Newark man charged with owning firearm as a felon, drug possession

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man made his initial appearance in court on Sept. 17 on charges of illegally possessing a handgun and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Antoine Hawkins, 31, of Newark, is charged by complaint with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition […]

Newark woman sentenced for using falsified prescriptions to obtain oxycodone

LINDEN, NJ — Christine Powell, of Newark, has been sentenced to jail after admitting to trying to use falsified prescriptions to obtain large quantities of high-dose oxycodone pills at a Linden pharmacy late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Sept. 14. Powell, 60, was ordered […]

Real estate firm provides back-to-school supplies

Real estate firm provides back-to-school supplies

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Atkins Companies, a multigenerational commercial real estate development, investment and property management firm, recently partnered with R&J Strategic Communications, a communications agency, to help students in need this fall by donating backpacks full of school supplies and other necessities in support of Jersey Cares’ School Supply Drive. Jersey Cares, a Livingston-based nonprofit […]

61 Schools in Newark SD achieve sustainability certification

NEWARK, NJ — Sixty-one schools in the Newark School District have met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification takes commitment and collaborative effort. Each school in the Newark School District was […]

Murphy leads coalition of governors calling to end attacks on USPS

Murphy leads coalition of governors calling to end attacks on USPS

TRENTON, NJ — On Sept. 16, a coalition of 12 Democratic governors, led by DGA Chairperson and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling on them to end their attacks on the United States Postal Service. The governors also urge Congress to deliver […]

Newark Museum of Art reopens with pay-what-you-wish admission

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Museum of Art will reopen to the public in early October, following an extended closure as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Museum members are invited to visit first on Member-only Days — Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, as well as Saturday and Sunday morning — […]

Bloomfield police receive state grant for services for at-risk youth

Bloomfield police receive state grant for services for at-risk youth

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Juvenile Justice Commission announced Sept. 17 that the governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee has awarded six grants totaling more than $200,000 to local police departments and community-based organizations to encourage the use of stationhouse adjustments for youth who have contact with the […]

East Orange’s Shakur Taylor featured on Monday Night Football

East Orange’s Shakur Taylor featured on Monday Night Football

EAST ORANGE, NJ — In partnership with ESPN, the NFL is highlighting one youth football player weekly as part of its “Next Generations” series this season. “Next Generations,” a spinoff of “NFL 100 Generations,” will celebrate the NFL’s present and future by pairing a youth football player with one of the league’s current stars. Together, […]

New campaign uses humor to support Downtown South Orange

New campaign uses humor to support Downtown South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Village Center Alliance unveiled Sept. 10 a “Back to Business” campaign designed to remind residents that downtown businesses are ready to serve the community and to reinforce the significance of supporting local businesses, now more than ever.  This isn’t the same “Shop Local” message people are accustomed to […]

Murphy signs legislation designating Juneteenth as a state and public holiday

Murphy signs legislation designating Juneteenth as a state and public holiday

TRENTON, NJ — On Sept. 10,  Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation S19, which designates the third Friday in June as a state and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom. […]