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

July 24, 2018

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 ...

Essex County Honors Nurse Practitioner for HIV/AIDS Work in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Peter Oates was working as a private nurse for Princess Diana’s father in England, but left when he was offered a job in the 1980s at San Francisco General Hospital’s slated AIDS unit.

“They offered me a job, but I couldn’t be hired because Medicaid and Medicare had withdrawn benefits for the AIDS hospital,” Oates, 66, recalled. Instead, ...

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