Adubato intent on local election as city prepares for post-Booker Newark

By Max Pizarro | October 16th, 2013

From left: Ruiz, Alagia and Adubato

 

NEWARK - The ward captains filed in and assumed their seats in the Flamboyan, where at the front of the room on a raised platform sat state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Essex County political operative Phil Alagia and North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato.

It was the late afternoon break out meeting, and Alagia ascertained what he told PolitickerNJ.com earlier in the day, which was that the organization was on pace to produce just under 7,000 votes in the special U.S. Senate election.

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West Ward killing marks Newark's fifth homicide in last 72 hours

By James Queally/The Star-Ledger
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on October 16, 2013

Newark Police and Essex County Prosecutor's Office detectives are investigating a shooting that left one person dead in the city's West Ward, marking Newark's fifth homicide since Sunday morning.

 

NEWARK — A shooting in Newark's West Ward left one person dead shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, the fifth person killed during a bloody 72 hours in the state's largest city.

Thomas Fennelly, Essex County's chief assistant prosecutor, confirmed the county homicide task force was investigating a "shooting homicide" in the 900 block of South 20th street shortly after midnight, but declined to comment further. As of 2:15 a.m., a body still lay under a sheet behind a police barricade, while a small tangle of neighbors, detectives and community activists stood watch nearby.

Several residents, who asked that their names be withheld for fear of reprisal, said several men were embroiled in an argument in the moments leading up to the gunfire. Roughly seven rounds were fired a short time later, according to the residents, who said a second man was also shot during the altercation.

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Expansive Georgian home is pearl of Newark's Historic District's walking tour

By Kimberly L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger
on October 10, 2013

Front view of a three story mansion called Meadow View owned by Kenneth Kroll and David Johnstone that will be part of Newark's Forest Hill house tours. Newark NJ 10/6/13 (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

 

Ask Kenneth Kroll what he likes most about his seven-bedroom brick house and he can rattle off what seems like a never-ending list of enviable features.

There's the conservatory, the staircase that winds through its three stories, the interior French doors, the kitchen in two parts, the six fireplaces, three patios — one of which is nestled within a secret garden — the butler's closet.

"I'm in love with the house," he says. "The sum of all its parts is just captivating. It is truly a center-hall Georgian in correct proportion and scale."

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Debate Highlights Booker's Complex Relationship with Newark Schools

John Mooney | October 11, 2013

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Cory Booker couldn't have summed up better his enigmatic role in Newark public schools than his response to a question about education at the U.S. Senate debate this week.

The Newark mayor looked into the camera and said: "Even though I have no formal authority over public education in Newark whatsoever . . ."

And then off he went on one of his favorite and most passionate topics: educational opportunity for all kids, with Newark helping to lead the way.

For a guy with no legal power over the schools, Booker has been a prominent force in Newark education reform, both for popular and unpopular reasons.

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Surge in cell phone thefts has Newark on pace for highest robbery total since 1999

By James Queally/The Star-Ledger
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on October 10, 2013

A surge in cell phone thefts and carjackings has led to a 23 percent spike in Newark robberies this year, leaving the city on pace to suffer its highest annual robbery total since 1999, records show. More than a third of the robberies committed this year were strong arm cell phone thefts, Police Director Samuel DeMaio said.

 

NEWARK — A group of teenagers drove from bus stop to bus stop in Newark’s South Ward in August, attacking and robbing six people in a span of 10 minutes.

In February, an Essex County freeholder was carjacked at gunpoint near his home. Days later, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union was mugged outside of his office.

And just last month, a mob of juveniles swarmed an off-duty federal agent in the city’s Ironbound section, pummeling the man during an attempted robbery until he pulled out his sidearm and opened fire.

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Sharpe James helping to run his son's Newark city council campaign

By Alex Napoliello/NJ.com
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on October 09, 2013

 

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James is back on the campaign trail, but this time it's for his son.

James is helping his eldest son, John Sharpe James, run a campaign for municipal council in Newark, a report from the Wall Street Journal said.

"I'm helping run my son's campaign," James told the Journal. "I'm more popular than I was when I went into jail."

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Whole Foods coming to Newark, signs lease for store in Hahne's building

By Tom De Poto/The Star-Ledger
on October 09, 2013

Whole Foods will open a store in Newark, a spokesman confirmed (Courtesy of Whole Foods)

 

Whole Foods has signed a lease for a 29,000-square-foot outlet in the former Hahne & Co. department store building in Newark. The formal announcement is expected tomorrow afternoon, a spokesman confirmed.

No other details were available this evening.

Mayor Cory Booker has been campaigning to bring the healthy food store to the city since 2007. He gave Co-CEO Walter Robb and a regional president a tour in 2012.

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Open Doors 2013: Festival HQ at 85 Market St. hosts opening event

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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on October 09, 2013

Artist Piotr Czerwinski has a solo show at 85 Market Street, headquarters of Open Doors 2013, the Newark arts festival running Oct. 10-20.

 

NEWARK — Open Doors 2013 kicks off Oct. 10 with a party at 85 Market St., site of Market Street Convergence and headquarters of the 10-day arts festival that will showcase the city's vibrant visual arts scene.

Presented by Gallery Aferro and the Newark Arts Council, the launch party from 6 to 10 p.m. includes food from Adega Grill and music from DJ Flo.

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Newark man gunned down in city's 73rd homicide this year, cops say

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
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on October 06, 2013

NEWARK — A 33-year-old Newark man was gunned down Saturday evening in the South Ward, becoming the city’s 73rd homicide victim of the year, authorities said.

Alwali McKie was shot multiple times and left for dead on the 30 block of Aldine Street, according to a statement from acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.

Police responded to a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. reporting shots in the area, the statement said. They found McKie lying on the ground a short time later. He died at 8:15 p.m. after being taken to University Hospital by ambulance.

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Four shot, one dies in Newark shootings

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on October 05, 2013

Police cordoned off a block of Avon Avenue Saturday night as they investigated a triple-shooting. (David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger)

 

NEWARK — Three people are hospitalized and one man is dead in separate shootings tonight, authorities confirmed.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Newark police responded to a shooting on the 100 block of Avon Avenue near the border of the city's Central and South Wards. Sgt. Ronald Glover of the Newark Police Department said three people were shot but their injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.

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