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City of Newark and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to host “Playing it Safe” Discussion on Youth Sports Safety on Saturday, August 27, @10:30 am

Newark, NJ –- August 24, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the City of Newark, the International Youth Organization, the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will host “Playing It Safe,” a discussion panel for Pop Warner Football Coaches, athletes, and parents on how to keep youth sports safe, on Saturday, August 27, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center Gymnasium, located at 211 West Kinney Street, in the Central Ward. The center’s entrance is located on Howard Street. The event is free and open to… [Full Post]

Mayor Baraka and Newark Education Success Board(NESB) Announce “Pathway to Local Control” Recommendations and Timeline for Return of Local School Control

Newark, NJ –- August 22, 2016 — The Newark Education Success Board (NESB) is the panel that was created by Mayor Baraka and Governor Christie to guide the transition back to local control of Newark schools. At a news conference today at Newark City Hall, the NESB released its report, “Pathway to Local Control” with recommendations and a timeline to put Newark’s schools under the control of Newark residents after 21 years of state operation. More than 130 of the recommendations originated from ideas submitted at community meetings and from anecdotal suggestions by parents, students, teachers, administrators and Newark residents.… [Full Post]

Mayor Baraka Reminds Residents: City of Newark will Kick Off Annual “School Bus Express” Immunization Program on Monday, August 22, at the Department of Health and Community Wellness

Newark, NJ –- August 19, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council and Director of the Department of Health and Community Wellness, Dr. Hanaa Hamdi,  announced today that the City of Newark will kick off its annual “School Bus Express” program on Monday, August 22, 2016. The program will continue through Thursday, September 22, 2016, with extended evening clinic hours and Saturday hours to ensure Newark children receive their required immunizations before starting or returning to school. Immunization services will be offered at the Department of Health and Community Wellness, 110 William Street, in Newark’s Central Ward.… [Full Post]

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Newark Recreation Wrestling program
Jan 4 @ 3:45 pm – Dec 4 @ 5:45 pm

2016 Wrestling Program – Dept. of Neighborhood & Recreation Center-
Open to Girls and Boys Ages 8-13
Call or Register -973-733-6454

Mondays and Wednesdays – 4p = 6p

Watercolor Painting Class
Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm

 Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Executive Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism Gwen Moten, announced that the City of Newark will launch the “Family Fest – Positive Music Matters” outdoor concert program on Thursday, August 11, at 6 p.m., at the corner of Chadwick and Hawthorne Avenues, in the City’s South Ward.

This five-week concert program will be held at sites in all five of Newark’s wards, to showcase young artists, entertain residents, and empower them with positive and supportive messages and social commentary. A list of concerts follows.

“We are working to use the inspiring power of music to send positive messages to our residents of all ages, which will promote neighborhood unity and to transform the lives of at-risk persons, most importantly our youth, who draw their messages and ideas from these musical forms. It also will showcase our home-grown talent, and their examples of dedication to achieving positive success will inspire our youth to do the same in their lives. I congratulate our partners on developing this initiative and look forward to joining my neighbors at these concerts,” Mayor Baraka said.

There will be performances by jazz, Hip Hop, and House Music artists, as well as comedians and gospel singers. These will include:

  • Doitall Du Kelly (host)
  • Roxanne Shanté (host/performer)
  • DJ Young Fresh (DJ)
  • Flipside (band)
  • Nucci Reyo (gospel rapper)
  • Talent Da Comedian (comedian)
  • Dres From Black Sheep (performer)
  • Brother Haz (Gospel Rapper)
  • Melle Mel (performer)
  • Freedom Of C &C Music Factory (performer)
  • Smif & Wesson (performers)

Actor and producer Du “DoltAll” Kelly, known for the movies “Boiler Room” and “Notorious,” and Positive Community Magazine, are partnering with the City’s Division of Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Senior Services to produce the concert series.

ALL CONCERTS BEGIN AT 6 p.m., with an hour of jazz, followed by an hour of hip-hop, and an hour of House Music.


* The Rain date for all concerts will be the next day.*

Thursday, August 11:             Corner of Chadwick and Hawthorne Avenues (South Ward)

Thursday, August 18:             Peter Francisco Park (East Ward)

Thursday, August 25:             Elmwood Park (North Ward)

Thursday, September 1:          Hyatt Court (Central Ward)

Thursday, September 8:          West Side Park (West Ward)

Community Film Series at Newark Genesis (Every Last Thursday)
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 2016 Community Film Series honors Newark’s rich tradition of cultural expression of family togetherness by porviding a showcase for Black cinema in various forms – from documentaries to dramas and independent productions to commercial releases.

Grab a seat and a snack.

  • July 28:
  • August 25:
Live Music at 27 Mix (Every Thursday @ 7PM)
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm
Movie Night & Family Fun with Learn, Laugh, Lead
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Brick City Comedy Revue – #DrinkswithDevs
Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 26 @ 12:00 am

A FREE monthly comedy show at Kilkenny’s Ale house in Newark bringing some of the best comics to Brick City. Last Thursday of every month @ 9 p.m..
And a great excuse to have #DrinkswithDevs! ; )

Hope to see everyone at �#�OccupytheBlock� on Wednesday at 16th Street & Clinton Avenue. Occupy begins at 5:30pm... | Tweeted On: Aug 23, 2016

ICYMI: We are marching closer to local control. #NESBReport #PathwaytoLocalControl... | Tweeted On: Aug 22, 2016

After 21 years, local control poised to return to Newark schools next fall | Tweeted On: Aug 22, 2016

Mayor Ras J. Baraka speaks to young people in #Newark about #violence | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2016

Calling all Newark #youth. Join Mayor Ras J. Baraka every third Saturday at spots across the City for dialogue,... | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2016

Happening now! Mayor Ras J. Baraka hosts his monthly youth leadership academy. #teachachild #24HrsofPeace | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2016

Hear Mayor Ras J. Baraka's weekly #vlog on the upcoming 24 Hours of Peace & Occupy the City 2016 and his special... | Tweeted On: Aug 17, 2016

Mayor Baraka's Vlog on Occupy the City 2016 & A Tribute to Breya Knight: via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Aug 17, 2016

Make sure that you tune into watch Newark's own Shakur Stevenson in #Rio2016 on Sunday, August 14 @ 11:15.... | Tweeted On: Aug 12, 2016

Hear Snoop Dogg speak out in support of Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the upcoming 24 Hours of Peace & Occupy the City... | Tweeted On: Aug 10, 2016

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