Newark apartment complex to offer homes to veterans

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on September 25, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker gives a speech at a press conference today about Broadway Genesis Apartments, a complex offering homes to veterans for reduced rates.

 

About eight months ago, Juan Davila and his wife spent their winter nights sleeping on a stage outside the Exchange Place pier.

After being forced to leave his mother's apartment in Jersey City following a six-week stay, Davila said he just couldn't find a place to live on the $847 he was earning each month from Social Security.

"I had nowhere else to go," said Davila, who is disabled. "Everywhere I went it was $800 a month for a little room."

Davila's luck started to change in July, when a contact at a church referred him to HELP USA, a New-York based housing nonprofit group. Davila ended up with a furnished one-bedroom apartment for about $233 a month.

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Founder of Newark food pantry seeks miracle to keep feeding the hungry

By Barry Carter/Star-Ledger
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on September 25, 2013

Barbara Arroyo, director of Milagros Angels food pantry gives food to a little boy on its last day of operation in Newark. The pantry had to close when a church community center could no longer afford for the pantry to be there.

 

NEWARK — The church community center was packed 300 deep, maybe more. The people were sitting in folding chairs, rows of them, waiting to lug food that others before them were struggling to carry down the stairs onto a Newark street.

Volunteers stuffed boxes, hampers and shopping carts. They filled laundry bags with donated bread, meats and vegetables so dinner that night would fill a few extra bellies at someone’s dinner table. It’s like this twice a month at the pantry Barbara Arroyo set up at Temple Rock of My Salvation, a 12-year-old church in the city’s North Ward. The head count exceeds 1,000 easily, but next month will be shockingly different for the hungry.

Next month, the number will be worse, meaning lower, meaning zero unless Arroyo finds another place to give out food to a population that is largely Latino.

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‘A big act’: Newark mayor’s ‘urban legends’

By Michael Gartland

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Gilez Smith, 27, left, and David Estrada, residents of Pilgrim Village, Site 1, sit at the exact location where Wazn Miller was gunned down in 2004, 311 18th Ave. Smith and Estrada both knew Wazn Miller and were there the night he was shot.

Gunshots rang out between the red-brick apartment buildings at Pilgrim Village, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker ran to the noise. When Wazn Miller — the 19-year-old who was shot and bleeding — fell, Booker was there to catch him.
It was April 19, 2004. Just another day in Newark.

“It seemed like a whirlwind was going on around me, so much was flashing through my mind as I sat there just trying to hold this child as his breathing stopped,” Booker told an audience at Yale three years later. “The ambulance finally came, pushed me out of the way, ripped open his shirt where I now saw three gunshot wounds in his front, one in his side — and he was dead.”

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Newark Archbishop Denies That Criticism Led to Moves

Bernard A. Hebda

 

NEWARK — The Roman Catholic archbishop here on Tuesday introduced the cleric appointed by the Vatican to assist him and denied that the move was related to criticism over his handling of a sexually abusive priest.

The cleric, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, recently of Gaylord, Mich., was named coadjutor archbishop for Archbishop John J. Myers, 72, who is to retire as head of the Newark Archdiocese in 2016. A coadjutor automatically succeeds the current archbishop upon his retirement, transfer or death, according to a statement by the archdiocese. Archbishop Myers said on Tuesday that he intended “to be here until I’m 75.”

Archbishop Myers denied that Archbishop Hebda’s appointment was related to the controversy surrounding the Rev. Michael Fugee, who stepped down in May, or to accusations that he failed to take action against a priest accused of molesting a boy while he was bishop of Peoria, Ill.

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Shaq: Newark to NBA owner

BY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

Shaquille O’Neal, who has been a jack of all trades since retiring from the National Basketball Association, has added another item to his well established resume – a “minority owner” with the Sacramento Kings.

"What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal, who during his career feasted on the Kings averaging 28.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 blocks per game in 26-regular season  games, said to Yahoo.com"I've always wanted to be part of something like this … It's going to be great." [...]

Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports first reported the news as Sacramento announced Monday that the 41-year-old O’Neal the new Vivek Ranadive-led ownership group.

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Two Newark men killed in separate, apparently targeted shootings, authorities say

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
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on September 22, 2013

NEWARK — Two Newark men were shot and killed this weekend in separate attacks, authorities said tonight.

Najee Montague, 21, was shot around 7:30 p.m. Saturday while standing near the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Salem Street, according to a statement from acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.

The area, along a main thoroughfare, is spotted with shops and businesses. Montague was pronounced dead at the scene not long after the shooting, the statement said.

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With Newark council president vote, Ras Baraka could win Latino support

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on September 22, 2013

South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, pictured in this file photo, may win key support in the Latino community after helping promote Luis Quintana to council president.

 

NEWARK — If Newark’s mayoral race were a chess game, Ras Baraka would have just captured another piece.

In a surprise, last-minute move last Wednesday, the South Ward councilman and mayoral candidate introduced a motion to make long-time Newark Councilman Luis Quintana, council president.

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos quickly seconded, but Baraka’s initiative was a signal to the city’s Latino community that he is not their enemy. For Baraka’s political opponents it blunts a potential weapon in the mayoral race, as Ramos seeks to become the first Hispanic mayor of Newark.

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Italian consulate in Newark to close due to economic woes

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on September 20, 2013

The downtown Newark skyline is seen from Harrison.

 

Arrivederci, Newark.

The home state of Frank Sinatra, Tony Soprano, Frankie Valli and Samuel Alito is losing its Italian consulate, leaving a state whose Italian roots run deep in the American consciousness without an official tie to Italy.

The Newark consulate is a casualty of economic troubles 4,200 miles away — an Italian economy in recession, a government that needs money and the Euro Zone crisis.

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Newark social worker never stops giving to those in need

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on September 19, 2013

Sharon Jackson, right, a social worker with the Urban league, picked up the phone last year and took a call from Gertrude Crawford, 80. Gertrude was on the line asking for help. She was hungry and hadn't eaten in a few days. She had money and asked if Jackson could buy her some food. Jackson took Gertrude shopping and watched her ride up and down the aisle for three hours in a motorized school. Nearly a year later, Sharon still looks after the lady.

 

Gertrude Crawford was working her way through the phone menu the Monday after Thanksgiving last year.

Press 1 for … Press 2 for …

Somewhere in all that button pushing, Sharon Jackson picked up the phone at the Newark social service agency where she is the self-appointed specialist at getting results, cutting through bureaucratic red tape with a chainsaw to aid her clients, many of them 55 and over and hurting.

Not your everyday social worker, Jackson will show up at city hall and state and federal offices to get to the people making decisions that affect her clients. She works the phones for her people, pesters supervisors for rental assistance, calls on shelters to spare a bed, connects with detox programs to see if they have room for one more.

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In Newark, letting sick workers stay home: Opinion

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist
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on September 20, 2013

By Carlos M. Gonzalez

The Bridge Street Bridge, Passaic River and Newark skyline are seen from Harrison.

Every year, Americans hear the same recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from work or school. Sometimes even President Obama repeats the advice: “If you are sick, stay home,” he said recently. “If your children are sick, keep them out of school.”

But in Newark, 38,000 workers must go to work ill because they can’t afford to lose a day’s pay when they are barely able to make ends meet and support their families.

Take Gestrudes Contreras, who cleans aircraft cabins for Prime Flight Services at Newark Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country. Like thousands of other Newark airport workers, Gestrudes must go to work ill because she can’t afford to lose a day’s pay when she is barely able to make ends meet on the minimum wage.

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