Former Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Inducted into Hall of Fame

Professor Aaron Walker, Shihan Hawkins, Professor Harry Baker, UFC Gym owner Amir Hashemi

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April 3, 2022

After 35 years in the martial arts, on Saturday, March 26th, former Orange, NJ - Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., also known as  “Shihan E. Hawkins, Jr.”, was inducted into the USA Unified Martial Arts Hall of Fame  through the United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF).  His induction was due largely to his prominence and specialization in the nunchaku area of Kobudo. Hawkins also received similar recognition from the United States Ju Jitsu Federation (USJJF) at the same event.  The international event held at the Sheraton, Eatontown, NJ, was attended by more than 300 people including individuals from approximately 24 states and 4 countries including Spain and the United Kingdom.

Hawkins, now 42, began his martial arts career at the age of 7 at Baker’s Red Iron Dragon Karate Academy, East Orange, NJ (formerly Griffin’s Iron Dragon) and received his first Black Belt in 2001 in Chinese Kenpo Kung Fu.  Over the years Hawkins, placed, and won various tournaments while studying different forms of martial arts, earning master level rank in different styles including, but not limited to Fusion Kenpo, US Ju-Jitsu and American Style Nunchaku.

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N.J. will ‘almost certainly’ provide some relief as gas prices soar, Murphy says

Published: Apr. 12, 2022

With the average gas price in New Jersey still more than $4 a gallon, Gov. Phil Murphy says the state will “almost certainly” provide some sort of relief for residents.

Murphy said officials are still “trying to figure out” what kind of move will have “the highest bang for the buck” as officials across the nation search for ways to offset gas prices and other effects of high inflation.

“The pain is real,” the governor said during his regular call-in radio show on News 12 New Jersey Monday night. “Gas prices have come down a little bit — tell that to somebody that they’re feeling better because they came down 16 cents over the past couple of weeks. They’re still at astronomical levels.”

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What Voters Need to Know For The April 19 Newark School Board Election

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New Jersey approves seven facilities for recreational cannabis sales

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Donald Payne Jr. lost his father to colon cancer. He wants to reduce barriers to screening.

Published: Apr. 11, 2022

It killed his father, Donald Payne Sr.

That same year — 2012 — Donald Payne Jr. decided to get a colonoscopy. It revealed more than a dozen polyps, all non-cancerous.

Since succeeding his father in Congress, Payne, D-Newark, has made it a priority to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of screenings, particularly in underserved communities.

On Monday, Payne appeared at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center — the hospital where he was born and lives four blocks from — to rally support for his bill, the “Donald Payne Sr. Colorectal Cancer Detection Act,” which aims to improve access to cancer screenings. The bill would require Medicare to cover government-approved, blood-based screening tests that would indicate whether there’s a risk for colorectal cancer.

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Why This Coastal County Has the Highest Covid Death Rate in Its State

Rafael Berroteran, left, registered for a coronavirus vaccine with his 8-year-old daughter, Annia, in Lakewood, N.J.Credit...
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Ocean County, a coastal region in central New Jersey, is home to some of the state’s most exclusive waterfront communities and its fastest-growing town, Lakewood.

A Republican bastion in a state controlled by Democrats, the county is largely suburban, encompassing more land than all but one other county in New Jersey.

Now, as the United States begins to chart a path through a third year of the pandemic, Ocean County also illustrates a stubborn public health challenge: A large share of its residents have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, and its Covid-19 death rate is the highest in the state.

The county has recorded 459 virus-related deaths for every 100,000 residents, state data show. This outpaces fatality levels in every other county in New Jersey, an affluent, well-educated and densely populated state still struggling to limit its virus death rate. New Jersey has the sixth-highest fatality rate from Covid in the United States, behind Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Newark High School Students Invited to Participate in Countywide Teen Arts Festival

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Rutgers created fake jobs for graduates to boost MBA program rankings, lawsuit charges

Published: Apr. 08, 2022

Rutgers Business School is always keeping score.

On its website, it proclaims its No. 1 ranking this year by Bloomberg Businessweek as the top Public Business School in the Northeast. Fortune bestowed a similar honor in 2021. And U.S. News & World Report rated its MBA program among the top ten for Best Overall Employment Outcomes in the U.S., as well as No. 12 for its Supply Chain Management MBA program.

But in a whistleblower lawsuit filed Friday, a Rutgers administrator charged that the university fraudulently burnished those national rankings by creating totally bogus jobs to show the success its business school graduates had in finding employment.

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Come to Newark for in-person tax help on Saturday, IRS says

Published: Apr. 07, 2022

With the tax filing deadline of April 18 nearing, people who need help with their returns can get it in person on Saturday, April 9.

The IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) at 20 Washington Place in Newark will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that day, and you don’t need an appointment.

While representatives won’t be completing tax returns, they will be able to help taxpayers with questions about filing thier returns. That includes issues with opening an online account with the IRS and renewing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs).

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N.J. restaurants that missed out on pandemic aid could get another shot under new bill

Published: Apr. 07, 2022

Nearly 5,000 New Jersey restaurants whose request for federal pandemic aid was denied when a government program to help them ran out of money would have another chance for financial assistance under legislation that passed the House on Thursday.

The measure would replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which paid out $923 million to 3,086 applicants in the state. Another 4,706 New Jersey restaurants sought help but were turned away when the program ran out of money.

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