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Narcan Administered to School Bus Driver Who Allegedly Crashed into Tree, Police Say

February 20, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - City officials say Narcan was administered to the driver of a school bus that allegedly crashed into a tree today at 14th Avenue and Jones Street.  

Lisa Byrd, 57, was driving 12 children from 14th Avenue School when it crashed around 1:10 p.m., authorities said. Byrd, of Newark, is a driver from F & A Transport in East Orange, according to ...

18 Year Old Roselle Youth Shot and Killed in Newark on Tuesday

NEWARK, NJ - A fatal shooting in Newark took the life of an 18-year-old youth from Roselle on Tuesday evening.

Authorities said DeSean L. Brickhouse, 18, of Roselle was fatally shot in the area of 41 Evergreen Ave. in Newark shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. He was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N.

Newark's Mounted Police Honor Late Cancer Patient Who Loved Patrol Horses

NEWARK, NJ - Marilyn Rodriguez and her little sister would see Newark’s mounted police trot by their home near Broadway and Oriental Street on a regular basis when they were kids.

Rodriguez developed a love for animals that she carried on into adulthood after seeing Newark’s horses on patrol. So much so that it was her 43rd birthday wish to have a horse of her own ...

First African American Woman President to Take Office at Bloomfield College June 1

February 18, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - When Dr. Marcheta P. Evans takes office as the new president of Bloomfield College June 1, she will be both the first woman and African American to lead the college in its 150-year history.

“I am so humbled and honored to be selected as the 17th President of Bloomfield College. This is truly the fulfillment of a dream that was inspired by my grandparents as ...

New Dorms, Parking Garage at Rutgers-Newark Reaches Construction Milestone

NEWARK, NJ - A new dorm facility and parking garage for Rutgers University-Newark reached the completion of its structural construction earlier this month, marking a major milestone in the project’s development.

The developer, construction management group and engineers for the project celebrated the completion of the last floor being built for the facility on Feb. 5 during a topping out ...

Conklin Hall Protesters to Return to Rutgers-Newark 50 Years Later

NEWARK, NJ - Those who once protested 50 years ago at Rutgers University-Newark's Conklin Hall for a more diverse campus will return to the school to share their stories.

A group of African-American students occupied the building on Feb. 24, 1969, to protest the lack of students and faculty of color and diverse academic programs. While the protest was contentious at the time, the ...

Newark City Council Meeting Rescheduled for Friday

February 20, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Tonight’s city council meeting has been rescheduled as snowy conditions move through the area.

The meeting is rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 22,  at 12:30 p.m., the deputy city clerk said. City council was slated to vote on key issues, including several ordinances on first reading related to short term residential rentals.

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A lease ...

Newark's Economic and Housing Development Director to Retire

NEWARK, NJ - The director of the city’s Department of Economic and Housing Development (EHD) is retiring after about six months on the job, and the city’s chief operations officer will replace him on an interim basis. 

John Palmieri, a deputy mayor for Newark, was appointed by the mayor to be director in August. Natasha Rogers will serve as the interim director of ...

Newark Proposes Salary Increases After State's Fiscal Supervision Ends

NEWARK, NJ - About two months after the city stopped being entirely under fiscal supervision from the state, the city council advanced a measure today that would increase the mayor’s salary for the first time in about 12 years.

MORE: Newark Receives Credit Rating Upgrade, Still Faces Financial Challenges

The city was placed under fiscal supervision by the Local Finance Board in ...

9 Newark Public Schools Students Sign on to College Teams With Full Rides

February 11, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Nine Newark Public Schools students signed on to college teams with full rides, amassing $1.3 million total in scholarships. 

Eight football players from Malcolm X Shabazz, Barringer and West Side high schools made the commitment on National Signing Day last week. One student from Barringer High School signed on to run track and field.

Superintendent Roger León said ...

Bloomfield Girls Beat Newark Collegiate 48-41 & Newark Academy 60-53; Climb to 9-4 Overall

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Make it two straight for Bloomfield Girls Varsity Basketball, as they defeated Newark Collegiate Academy 48-41 on Thursday at Bloomfield High School, and got the better of Newark Academy 60-53 on Tuesday in Livingston.
Both wins for the Bengals were important SEC Liberty Division contests, and the victories mark 3 wins in their past 4 games, and 5 out of their last ...

Baraka Says Newark 'Well Poised' For Amazon After HQ2 Leaves New York

February 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said that Newark is “well poised” to have Amazon’s second headquarters following the retail giant’s announcement to pull out of New York.

Amazon in November selected Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Va. over Newark for its second headquarters, with a promise to create thousands of high paying jobs. But the company faced ...

TAPinto Newark Wins Two First-Place Reporting Awards

TAPinto Newark has won two first-place awards for its reporting in 2018 from the New Jersey Press Association and the  Center for Cooperative Media.

TAPinto Newark's Rebecca Panico won first place in the New Jersey Press Association's Business and Financial Writing Portfolio category.

The Center for Cooperative Media's Excellence in Local News awarded TAPinto Newark ...

Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering New York Location for HQ2

NEWARK, NJ - The retail giant Amazon picked other locations over Newark for its second headquarters, but now the Washington Post is reporting the company may be reconsidering its New York City decision.

Newark and 19 other locations were finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters, which prompted officials in each location to offer sweet tax incentive packages to lure the company.

Deadline to Run for Newark Board of Education Approaches

February 11, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - The deadline to file a petition to run for the Newark Board of Education is Feb. 25.

Ten signatures from qualified voters in the district are needed for a candidate's name to appear on the ballot for the April 16 election. One of the signatures must also be that of the candidate. 

The seats of Kim Gaddy, Leah Owens and Tave Padilla are up for election this year. Those ...

Poll: Would You Cast a Vote For Booker as President in 2020?

NEWARK, NJ - Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his bid for president Friday morning, entering a crowded field of Democrats looking to get the party's nomination.

With the 2020 election 637 days away, the junior U.S. senator is wasting no time. The 49-year-old made his announcement on Twitter with a video touting his past in Newark.

"I am the only senator who goes home to a ...

Booker Addresses Lead in Newark, Beyond: 'We Should All Be Morally Outraged'

NEWARK, NJ - The former mayor of Newark who tossed his hat in the 2020 presidential election today said there should be fewer corporate tax breaks and more investment in infrastructure to address elevated lead levels in Newark and around the county. 

Booker, who was mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013, earlier this morning announced he would seek the presidency in 2020. He held a press ...

Couple's Vision Brings Art, Expression to Newark's West Ward

February 18, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - When Laura Bonas-Palmer and her husband bought 509-511 South Orange Ave. in 2016, she knew immediately knew what the ground floor would be used for: an art gallery.

Friday night was the opening reception for that gallery’s first art exhibit. And residents, passerby and those in the art community took notice. After all, many couldn’t even recall the last time they had ...

Couples Tie the Knot at Newark Municipal Court for Valentine's Day

NEWARK, NJ - It didn’t take much time for Ahmed Joaquin to profess his love for his future wife when they met while working at Revolution Foods in Edison.

"I confessed my love to her two weeks after I met her," he said, standing in the Newark Municipal Courthouse today with the woman he just exchanged vows with. "You see, I'm a man that knew what I wanted. You know ...

New Arts Group to Get Support from Express Newark as Third Space Resident

NEWARK, NJ -- A group that promotes creativity and self-representation was selected by Express Newark to receive up to $30,000 as the next Third Space Resident.

Artistic Passion and Purpose, under the leadership of hairstylist Michael De’Von, will use workshops, tutorials, panel discussions and exhibitions to help people construct their identities through music, fashion, cosmetology, ...

Those Making Less Than $56K Can File Their Taxes For Free With VITA Program

January 29, 2019

NEWARK, NJ  - When Keturah Muhammad tried to prepare her own taxes to save about $200, she realized she had to pay the state of New York about $400.

Her mom recommended she go to a free tax preparer in Newark under the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program offers free tax filing to people who generally make $56,000 or less and is sponsored by the Internal ...

Sweet Deal: Candy Company Partners With Newark to Beautify Streets

NEWARK, NJ - The city and one of the world's leading candy manufacturers are partnering to bring a nonprofit that will work to beautify Newark.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery, which is slated to move into the new Ironside Newark building, will be the sponsor that brings Keep America Beautiful to Newark. The nonprofit organization will create a city hub in 2020 that works to reduce ...

Furloughed Federal Workers Offered Free Meals at IKEA

ELIZABETH, NJ - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced on Wednesday that free meals are being offered at IKEA in Elizabeth to Federal workers who are working without pay in the midst of the longest government shutdown in history with no end in sight. 

“As the longest government shutdown in history hits the 33-day mark, IKEA Elizabeth is making efforts to relieve some of the stress on ...

University Hospital to Use Chaplains As Liaisons Between Patients, Health Professionals

February 20, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - University Hospital will launch a new program that uses chaplains to help create better communication between health care professionals and high utilizers of the emergency room.

The goal of the Community Health program is to lessen dependency on emergency services and improve access to primary care. Two recently hired University Hospital chaplains will work as health and spiritual ...

Newark Hospital Allows Twins With Bleeding Disorder to Lead Normal Lives

Daniel and Danielle Jenkins suffer from Von Willebrand Disease (VWD), a genetic bleeding disorder that prevents blood from clotting.

But despite the disease, the 17-year old twins from Carteret have had otherwise completely normal childhood thanks to the Blood Research Institute at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, where they have been patients since they were babies.

As ...

Healthy Food from a Vending Machine?

Vending machines aren't typically known for dispensing healthy food. 

Doritos, Kit-Kats and bottles of sugary soft drinks? Yes.

But royal quinoa sesame noodles, marinated kale salad and a juice made with lemon, ginger, raw honey, echinacea extract, infusion of edlerberry and elderflower? Not likely. 

At Saint Michael's Medical Center, however, a new vending ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 18, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Acquitted Fire Captain Plans to Move Ahead With Whistleblower Lawsuit

NEWARK, NJ - A Newark arson investigator who was acquitted of impersonating a law enforcement officer in two separate incidents plans to move forward with a nearly four-year-old whistleblower lawsuit, his civil attorney says. 

A jury this month acquitted Anthony Graves of the two fourth-degree charges. In 2016, prosecutors alleged Graves used his emergency lights on ...

Baby Spinach Recall Affects Prepared Food From Whole Foods Market

January 28, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling various prepared food items in eight states after Satur Farms recalled baby spinach due to a potential contamination of Salmonella.

According to the FDA, Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy ...

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For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

Baraka Pushes for Amazon in Washington Post Op-Ed

February 19, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka declared that Newark could transform Amazon should the company bring its second headquarters here in an opinion piece that was published by the Washington Post.

The retail giant on Valentine’s Day pulled out of its New York selection after lawmakers and residents there opposed the second headquarters. Newark, which was previously one of 20 finalists for ...

Major Projects at Essex County Hall of Records Complex to Include 900-Car Parking Deck

February 19, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - New county offices, courtrooms and a 900-car parking deck will be built in Newark to expand and modernize the Essex County Hall of Records Complex. 

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced the new $24 million parking deck will be the first in a series of new projects constructed off West Market Street.  

The county is also scheduled next month to purchase ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

It's Time for New Jersey to Allow Beer & Wine Sales at Supermarkets

February 6, 2019

For far too long, we’ve groused about the antiquated laws that stymie business growth in New Jersey.

With a new governor sworn in more than a year ago, following an administration that controlled Trenton for eight years, there’s been high hopes that state lawmakers would finally clean up the anti-business laws that have sat on dusty books for decades.

Because of these onerous ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...