New Devils owner Josh Harris an expert in risk management

By Craig Wolff/The Star-Ledger
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on November 17, 2013

Josh Harris, seen in one of his New York offices, knows a thing or two about reviving failing enterprises. Now the new Devils owner is determined to breathe new life into one of the NHL'€™s most successful on-ice franchises. The need to win, he says, is "€œmy disease." (John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

 

In the wilderness of the Vallee Blanche, where Josh Harris has traveled, the human footprint is trivial next to the jagged mountaintops that rise like castles. The wind is innocent enough, except for the way it shifts the snow, concealing the crevasses and creating hidden death traps. A man can be moving on a snow bridge one moment, relieved he has sidestepped danger, and disappear the next.

Skiing in the French Alps requires unbroken focus with each treacherous step. There’s no place for fear of the uncertain, but a reckless man is playing at a deadly game.

Josh Harris — business visionary, financial mastermind, husband, father of five, and the new owner of the National Hockey League Devils — is by all accounts, including his own, never reckless.

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Non-profit delivers vision screening and glasses to Newark children

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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on November 14, 2013

ChildSight, a program from Helen Keller International, provides free vision screening and prescription glasses to students at three Newark public schools.

 

NEWARK — Students in three public schools will receive free vision screening and prescription eyeglasses this week, thanks to a program from Helen Keller International, a nonprofit company dedicated to saving the sight of the most vulnerable segments of society.

Peshine Avenue School, 13th Avenue School and the Dr. William H. Horton School in Newark will host ChildSight, a free community outreach program that provides vision tests and eye care to children in need. Today, Nov. 18 and 20, students will be seen by a licensed optometrist and those who require glasses may select the styles they want, all at no charge.

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Warrick Dunn Charities and the NFL Commissioner Goodell Support a Habitat for Humanity, Newark Family

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:23 Local Talk News Editor

Habitat Family given a $5,000 down payment and a full home of furnishings

 

A Habitat for Humanity, Newark partner family has been selected by the Warrick Dunn Charities for a "Home for the Holidays" surprise unveiling on Monday, November 11 in the city's Ironbound District.

All appliances and house accessories, down to the toothbrushes will be provided for the family. In addition to filling the home with items that any family would need to get their new life started, WDC also gave $5,000 towards the family's down payment. Items purchased for the home were sponsored by NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell and his family, who personally shopped for the family. Furniture was provided by Aaron's Inc.

"It's an honor for my family to be a part of the celebration today with Warrick Dunn and Habitat for Humanity," Goodell said. "We became involved because our family wanted to bring smiles to the children's faces and comfort to a hard-working deserving grandmother."

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Newark to open collection sites for 26K shoebox gifts for Christmas

By Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger
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on November 13, 2013

Samaritan's Purse aims to distribute 26,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children through its 15 collection sites in northern New Jersey, which will accept donations Nov. 18 to 25. (Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse)

 

NEWARK — Hundreds of volunteers will be packing and transporting thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child next week.

This year, volunteers in northern New Jersey aim to fill 26,000 shoeboxes for needy children from Nov. 18 to 25, according to Samaritan's Purse which has run the global charity drive for 20 years.

The collection sites opening next week in Newark are:

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Quintana ceremonially sworn in as Newark mayor; council president slot still open

By Mark Bonamo | November 12th, 2013

 

NEWARK - When Luis Quintana was ceremonially sworn in Tuesday afternoon as Newark's 39th mayor by state Sen. Dick Codey (D-27), the former governor reminded the new mayor about both the permanence and fleeting nature of power. 

"You know, for the rest of my life, I'm the governor, right?," said Codey, who became governor in 2004 following the sudden resignation of Jim McGreevey. "Luis, eight months, nine months, it doesn't matter - you're the mayor."  

Quintana's ascension to the Newark mayoralty follows Cory Booker's departure to Washington, D.C. after his victory in the special U.S. Senate election in October. Booker was elected to complete the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term; Quintana will complete Booker's term in the months before the May 2014 Newark mayoral election. 

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Newark Police bolster ranks, hire nine laid-off police officers

By James Queally/The Star-Ledger
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on November 11, 2013

The Newark Police Department added nine new police officers to its ranks after Police Director Samuel DeMaio (above) hired back several cops who were laid-off by the Newark and Camden Police Departments in 2010 and 2011.

 

NEWARK — The state's largest police department welcomed nine new officers to its ranks during a City Hall ceremony last week, allowing the officers to return to work after they were laid-off in 2010, officials said.

Five of the officers were laid off by Newark Police during a massive public works purge in 2010, and the other four were laid off by Camden when the city lost half of its police force during a round of layoffs in January of 2011, according to Sgt. Ronald Glover, a city police spokesman.

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John Sharpe James is sworn in as newest member of Newark's City Council

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on November 08, 2013

John Sharpe James, left, sits with his father, Sharpe James, center, and Mayor Luis Quintana shortly before being sworn in as Newark's newest councilman.

 

NEWARK — He was shot in a Newark mugging and later earned a Purple Heart after getting wounded during the war in Afghanistan.

But will Newark politics be a bigger challenge? John Sharpe James is about to find out.

The 45-year-old son of former Mayor Sharpe James was sworn in as an at-large city councilman today during an afternoon ceremony at City Hall that virtually every political leader in the city attended.

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Safe surrender event: Newark man's warrants cleared for 3rd time in 5 years

By Jonathan Lin/The Jersey Journal
on November 08, 2013

Hundreds wait in the Jersey City Armory on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 to appear in court with "favorable consideration" for turning themselves into the state's Fugitive Safe Surrender program.Shakil Copeland, 36, is no stranger to fugitive surrender programs in New Jersey – after all, today marks the third time he'll be wiping his record clean through the program.

 

Copeland, who lives in Newark, said he previously turned himself into a fugitive surrender program in Newark in 2009 and on one other occasion.

The event this week at the Jersey City Armory marks the fifth time the state has offered the program, with the others having taken place in Camden, Newark, Somerset/New Brunswick and Atlantic City.

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Crump fires back over allegations of ethics violations

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on November 07, 2013

NEWARK — Newark Councilwoman Mildred Crump offered a lengthy response to allegations that she violated ethics laws as detailed in a story in today's Star-Ledger, calling the accusations a "political lynching."

"I will not let the evildoers, and I call them what they are, stop me from helping people," Crump said at a City Council meeting today, referring to unnamed political enemies. "I hope that God will be the arbiter of them all and will punish those deserving individuals."

Crump is under scrutiny form the state comptroller's office for allegedly steering $17,000 in city funds to the Global Women's Leadership Collaborative a non-profit she helped found in 2008, according to a preliminary report from the state agency. She was also cited by the comptroller for directing $2,850 to the World Gospel Music Association, of which she is an active member according to her City Hall bio.

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N.J group brings 10K postcards supporting sick leave for private workers to Newark city hall

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on November 07, 2013

About 10,000 postcards were delivered to City Hall in Newark today supporting sick leave for private sector workers.

 

NEWARK — Many Newark City Council members have expressed support for paid sick leave in Newark but the New Jersey Working Families Alliance isn't taking any chances.

The group delivered 10,000 postcards from Newark voters supporting an upcoming ordinance establishing mandatory paid sick leave for private sector employees at today's City Council meeting.

"The reason we're delivering these post cards is to make clear to the municipal council and the mayor that this makes common sense," said alliance director Bill Holland as he huddled in the rain with a dozen supporters outside of City Hall before the meeting.

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