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4 Newark Teachers Graduate From Renowned Fellowship Program

June 29, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Four Newark teachers this year were recognized for their efforts in participating in a year-long comprehensive fellowship program that is aimed to develop and positively influence educators' understanding of state and local education policy.

In a graduation ceremony earlier this month, JerseyCAN, a Cranford-based education advocacy organization, celebrated ...

10 New Principals Announced For Newark Public Schools' 2022-23 School Year

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Schools will welcome 10 new principals to the district for the upcoming 2022-23 school year as Roger León, the superintendent, announced the lineup of recent principal hires.

Each of the new principals was promoted from within the district’s ranks, featuring a mix of employees who have worked in the ...

How This Organization Is Bringing a New STEM Lab To Dr. Horton School In Newark

NEWARK, NJ — More than 150 employees from the AbbVie biotech company dedicated their efforts this week to transform a learning space at Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School in Newark into a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab for students.

AbbVie teamed up with the Heart of America Foundation to carry out the transformative project during the biotech ...

How This Newark Nonprofit Is Making Food More Accessible, Sustainable To Underserved Residents

June 27, 2022

This story was co-produced in collaboration with CivicStory and the NJ Sustainability Reporting project.

NEWARK, NJ — Accessing nutritional food options in Newark has posed a challenge for years to the city’s most underserved residents and families dealing with poverty, an issue that was only exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic as supermarket shelves were cleft ...

Newark Nonprofit UCC Will Celebrate Father's Day Giving Back to Dads This Weekend

NEWARK, NJ – United Community Corporation (UCC), a Newark-based outreach organization, is inviting fathers, grandfathers, step-dads, uncles and any other father figures in the area to the West Side Park Football Field this weekend to pick up vital resources for their families as well as a special gift.

The distribution event will be held Saturday, June 18, and will ...

NHL Superstar P.K. Subban Credits Newark Outreach Work in Winning ‘King Clancy Memorial Trophy’

NEWARK, NJ — NHL All-Star P.K. Subban, best known for his defensive prowess and leadership qualities at the rink, has also showcased himself as a leader in communities like Newark where he competed for three seasons at the Prudential Center arena with the New Jersey Devils.

Subban’s ability to translate his hockey skills into giving back to others is why the NHL named him the ...

Baraka Outlines His Vision for His Third Term as Mayor

July 1, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka was sworn in for his third term today outlining his vision for New Jersey’s largest city for the next four years. 

"Our vision was always big enough to include all of us, even those who could not clearly see it," Baraka told the crowd who attended the inauguration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown ...

FDA Says Parents Should Not Use Baby Neck Floats Due to Risk of Injury or Death

July 1, 2022

Parents, caregivers, and health care providers are being warned to not use neck floats with babies for water therapy interventions, especially with babies who have developmental delays or special needs, such as spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The use of these products can lead to ...

New Community-Led Approach Dealing with Overdose Introduced in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — A new initiative that takes a community-first approach to mitigate overdose deaths and arrests in the event of an emergency launched in Newark this month that could become a model program in tackling an issue that has plagued communities across the nation.

The “Overdose Response Program,” led by the Newark Community Street Team (NSCT), a community-based violence ...

Authorities Search for Suspect Who Threw Kitten From Moving Vehicle

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township Animal Shelter officials are seeking the public's help in locating the individual who ejected a kitten from a car window on Friday, they announced.

According to published reports, Montclair animal control officers say that an unidentified person who threw the kitten out the passenger window of a moving car on Glenridge Avenue sometime around 12:15PM ...

Authorities Search for Suspect Who Threw Kitten From Moving Vehicle

June 27, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township Animal Shelter officials are seeking the public's help in locating the individual who ejected a kitten from a car window on Friday, they announced.

According to published reports, Montclair animal control officers say that an unidentified person who threw the kitten out the passenger window of a moving car on Glenridge Avenue sometime around 12:15PM ...

Vince Baglivo Succeeds Seth A. Grossman as IBID Executive Director

July 1, 2022

NEWARK - Vince Baglivo, the longtime associate director of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), will succeed Seth A. Grossman who served for the last two decades as the organization’s executive director.

“Vince has spent many years as Seth’s number two, and has made important contributions to the IBID, particularly through his leadership on marketing and ...

Essex County Concert Series Returns To Newark In July

June 26, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents are invited next month to kick out the jams and celebrate in summer fun as the Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series returns to the city.

On Wednesday, July 6, Newark residents will be treated to a live performance from the Amazing Grace Little Band, comprised of eight talented musicians: two lead vocalists, a full rhythm section and a ...

Chief Zebrowski Concludes Term as President of the NJSACOP

July 2, 2022

SAYREVILLE -  Police Chief John Zebrowski completed his one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), expressing appreciation to the members and staff who supported his many community-building initiatives.

Zebrowski’s term will be remembered for his strong advocacy and outreach on behalf of the police chiefs, continually underscoring ...

Newark Man Charged In Jersey City Triple Shooting

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A 31-year-old Newark man is facing charges in connection with a February 2021 shooting that killed one woman and injured two men in Jersey City, according to authorities.

On Tuesday, members of the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force arrested Jimmy Colclough and charged him with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

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What the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Ruling Means for Our Communities and Our Work

The news that the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade, and removing a half century of constitutional protection allowing women to obtain an abortion, did not come as a surprise. After all, some states had already imposed significant restrictions. And yet, it was still a shock.

What we do know is this: the ...

Empower The Village Celebrates Juneteenth, Black Artists and Economic Empowerment at 4th Annual ‘For The Love of Art’ Show

June 30, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The second annual Juneteenth federal holiday weekend was celebrated in spectacular fashion, as Empower The Village Inc, a New Jersey-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, showcased Black excellence in the arts and hosted over 200 attendees at their annual For The Love of Art: A Juneteenth Celebration of Justice & Joy, an art show and fundraiser at the ...

OPINION: Community Should Have Been Consulted on Renaming of Washington Park

June 21, 2022

I was appointed to the Newark Landmarks and HIstoric Preservation Commission by Mayor Sharp James and served for more than a decade. I always believed in following the law and proper procedures. I am dismayed and disappointed that the current administration would choose to bypass and ignore the the city's own commission. If not required by law, I certainly think it would have been an act of ...