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Science Park Student Will Graduate From Prestigious STEM Program

May 16, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Science Park High School student Achunike Okafor's year-long efforts in exploring the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field through a series of conferences, lab tours, master classes, and research will come to fruition this month when he graduates from the esteemed Governor's STEM Scholars program.

Achunike, an ...

Students In Newark-based Building Trades Program Are Getting A Chance To Explore Career Pathways

NEWARK, NJ — Students enrolled in New Community Career & Technical Institute's Building Trades Specialist program are getting an opportunity to explore different areas of the construction industry and career pathways through a newly established "Rising Stars" initiative.

NCCTI, a Newark-based post-secondary career and technical institution, partnered ...

New Poll: Majority of New Jersey Voters and Parents Support Public Charter Schools by a 2:1 Margin

HAMILTON, NJ – May 11, 2022 – A new statewide poll from Change Research released today by the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) found that a majority of voters in New Jersey support public charter schools by a nearly 2:1 margin (50% of respondents indicated support and 27% indicated opposition), while parents surveyed have an even higher level of support (56% ...

Newark Teacher Will Be Honored at Princeton University Commencement

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark teacher from University High School will be one of four New Jersey educators to be recognized for his commitment to his students during Princeton University's 2022 commencement.

Lee Snowden, a teacher at University High School, received the Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching, which recognizes outstanding New Jersey secondary school ...

These 40 Newark Students Are Getting a Debt-Free College Education

NEWARK, NJ — Eli Able, a senior at Barringer High School in Newark, always envisioned he would attend college and earn a degree, but the thought of financing his higher education loomed over his head.

“I would probably be in debt after I graduated college,” Eli told TAPinto Newark.

In Newark, city officials want to relieve students like Eli from shouldering the burden of ...

Dr. Rupert A. Hayles, Jr. Inaugurated as Pillar College's Newest President

NEWARK, NJ - The Pillar College community celebrated Dr. Rupert A. Hayles, Jr. inauguration as the institution’s new President, replacing the previous President and now current Chancellor of Pillar College, Dr. David E. Schroeder on Apr. 28.

Chancellor Schroeder in his speech quipped “I am supposed to pass a baton to you, and I don’t run very well, and I don’t know ...

Assembly Speaker Honors the “2022 Youth of the Year” Finalists

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - It takes hard work and dedication.

But that’s what makes this year’s group of 14 “Youth of the Year” finalists so special, as upstanding, service-oriented teens, says Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), who shared words of wisdom to this year’s group, ages 14-18, through a legislative town hall held May 4.

“I’ve ...

Saint James AME Church Awards $10K in Gift Cards to Newark Educators

NEWARK, NJ — Teacher Appreciation Week in Newark ended Friday with a generous tribute to more than 200 local educators who received $50 Exxon gift cards from Saint James AME Church to be used for gas or groceries.

A stalwart of giving back to the community, the Rev. Ronald Slaughter, pastor of Saint James, reached out to Newark teachers at three schools, Lincoln School, Malcolm X ...

How This NJIT Program is Helping Newark High School Students Succeed

NEWARK, NJ — An initiative launched in 2019 by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to enroll more Newark high school students in the university and spur their interest in math-related learning pathways is proving to showcase positive results.

The Newark Math Success Initiative (MSI) at NJIT was established with a goal to double the number of ...

Science Park, Technology Are 'Best High Schools' in N.J., New Report Says

NEWARK, NJ — Two Newark schools, Technology High School and Science Park High School, had their moment in the spotlight this week when they each placed in the top 40 "Best High Schools in New Jersey List" by U.S. News & World Report. 

Science Park and Technology were among more than 400 high schools across New Jersey to make the distinguished ...


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African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

What 40 Million Unrestricted Dollars Can Do

In the summer of 2020, MacKenzie Scott gave a $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC, the largest donation from an individual the organization had received in its 40-year history. Today, that transformative gift is being put to work for racial justice.

Scott, whose stake in Amazon has made her one of the planet’s richest people, is beloved in the nonprofit world not so much for her ...

OPINION: State Police Chiefs Seek ‘Safety-Sensitive Employee’ Exclusion to Cannabis Law

April 20, 2022

Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions.  These are individuals who hold such jobs as train operators, air traffic controllers and those working on utility pipelines.  That group also includes police officers.

It is sound reasoning to have such an exclusion for the safety of ...

First Company in Newark to provide Data driven Mental Health creating a powerful feedback loop

May 16, 2022

“First of all, I just want to thank God and University Heights Charter School (UHCS), for hiring The Robinson Lloyd Resiliency Group (RLRG). They provide The Resilient Stars Program and Math Coaching Program, that has tremendously benefited our lives. Her coach, has been so helpful, not only in terms of education but also an emotional support. She has become a big part ...

Developer Proposing 40-story Building on Clay Street Will Come Before Planning Board

May 13, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Plans to construct more than 400 residential units on Clay Street in Newark will come before the city Central Planning Board on Monday.

96 Clay Partnership, a Newark-based developer, is proposing to demolish existing buildings located at the corners of 316-330 Mt. Pleasant Ave., 94 Clay St. and 1239-1243 McCarter Highway to make way for a 40-story mixed-use building.

The ...

First New Jersey Political Action Committee Dedicated to Electing Black Women Launches

May 12, 2022

NEWARK, NJ –– Be Ready, the first political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of Black women in elected office in New Jersey has launched.

Led by a group of Black women with proven experience in organizing, managing campaigns, and advancing issues at the state and local levels, Be Ready will also work to advance a policy agenda centered on the issues ...

Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

May 14, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...