Baraka announces plans for second Hope Village to provide housing

NEWARK, NJ — On July 14, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced plans for Newark Hope Village II and that the city is seeking a partnership with developers and architects to help create the site. The program follows the success of the original Newark Hope Village, an initiative to convert shipping containers to temporarily shelter […]

Essex County College receives $90,000 grant

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County College has received a $90,000 grant as part of the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership program, which aims to equip students with in-demand knowledge and skills supporting employment and a pathway for lifelong careers upon graduation. In addition to the funding, Johnson Controls employees will support ECC through volunteering and […]

Health insurance company makes major donation to NJPAC

Health insurance company makes major donation to NJPAC

NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Performing Arts Center announced on July 13 that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has made a $3 million gift to NJPAC to support new arts and wellness programming, both at the arts center and throughout Newark. The support comes through the company’s charitable arm, The Horizon […]

$1.4 million federal grant launches NJIT Forensic Science Initiative

$1.4 million federal grant launches NJIT Forensic Science Initiative

NEWARK, NJ — Federal funding supporting New Jersey’s “Opportunity Meets Innovation” higher education challenge will introduce Newark high school students to forensic science as a pathway to college — and a STEM education — under a new program from New Jersey Institute of Technology. The NJIT Forensic Science Initiative is backed by $1.4 million in […]

Newark School of Fashion & Design inaugural class goes on week-long field trip

Newark School of Fashion & Design inaugural class goes on week-long field trip

NEWARK, NJ — Before the Newark School of Fashion & Design opens its doors in September, the inaugural class will already have made its introduction into the world of fashion. On Monday, July 12, and continuing through the rest of the week, 21 NSFD students attended the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy Jr. Fashion Camp, where […]

‘Sounds of the City’ is back — live, in person and safe!

‘Sounds of the City’ is back — live, in person and safe!

NEWARK, NJ — Newark is filled with music again this summer thanks to the return of NJPAC’s much-loved free outdoor concert series, “Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City,” with in-person performances on the arts center’s Chambers Plaza. On July 15, Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party kicked off the seven-week series, which will spotlight a […]

Three area teens honored for winning scholarship awards

Three area teens honored for winning scholarship awards

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Board of County Commissioners recently honored Ashley Cruz, of Newark, and Nicole Johannson and Neyah Johnson, both of East Orange, for being named the Essex County recipients of the 2021 Scholarship Program Award from the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation. The board’s commendations were sponsored by acclamation […]

County seeks Green Acres funding for zoo project, park renovation

County seeks Green Acres funding for zoo project, park renovation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing for a grant application to New Jersey Green Acres at its July 7 meeting for the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, in addition to other improvements at Weequahic Park in Newark. The county is asking for $2.5 million in […]

Newark launches 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program

Newark launches 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined multiple local and national philanthropic supporters, representatives of the business and university community, and teen program participants on July 7 to launch the 2021 Newark Summer Youth Employment Program. Newark SYEP is a six-week initiative that will employ more than 3,000 Newarkers ages 14 to 24 who […]

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