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Group Suing Newark Over Lead Levels Says City is 'Misleading' Residents

October 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - An environmental group that is suing Newark officials over elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water is alleging that statements made by the mayor at a Friday press conference about the issue were "misleading."

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) alleges there are numerous homes in the East Ward with elevated levels of lead, contrary to what ...

Newark mayor unsure how long drinking water contained unsafe lead levels

NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka today said he was unsure exactly when the chemical used to prevent lead from dissolving into pipes stopped working, but it will be fixed in about six to eight months.

In the meantime, Baraka said the city will begin handing out water filters to homeowners who have lead service lines—the pipe that connects the water main under the ...

Newark to Distribute Filters as Lead Persists in City's Drinking Water

Tests results show that the corrosion control used in Newark's water system is no longer effective at reducing lead levels in drinking water and the city will begin distributing filters to residents in areas where homes have lead service lines.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has scheduled a press conference Friday morning to discuss the results of a study the city received last week known as ...

Confusion Reigns on Why Newark Waives Parade Expenses for Some, Not for Others

NEWARK, NJ - What exactly does it mean when city council supports a special event like a festival or parade through a resolution?

The answer is so confusing even the Newark City Council doesn't know for sure, although they continue to vote to co-sponsor events.

The nod of support from the council could mean the city is waiving costs and fees that could impact the public safety budget.

Baraka Backs Booker: 'It is Trump That is Running America Into the Ground'

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka came out in support of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker after President Donald Trump said the former mayor “ran Newark, New Jersey into the ground.”

Booker, a Democrat, was Newark's mayor from 2006 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has been questioning Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, ...

Quick Chek in Maplewood Sells Winning Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Worth $166,000

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Friday, Sept. 28, making the ticket's owner the winner of the Jersey Cash 5 $166,600 Jackpot, according to a press release from NJ Lottery.

The winning ticket was sold at the Quick Chek location at 1545 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood, stated the NJ Lottery.

The winning numbers were: 18, 30, 35, 38 and 40 and the ...

Newark Airport Workers Win Highest Minimum Wage in U.S.

NEWARK, NJ - A union member mouthed the words “thank you” yesterday as cheers erupted in the boardroom where Port Authority commissioners passed a $19 minimum wage for workers at the agency’s three major airports.

“Let me say clearly and bluntly: these new wage levels are essential to the safe, secure and high-quality operation of our airports,” said Port ...

'Shaq Tower' May Get a $2.5M Loan from Newark

NEWARK, NJ - One of the residential towers owned in part by NBA star Shaquille O'Neal may soon get a $2.5 million loan from the city, much to the irritation of one councilman.

On Tuesday, the city council approved a last-minute resolution that would allow the Newark Economic and Housing Development Department to apply for the loan amount through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ...

Newark City Council Members are Mad They Didn't Get Front Row Seats at Sotomayor Event

NEWARK, NJ - Some city council members took offense with people in charge at the Newark Public Library because they did not get good seats when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited on Sunday.

The justice visited the library last weekend to promote her new children's books and spread the love of reading to youngsters. About 400 people attended the event in the James Brown ...

Protesters Demand Newark City Council to Oppose Essex County's ICE Contract

NEWARK, NJ - About a dozen protesters yesterday demanded Newark City Council pass a resolution to oppose Essex County’s agreement with the federal government to jail immigrants within the city’s borders.

City council says protesters should take their fight to the freeholders since the county has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And even though ...

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