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Former City Employee Sentenced for Distributing Crack

May 7, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark Parking Authority employee was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday for distributing narcotics, authorities announced. 

Aughkay Green, 50, of Newark, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with possession of heroin and cocaine base with intent to distribute and with being a felon in possession of ...

Newark Community Comes Together to Mourn Death of Local Social Justice Advocate's Daughter

NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of Newark residents gathered at Weequahic High School on Thursday to honor the life of Sanaa Amenhotep, who was found dead last week in South Carolina.

Sanaa’s parents, Saleemah Graham-Fleming and Sharif Malik Amenhotep, sat at a podium on the high school football field as members of the community came forward to share their fondest ...

Newark Residents Will Be Able to Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine Without an Appointment at These County Sites

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County officials are temporarily closing several COVID-19 vaccination sites due to reports of low demand, however, appointments will no longer be needed at some sites with walk-ins readily available. 

“Throughout the entire vaccination process, we constantly were fine-tuning our program to make sure everyone who wants to get vaccinated can do ...

Parents to Launch South Orange-Maplewood’s First Independent Elementary School

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A school year like no other has prompted South Orange-Maplewood parents to launch the community's first independent elementary school.

The Village School of South Orange is accepting applications for students starting this fall in grades kindergarten through fifth.

Conversations about wanting to open an independent school started last year on the local ...

Essex County Ends Contract with ICE, ‘Zero’ Detainees Will be Left by August

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced.

The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement last week with Union County to house inmates from Union. Starting Aug. 23, there will ...

Essex County Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day on May 1

NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents will be able to safely dispose of their hazardous waste items during a collection event headed by Essex County officials next month. 

Essex County will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority.

The event will run ...

Victims of Crime Outreach Event Reaches Hundreds of Newark Residents

NEWARK, NJ — Newark community organizations and authorities this weekend hosted an event to break the stigma of staying silent and intimidated to speak up as a victim of crime. 

In recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the event reached nearly 700 residents and featured informational booths set up around West Side Park gathering community support resources ...

Essex County Vaccination Sites Now Open to Rutgers-Newark Students

NEWARK, NJ – Rutgers University-Newark students can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine at any Essex County vaccination site.

 Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo extended the opportunity to all Rutgers-Newark students.  Appointments are readily available now, but it is unknown how long the open invitation window will remain open. 

Currently, state guidelines allow ...

J&J Vaccine Pulled from County Vaccination Sites Amid Reports of Serious Health Risks

NEWARK, NJ – The single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be indefinitely removed from Essex County vaccination sites after reports of blood clotting experienced in multiple patients around the country has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Federal Drug Administration reluctant to administer the vaccine further. 

Although the J&J single-dose shot ...

Essex County Sheriff Faces Challenge in Democratic Primary

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary.

John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination on June 8. A general election win would make Arnold the first African American ...

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PSE&G Announces Gas Main Replacement Work in Newark

May 7, 2021

Newark, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on:

South 17th Street (between 18th Avenue and Avon Avenue), South 16th Street (between 18th Avenue and Springfield Avenue), South 15th Street (between 18th Avenue and Springfield Avenue), South 16th Street (between 18th Avenue and Springfield Avenue),   South 14th Street (between 18th ...

HUD Secretary Visits Newark, Determined to Increase Vaccine Response

May 6, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Less than a quarter of Newark residents are fully vaccinated, however, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge said the Biden-Harris administration is determined to raise those numbers.

Joined by local health professionals and area officials, Fudge visited Wynona Lipman Gardens on Thursday to attend a mobile pop-up clinic hosted by ...

Former City Employee Sentenced for Distributing Crack

May 7, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark Parking Authority employee was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday for distributing narcotics, authorities announced. 

Aughkay Green, 50, of Newark, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with possession of heroin and cocaine base with intent to distribute and with being a felon in possession of ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

May 6, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

May 7, 2021

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

State Must Also Begin Reopening for People with Autism

April 13, 2021

Dear Editor:

I am pleased to see the steady evolution of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month,” as what really needs to be celebrated are the enormous contributions of people with autism to our society.

We proudly operate a “post 21” program known as Adult Community Services, in which we teach young adults with autism and other ...

New Marijuana, Alcohol Laws Handcuff Police Officers

April 22, 2021

By John Zebrowski, First Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police

Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey – as well as basically eliminated sanctions for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol – the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...