Coalition Members Call on Governor to Come Home and Approve Sale of Newark Hospital

A coalition of local clergy, elected officials, union leaders, community advocates, employees, physicians and patients joined together at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark on August 13, to urge Gov. Christie to approve the hospital’s sale to Prime Healthcare. Read more

Newark Artist Optimistic About City’s Future

When artist Lisa Conrad first moved to Newark from Philadelphia five years ago, the city’s downtown was still affordable. She paid just $187 a month in rent for a share in a combined residential loft and artists' studio above a fried chicken joint on Broad Street across from Military Park. Read more

Saint Michael’s Medical Center Voluntarily Files for Reorganization Under Chapter 11

Saint Michael’s Medical Center today voluntarily filed for reorganization under Chapter 11, saying it was a prudent and necessary action to preserve the Newark medical center’s financial viability and the jobs of more than 1,400 employees, as well as a continued choice of healthcare for the Greater Newark community. Read more

McGovern's Bartender was Local Legend

For many patrons who lined up at the bar at McGovern's Tavern in downtown Newark, James "Skipper" Hamilton was just another friendly bartender, known for his charm and gift of the gab. But for those who knew Hamilton's backstory, he was, in the words of a traditional Irish tune, a man you don't meet every day. Read more

Tai Cooper Charts Newark's Course

Office location in relationship to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s chambers in City Hall is a good determinate of power, access and influence. So it’s not surprising that Baraka’s chief of staff, his brother Amiri “Middy” Baraka, has an office next to the mayor’s chamber. What might be surprising is who occupies the office on the other side of the mayor’s chamber. Read more

Quality Sushi in Newark? Try Sushi House 21

Determined to find an excellent sushi restaurant in Newark, I constantly asked friends and coworkers whether they knew a place to get quality sashimi. Newark isn’t necessarily a city renowned for its sushi, so when I heard good things about Sushi House 21, I knew where my next night out would be. Read more

Helping to Increase Girls’ Interest in STEM Careers, Verizon Brings Girls Who Code Program to Newark

At just 9 years old, Justina Nixon-Saintil emigrated with her family from the island country of Dominica to the South Bronx. The youngest of five children, she and her siblings were frequent witnesses to rampant crime. The only bright spot, Nixon-Saintil said, was the educational opportunities provided at the Catholic school in Harlem, where her mother was a teacher. Read more

On Halsey Street, Newark's gentrification unfolds

Joe Collier traveled from his home in the North Ward to Joe's Shoe Shop on Halsey Street in Newark to get his favorite alligator shoes shined and repaired. A lifelong resident of the city, the 60-year disabled Army Vietnam veteran and father of three has seen it all. But what he sees unfolding on Halsey Street is unfamiliar. Read more

Newark Says No to Family Dollar Store

A rusting, 1950s-era vintage Dodge sits on a weed strewn lot on the northeast corner of Broadway and Gouverneur Street in Newark’s Lower Broadway neighborhood, just north of the city’s downtown. It’s a typical underutilized lot similar to many others scattered around the city and ripe for redevelopment. Family Dollar Store thought it would be a perfect location for their next retail outlet. Read more

At Military Park, ping pong players at dusk display new Newark's dawn

There was a time not long ago when Newark's Military Park was a desolate and neglected urban space, home to junkies and prostitutes, defiled with the detritus of human vice. Today that forlorn image is long forgotten, replaced with the laughter of children, the meditative "ohms" of yoga and the thwack of ping pong balls. Read more

Verizon Launches Initiative in New Jersey to Educate Seniors About Online Fraud

With an increasing number of seniors using cell phones, the Internet and social media sites like Facebook, Verizon has launched an initiative in New Jersey to educate seniors about the dangers that lurk online. Read more

New venture capital fund vows to transform Newark into high-tech hub

Newark resident Jimi Olaghere remembers a time 10 years ago when New Jersey's largest city was a veritable opportunity desert for a tech entrepreneur like him. But with Monday's announcement of a new $50 million technology venture capital fund designed to back early-stage tech companies in Newark and boost Internet connectivity citywide, Olaghere is more than ready to see the nascent venture fund make it rain for tech companies seeking to put down roots and grow in Newark. Read more

Over coffee, and overall, Newark rises

Newark native Pat Pugliese serves me my cappuccino every morning, always excellent, at Caffe Espresso Italia at the corner of Adams and Malvern streets in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, where I live. But on this gorgeous summer morning, Pat was more than miffed. Pat was pissed. Read more

Executive Interview: Verizon’s Paul Sullivan

Anyone who runs a business, whether a deli at the corner of Halsey Street in Newark, or a Fortune 100 company on Broad Street, knows the importance of customer service. And nobody knows that better than Paul Sullivan, the vice president of wireline field operations for Verizon in New Jersey. Read more

Ross Danis to Step Down as President and CEO of the Newark Trust for Education

Ross Danis, the inaugural president and CEO of the Newark Trust for Education, announced that he is stepping down after five years at the helm of the non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring children in Newark have access to high-quality public education. Read more

Robert Treat Academy Class of 2015 Graduates with $5.5 Million in Scholarships

Robert Treat Academy Charter School’s Class of 2015 received more than $5.5 million in scholarship offers to attend some of the most prestige high schools in the nation. The scholarships were announced during the school’s 11th graduation ceremony in the dramatic setting of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on June 25. Read more

Rutgers VETS Program Invites Community to “Let’s Grow Newark” Festival July 25

The U.S. veterans enrolled in the Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions (VETS) program invite the community to celebrate their healthy-foods harvest and fish exchange program. Read more

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, says the credit bureau TransUnion, with almost 10 million incidents a year. In fact, the bureau calculates that every minute, 19 people become victims, and the average cost to the victim is $500 and 30 hours to straighten out the mess. Read more

Regional Environmental Company Announces Scholarship Winner

A freshman at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark received a $1,000 scholarship from SoilSafe, which is operating a temporary soil recycling facility in Carteret.   Read more

Prime Healthcare Receives Approval to Acquire Morris Hospitals As It Awaits Regulatory Action on Newark Hospital

The California healthcare company seeking to purchase Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark won regulatory approval today to acquire Saint Clare’s Health System. Read more


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