Mount Saint Mary Academy holds winter coat drive

Mount Saint Mary Academy holds winter coat drive

WATCHUNG, NJ — At Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, members of the Helping Other People Everywhere Club, the Peer Ministry program and the Student Council held a winter coat drive for St. Ann’s Franciscan Soup Kitchen in Newark. According to Donna Toryak, MSMA director of admissions and H.O.P.E. Club adviser, the collection boxes and […]

Menendez, Booker announce $1.9M to provide affordable housing

NEWARK, NJ — On Feb. 19, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced $1,941,500 in federal funding to support NeighborWorks America organizations that preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs across New Jersey. “Our communities are stronger and our state is more prosperous when New Jersey families have access to quality […]

UCC’s YouthBuild program opens enrollment for 2021

UCC’s YouthBuild program opens enrollment for 2021

NEWARK, NJ — United Community Corporation introduced its YouthBuild job training and preparation program for teens and young adults aged 16 to 24 last September. The program received inquiries from 327 potential students from September through December and is now accepting enrollment for the 2021 season. The program operates with a goal of providing young […]

Essex County commissioners celebrate African American Heritage Month

Essex County commissioners celebrate African American Heritage Month

NEWARK, NJ — On Feb. 17, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners virtually held its 2021 African American Heritage Month celebration via Zoom. The ceremony commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience and spirit of the African American community, and acknowledged the contributions of Essex County’s African American residents.  Commissioner President Wayne Richardson began the program […]

Baraka announces new acting public safety director and deputy directors

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced Department of Public Safety leadership changes created to continue building on the city’s successful crime reduction strategies in a Feb. 16 press release.  Brian O’Hara, who most recently served as deputy chief of police, has been appointed as the acting public safety director; the Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter […]

United Way of Greater Newark to deliver masks to Newark Public Schools

United Way of Greater Newark to deliver masks to Newark Public Schools

NEWARK, NJ — United Way of Greater Newark President and CEO Catherine Wilson announced Feb. 17 that UWGN will deliver 221,000 masks to Newark Public School District’s Title I schools. This initiative is part of America’s Mask Challenge, a new partnership between United Way Worldwide, the Business Roundtable and the CDC Foundation to provide 200 […]

NJ Transit partners with Edge4Vets to connect veterans to jobs

NJ Transit partners with Edge4Vets to connect veterans to jobs

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is leading an effort to address veteran unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis by partnering with the nationally successful Edge4Vets jobs preparation program to prepare and connect New Jersey veterans, National Guard members, transitioning military service personnel and their spouses to careers in transportation, according to a Feb. 16 press release. […]

U.S. Attorney announces reduction in gun-related violence

NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Justice announced Oct. 13 that it charged more than 14,200 defendants with firearms-related crimes during Fiscal Year 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on the criminal justice process. Of those cases, 342 have been brought by the District of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. […]

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