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Essex County Cuts Ties With Wells Fargo Over Foreclosure Practices

August 8, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County will no longer hold money in Wells Fargo accounts after clergy from Newark raised concerns about the bank’s aggressive foreclosure practices.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. gave a directive to transfer accounts to other banks in June, and announced today that all accounts would be withdrawn from Wells Fargo. The county had about $3.8 million in ...

Newark Sends 144 New Police Recruits to Academy

NEWARK, NJ - The city’s 144 new police recruits sat with stoic faces today as Mayor Ras Baraka offered up a few words of advice before sending them off to training. 

“Trying to reduce crime, while also being scrutinized by the very people you're trying to protect at the same time - it's a difficult job to have,” Baraka said during sending-off ceremony at the St.

Newark Displays Dozens of New Fire, Sanitation Trucks on Broad Street

NEWARK, NJ - The city put its new fire trucks, street sweepers and garbage trucks on display smack dab in the middle of Broad Street today to announce the shiny, new fleet. 

The city hasn’t bought new fire trucks in about a decade, so the three new custom-made aerial ladder trucks that can extend 110-feet tall were a focal point of the display. The new fire trucks will be used for ...

Newark Comprehensive Public School Students Less Likely to Enroll in College, Study Finds

NEWARK, NJ - Students from comprehensive Newark public high schools earned college degrees at a much lower rate than charter, parochial, vocational and public magnet schools, a new study finds.

About 16 percent of comprehensive school graduates from 2011 went on to earn a bachelor's degree within six years, compared to about 43 percent of Newark Public magnet school graduates, according to ...

Could a New 21-Story Prudential Tower Be Built in Newark?

NEWARK, NJ - Six years ago Prudential Insurance Company of America received approval for a three-phase redevelopment plan that would transform the city with two new office towers along Broad Street.

In 2015, one of those buildings, a 20-story tower, was completed and opened to great fanfare in Newark.

This past week, the city planning board extended the company's option for a year ...

Hip-hop manager turned developer becomes part of the West Ward’s revitalization

NEWARK, NJ - James Gist started building homes on the side while managing musical acts like Naughty by Nature, a Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group from East Orange.

Today, redevelopment is his main gig, and his work extends beyond the four corners of the homes he builds in the city’s West Ward. When he stepped outside a three-family home at 454 South 14th St. that he just sold to a ...

Market Street Patrol Building May Be Named After Late Undersheriff

NEWARK, NJ — The death of Essex County Undersheriff Kevin Ryan on June 20 was a "devastating loss" for the department and for the county’s sheriff, Armando Fontoura.

“He was like a son to me. He was always the first one on the scene. He was always there to help. It’s just devastating. There is not much more I can say," Fontoura said in a ...

Essex County Undersheriff Kevin Ryan dies

Kevin Ryan, a former Assemblyman from Nutley who served as an Essex County Undersheriff, has died.

Ryan, 49, served for nearly two decades in the Essex County Sheriff's Office, rising to the rank of undersheriff. He also served a year beginning in January 2011 as State Assemblyman before redistricting changes.  

Ryan was a close confidante of Essex County Sheriff ...

Newark students share books and hope with Puerto Rican kids

NEWARK, NJ - For Naomi Salazar, a second-grader at South 17th Street Elementary School in Newark, reading isn't just fundamental, it's a foundation of hope. 

"I feel sad that they don't have any books to read, and I want to share my books so they can read them," 8-year-old Naomi said. She and her school are involved in a program to provide books to ...

Britnee Timberlake Joins New Jersey General Assembly Replacing Sheila Oliver’s Post

Former Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake was sworn in Monday to fill the seat vacated by Sheila Oliver, who became the first black woman to assume statewide office in Garden State history when she became lieutenant governor earlier this month.

Timerlake, an East Orange resident, will represent the 34th District, which ...

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