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Newark Mayor Appoints Temporary Director to Embattled Water Department

November 28, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The second-in-command at the Newark department, who has been helping distribute lead filters to residents, has taken over the reins as its new acting director.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka appointed Department of Water and Sewer Utilities Deputy Director Kareem Adeem as the head of the department on a temporary basis. The appointment comes after the former director, Andrea Hall ...

Former Gov. Jim Florio to Speak at Montclair State University, Nov. 27

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio will join Political Science and Law Professor Brigid Callahan Harrison in a conversation concerning his book, Standing on Principle: Lessons Learned in Public Life, Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.

Followed by a town hall-style question and answer session with audience members, the event, is open to the public and ...

Newark Slams Social Media Video Made By Group Suing Over Lead

NEWARK, NJ - Newark's spokesman isn’t very happy about a new video that was put out on social media by a nonprofit group that is suing the city over elevated levels of lead. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shared a video that opens with wording over the city skyline that reads "Newark officials are in denial about the city's drinking water." The video ...

This is What Will be Closed in Newark for Thanksgiving

NEWARK, NJ - For those of us who will be dealing with turkey coma on Thanksgiving and rushing out to get Black Friday deals, here’s a quick refresher of what government agencies will not be operating in Newark.

City hall will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23 and residents will not be able to apply for permits, birth certificates, name-change certificates or marriage licenses on these ...

Code Blue Alert Activated in Newark Through Friday

NEWARK, NJ - City officials today activated the season’s first Code Blue alert, which enables authorities to take homeless adults to shelters that have available beds. 

The alert will be in effect for tonight all the way through Friday as a strong cold front is expected to move through the city. Temperatures are forecasted to drop to the mid-20s and low-30s until ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

New MX-3 Proposal Postponed by Newark City Council

NEWARK, NJ - Council members on Thursday postponed voting on a new draft of a land use ordinance -- one that could potentially allow buildings in the Ironbound to increase to 20 stories -- because they did not have enough time to review it. 

The original MX-3 ordinance was approved last year, but was overturned in court last month after an advocacy group known as PLANewark filed suit ...

Study Shows How Newark's Lead Problem Got So Bad

NEWARK, NJ - It's "not possible" to pin down exactly when lead started dissolving from pipes and into Newark's water because of possible inconsistencies in testing, according to a city-commissioned report.

The city had CDM Smith, an Edison-based engineering firm, investigate what was causing elevated levels after Newark received its first notice of ...

Newark's Water Department Director Has Died, Mayor Says

NEWARK, NJ - The head of the city department that has been addressing elevated levels of lead in residents’ water died last night, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said today. 

Andrea Hall Adebowale worked in the city’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities for about 30 years and spent the last five years as its director. She was a Newark native and graduate of Newark Public Schools, ...

Newark Claims Disgruntled Employee Tampered With Lead Sample

NEWARK, NJ - A city official today claimed that one home in the East Ward once showed elevated levels of lead because a former city employee tampered with the testing.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and other city officials have repeatedly said those in the East Ward need not worry about elevated lead levels. But a group that is suing the city over the issue claims officials ...


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