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September 21, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – Newark residents are getting an opportunity to have their voices heard in an upcoming debate for New Jersey's lieutenant governor's race after local nonprofit Project Ready this week launched an online survey for individuals to submit their inquiries.  Project Ready, a local social ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ – Belleville Township was subpoenaed on Monday by the state Attorney General’s Office after Mayor Michael Melham last week prompted a personnel investigation into questionable payments being made to a municipal employee.  Melham confirmed to TAPinto that State Police officials ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Plans for a mixed-use building that would bring more than 300 residential units to Downtown Newark on McCarter Highway were given the go-ahead on Monday by the city’s Central Planning Board during a special meeting.  Newark Waterfront Association proposed to construct a 25-story ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man who described himself as a "religious leader" is charged with sexually assaulting a young boy at a family member's home, authorities announced.  Wayne Ram, 44, of Newark, was accused by the young boy who sought spiritual guidance from Ram, Acting Essex County Prosecutor ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Social distancing and wearing masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 kept last year’s flu season at an all-time low, but health professionals say they expect flu cases to soar this year as students return to school and employees go back to the office. Now, they are urging people ...

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The owner of Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark announced that it was terminating its contract with UnitedHealthcare because it was receiving lower reimbursement rates for services from the large healthcare insurer compared to other hospitals in the region. California-based Prime ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The city of Newark this week entered into an agreement with a redeveloper to construct a new facility for the Newark Department of Public Safety, part of which will house the department’s mounted police unit.  The Newark City Council on Wednesday voted in favor to execute an ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Princeton-based venture capital firm and tech startup development leader SOSV is planning to house part of its industry-leading services in Newark, bringing with it thousands of jobs and investment in companies to the city.   Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Thursday SOSV intends to ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark parents believe the city's school district should invest the hundreds of millions of dollars it is receiving in federal pandemic funding on better resources for schools and teachers, support for students’ emotional and mental health, and direct grants to families, according to a ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ – Belleville Township has launched an internal investigation into whether a township construction code official double-dipped into a municipal escrow account, receiving additional payments for his work, according to Mayor Michael Melham. Melham brought the issue to light earlier ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 36 months in prison in connection to possessing an illegal firearm and narcotics, authorities announced.  Kevon Anderson, 25, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden to possession of a firearm and possession of ...

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NEWARK, NJ – When COVID-19 claimed the lives of multiple family members close to South Ward resident Jose Lopez, he turned to one constant staple in his life to help him cope with such a tragic loss - Weequahic Park. “I’m here at 5:30 in the morning every day. I run five miles, and then I’m back ...

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NEWARK, NJ — La Casa de Don Pedro, a nonprofit that serves the Greater Newark region with educational and community service programs, appointed Peter Rosario as its newest president and CEO this week.  Rosario brings 26 years of experience to the new role, leading regional YMCAs and the Boy ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Blighted properties on Norfolk and Newark streets in the Central Ward are planned to become the site of a new development project which proposes to bring 165 residentials units to the area after it was given the go-ahead this week by the City Planning Board.  Gomes Group LLC, a New ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Kenneth A. Gibson, the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city who was often credited with restoring stability to Newark after a period of civil strife, was honored on Tuesday when officials unveiled a statue of him at City Hall.  The statue of Gibson sits at the left of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — High school students across Newark have an opportunity this year to get a head start on their college readiness through an innovative program headed by Pathways to College.  Pathways to College is an afterschool program that provides students with the information, guidance and ...

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NEWARK, NJ – When the COVID-19 pandemic forced thousands of students across Newark to learn remotely from home, both government and school leaders were required to make on-the-fly decisions as new information became available, oftentimes leaving many parents uncertain about the fate of their ...

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NEWARK, NJ – With thousands of students across Newark returning to their desks for fully in-person learning for the first time in 18 months, a majority of city parents expressed mostly support for mandatory masks and vaccinations in schools, according to a recent poll commissioned by Newark-based ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Ancient Order Of Hibernians (AOH) will honor nine of its members who perished during the September 11, 2001 terror attack at the World Trade Center, most of whom served as Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department officers, at a memorial service in ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Local, county and state elected leaders from the city of Newark and Essex County came together recently to voice their endorsement of a massive, dual-county greenway project aimed to benefit both residents and local business owners.  Offering their full support and endorsement of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Select permitting fees for outdoor special events and activities were waived by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka this past week with an aim to boost business for local retailers and food services.  The city will waive fees for businesses that host events that benefit the community and its ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In the aftermath of the devastation Tropical Storm Ida rained down upon Newark last week, Pedro Nogueira, owner of the Taste of Portugal restaurant in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood, descended the steps into the basement of his establishment.  Etched in his memory is the basement's ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Just days after Essex County was excluded from federal assistance aimed to help residents recover from the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida to the dismay of area officials, it was announced on Friday that the county will now be included.  Essex, Hudson, Mercer and Union counties were ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Less than one week before thousands of students across Newark returned to classrooms for the new school year, Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on the city and caused severe flooding across neighborhoods. In some wards, the storm's devastation cost the Newark Public Schools District millions ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Long before the Newark School of Fashion & Design held its inaugural opening this month, one city resident set out years ago with a mission to bring industry-leading skills and practices to Newark students.  For city resident Belinda McGuire, educating Newark students on the ...

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NEWARK, NJ – City, county and state officials reached out to hundreds of Newark families on Thursday with a book bag distribution just in time for the new school year.  The distribution event brought together notable area officials, including North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr., City Council ...

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NEWARK, NJ — PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on: South 15th Street (between Clinton Avenue and Springfield Avenue)  Wolcott Terrace (between Hawthorne Avenue and Fessenden Place) Fessenden Place (between Wolcott Terrace and ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark charter school leaders and advocates have teamed up to announce a set of common safety standards and expectations for parents heading into this school year.  The safety guidelines were laid out in a "COVID-19 Compact," which was announced on Thursday.  Originally adopted last ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark Public Schools District officials are undertaking efforts this week to expand on-site COVID-19 vaccinations to all city schools.  The expansion of vaccination sites in schools comes as nearly 37,000 students across Newark this week returned to classrooms for full-time, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Local families could get some assistance to purchase school uniforms for their children through a newly launched voucher initiative by the Newark Teachers Union.  The initiative offers uniform vouchers to public school students ages 12 to 17 who receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Upon ...

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