City approves Newark360 Master Plan

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced Sept. 27 that the Newark Planning Board unanimously approved the Newark360 Master Plan, the blueprint that will shape the equitable physical development of Newark for the next 10 years. Rooted in the principles of creating a more equitable, healthy and resilient city, Newark360 provides key actions to […]

Former NHA director of IT sentenced to 2 years in prison for embezzlement

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Housing Authority’s former director of information technology was sentenced Sept. 28 to two years in prison for using his position to embezzle NHA funds to purchase cell phones and other electronic devices, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Venancio Diaz, 57, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge […]

Essex County commissioners hold annual Hispanic Heritage Month event

Essex County commissioners hold annual Hispanic Heritage Month event

NEWARK, NJ — On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners held its annual Hispanic Heritage Month event to celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic men and women everywhere and honor outstanding county citizens for their contributions both to the county and society as a whole. This year, the board recognized Newark Councilman […]

UCC partners with La Casa de Don Pedro to debut community refrigerator

UCC partners with La Casa de Don Pedro to debut community refrigerator

NEWARK, NJ — United Community Corp. teamed up with La Casa de Don Pedro to debut on Sept. 19 a community refrigerator that will help raise the level of access to much-needed supplemental food items for Newark residents. The refrigerator, which is located at La Casa’s 39 Broadway location, is part of an initiative spearheaded […]

Belleville native becomes an abbott

Belleville native becomes an abbott

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Benedictine monk Augustine J. Curley was recently blessed as the third abbot at St. Mary’s Abbey in Newark during a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Tobin. Curley grew up in Belleville and graduated from St. Peter’s School in 1970, along with his twin sister, Cathy, who is seen with him after the […]

Baraka appoints Crystal Rosa as communications director

Baraka appoints Crystal Rosa as communications director

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced Sept. 20 that Crystal Rosa has been appointed communications director for the city of Newark. Rosa has been serving as the city’s press secretary for the past four years and will continue to do so. “Ms. Rosa has been an outstanding spokesperson for the city of […]

NJ Transit advances zero-emission bus conversion with study

NJ Transit advances zero-emission bus conversion with study

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ Transit board of directors continued to advance the zero-emission bus program with the awarding on Sept. 21 of a contract aligned with the existing Garage Modernization Program that will focus on bus system design and capital investment planning. The Zero-Emission Bus System Design and Investment Planning Study will develop and […]

Ostrowsky receives Lifetime Partner in Progress Award

Ostrowsky receives Lifetime Partner in Progress Award

NEWARK, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky received the Lifetime Partner in Progress Award at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s 17th annual “Celebrating Newark: Partners in Progress” event on Sept. 13. Ostrowsky will be retiring from his role on Dec. 31, after more than 30 years of leadership within the enterprise. Mark E. […]

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