Essex County College students named to state All-Academic Team

December 10, 2017

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Newark resident and Essex County College student Dwayne Henderson was recently named to the All USA-New Jersey Community College Academic Team

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Two Essex County College students are making Newark proud.

Dwayne Henderson and Pyetra Camargo, both sophomores at Essex County College and officers of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, have been named to the All USA-New Jersey Community College Academic Team.

The All-USA Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends beyond the classroom to benefit society.

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Chinese firm buys Newark skyscraper

A Chinese firm is investing in Newark.

Beijing Ideal Group, a investment and development company, purchased most of One Newark Center, a 22-story building on Raymond Boulevard near Military Park and Newark Penn Station, commercial realtor JLL announced this week.

The financial details of the company's purchase from its previous owners, Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and The Praedium Group, were not disclosed. But, Cushman and Wakefield, a real estate services firm, announced earlier this month it had secured $66.58 million in financing for the Chinese company to buy the sixth through 22nd floors of the building. The first five floors will remain Seton Hall Law School, and were not part of the sale.

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Chaneyfield Jenkins proposes legislation to prohibit city from rewarding criminal activity

December 6, 2017

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Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins will be introducing legislation that would prohibit anyone who has been charged with a federal crime from receiving funds from the city.

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Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins said she is planning to introduce legislation that would prohibit anyone who has been charged, plead guilty or been convicted of a federal crime from receiving any funds from the city.

Chaneyfield Jenkins has asked the city clerk to draft an ordinance for introduction at the next city council meeting, stating the ordinance should also retroactively apply to anyone who has received funds for an ongoing project.

“An ordinance like this should not be necessary because it seems so self-evident that we should not reward criminal behavior with city funding,” Chaneyfield Jenkins said. “Unfortunately, we have an administration that thinks it’s okay to award our tax dollars to federal felons and those charged with federal crimes.”

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Newark's Executive Protection Unit racked up more than $1 million in overtime, records show

December 5, 2017

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NEWARK, NJ--Twenty-seven Newark police officers listed as members of the City of Newark's Executive Protection Unit have racked up more than $1 million dollars in overtime between January 1, 2017 and August 25, 2017, according to documents obtained through an Open Public Records Act request.

Records show the 27-member security unit includes 24 police officers, one police captain, one police lieutenant and one police sergeant, all earning a base salary as City of Newark police officers of approximately $100,000 and earning overtime payments totaling $1,121,557. 20.

Overtime payments for each individual officer ranged between $15,000 and $108,000 during the time period.

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Op-Ed: Collaboration Benefiting Newark Schoolchildren

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Newark Public Schools celebrates the best of the best

December 3, 2017

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Newark Public Schools celebrated district principals, administrators, teachers and students at an awards ceremony Wednesday in downtown Newark.

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NEWARK, NJ--It was an evening to celebrate the best of the best at an awards recognition ceremony hosted by Newark Public Schools.

Held Wednesday at the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark, the celebratory gathering was a salute to district principals, administrators, teachers and students who exemplify academic excellence and achievement.

Ten elementary, middle and high schools were recognized for the most academic growth in English/Language Arts and Math as assessed by PARCC exams and the state's Student Growth Percentiles (SGP).

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Port Authority, city officials hold first public meeting to discuss PATH extension project

November 29, 2017

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Residents gathered Tuesday night at a meeting hosted by the PANYNJ to hear details regarding the $1.7 million PATH extension project.

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It was standing room only at the first public meeting hosted Tuesday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to discuss the plan to extend the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) service to Newark Liberty International Airport.

The meeting, held at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center in Newark’s South Ward, was hosted by dozens of Port Authority and city officials and provided details of the project, as well as seeking input from residents.

"We are dedicated to having an open dialogue about this project starting tonight," said PANYNJ project manager Michael Kraft.

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The art of Uggie: Newark's beloved street dancer honored with statue

 The abstract statue, is of a black figure, wiry and tall, made from sheet metal that is flexible and has movement, much like the subject of the piece.

Eric "Uggie" Bowens was always on the move. He walked everywhere in Newark, stopping only to dance, the one thing that made everyone in the city know him. He loved to dance, and was often seen with a boom box in his hand blasting House music.

Then he was taken from us last year on Nov. 7, when he was shot and killed, gunned down 45 minutes before his 45th birthday. Newark was angry and hurt.

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Universal enrollment credited for district-wide improvements but debate continues

November 28, 2017

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The website for Newark Enrolls universal enrollment.

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NEWARK, NJ--When former superintendent of Newark Public Schools Cami Anderson introduced One Newark In 2013, critics called out the superintendent for her haphazard implementation of a universal enrollment system that eliminated neighborhood schools and assigned students by a citywide lottery to both traditional and charter schools.

But district officials say that recent improvements to universal enrollment —now rebranded as Newark Enrolls—have created more equitable access to schools while shifting enrollment policy to ensure that 100 percent of the seats in each elementary school go to families who live in the neighborhood or have a sibling at the school.

Previously, a small percentage of all elementary school seats were left open to a random lottery.

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Ex-prisoner reentry aid organization spotlights healthcare, addiction issues

November 26, 2017

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Brian Johnston, a recovering drug addict and ex-offender, talks about how he hopes to overcome his problems at a recent meeting that examined the healthcare concerns of those reentering society.

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Brian Johnston has been on a rough road for years. Addiction to OxyContin, at first prescribed for an injury, mutated into an endless narcotic need that led to heroin and jail. Now Johnston is committing not to heroin, but to hope. 

"I'm trying to get my life together after addiction took everything," said Johnston, 36, a resident of Integrity House in Secaucus, a non-profit rehabilitation organization which also has a center in Newark that works with drug-and alcohol-addicted ex-criminal offenders who are trying to reintegrate into society. "I've been sober for a year, and I'm trying to get back into the workforce and raise my family."

"But the fentanyl problem is terrible. People are dying left and right," added Johnston, referring to the powerful, synthetic opioid pain medication that is approximately 50 times stronger than heroin. "I think that everyone who has been addicted knows somebody who has died from fentanyl."

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