Newark Top Stories

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 ...

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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.” ...

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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 ...

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NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Graduates of Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will experience many of the typical traditions in a decidedly atypical way at University Commencement: A Virtual Celebration on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Together, they will be watching to share in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As residents of New Jersey’s largest city prepare to emerge from their long quarantine, they’ll begin to notice something new in their city: a plethora of red, yellow and green signs everywhere they go.  Officials rolled out a phased reopening and recovery plan on Thursday, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Days after New Jersey began allowing retail to reopen for curbside pickup, Newark officials found themselves tasked with reigning in eager business owners performing manicures and selling merchandise on the city’s sidewalks.  Mayor Ras Baraka, likening the state’s one-size-fits-all ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels. Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges. The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels. Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Saint Michael's Medical Center announced that it is resuming elective surgeries and invasive procedures starting May 26. Governor Phil Murphy forced hospitals to suspend elective surgeries when he signed Executive Order 109 on March 23 in an effort to slow the spread of the virus ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency has suffered as a result of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ  — Rutgers University-Newark celebrated the graduation of 4,086 students at its Virtual Graduate Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday in lieu of its traditional springtime commencement ceremony, which will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual celebration ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For Newark residents, having access to the largest federal nutrition program has still meant leaving your home to shop during a COVID-19 state of emergency. That will change in a week’s time. Residents enrolled in New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ...

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When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look ...

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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 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In Islam, Ramadan is a month of celebration, gathering, hospitality, family and friends breaking fast over bountiful meals, often at Mosque with the entire community.  Given the global pandemic, the collective aspects of Ramadan have been canceled this year. Though iftar may be a ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order allowing some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart operations effective Friday, May 22.  These businesses include batting cages, golf ranges, archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, and ...

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On the side of Jimenez Tobacco, a black-and-white portrait of Peter Jimenez Pozo, the face and personality of the family-run cigar and cocktail lounge on the edge of the Ironbound, is framed by bright flowers and dark bunting.  The site is now a place of pilgrimage, Pozo's elegant pose presiding ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan.  The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Father Edwin Leahy, headmaster of Newark’s St. Benedict’s Prep recalled on Friday a few strong-willed students who, armed with broom handles, forced a fencing team onto the school’s activity options.  It wasn’t long before those students were winning the Cetrulo Tournament, and now, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Medical professionals will soon be permitted to resume elective surgeries at hospitals and surgical centers, the governor said Friday. The elective surgeries, which had been suspended, will restart May 26, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his daily COVID-19 press briefing, where he also ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In response to Newark’s growing need for rent assistance and protection as the coronavirus-imposed joblessness grows, the city announced three new interventions on Wednesday designed to bring aid to struggling families.  Newark, which is primarily a renter’s city, rolled out a $6 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three weeks after announcing the city was in danger of a $143 million budget deficit without federal funding, Newark’s mayor is reporting that his administration is anticipating furloughs for city employees as soon as June as a result of the coronavirus’ financial impact.  While ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Saint James Health has launched door-to-door COVID-19 testing in a senior building in Newark, the first program of its kind to in the city. Saint James health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), began the testing in the Ballantyne House in the city’s North Ward. “Not ...

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NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend. Starting May 22, more than 120 ...

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