NJ Transit awarded $1.4 billion in CARES Act funding

NJ Transit awarded $1.4 billion in CARES Act funding

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit has been awarded $1.4 billion in federal aid through the CARES Act. This critical emergency relief funding will enable NJ Transit to continue to provide service to essential workers who are on the front lines of coronavirus response. “I want to again thank President Trump, the federal administration and our […]

Baraka administration works to protect tenants, spur post-coronavirus development

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced May 13 a dramatic series of interventions to aid tenants in desperate need of help during the COVID-19 crisis and to keep Newark development on track during reopening and beyond. The three actions are: emergency grants to provide rental assistance for affected families; an executive order declaring a […]

Newark police officer back home after pulmonary embolism

Newark police officer back home after pulmonary embolism

NEWARK, NJ — Lt. Hector Arocho of Newark’s 6th precinct is finally back home with his family. He was discharged from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on May 13, after suffering a pulmonary embolism and a serious bout with COVID-19 symptoms. Although he tested negative for the virus, like so many, he experienced all of […]

Honoring Newark’s top graduating seniors

NEWARK, NJ — On the heels of Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon’s promise to high school seniors that the district would find a way to celebrate its graduates despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 70 top performing high school seniors graduating from Newark’s public high schools are getting special recognition for their outstanding achievements. Panasonic […]

Archdiocese announces closure of 10 Catholic schools

Archdiocese announces closure of 10 Catholic schools

NEWARK, NJ — The Archdiocese of Newark announced May 8 the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to strengthen the overall school program and ensure a sustainable future for Catholic education in the Archdiocese. […]

County to continue COVID-19 screenings throughout May

County to continue COVID-19 screenings throughout May

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has announced that testing for COVID-19 will continue in Weequahic Park throughout the month of May. The additional dates for May are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, excluding Memorial Day. Screenings are for Essex County residents and are by appointment only. Residents can exhibit symptoms or be asymptomatic. They will […]

Top 10 reasons to discover Newark Public Library this May

NEWARK, NJ — This May, the Newark Public Library is offering a full schedule of activities that can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Here are some of the top activities, resources, and fun happenings that the public can access for free with a library card, available at www.npl.org. Virtual Storytime: There’s no […]

NJ Transit deploys modernized ticket vending machines

NJ Transit deploys modernized ticket vending machines

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is beginning the installation of new and improved ticket vending machines at several locations systemwide, according to a May 5 press release. Fourteen new machines will be phased in, replacing older machines at bus, light rail and rail stations. This is the second phase of an expanded pilot program which […]

County partners provide PPE to sheriff’s department

County partners provide PPE to sheriff’s department

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Sheriff Armando Fontoura, coordinator of the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, expressed his gratitude to Seton Hall University; their collaborative partner, the Viagold International Education Management Group; and Gary DeRogartis, president and CEO of Atlantic Uniform, police outfitters with businesses in Newark and Belleville, for their donations of personal protective […]

Newark launches COVID testing for public housing residents

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark Housing Authority have begun a program to offer COVID-19 testing at all of the city’s public housing complexes. The program began at the end of April at two senior housing locations under the leadership of NHA Executive Director Victor Cirilo, as has continued testing seniors at […]