreation Complex

May 22, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Paddle boating at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex has reopened with new procedures for sanitation and to promote social distancing.  

“With the weather getting warmer and people looking for things to do outside, we are pleased to be able to reopen paddle boating for the Memorial Day weekend,” County Executive ...

Mortgage Fraud Scheme Exploited SOTA Program in Newark, Prosecutor Says

May 29, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Ten people accused of abusing the New York City Special One Time Assistance Program (SOTA) were indicted today and arraigned on charges that they participated in a countywide mortgage fraud scheme, the Essex County prosecutor announced. 

The defendants face racketeering, theft, tampering with records and money laundering charges in an alleged plot that involved the scam ...

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This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

May 22, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Opinion: Want to reopen schools? Consult the village.

May 26, 2020

Schools are closed. Kids, families, and teachers are stressed. As I work tirelessly, as a veteran teacher and community organizer, with kids and families to adjust, the most common question I get is: “Mr. Luna, when can we go back to school?”

As a teacher, the answer is a quick “when it’s safe.” As an organizer with Newark for Educational Equity and Diversity ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 28, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website.

In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...