AG announces $5M in grant funding for training, education to expand pool of abortion providers in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — On Dec. 2, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced $5 million in grant funding to protect access to abortion care by ensuring that there is an expansive pool of abortion care providers in New Jersey in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning […]

Newark teen to represent NJ at 2023 Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Newark teen to represent NJ at 2023 Congress of Future Medical Leaders

NEWARK, NJ — Newark resident Aysha Penafiel, a student at Gill St. Bernard’s School, will represent the state of New Jersey at the 2023 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass., in June.  The event, sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, gathers high school students who are interested in […]

More than four decades in the East Orange School District

More than four decades in the East Orange School District

EAST ORANGE, NJ — “It’s just my calling, my gift from God,” said mathematics instructional coach Robin Lewis as she reflected on more than four decades working as an educator. With just over 44 years in the district, that’s a whopping 16,070 days, 385,680 hours and 23,140,800 minutes of Lewis instructing East Orange’s youth. But […]

RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute receive $2M grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s leading cancer center and only National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer center, announced Sept. 9 that it is a grantee supported through the Alliance for Equity in Cancer Care, an initiative funded by the Merck Foundation and designed to […]

Essex County addresses monkeypox concerns

Essex County addresses monkeypox concerns

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Sept. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the United States’ first monkeypox death, that of a man in Los Angeles County, Calif. Here in New Jersey, health officials are urging residents to learn the facts about monkeypox and to protect themselves accordingly. The Essex County Health Department […]

Six Wilnora Holman scholars are recognized with scholarships

Six Wilnora Holman scholars are recognized with scholarships

NEWARK, NJ — Kathleen Witcher and members of the Wilnora Holman Scholarship Fund held the 35th annual awards program at the Springfield Branch of the Newark Public Library on Aug. 17. This year’s scholarship winners are Paula Marie Brown, a Science Park High School graduate heading to Cornell University; Mariama Berete, a Central High School […]

NJ universities, colleges to receive McNair grants from federal DOE

NJ universities, colleges to receive McNair grants from federal DOE

WASHINGTON, DC — On Aug. 18, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced $51.7 million in 189 new grant awards to institutions of higher education across the United States as part of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, which provides grants to universities and colleges for projects designed to provide disadvantaged college students effective […]

Local nonprofit awards book scholarships to area students

Local nonprofit awards book scholarships to area students

UNION, NJ — David’s Shoes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence within black communities and redirecting young lives, held its 13th annual book scholarship luncheon on Saturday, July 23, at the Galloping Hill Caterers in Union. Nine local young men, either already in college or college bound, received $750 each, which the nonprofit […]

State awards $9.4M in grants for projects to improve water quality

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $9.4 million in grants to local government agencies, nonprofit groups, universities and others to fund projects that will improve water quality and reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution from stormwater, NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced July 18. In many cases, the projects […]

NJ inspires interest in environmental careers while promoting DEI

NJ inspires interest in environmental careers while promoting DEI

TRENTON, NJ — The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a pilot workforce development program to help the state of New Jersey develop the next generation of environmental protection, conservation and stewardship leaders while also providing an avenue for young adults from open space–constrained communities to engage with nature as they provide valuable stewardship services […]

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