Newark council takes step to approve anti-gentrification rule

NEWARK -- Moving to prevent gentrification as Newark's housing market heats up, the City Council voted Wednesday night to grant preliminary approval to a rule requiring 20 percent of large residential projects be set aside for people with low and moderate incomes.

The council voted 7-0, with two members absent, to approve Ordinance 17-0842, titled "Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing." A public hearing and final vote is scheduled for July 12. 

The measure would amend the city's land use law to require a fifth of the units in residential projects of 30 units or more be restricted to people making no more than 80 percent of the median income for the region, or up to $50,000.

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Murphy Deflates Chaneyfield-Jenkins with Rip-Snorting Endorsement of ‘Brilliant’ Baraka

By Max Pizarro | June 22, 2017

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The gang in support of Baraka.

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NEWARK – She bet on Phil Murphy for Governor back when Ras Baraka bet on Steve Fulop, and today Murphy, in a big and effusive way, bet on Baraka, leaving Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins frigidly outside the feverishly hot city hall circus scene that was Baraka’s reelection kickoff.

The event overwhelmed.

Former Governor Dick Codey – an early and avid Baraka backer – couldn’t resist rubbing it in,  rising from where he sat at one end of a front row alpha male musical chairs set up that included Murphy, Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie, East Orange Councilman Ted Green, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss.

In a very real sense, Murphy over-killed.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to announce re-election bid Thursday

NEWARK -- After a first term presiding over a downtown building boom, employment and technology initiatives, and the hiring of police officers to address crime city-wide, Mayor Ras Baraka will make it official on Thursday: he is running for re-election.

Baraka will hold a noon press conference on the steps of City Hall, joined by members of his City Council slate and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the mayor early in the primary race.

"Over the past three years, our beloved city has grown from 'Newark 2.0' and then 'Newark 3.0' to 'Newark Forward'," Baraka said in a statement on Wednesday. "This represents our vision for moving our city -- our economic growth, our institutions, and most importantly, our people."

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Going on Fox News cost me my job, professor claims | Carter

On June 8, Lisa Durden, a producer, filmmaker and media commentator, arrived at Essex County College in Newark to teach her speech class.

It was the closing days of the summer session and Durden was already set for the fall semester. She was listed as a returning adjunct professor to teach mass communication and popular culture and two effective speech courses.

Two days before, she had appeared as a political commentator on the Fox News show "Tucker Carlson Tonight," invited to give her opinion as to why Black Lives Matter organizers held a Memorial Day event in Brooklyn for black people only.

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Newark mayor signs sweeping sanctuary city executive order

 Posted on June 19, 2017

Newark Mayor Ras signs executive order outlining the city's "sanctuary city" policy on June 19, 2017.

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NEWARK -- Mayor Ras Baraka signed what is the city's most sweeping declaration yet to protect undocumented residents against President Donald Trump's federal immigration policies.

Surrounded by city council members and advocacy groups, Baraka signed a detailed 10-page executive order on Monday that cements Newark's sanctuary city policy, despite the possible loss of federal funds in response. 

The order pledges that the city will not spend local resources aiding federal immigration law unless required by a court order or directive, a promise Baraka made in November.

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Thousands of Newark students exposed to STEM with hands-on program

NEWARK -- Hunched over desks with pencils in hand, students in Ridge Street School set out Monday morning to simulate what most seasoned scientists are still wrestling to accomplish: building a colony on the Moon.

Equipped only with cotton balls, coffee filters, sand and their brains, the 7th graders began the week designing water purifiers that could clean contaminated water on a lunar planet.

By Thursday, mini-marshmallows littered desks as groups built model protective astronaut suits. 

It may sound unconventional, but it's all part of Newark Public School's first-ever STEM week, in which teachers at 26 middle schools across the city halted regular science classes to offer a hands-on engineering-based curriculum developed by MIT and STEM organization i2 Learning. More than 2,000 students participated.

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New 26-story hotel proposed for Newark historic district

NEWARK --If developer Joe Sardar has his way, a 26-story hotel will rise above the Military Park Commons Historic District.

The new hotel would be three doors down from the city's best-known hotel, the Robert Treat, and around the corner from a new TRYP by Wyndham hotel being redeveloped at the old St. Francis Hotel. 

The hotel proposed by Sardar would be the latest development project at Military Park, joining the glass Prudential Financial tower across Broad Street and One Theater Square, a 22-story apartment tower at the eastern end of Park Place.

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After 20 years, Newark Museum to reopen its main entrance

NEWARK -- In 1997, the Newark Museum closed its main entrance to keep temperature and humidity fluctuations from harming centuries-old paintings in the acclaimed exhibition, Crowning Glory: Images of the Virgin in the Arts of Portugal.

But while that show is long gone, the protective measure has remained in place and the double doors on Washington Street kept locked, and for 20 years the public has entered the museum through a side entrance by the parking lot.

The situation has been handy enough for visitors driving in from the suburbs, but uninviting to foot traffic and hardly conducive to the kinds of rendezvous like those on, say, the steps of Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The legacy of Millard E. Terrell in Newark burns bright

No matter how late at night, residents were never turned away when they knocked on the door of apartment 2B.

They knew Millard E. Terrell would get out of bed to fix their problem - whatever it was - at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Homes, a Newark public housing complex that was renamed after him in 1987, the year following his death.

There might have been a flood or blown fuse in the basement of one of the buildings. At that hour their fellow resident Terrell would grab his flashlight, a set of maintenance keys and take care of business.

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Listen up Newark: Students tell the district their voices matter

The message in a two-minute video produced by Newark public school students is clear:

Student voices matter.

It's a new campaign from the Youth Media Symposium, a program offered by the Abbott Leadership Institute, at Rutgers University-Newark, that teaches parents and students how to advocate for education.

The youth in the symposium, both public and charter students, don't believe the district hears them when they complain about conditions in the city's schools, such as broken SMART boards, lack of supplies, outdated books and too many substitute teachers.

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