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Newark Neighbors Pass the Baton at Annual Community Graduation Ceremony, Handing Off Hope 

June 27, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Every summer, residents of Newark's historic Weequahic neighborhood in the city's South Ward gather to pass an aluminum baton between each other, a movement familiar to both track and field aficionados and Olympic viewers.

Why they gather is no game. Instead, the community gets together to acknowledge achievement, hand off wisdom, and encourage the next generation to ...

Team Baraka Candidate Pat Council Wins South Ward Runoff Contest

NEWARK, NJ — Pat Council is the winner in the South Ward runoff election, toppling challenger Terrance Bankston with more than 71% of the vote with all 42 districts reporting, according to unofficial results.

Council, who was backed by the powerful Team Baraka slate, was heavily favored to win the runoff contest after he emerged as the top vote-getter in the ...

What Voters Need to Know For Newark's June 14 Runoff Elections

NEWARK, NJ — It's Election Day again for some voters in Newark.

Voters in Newark's East, South and West wards will head to the polls today to elect the next councilperson who will represent their ward after the three races couldn't be decided by the majority vote needed to win outright in the city’s nonpartisan May municipal ...

Council, Bankston Square Off In South Ward Runoff Contest

NEWARK, NJ — The runoff election for the open South Ward council seat will pit candidates Patrick Council and Terrance Bankston against each other next week after they emerged as the top vote-getters in the city’s May nonpartisan municipal elections.

The South Ward runoff, which will be held June 14, comes because no candidate received the necessary majority of the vote. In Newark, ...


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What the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Ruling Means for Our Communities and Our Work

The news that the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade, and removing a half century of constitutional protection allowing women to obtain an abortion, did not come as a surprise. After all, some states had already imposed significant restrictions. And yet, it was still a shock.

What we do know is this: the ...

Garden Savings FCU Partners with Local Radio Station to Support Habitat for Humanity

July 4, 2022

Garden Savings Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey with branches in Newark, Dover and South Orange, is helping to build homes for local communities in the surrounding areas. The credit union has partnered with WDHA FM (105.5 FM) to help support Habitat for Humanity and build homes for people in need.  “We love supporting Habitat for Humanity and the great work ...

OPINION: Community Should Have Been Consulted on Renaming of Washington Park

June 21, 2022

I was appointed to the Newark Landmarks and HIstoric Preservation Commission by Mayor Sharp James and served for more than a decade. I always believed in following the law and proper procedures. I am dismayed and disappointed that the current administration would choose to bypass and ignore the the city's own commission. If not required by law, I certainly think it would have been an act of ...