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Mayo Baraka and Public Safety Director Ambrose Announce Citizen/Clergy Patrol

Newark, NJ – November 21, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose today announced an expansion of Citizen/Clergy Police Patrols at a press conference at the Faith Center Church at 998 South Orange Avenue. The patrols, part of Newark’s strategy to build community/police trust and engagement, partner Newark Police officers with local clergy members and citizens. The clergy members, numbering nearly 100, represent a wide variety of faiths, including Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Jews and others. They all are active members of the city’s Clergy Alliance and will participate in the program between the…

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Mayor Baraka to Host Newark’s First Youth-Led Town Hall Meeting Themed “Heal Our City,Heal Our Nation” on Saturday

Newark, NJ – November 14, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark will host its first youth-led Town Hall entitled “Heal Our City, Heal Our Nation” on Saturday, November 19, at Noon, at Audible, located at 1 Washington Place, in downtown Newark. Led by the Newark Youth Ambassadors, the Town Hall will enable Newark youth to discuss issues that affect them in a constructive environment that promotes safe conversations on issues affecting their generation and encourages them to develop solutions to these concerns. “We are engaging Newark’s youth in ways which will facilitate important…

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Mayor Baraka will Launch #HACKNWK Campaign to Support Women’s Safety on November 10

Newark, NJ – November 9, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he will launch the Women’s Safety Hackathon, a #HackNWK competition, to create a technology that makes Newark safer for women, at a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, at 1:30 p.m., in the City Hall Press Room. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Essex County and Newark law enforcement dignitaries will attend the press conference. The Women’s Safety Hackathon will give entrants three months to create a technology that will improve safety for women in Newark. Submissions will be collected through the internet with…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and County Executive Joseph N. Divincenzo Announce Lotus Equity Group has Closed on Acquiring Former Bears/Eagles Riverfront Stadium; will be Transformed into 7.5 acres of Mixed-Used Neighborhood

Newark, NJ –- November 10, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and real estate development company Lotus Equity Group, today announced that Lotus has closed on its acquisition of the former Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark. Lotus purchased the site from the Essex County Improvement Authority, which owned and managed the stadium for the City of Newark and Essex County, and has selected the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) – founded by noted planner and architect Vishaan Chakrabarti – to create a master plan that will transform the stadium and…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents: Check Your Smoke Alarms When You Change Your Clocks This Weekend

Newark, NJ – November 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Municipal Council, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, and Acting Fire Chief Rufus Jackson reminded residents today that as they move their clocks one hour back on Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m., to begin Eastern Standard Time, they should also take the time to replace old batteries in home and office smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will increase the chance of home fire survival. In many homes, using space heaters, stove ovens, and other devices can…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents: All Non- Uniformed City Services will be Closed on Tuesday, November 8, for Election Day Holiday

Newark, NJ – November 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, in observance of Election Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “I urge all of Newark’s residents to uphold the City’s sanitation ordinances on Election Day. By being good neighbors, we will enjoy a cleaner and greener Newark. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared to…

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Mayor Baraka And Department Of Health And Community Wellness Remind Residents That Open Enrollment Period For The Affordable Care Act Began November 1, 2016, And Ends January 31, 2017

Newark, NJ – November 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness reminded residents that the Open Enrollment period for health care insurance coverage under the Patient Care Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) began Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and will continue through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Newark residents can also apply for health insurance at the federal HealthCare.gov website at https://www.healthcare.gov or by phone at (800) 318-2596. Certified ACA counselors from the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness will be available to assist residents with enrollment in ACA and NJ…

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Mayor Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Remind Residents that Open Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Care Act Began November 1,2016 ends January 31,2017

Newark, NJ – November 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness reminded residents that the Open Enrollment period for health care insurance coverage under the Patient Care Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) began Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and will continue through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Newark residents can also apply for health insurance at the federal HealthCare.gov website at https://www.healthcare.gov or by phone at (800) 318-2596. Certified ACA counselors from the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness will be available to assist residents with enrollment in ACA and NJ…

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Mayor Baraka and US Department of Housing and Urban Development Cut Ribbon to Open 1 Lincoln Towers, Phase 1

Newark, NJ – November 3, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard, New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Melissa Orsen, and Newark US Department of Housing and Urban Development Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano cut the ribbon today to open the renovated Lincoln Towers, Phase I senior citizens’ complex at 79 Lincoln Street. Lincoln Towers, formerly Scudder Homes, Geraldine “Gigi” Foushee Towers, consisted of two, 11-story high-rise buildings containing 252 studios, one- and two-bedrooms apartments. The construction and renovation reduced the overall number of units to 209-one and two-bedroom apartments, to create more efficient…

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Mayor Baraka and US Department of Housing and Urban Development to cut Ribbon to Open New Community Center

Newark, NJ – November 1, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard, and Newark US Department of Housing and Urban Development Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano will cut the ribbon to open the new Training, Recreation, and Education Center tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2, at 11 a.m., at 55 Ludlow Street, in the city’s South Ward. The Newark Housing Authority will manage programs and events from the TREC. The facility is an ideal location for satellite offices of businesses and organizations to service low-income residents and the community…

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Mayor Baraka and Port Employers Announce Agreement to Provide more Jobs for Newark Residents

Newark, NJ –- October 27, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Council on Port Performance (CPP) announced today that CPP voted last month to create a Workforce Development Implementation Team. The first meeting of the Team took place today. This initiative is expected to provide additional opportunities for Newark residents applying for port jobs. “This partnership is part of our strategy to involve Newark’s business community in training and hiring more residents so that Newarkers can benefit from the growing prosperity of our City,” said Mayor Baraka. “As a part of my campaign to ensure that Newark job…

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City of Newark to Host Pop Warner Championship Games on Saturday, October 29, at Untermann Field and Shabazz Stadium on Sunday, October 30

Newark, NJ –- October 25, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Senior Services Patrick Council announced today that the City of Newark will host the 2016 Pop Warner Football championship games on Saturday, October 29, at Untermann Field, and Sunday, October 30, at Malcolm X Shabazz High School Stadium, starting at 10 a.m. on both days, and continuing all day. A schedule of games, teams, and times, follows. The championship games are the cap to the Newark Pop Warner season, and winners of these games will move on to regional and statewide competitions.…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Spotlighted Newark City of Learning Collaborative and Newark Alliance College to Career Agenda at Mayors’ Institute in Louisville, Kentucky

Newark, NJ – October 18, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined city civic and corporate leaders to showcase the Newark City of Learning Collaborative and Newark Alliance College-to-Career Agenda, two successful education initiatives, at the National League of Cities’ Mayors’ Institute on Children and Families: “Promoting Secondary Success” event on September 26, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Institute, sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, served as a two-day peer exchange enabling each participating city to explore their respective post-secondary education strategies promoting college readiness, enrollment, completion, and placement of graduates in employment opportunities represented in high-growth industries. Mayor Baraka presented Newark’s…

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Newark Introduces “Brand Newark,” a City-Wide Initiative to Better Connect its Residents to each Other and The World

Newark, NJ – October 17, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJII) President and CEO Donald Sebastian, Newark Downtown District CEO Anthony McMillan, and other dignitaries launched a citywide initiative today called “Brand Newark,” to propel the city into becoming one of the most technologically-connected cities in the nation, at a kickoff at New Jersey Institute of Technology. NJII is an NJIT corporation. Newark is taking the necessary steps toward becoming a “Smart City,” as part of a sweeping White House initiative that brings together academia, government and business to innovate and create the next…

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Most Newark Residents No Longer Affected by Discoloration in Water; Water Remains Safe to Drink

Newark, NJ – October 14, 2016 – Water and Sewer Utilities Director Andrea Adebowale announced today that the City’s water remains safe for drinking and bathing. There has been no bacterial contamination. Residents are advised to flush the water in their homes for 5-10 minutes to clear out any remaining discoloration. Three separate and unrelated incidents this week led to the discoloration of Newark’s water: On Saturday, October 8, a valve on Aqueduct No. 1 was hit by a contractor, which required it to be isolated temporarily. When the aqueduct’s flow was re-opened, it created discoloration in the system on…

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City of Newark to Host 19th Annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk on Sunday, October 16 at 10a.m. from NJ Devils Championship Plaza- Prudential Center

Newark, NJ – October 14, 2016 – The City of Newark, Municipal Council President Mildred C. Crump, members of the Newark Municipal Council, and the American Cancer Society will lead the society’s 19th Annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk to raise funds to fight breast cancer and increase awareness of the need for early screening and treatment on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 10 a.m., starting at New Jersey Devils Championship Plaza, Prudential Center,  in downtown Newark. The plaza is located at Mulberry and Market Streets. To date, the American Cancer Society has funded more than $400 million in…

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Mayor Baraka Announces Partnership with Rutgers University to Improve the Delivery of Health Services in Newark; Rutger Vice-Chancellor Dr. Denise V.Rodgers will Temporarily Head City of Health and Community Welllne

Newark, NJ – October 12, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Rutgers University announced today that the administration is submitting to the Municipal Council a request for authorization to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will for a six-month period make Rutgers University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Denise V. Rodgers the City’s Interim Director of the Municipal Department of Health and Community Wellness and retain the world-class university’s academic medical center  as consultants to improve the department, its delivery of health services and its permanent leadership. The Memorandum of Understanding will be presented to the Municipal Council at its pre-meeting today…

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Newark Launches Fall Leaf Collection Program; Pick-ups Start Monday, October 17 and will

Newark, NJ – October 7, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Public Works Interim Director D. Talib Aquil announced today that the City of Newark will begin its Leaf Recycling Collection program on Monday, October 17, 2016, and it will continue through Friday, December 30, 2016. “I urge all residents to be good neighbors during the fall season, by adhering to our City’s leaf-collection and recycling ordinances. Together as a community, we are working to enhance the quality of life and delivery of City services to all of those who call Newark home,” said Mayor Baraka. Leaf…

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City of Newark Offers Free Influenza Vaccine for Residents at Sites across City Now and Continuing through March

Newark, NJ – October 3, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Acting Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Jack Kelly  announced today that the City of Newark is providing free influenza vaccinations, now through March 2017, at sites around the City. Newark residents seeking flu shots must present proof of residency at the sites, which can be personal identification or a utility bill with their name and address on it. “The fall season is the time when families should ask their healthcare providers about getting the annual flu shot,” said Mayor Baraka. He further said “I urge all…

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Newark Street Academy and Mayor Baraka hold Graduation Ceremonies for First Class at Marion Bolden Student Center of Street Academy for Out-of-School Disengaged Youth

Newark, NJ – September 30, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today held the first graduation ceremony of the Newark Street Academy, at the Marion Bolden Student Center, located at 230 Broadway, in the City’s North Ward. The Mayor created this innovative program to change the lives of disengaged young people ages 16-24 who are out of school and without jobs. The Newark Street Academy is designed to ensure that out of school youth will remain off the streets, complete their high school educations and get good jobs. The Mayor served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. At the ceremony, participants…

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Mayor Ras J.Baraka Announces that City Will Hire 60 Additional School Crossing Guards

Newark, NJ – September 27, 2016 –Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City is in the process of recruiting 60 additional Newark residents as part-time crossing guards. The added guards will increase the level of safety for children crossing streets on the way to school. The additional guards will increase the number from 101 to 161. From 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., crossing guards work at intersections near elementary and middle schools that traffic studies have identified as problem areas in need of coverage. Applicants go through a hiring process that includes a comprehensive…

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Mayor Baraka and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa Unveil Partnership to Create Mural Across Newark’s Five Wards

Newark, NJ –- September 26, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced on Wednesday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater that the City and Portugal will partner to create five murals by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (known as VHILS) with one mural in each of Newark’s wards in a collaboration with the Newark Museum and local arts organizations. The mural project is entitled “Scratching the Surface,” and is designed to be a workshop for the City’s arts community, enabling the local arts scene to connect with this world-class street artist.…

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Mayor Ras J Baraka to Dedicate Corner of Dey Street and Central Ave to Honor Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata on Wednesday,

Newark, NJ—September 21, 2016—Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Central Ward Council Member Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins will host a ceremony to re-name the corner of Dey Street and Central Avenue in the City’s Central Ward today, Wednesday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. to honor Division of Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata, who recently passed away. The location is adjacent to the Division’s complex. Mr. Nata was a 27-year municipal employee at the time of his death, who rose through the Department of Engineering ranks to become Manager of Traffic and Signals. He was responsible for maintenance of the City’s streets, signs,…

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New Bulk Trash Ordinance to Take Effect October 1: Pick-ups Limited to 10 items on Each Bulk Collection Day

Newark, NJ –- September 20, 2016 — Department of Public Works Director Talib Aquil announced today that starting on October 1, the City of Newark will begin enforcing a new Municipal Ordinance that will limit bulk trash pick-ups to 10 items on Bulk Collection days. Bulk items in excess of 10 will not be picked up by the City’s Division of Sanitation. Residents and property owners must contract with a private hauler to have excess items removed. Any person, firm, corporation, or entity that violates, fails or neglects to comply with the provisions of this ordinance, shall be punishable upon…

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Newark Offering Drum & Drill Team Program for Youth Aged 6 and Up; Registration will Take Place on Friday, September 16, at 5:30 P.M

Newark, NJ –- September 16, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Department of Neighborhood and Recreation Services Director Patrick Council announced today that the City of Newark will hold registration for its 2016 Drum & Drill Team Program for youth on Friday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m., in the Boylan Street Recreation Center, located at 916 South Orange Avenue, in the City’s West Ward. The program will teach youth aged 6-18 in drum and drill techniques, and is a collaboration with the Unique Drill and Drum Corporation. The program is co-ed, and open to Newark residents. Participants will…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Grassroots Community Foundation, and Black Thought of The Roots to Launch Roots,Rock, Run 5K Community Walk/Run on Saturday, October 1

Newark, NJ—September 15, 2016—Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, and Black Thought of the Roots will launch the “Roots, Rock, Run” 5K Community Walk/Run on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at Weequahic Park at Elizabeth Avenue and Meeker Street in Newark’s South Ward. The Mayor will also lead a training run for youth, family and community members in preparation for this event, on Sunday, September 18, at 11 a.m., at City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street. The walk/run is a family-oriented event that will raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthier…

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First Annual Newark International Film Festival Kicks off This Weekend

Newark, NJ — September 9, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that beginning today and going on through Sunday, September 11, the inaugural Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) will unleash 100 independent films by 90 filmmakers from 50 countries on downtown Newark. In addition to the screenings, dozens of cultural hot spots and landmarks in the area will host a dazzling lineup of workshops, panels, events and activities for independent filmmakers, film aficionados and aspiring creatives. This evening, filmmaker Tommy Oliver hosts a special screening of 1982, his semi-autobiographical debut starring Hill Harper, Wayne Brady, and Sharon Leal at…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose will Participate in “A Critical Conversation about Race and Policing” on Monday September 12

  Newark, NJ—September 9, 2016—Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose will join other comma city and law enforcement leaders in “A Critical Conversation About Race and Policing” on Monday, September 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater. The center is located at 1 Center Street in downtown Newark. The discussion will focus on the national wave of fatal police shootings and the violence that followed, and steps that can transform the relationship between police officers and the communities they serve, to reduce police shootings and improve law…

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Mayor Ras J.Baraka and City of Newark to Promote 12 Firefighters in Higher Ranks at Ceremony on Friday, September 9

Newark, NJ – September 7, 2016 – Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni will promote 12 Newark Firefighters into higher ranks in a public ceremony on Friday, September 9, at 1 p.m., at Calvary Gospel Church. The church is located at 17 Lyons Avenue in the City’s South Ward. The Fire Division will promote four Deputy Chiefs, three Battalion Chiefs and five Captains during the swearing-in event. “It is always a proud day for the City of Newark and a privilege for me to promote deserving firefighters into higher…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents that City Hall will be Closed on Monday, September 5,2016, In Observance of Labor Day

Newark, NJ – September 2, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Monday, September 5, 2016, in observance of Labor Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected.  “I urge all of Newark’s residents to uphold the City’s sanitation ordinances on Labor Day weekend. By being good neighbors, we will enjoy a cleaner and greener Newark. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces Launch of Street Academy for Out-Of- School Disengaged Youth

Newark, NJ – August 30, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced and showcased the Newark Street Academy, an innovative program that he created to change the lives of disengaged young people ages 16-24 who are out of school and without jobs. The announcement was made at Newark’s Vince Lombardi Center, one of the Academy’s two locations. The Newark Street Academy is designed to ensure that out of school youth will remain off the streets, complete their high school educations and get good jobs. The program of re-engagement includes social, emotional and academic learning and guidance, community involvement and…

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City of Newark to Host “Senior Olympic Fun Day” On Saturday August 27, From 9am to 1:30pm

Newark, NJ – July 26, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Mayor’s Aide for Senior Citizen Affairs Bessie Walker, announced today that the City of Newark will host the inaugural “Senior Olympic Fun Day” on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Malcolm X Shabazz High School Stadium, located at 90 Johnson Avenue, in the City’s South Ward. Residents aged 55 and up will be able to participate in a wide array of games and events, including the following: 15-Yard dash: 60 years and over 30-Yard dash: Ages 55-59 Horse Shoe Pitch Hula Hoop Dance Lawn…

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Mayor Ras j. Baraka to Honor 17 year old Newark Author Khali Raymond on Friday, August 26, With Book-Signing from 11.am to 4pm.

Newark, NJ – August 26, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the City of Newark will honor 17-year-old Newark native, East Side High School student, and six-time published novelist Khali Raymond by hosting a book-signing of his work today, Friday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the City Hall Lower Level Rotunda. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Mr. Raymond, who learned to read at age two and comes from a single-family home, began writing at age 11 and has published six books since 2014. The inspiration for his works comes from his life…

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Join Us to Celebrate Newark’s Own Olympic Medalist Shakur Stevenson with a Parade Sunday August 28, 2016

Parade is Sunday. August 28,2016 at 12pm from Military Park & to “The Key of the City” Presentation at City Hall@1pm  …

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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Watch Shakur Stevenson’s Rio Olympic Boxing Match Live on Broad and Market Saturday August 20 @1:15pm

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City of Newark is Offering Tax Amnesty Program Now Through September 12,2016

Newark, NJ — August 18, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City is now offering, and continuing through September 12, 2016, an Amnesty Program to assist struggling property owners who are in arrears on their 2015 and prior years’ property taxes, water and sewer chargers, and all municipal liens. “This program is especially needed during these challenging economic times to generate revenue for our City, but will also assist our residents who are already delinquent on their bills. By participating in this program residents who are in arrears on their 2015 and prior years’ property taxes,…

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City of Newark Cancelling “Slide the City” Event Scheduled for Saturday, August 20, Warren St, Event will be Rescheduled

Newark, NJ – August 12, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the “Slide the City” event scheduled to be held on Saturday, August 20, on Warren Street in the City’s Central Ward has been cancelled and re-scheduled. A new date will be announced shortly. As the tickets that have been sold for this event are non-refundable, ticket-holders are urged to keep them so that they will be honored when the event is held. “We regret having to postpone this important celebration of Newark’s summer,” Mayor Baraka said. “We are working to reschedule it, and hope that our…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and City of Newark Swear in Police Chief Darnell Henry

Newark, NJ –- August 5, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose swore in Police Chief Darnell Henry at a ceremony today at Newark Tech Essex County Vocational School, located at 92 West Market Street. Chief Henry, who has been serving as Acting Chief since his appointment earlier this year, was permanently sworn into his duties. “We are undertaking massive changes in the Newark Police Division in our efforts to eradicate crime, improve our quality of life, and unite our residents with our law enforcement agencies. We have already put more officers on the…

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City of Newark to Host Its 33rd Annual National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday. August 2,2016 @ Newark Stadium

Newark, NJ – August 2, 2016 – The City of Newark’s Department of Public Safety, comprised of the Newark, Police and Fire Divisions and the Office of Emergency Management, will observe the 33rd Annual “National Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at School Stadium in the City’s North.  The annual event will begin with 2pm, all programs are scheduled to 4pm and last until 8pm. Open to the public, the event will include music, bouncy rides, a dunk tank, and other activities for kids and adults.  The entire event will also offer a display of public safety…

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City of Newark Unveils Las Heroinas Mural on Broadway and Herbert Place

Newark, NJ – July 29, 2016 – The City of Newark, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, the Department of Economic and Housing Development, and other dignitaries unveiled Las Heroinas mural today on Broadway and Herbert Place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Trio Cristal and El Son del Caribe performed at the event. The Las Heroinas mural honors the achievements of five Puerto Rican women in history. The women depicted on the mural include: Felisa Rincon de Gautier, Lola Rodriguez de Tio, Mariana Bracetti, Julia de Burgos, and Maria Luisa Arcelay. The murals are part of Mayor Baraka’s…

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City of Newark and Hot 97FM Launch “Newark Getting to Zero” HIV Awareness Initiative at City Hall Press Conference

Newark, NJ –- July 19, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Director of the Department of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, and representatives from Emmis Communications’ Hot 97 launched the “Newark Getting to Zero” initiative to raise HIV awareness, in a City Hall press conference today. The campaign will drive efforts towards zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero stigma and discrimination for those living with HIV/AIDS in the City of Newark and runs from July 25 through September 18, 2016. “HIV and AIDS have created great tragedy and suffering for Newark residents and their families…

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Newark Passes Innovative Environmental Justice Ordinance

Newark, NJ – July 15, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today a major milestone in urban development and revitalization – New Jersey’s most progressive environmental justice ordinance.  The Newark City Council passed bold legislation that requires developers requesting environmental permits to inform the City of any environmental impacts. This information is to be submitted to the City’s Environmental Commission along with the developer’s initial site-plan application so that the Commission can advise the Central Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the public of any possible “cumulative pollution impacts.” Typical urban pollution sources are runoff water from buildings,…

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City of Newark to Host Mayor’s Belt Boxing Tournament Starting Saturday, July 16, at 2pm., at Kasberger Sports Complex,North 5th St

Newark, NJ – July 15, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Senior Services announced today that the City of Newark is sponsoring the Mayor’s Belt Boxing Tournament to highlight the tremendous boxing talent in Newark. The tournament will open on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m., at Kasberger Sports Complex, located at North 5th Street. The tournament will continue on Saturday, July 30, Sunday, August 7, and conclude on Sunday, August 14. A complete schedule of dates, times, and locations is below. Boxers from all over the state will converge on…

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Mayor Baraka to Re-Open St.Peter Park on Thursday,July 7 at 11am, at 378 Lyons Ave

NEWARK – July 6, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries cut the ribbon to re-open St. Peter’s Park on Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Peter’s Park, located at 378 Lyons Avenue, in the City’s South Ward. The City has been giving the park and its outdoor swimming pool a comprehensive renovation, which has also included new landscaping, outdoor murals, and an underground water sprinkler so that neighborhood youth can beat the summer heat. The St. Peter’s/Bo Porter Recreation Center, re-named to honor a Newark native who played and managed in major league baseball, also…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Launches Unique Summer Youth Employment Program

Newark, NJ – July 6, 2016 –  Mayor Ras J. Baraka, teen program participants and representatives of partner/funder organizations launched a youth summer employment program at a City Hall news conference this morning, which is about more than just a paycheck. Newark’s innovative program has attracted national attention. It was chosen by the White House as one of only 16 Summer Impact Hubs in recognition of the City’s coordinated efforts to provide youth with job training and preparation, learning programs, violence reduction initiatives and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. Newark has also received renewed support for the second year from…

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Become a Member of the Greatest Law Enforcement in the State of New Jersey

Become a Member of the Greatest Law Enforcement Agency in the State of New Jersey Apply for the New Jersey Law Enforcement Applications available: July 1 – August 31,2016 Online Applications only. The examination is announced through the New Jersey Civil Service Commission(CSC) at http://www.state.nj.us/csc/…

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City of Reminds Its Residents: City’s Six Swimming Pools Will Open For The Summer Season Tuesday July 5

Newark, NJ – July 1, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council announced today that the City’s four outdoor swimming pools will open to the public on Tuesday, July 5, at 9:30 a.m. “As a former educator, I understand the importance of ensuring that our youth have areas throughout the community that provide safe and constructed activities,” said Mayor Baraka. “With the school year coming to an end there is more idle time, and we need to guarantee that all of our youth in The City of Newark continue to go forward in the right path…

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Mayor Baraka, Congressman Payne, and Former Yankee Star Cecil Fielder to Join Anti-Hunger Activists to Unveil 2016 Free Summer Meals Program for Youth

Newark, NJ –- June 29, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr., Newark Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Cerf, US Department of Agriculture Regional Administrator Diana Limbacher, and former New York Yankee slugger Cecil Fielder will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 29, at 3 p.m., to launch the 2016 free Summer Meals Program for youth aged 18 and under, at Kasberger Field, located at 415 North 5th Street, in north Newark. The dignitaries will promote the availability of free lunches for Newark youth at hundreds of sites across the City during the summer months,…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Denounces Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Blocking DACA and DAPA

Statement by Mayor Ras J. Baraka: Newark, NJ – June 24, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka denounces Supreme Court decision on Immigration blocking DACA and DAPA.  “The decision by the Supreme Court to block expanded DACA and DAPA to protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational immigration laws. I am disturbed by a decision that has dashed the hopes of millions across America. “Latino immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are an important part of our Newark community and an economic engine helping to energize and strengthen…

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City of Newark Host “Fathers Make a Difference Sports Clinic” on Saturday, June 18, at 10 A.M. at JFK Recreation Center, 211 West Kinney Street

Newark, NJ – June 17, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark’s Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host the Fathers Make A Difference (FMAD) Sports Clinic as a pre-Father’s Day activity. The event will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center on 211 West Kinney Street, in the City’s Central Ward. The entrance is on Howard Street. Welcoming remarks by Mayor Baraka will be followed by the Father’s Resource Fair, then a youth performance by Malachi Samedy and guest speaker…

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Mayor Ras J Baraka Announces Campaign To Reduce Domestic Violence And Help Domestic Violence Victims

Newark, NJ – June 15, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa A. Hamdi, and members of the Municipal Council unveiled a comprehensive Domestic Violence Program today at a City Hall press conference. They were joined by representatives of agencies currently providing services to victims of domestic violence. The program consists of services to victims and their families, community-wide education, and public safety efforts. It also includes access to a 24-hour Hotline, emergency relocation, medical care services and referral to legal assistance. “In the City of Newark,…

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Internationally Renowned James Corner Field Operations To Lead Landscape Design Efforts For Newark’s Award- Winning Riverfront Park

Newark, NJ – June 14, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson and Newark Community Economic Development Corporation Acting President and CEO Scott Blow announced today that James Corner Field Operations will be the lead designer and landscape architect for more than 15 acres of additional Riverfront Park space and walkways, bringing the total size of the city’s only public access to the Passaic River waterfront to well over 31 acres. Field Operations, a leading-edge, urban design, landscape architecture and public space firm is well known for their work across the river,…

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City of Newark Unveils Portugal Avenue Signs in East Ward in a Ceremony at Union and Ferry Streets

Newark, NJ – June 9, 2016 – The City of Newark held a ceremony to unveil new Portugal Avenue street signs on Ferry Street in the city’s East Ward yesterday, at the intersection of Union and Ferry Streets. The Portuguese community has played a vital role in the growth and development of the City of Newark. The City of Newark recognizes the many contributions of this community and is unveiling these Portugal Avenue signs, which will give Ferry Street a “second name” of Portugal Avenue, just in time for Portugal Day festivities in the Ironbound, a weekend filled with celebration…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Safer Newark Council Release Report Outlining New Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence, Homicides, and Robberies in Newark

Newark, NJ –- June 6, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, and the Safer Newark Council announced the findings of a new study analyzing Newark crime data and recommending strategies targeted to prevent retaliation shootings, keep released prisoners from returning to crime and immediately intervene with young people arrested for robberies at a press conference today at Rutgers University – Newark, Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, Baker Courtroom, Room 125, in Newark. Newark consistently ranks below comparable cities when it comes to burglary, juvenile violence, theft, and sexual assault, but…

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PSE&G To Upgrade Aging Cast Iron Gas Facilities in Newark

Newark, NJ –- June 3, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in Newark to replace approximately 15 miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future. The new pipes will improve reliability, reduce the possibility of methane leaks, and enable the installation of excess flow valves on service lines. These valves dramatically reduce gas flow if a pipe is damaged. The elevated pressure of the new gas mains will…

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Newark Offering Summer Fun at Camp Watershed from June 27 through August 19

Newark, NJ –- June 1, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Department of Neighborhood and Recreation Services Director Patrick Council reminded residents today that registration is open for at Camp Watershed for Newark children ages 7-14. The deadline to submit completed applications is June 17, 2016. Advance registration for one of the eight sessions at the City’s annual FREE summer day program is required. Selection for this summer day program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Families interested in registering can pick up applications at 94 William Street, 2nd Floor or any local recreation center. Families must…

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Mayor Baraka and Love and Hip-Hop New York Remy Ma Lead All-Start Lineup for Mayor’s Second Annual Young Women’s Symposium

Newark, NJ – May 31, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, Office of the Mayor Youth Coordinator Alexis Trusty, Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Grammy-nominated rapper and Love & Hip Hop: New York reality TV show star Remy Ma, WBLS radio personality Déjà Vu Parker and Multi-Media Personality TT Torrez led an all-star lineup of special guest speakers at Mayor Baraka’s Second Annual Young Women’s Symposium on Thursday, May 26. The symposium, themed, “I Am My Sister’s Keeper: The Power of Sisterhood,” brought nearly 700 young, prospective graduates from Newark area…

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Mayor Ras J.Baraka, City of Newark, and The Berger Organization Hosts the 29th Annual Holocaust Remembrance on Friday, May 27, at 10am, at Newark Museum at 49 Washington St

Newark, NJ –- May 26, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Berger Organization, and the Newark Holocaust Remembrance Committee will host the City of Newark’s 29th Annual Holocaust Remembrance, on Friday, May 27, 2016, at 10 a.m. at The Newark Museum, located at 49 Washington Street, in Newark’s Downtown. This year’s observance will once again involve Newark Public Schools and Catholic School students who are studying the Holocaust as part of their curriculum. The Newark Museum is located on Washington Street between Central Avenue and James Street in the City’s Downtown. This year’s keynote speaker will be Ruth Ravina,…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents That City Hall Will Be Closed On Monday, May 30,2016, In Observance of Memorial Day

Newark, NJ – May 26, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “On behalf of the entire municipal team, I would like to extend my thanks to all the Newark residents who made the supreme sacrifice for our country, dying in battle as members of our armed forces. These men and women gave the last full measure of their devotion to a cause…

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Mayor Baraka and Newark Clergy to Hold Second Annual City-Wide Spiritual Engagement In Four Wards On Saturday May 21 from 11AM to 4PM

Newark, NJ –- May 20, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Mayoral Aide for Clergy Affairs Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, and clergy members from across the City of Newark will participate in the “City-Wide Spiritual Engagement” on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in four of the City’s Wards. Clergy members and municipal leaders will take to the streets to spread messages of peace and unity, while also providing information about municipal, private, and faith-based programs and initiatives for residents of all ages. In addition, there will be performances by musical groups, including choirs. The sites are as…

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Mayor Baraka Signs A Sweeping Executive Order Affecting The Port Authority Of New York & New Jersey

NEWARK – May 19, 2016 – With the stroke of pen, Mayor Ras J. Baraka has taken decisive action by signing into law an Executive Order designed to maximize the city’s lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It calls for an audit, a process that is already in the works, to ensure the city receives its fair share of rent payments and other financial benefits under the lease agreement with the bi-state agency. Other provisions of this comprehensive plan include the creation of the City of Newark Office of Port Authority Oversight to examine all…

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Newark Offering Summer Fun At Camp Watershed From June 27 Through August 19

Newark, NJ –- May 19, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Department of Neighborhood and Recreation Services Director Patrick Council reminded residents today that registration is open for at Camp Watershed for Newark children ages 7-14. The deadline to submit completed applications is June 17, 2016.  Advance registration for one of the eight sessions at the City’s annual FREE summer day program is required. Selection for this summer day program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Families interested in registering can pick up applications at 94 William Street, 2nd Floor or any local recreation center. Families must…

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Rain Forecast Forces Newark Celebration 350 Founders Day Festival Concert To Move Symphony Hall on Friday, May 13, 2016– Weekend Festival Will Continue as Planned

Newark Celebration 350 Founders Day Weekend Festival CONCERT with FAITH EVANS moves to Newark Symphony FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (rain forecast forces outdoor festival opening indoor) FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT MILITARY PARK SATURDAY, MAY 14 & SUNDAY, MAY 15 AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED NEWARK, NJ – (May 12, 2016) – Due to a forecast of rain, the Newark Celebration 350 Founder’s Day Weekend Festival’s opening night concert with headliner Faith Evans on Friday, May 13 will move from the outdoor location of Military Park to inside Newark Symphony Hall (1020 Broad St). Tickets are free and will be given on…

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Mayor Baraka And All Stars Project Of New Jersey Announce Partnership For Youth Development

NEWARK – May 10, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, All Stars Project (ASP) of New Jersey City Leader Gloria Strickland, and ASP of NJ Board Co-Chair Derek M. Di Risio announced its new partnership with the All Stars Project, a privately funded national nonprofit organization with a long history in Newark, at City Hall.  A leader in the field of afterschool Development, ASP programs serves young people in the poorest communities using a unique performance-based approach. The first event of the partnership will take place on Saturday, May 14, when ASP of NJ and Newark’s Centers of Hope will…

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Mayor Baraka To Kick Off Voter Registration Drive On Thursday, May 5, At 3 P.M., At Vince Lombardi Center At 201 Bloomfield Avenue, In Newark’s North Ward

NEWARK – May 3, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr., members of the Municipal Council, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, and the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services will kick off a voter registration drive on Thursday, May 5, at 3 p.m., at the Vince Lombardi Center located on 201 Bloomfield Avenue, in the City’s North Ward. The event is timed to observe Cinco de Mayo in the City of Newark, by connecting Latino and other underserved residents with voter registration. The event will include a 4 p.m.…

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Mayor Baraka to Launch Older America Month in Newark with Press Conference

NEWARK – May 3, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, Senior Program Coordinator Almetta Sabb, and other dignitaries will launch Newark’s observance of Older America Month with a press conference on Wednesday, May 4, at 11:30 a.m., in the City Hall Press Room. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. The City of Newark will honor its “seasoned citizens” and pioneers with a series of events during May, recognizing them for their work in transforming the City. These will be: Senior Movie Day, Thursday, May 5, Citiplex 12 “Unsung Senior Heroes”…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Leads March for Jobs at Port of Newark and Elizabeth

Newark, NJ –- May 2, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Workforce Development and Employment Rahaman Muhammad, Manager of Port Activities for the City of Newark Al Turrick Kenney, and several community partners including the clergy, the Newark Branch of the NAACP, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ), the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition (NAVC), YDI Youth Build and the People’s Organization for Progress today held a march and rally for jobs at Port Newark & Elizabeth. The marchers gathered at noon at 132 Corbin Street, Building 1200, in Elizabeth, New…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka And Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose Discuss Accomplishments Of 45-Day Plan To Reduce Crime And Violence And Reveal Plan For Next 90 Days

Newark, NJ –- April 20, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose,and members of the Newark Municipal Council today discussed the accomplishments of Newark’s 45-Day Plan to reduce crime and violence and announced plans for the plan’s second phase at a major news conference today at City Hall. Named “Operation Forge Ahead,” the City’s plan to reduce crime and violence in Newark focuses on two central issues: reorganizing the City’s public safety activities to make them more effective and efficient; and increasing citizen involvement with law enforcement to restore trust, improve community/police communication, while making…

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Mayor Baraka Announces Overhall Of 4311 Non-Emergency Phone Center

Newark, NJ –- April 13, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Chief Information Officer Seth Wainer, and Non-Emergency Call Center Manager James Bennett announced the overhaul of the City’s 4311 Non-emergency Call Center system at a City Hall news conference today. The City is responding to complaints of slow responses and unanswered phone calls to the 4311 line by bringing in 21st-century technology, additional staff, and expanding the center’s hours, which are now 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. Newarkers will learn about the new Newark 4311 through a media campaign with the slogan “One Call to City…

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City Of Newark To Host Inaugural Newark Public Schools North Ward Intramural Soccer Competition On Wednesday, April 6, At 4 P.M, At Elliot Street Elementary School, 721 Summer Avenue

Newark, NJ – April 6, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles announced today that the City of Newark’s Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services is joining with the Newark Public Schools and Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey to host the inaugural North Ward Intramural Soccer Competition, starting with the first two games today, Wednesday, April 5, at 4 p.m., at Elliott Street Elementary School, 721 Summer Avenue, in the City’s North Ward. The two games will be followed by an inaugural ceremony at 6 p.m., with special guest…

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City Of Newark Partners With The Believe In Newark Foundation To Host Annual Newark Youth Summit On Saturday, April 2, From 8:30 A.M. To 4 P.M., At Essex County College, 303 University Avenue

Newark, NJ – April 1, 2016 – The City of Newark and the Believe in Newark Foundation will join the Newark Youth Council and other partners to host the Annual Newark Youth Summit tomorrow, Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Essex County College, located at 303 University Avenue in downtown Newark. The summit will connect more than 150 high school students from across the City to discuss issues, air concerns, and create solutions. They will also be able to connect to a variety of resources from education, culture, social affairs, local government, youth services, and many…

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Mayor Baraka to Host Education Forum on Monday, March 28, at 6:30 P.M. at Central High School, 246 18th Avenue

Newark, NJ –- March 24, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka will host an Education Forum on Monday, March 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Central High School, located at 246 18th Avenue, in the City’s Central Ward. The event is free and open to the public. The forum will consist of a moderated discussion on major education issues in the City of Newark, including local control, community schools, lead in water, building transfers, state funding, charter school expansion, and other concerns. The panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask its’ members…

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Mayor Baraka and Council to Host Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, March 27, From 3 P.M. TO 7 P.M., At Vince Lombardi Center of Hope, 201 Bloomfield Avenue

Newark, NJ –- March 23, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal council, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, and the Dominican Parade & Festival of Essex County Committee will host an Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Vince Lombardi Center of Hope, located at 201 Bloomfield Avenue, in the City’s North Ward.  The FREE family festival will offer music, games, cupcake decoration, an egg hunt, a fashion show, face-painting, and raffles. “We are proud to partner with the Dominican Parade & Festival of Essex County Committee to…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents that City Hall will be Closed on Friday, March 25, 2016, in Observance of Good Friday

Newark, NJ – March 23, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Friday, March 25, 2016, in observance of Good Friday. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “On behalf of the entire municipal team, I would like to extend my best wishes to all of Newark’s residents for a joyous Good Friday. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared to respond to…

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Transcript Of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s State Of The City Speech

Transcript of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s State of the City Speech Tuesday, March 15, 2016 New Jersey Performing Arts Centre Newark, New Jersey Madame President, Honorable Municipal Council, distinguished guests both elected and appointed, city employees and the great people of the greatest city in the State, thank you for your presence here tonight in this great hall. We are here this evening some 350 years after the founding of our great city. 39 Mayors before me have stood where I am now.  I am humbled to be in such incredible company. All of them stood face to face with…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Calls For Federal Investigation Of Apparent Discrimination Against Newark Residents, Minorities, And Women In Hiring For Jobs At Port Newark And Elizabeth

Newark, NJ – March 14, 2016 – In letters to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Hon. Venita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Head Venita Gupta, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka asked the Labor Secretary to thoroughly investigate the extent and causes of inequity in hiring for jobs at the Port of Newark and Elizabeth. He requested that they “act to remedy severe racial, gender and ethnic inequality in employment at the Port and an apparent bias against the hiring of local residents” and also asked the U.S. Attorney…

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Letter From Mayor Baraka on School Water

    March 10, 2016   Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Letter to Parents on Lead in Newark Public Schools’ Water   Dear Concerned Newark Parents, As you have learned by now, nearly half of the schools in the Newark Public School District have been affected by elevated levels of lead that were found in water sourced for water fountains and sinks. We take these matters seriously, as the health and safety of all of our citizens is our foremost priority. However, let me begin by saying that the WATER IN NEWARK HOMES AND BUSINESSES IS SAFE and you should in no…

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Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka Says Unique “Hire Newark” Employment Ready Boot Camp is an Important Model for Job Creation, Training and Placement in City at Inaugural Graduation Ceremony at Newark Beth Israel Hospital

Newark, NJ – March 9, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Barnabas Health hosted the HIRE NEWARK Employment Ready Boot Camp Inaugural Graduation Ceremony today at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and congratulated the 16 Newark residents who completed the program. Hire Newark, a unique five-week job readiness program for Newark residents, was created by Barnabas Health in coordination with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s Centers of Hope initiative. The program provides program graduates with the opportunity to actually secure and obtain a job, rather than prepare them for a hypothetical job. “The HIRE NEWARK Employment Ready Boot Camp is…

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Mayor Baraka Calls Upon NJ Transit to Prevent Rail Strike by Accepting Recommendations of Federal Panel; Letter Describes Pending Sunday Strike as “Avoidable” and A “Total Catastrophe”

Newark, NJ – March 8, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka  sent a letter today to NJ Transit Executive Director Dennis Martin, calling upon the transit agency to accept the recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) in its labor dispute with its rail unions to prevent a strike or lockout  that could cripple the state’s economy and choke commuting. The rail workers have been working without a contract since 2011 and there has been little movement in talks, particularly on health benefits. A walkout would impact 105,000 daily commuters to New York City and an additional 55,000 daily riders…

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Fishing Season will open up at the Newark Pequannock Watershed on Saturday, April 9, 2016

Newark, NJ – March 7, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the Newark Watershed announced today that the fishing season will begin at the Newark Pequannock Watershed, located in West Milford, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 9, and will continue through November 30. Persons wishing to fish in the Watershed must have a current New Jersey State fishing license and a City of Newark Watershed fishing permit.  The license and permit can be purchased daily at Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Room B-12, Newark, NJ 07102, (973) 733-4784 or at the Watershed Permit Office…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Calls Governor Christie’s Approval Of Expansion Of Newark Charter Schools A Terrible Decision

Newark, NJ – March 2, 2016 – “Governor Christie’s approval of the expansion of Newark charter schools is a terrible decision, unfortunate, irresponsible and damaging to the city’s public schools. The expansion could not have come at a worse time. The governor’s recent decision to add an additional $27 million for Newark schools to his budget was a step forward toward reducing our $72 million public schools deficit. But his decision to allow the expansion of charter schools at this time is a huge step backwards for our traditional public schools. “The Newark Public Schools are in a severe financial…

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Mayor Baraka Reveals Details of Newark’s Ground-Breaking Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB)

Newark, NJ – March 1, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Public Safety Anthony Ambrose will host a press conference to announce details of Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, tomorrow, Wednesday, March , at Noon, in the Press Briefing Room in City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street. They will be joined by members of the Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP), a community advocacy coalition that has organized public support for a strong and innovative plan. The ordinance is slated for a first reading at the regular meeting of the Newark Municipal…

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Mayor Baraka, Newark Housing Authority, And IARTS Institute To Open Institute Training For City Residents In Arts, Entertainment, And Media On Wednesday, March 2, At 1:30 P.M., At 205 Spruce Street, In City’s Central Ward

Newark, NJ – March 1, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Municipal Council Members, Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard, and iArts Media Institute Co-Founder Shana Melius, MBA, MA will hold a press conference to open a branch of the vocational school on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., at the Newark Housing Authority’s “The Clubhouse” facility at 205 Spruce Street in the City’s Central Ward. The institute will offer classes and training for adults and youth on both on-stage and behind-the-scenes careers. Courses will include Acting, Broadcasting, E-commerce and Technology, Film, Job Search/Job Readiness, Music Business,…

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City of Newark Joins State Safety Campaign to Reduce Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Crashes

Newark, NJ – February 25, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Engineering Director Phillip Scott, and Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata announced today that the City of Newark will be participating in the March 2016 Street Smart NJ Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign, “Street Smart NJ,” aims at reducing pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents in Newark and across all of New Jersey. The Street Smart NJ campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations. Local police will work with several partners – including Newark Downtown District, Ironbound Business Improvement District, Rutgers University, Prudential, and many others to educate motorists…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents to Stay Safe during Extreme Cold; Keep Homes Heated Safely and to a Minimum of 65 Degrees

Newark, NJ – February 11, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council Newark warned residents that as Newark endures temperatures as low as Minus 4 degrees this weekend, residents should take measures to ensure their safety at home and when outside of the house. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 16 on Saturday and drop down to Minus 4 degrees that evening, breaking the record low of 0 degrees set in 1979. While temperatures are expected to rise to 15 on Sunday, the forecast calls for continued cold. “Newark is facing an onslaught of…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents that City Hall will be Closed on Friday, February 12th, in Observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and on Monday, February 15th, 2016, in Observance of Presidents’ Day

Newark, NJ – February 11, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Friday, February 12, 2016, in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday, and again on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “Our residents will enjoy a long weekend from Friday to Tuesday, and during this weekend, I urge them to uphold the City’s sanitation ordinances. Weather forecasters are calling for colder temperatures, so I also…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Ambrose Reveal 45-Day Plan To Reduce Newark Crime And Violence

Newark, NJ – February 3, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, incoming Police Chief Darnell Henry, and members of the Newark Municipal Council revealed the details of Newark’s 45-Day Plan to reduce crime and violence in a major news conference today, in the City Hall Press Briefing Room, located at 920 Broad Street. Named “Operation Forge Ahead,” the 45-day nine-point plan to reduce crime and violence in Newark will focus on two central issues:   Reorganize the City’s public safety activities to make them more effective and efficient; Increase citizen involvement with law enforcement…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi discuss Newark’s Comprehensive Care for Homeless Citizens during recent Blizzard

Newark, NJ – January 27, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi announced today that the City of Newark worked to offer comprehensive services for the City’s transient population since the beginning of the blizzard that hit Newark on Saturday, in a public-private collaboration that offered amenities and shelter to 370 homeless men and women. Temporary facilities were set up at municipal recreation centers, Newark Public high schools, and the YMCA, while City vehicles transported homeless people out of the snow from areas they congregate, such as Newark Liberty International Airport,…

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Trash Collection to Resume in Zone A, Thursday, January 28

Newark, NJ – January 27, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council announced today that the City of Newark will resume trash collections as regularly scheduled, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 28, in Zone A. Residents who have their trash and bottled recycling normally picked up on Thursdays should put out their trash and recycling for collection no later than 6 a.m. on Thursday morning. -NEWARK- For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website www.ci.newark.nj.us To visit the City of Newark’s official photo galleries: https://www.flickr.com/photos/newarkpressoffice/sets…

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Newark public schools to be closed on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Newark, NJ – January 26 –  The City of Newark announced that Newark Public School will be closed on Tuesday, January 26. as the City digs out from crippling weekend blizzard. “As the City continues to shovel itself out from a near record-breaking snowstorm, we appreciate the spirit of cooperation we have received from most Newark residents,” said Mayor Baraka. “We have heard your concerns and we ask for your continued patience as we continue to shovel our way out and make it easier for citizens to move around the City again.”  “As our crews are clearing the streets, they…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Reschedules two Town Hall Meetings

Newark, NJ – January 26, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and members of the Newark Municipal Council announced today that the two Town Hall meetings have been rescheduled as follows: The Central Ward Town Hall meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, at 7 p.m., at Abyssinian Baptist Church, has been rescheduled to Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 224 West Kinney Street. The North Ward Town Hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, has been rescheduled to Monday, February 29th, at 7 p.m., at the Third Presbyterian Church, at 395 Ridge Street. -NEWARK-…

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The City of Newark Announces City Hall will be Closed and Some City Services will be Suspended on Monday, January 25

Newark, NJ – January 24 –  The City of Newark announced that City Hall and its agencies, to include municipal courts and medical clinics, with the exception of essential services and Public Safety will be closed on Monday, January 25. Newark Public Schools will also be closed and garbage collection and street sweeping will be suspended. “As the City continues to shovel itself out from a near record-breaking snowstorm, we appreciate the spirit of cooperation we have received from most Newark residents,” said Mayor Baraka. “We have heard your concerns and we ask for your continued patience as we continue…

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Mayor Baraka Urges Residents to Prepare for Snowfall Expected to Hit Region Late Friday, Residents should Avoid Driving in Blizzard

Newark, NJ – January 22, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka reminded residents today to prepare for a major blizzard in the City of Newark late this evening, continuing through Saturday, winding down on Sunday, leaving as much as 12 inches on Newark streets. During snowstorms, the City mobilizes personnel and vehicles to spread salt and plow roads as conditions dictate. The first priority for salting is hills, bridges, and major arteries that lead in and out of the City’s borders. Residents should not shovel snow back onto streets after they have been plowed. This becomes a safety hazard and…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents: Free Tax Assistance is Available

Newark, NJ – January 12, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Training NewarkWorks One Stop Center reminded residents today that Newark’s four Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are providing free tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income Newark families, earning $54,000 a year or less, now through the Federal Income Tax filing deadline of Friday, April 15, for the 11th straight year. Locations and operating hours are as follows: Newark City Hall – 920 Broad Street, Room B-1, Newark NJ 07102; Open: Monday-Friday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents that City Hall will be Closed on Monday, January 18, 2016, In Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Newark, NJ – January 15, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and all non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Monday, January 18, 2016, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, works, words, and legacy stand as an inspiration and a challenge to all of Newark, America, and the entire world. He moves us to join together to transform our world – especially our corner of it in…

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Mayor Baraka to Announce First Newark International Film Festival

Newark, NJ – January 15, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council members, and Kenneth Gifford of the Newark Office of Film & Television will announce that the City will host its first international film festival, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 1 p.m., at a press conference in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda, 920 Broad Street, Newark. The three-day festival, set for September 2016, will showcase the breadth of the film industry, including screenings, stunt exhibitions, TV/film auditions and a variety of workshops and feature the presentation of the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking –…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka, City of Newark, Break Ground for Newark’s First Stand-Alone Health Center for Women in City’s South Ward; Project is Another Step Forward in Model Neighborhood Initiative

Newark, NJ – January 14, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi broke ground for the City of Newark’s first stand-alone health center today, at 276-300 Clinton Avenue, in the City’s South Ward. The Center is part of the Model Neighborhood Initiative, a collaborative effort by multiple city departments, private sector organizations, and residents to transform residents into model communities of prosperity and high quality of life. The site is across the street from the recently…

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Mayor Baraka and Small Business Administration Remind Residents that SBA Loans is Still Available for Hurricane Sandy Reovery

Newark, NJ – January 13, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the U.S. Small Business Administration reminded residents and small business owners today that federal disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes located in New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Sandy. SBA’s disaster loans are also available to homeowners and renters. Businesses can benefit from SBA’s disaster loans for physical losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Additionally, businesses that are still struggling and need working…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Statement on Monte Irvin Passing

Newark, NJ – January 13, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka “The entire City of Newark is saddened to learn this morning of the loss of the last link to a titanic piece of its storied past – the death of Monte Irvin, the last living member of the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. “Monte Irvin was one of the region’s, state’s, and nation’s great athletes, excelling in many sports as a youth, baseball excellence as a member of the Newark Eagles and New York Giants, and American greatness as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents, Free Tax Assistance is Available: Federal Income Tax Filing Deadline is April 15, 2016

Newark, NJ – January 12, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Training NewarkWorks One Stop Center reminded residents today that Newark’s five Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are providing free tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income Newark families, earning $54,000 a year or less, now through the Federal Income Tax filing deadline of Friday, April 15, for the 11th straight year. Locations and operating hours are as follows: Newark City Hall – 920 Broad Street, Room B-1, Newark NJ 07102; Open: Monday-Friday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.…

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Mayors Ras J. Baraka Announces Innovative Five-Year Tax Abatement to Spur Neighborhood Business and Housing Construction

Newark, NJ – January 11, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka signed a Municipal Ordinance that will spur development by holding real estate taxes steady until 2020 for multiple dwelling, commercial, and industrial redevelopment projects, at a City Hall ceremony this morning. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. The legislation will hold real estate taxes steady until 2020 for multiple dwelling, commercial and industrial redevelopment projects, and offer a varied tax-basis until 2020 for newly-constructed multiple dwelling, commercial or industrial properties located in Newark neighborhoods outside of the downtown district, the Newark Airport and the Newark Port. “This…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents, Renew your Dog Licenses for 2016 in Room B-17 City Hall

Newark, NJ – January 8, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi today reminded Newark residents who own dogs that with the start of the new year they must purchase or renew licenses for them, and that applications for licenses are available in Room B-17, at City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Applicants for dog licenses must present the dog or dogs’ certificates of vaccination when applying for the license. The fee for dog licenses for spayed or…

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Mayor Baraka and City of Newark Seek Volunteers for “Point-In-Time” Initiative to Count Homeless Persons in Community on January 26-27; Program will Enable City to Serve Homeless Population Better

Newark, NJ – January 7, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Health and Community Wellness r. Hanaa Hamdi announced today that the City of Newark announced today that the City of Newark is launching the “Point-in-Time Count” initiative to count the number of homeless persons living in Newark, which will enable the City to allocate funds and resources more efficiently and accurately to serve this at-risk community better. Volunteers are being sought to participate in the count, which will take place on Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27. Over an entire 24-hour…

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Mayor Baraka Reminds Residents: City of Newark Collecting Old Christmas Trees Starting Monday, January 11th, Through Friday, January 29th, Trees will be Collected by Trash Pick-Up Zones A and B

Newark, NJ – January 7, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni reminded Newark residents today that the City will commence picking up discarded Christmas trees on Monday, January 11, and will continue to do so through Friday, January 29. Residents discarding trees should also remove their holiday electrical displays. “It’s that time of year again when we have to wrap up the holiday season with the start of a New Year. Proper disposal of old Christmas trees and storage of electrical decorations will not only support…

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Department Of Transportation Will Close Ramps Connecting I-280 With Route 21 Starting 11 P.M., Friday, January 8, And Continuing Through 6 A.M., Saturday

Newark, NJ – January 6, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Engineering Philip Scott announced today that the New Jersey Department of Transportation will close the ramps linking I-280 with Route 21 (McCarter Highway), starting Friday, January 8, 2016, at 11 p.m., and continuing until 6 a.m., on Saturday, January 9. The work is being done to accommodate bridge deck replacement on I-280 and to enhance efficiency at the interchange. “The state Department of Transportation is moving to expeditiously repair the I-280 bridge and improve traffic flow at the interchange with Route 21,…

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Mayor Baraka To Announce More Public Safety Changes At Press Conference On Monday, January 4, At 11:30 A.M., At City Hall First Floor Rotunda

Newark – January 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka will announce additional details about the newly formed Department of Public Safety, at a press conference today, Monday, January 4, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda, at 920 Broad Street, in Newark. The pioneering changes will affect both the internal operations and external relations of the department. Who:  Mayor Ras J. Baraka & Police Chief Anthony Campos What: Announce additional changes to the newly formed Department of Public Safety When: Monday, January 4, 2016,11:30 a.m. Where: City Hall Rotunda, 920 Broad Street, Newark &MEDIA NOTE: …

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Mayor Baraka To Appoint A Civilian To Head Police Affairs Division

Newark, NJ – January 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced that he intends to appoint a civilian to direct the Newark Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.   The bold move of appointing a civilian to fill a position traditionally filled by a sworn officer is another step toward strengthening law enforcement in Newark by improving the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. The pioneering change will affect both the internal operations and external relations of the department. Following a practice established by Seattle and Oakland, a lawyer with extensive police experience will be chosen to…

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Mayor Baraka Reminds Residents About City Ordinance: Landlords Must Keep Apartments at 68 Degrees From 6 A.M. To 11 P.M. and 65 Degrees from 11 P.M. to 6 A.M., Starting October 1

Newark, NJ – January 4, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council reminded Newark residents today, as temperatures dipped to 29 degrees, that the heating season began on Tuesday, October 1, 2015, and landlords in Newark are required by municipal ordinance to maintain homes at 68 degrees between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., and at 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., from October 1, 2015, through May 1, 2016. “Maintaining public safety in Newark also means providing residents with sufficient heat in winter, particularly in the…

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Mayor Baraka and Public Safety Director Ambrose Release Details on Stepped-Up Police Presence for New Year’s Eve

Newark, NJ – December 30, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Acting Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that the City is teaming up with county and state law enforcement partners to enhance public safety as residents ring in the New Year on December 31, 2015, and January 1, 2016. The Newark Police Department will deploy 75 additional officers into Newark’s streets from 5 p.m. on December 31 to 5 a.m., on January 1st, along with officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the State Police, and Alcohol Beverage Control, which will check on taverns and other…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents that City Hall will be Closed

Newark, NJ – December 30, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and all non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Friday, January 1, 2016, in observance of New Year’s Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “From all of us here in City Hall, I would like to extend our best wishes to every resident of Newark for a joyous and healthy holiday season, and urge that our residents ring in the New Year responsibly. While Newark City Hall will be…

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City Of Newark Reminds Residents That City Hall Will Be Closed On Friday, December 25, In Observance Of Christmas Day

Newark, NJ – December 24, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and all non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Friday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “From all of us here in City Hall, I would like to extend our best wishes to every resident of Newark for a joyous and healthy holiday season. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared to…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Seeks to Maximize Port Newark Revenues and Uses to Benefit City Taxpayers

Newark, NJ – December 23, 2015  – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson announced today the City is reaching out to private entities to identify ways to maximize the use of and revenue from the Newark Port. This morning, the City of Newark released a Request for Expressions of Interest and Information (RFEII) for Maximizing Economic Benefits from city-owned Port Newark. With an assessed value of approximately $700 million, the City of Newark believes this property has been underutilized and that there may be a possibility that a private owner will better…

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Mayor Baraka and NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neil Announce New Jobs Program in City Hall First Floor Rotunda

Newark, NJ – December 15, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Newark native, NBA legend, and developer Shaquille O’Neal, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, Deputy Mayor of Job Creation, Workforce Development, Affirmative Action, and Re-Entry Rahaman Muhammad, and other dignitaries launched “Project Impact Newark” on today, at a City Hall First Floor Rotunda press conference. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. “Project Impact Newark” is designed to increase minority, female, and veteran participation in unions, as well as access to construction jobs. It will prepare these residents for union entrance exams, identify…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Joins University High School Students To Write Computer Code For “Hour Of Code”

Newark, NJ – December 11, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined computer experts and University High School students on Monday, December 7, for the national “Hour of Code,” as part of the My Brother’s Keeper Newark Occupy the Schools Initiative and in  observance of Computer Science Education Week, to write computer code and engage students about high-tech careers. In writing his own piece of computer code, Mayor Baraka – a 22-year Newark educator – became the City’s first Chief Executive in its 350-year history to do so. The class was conducted by volunteers Anthony Fraiser of Tech808 and Vincent…

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Mayor Baraka and Believe in Newark Foundation, Inc., to Host Toy Giveaway for Kids on Sunday, December 20, from noon to 5:00 P.M. at Cityplex 12 Theater, Located at 360-394 Springfield Avenue

Newark, NJ – December 10, 2015 –  The City of Newark and the Believe in Newark Foundation will partner to host a free City Wide Toy Giveaway for Newark youth on Sunday, December 20, from Noon to 5 p.m., at the CityPlex 12 Theater, located at 360-394 Springfield Avenue, in the City’s Central Ward. The City has partnered with CityPlex 12, Believe in Newark Foundation, Inc.,, the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Essex County, the Vulcan Pioneers, and Newark Bronze Shields to collect and donate new, unwrapped toys for Newark youth. Children in attendance of all ages will be able…

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Mayor Baraka and Newark CEDC Receive $75,000 Grant from US Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo on Wednesday, December 9, at 11 A.M. in City Hall

Newark, NJ –- December 9, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation President Otis Rolley, U.S. Conference of Mayors Assistant Executive Director Eugene Lowe, and Wells Fargo Northern New Jersey Region Business Banking Manager Mary Makfinsky presented the City of Newark and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) with a $75,000 grant today to create a retail incubator in the City’s South Ward, in a City Hall First Floor Rotunda ceremony. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. The grant recognizes…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Young Men’s Convocation Yields 73 New Applicants to Essex County College

Newark, NJ – December 9, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, BET news correspondent Samson Styles, radio talk show host Bashir Akinyele, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Alliance-Newark CEO William Simpson, and Essex County College hosted the Annual Young Men’s City-Wide Convocation for High School Senior Males on Friday, December 4, at 10 a.m., at Essex County College, at 303 University Avenue, in Newark’s Downtown. The event was themed: “Where do we go from Here? Tools for manhood.” The program will motivate, inspire, and guide male Newark high school seniors, providing them with essential moral, philosophical, and…

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Mayor Baraka, Fire Director Stewart, And Fire Chief Centanni Provide Newark Residents With Fire Safety Tips For The Holidays

Newark, New Jersey – December 9, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni reminded Newark residents today that during this holiday season they should take fire safety precautions to ensure that family celebrations do not turn into tragedies. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the nation’s fire departments responded to an average of 210 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees between 2009 and 2013. These fires caused an annual average of seven civilian fire deaths, 19 civilian fire injuries, and $17.5 million in property damage. Electrical problems…

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Mayor Baraka, Fire Directors Stewart and Fire Chief Centanni Provide Newark Residents with Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays

Newark, New Jersey – December 9, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni reminded Newark residents today that during this holiday season they should take fire safety precautions to ensure that family celebrations do not turn into tragedies. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the nation’s fire departments responded to an average of 210 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees between 2009 and 2013. These fires caused an annual average of seven civilian fire deaths, 19 civilian fire injuries, and $17.5 million in property damage.  Electrical problems…

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City Hall Lower Level Rotunda Will Host Youth Farm Stand On Friday, December 4, And Tuesday, December 15, From 11 A.M. To 3 P.M.

Newark, NJ – December 3, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the City of Newark’s Department of Economic and Housing Development, Office of Planning, Zoning and Sustainability will welcome the Greater Newark Conservancy and the Youth Farm Stand to City Hall’s Lower Level Rotunda, on Friday, December 4th, 2015 and Tuesday, December 15th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Youth Farm Stand is a business and entrepreneurial job training program for Newark Youth Leadership Project interns at the Conservancy. While providing Newark high school students with a meaningful job, the Youth Farm Stand also provides the community with…

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City of Newark Hosts Kick Off For Giving And Inspiring Newark On #GivingTuesday At Aljira, To Launch Seasonal Support For Newark Charities

Newark, NJ – December 2, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and other dignitaries celebrated #GivingTuesday and launched a month-long philanthropic initiative entitled Giving and Inspiring Newark (GAIN) to mobilize Newark residents to support five City-based charities during the holiday season, at a kick-off celebration held last night at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary art, located at 591 Broad Street in downtown Newark. News12 anchor Carissa Lawson served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. DJ Omar Abdallah and jazz musician Antoinette Montague performed. Guests could donate to the charity of their choice. GAIN will raise funds for…

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City of Newark, Newark Public Schools and Foundation for Newark’s Future Partner to Announce Development of up to $12.5 Million Community Initiative

Newark, NJ – December 1, 2015 –Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Newark Public Schools Superintendent Christopher D. Cerf, and the Foundation for Newark’s Future (FNF) today announced the launch of two groundbreaking community initiatives, the South Ward Community Schools Initiative and the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (OYN), that will help provide educational and support services to the city’s most vulnerable young people. The Foundation for Newark’s Future is investing an initial $1.2 million for planning and launching the two initiatives, and FNF funders expect to invest up to $10 million total in community schools and up…

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Mayor Baraka Launches “Operation Christmas Child” From November 16 Through November 23, 2015

Newark, NJ – November 16, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Deputy Mayor for Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles announced today that the City of Newark is launching “Operation Christmas Child” during the week of Monday, November 16, through Monday, November 23, to bring seasonal joy to youth in-need and at-risk across the globe, by packing shoe boxes with donated toys, clothes, and other supplies for holiday donation. Residents can bring donations to City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street, or Lighthouse Assembly of God located at 542 North 7th Street in the City’s North Ward,…

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Newark Launches Fall Leaf Collection Program; Pick-Ups Started Monday, October 19 And Run Through Thursday, December 31

Newark, NJ – November 13, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Patrick Council, Jr. announced that the City of Newark began its Leaf Recycling Collection program on Monday, October 19, 2015, and it will continue through Thursday, December 31, 2015. “I urge all residents to be good neighbors during the fall season, by adhering to our City’s leaf-collection and recycling ordinances. Together as a community, we can continue to transform Newark into a City we can all believe in,” said Mayor Baraka. Leaf pick-ups will be made throughout the City, between the hours of…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents: All Non-Uniformed City Services

Newark, NJ – November 10, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka reminded residents today that all non-uniformed city services, including the Newark Municipal Court, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Police, fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “Veterans Day is increasingly becoming one of our most poignant holidays, as we honor the courage of men and women who have served our country, protecting our liberties, sacrificing their lives in our defense. Their valor defines us as a nation. Over two centuries, our veterans have served to transform our…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Launches “Community Financial Empowerment Day” Initiative At City Hall Press Conference

Newark, NJ – October 29, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Project Director Arohi Pathak, New York/Tri-State Market Director for Citi Community Development Director Eileen Auld, and United Way of Essex and West Hudson Acting Chief Executive Officer Catherine Wilson held the first “Community Financial Empowerment Day” today at City Hall’s Lower Level Rotunda, located at 920 Broad Street. According to a report prepared by CFED and its two private partners, entitled “Family Assets Count,” 70 percent of all Newark households, the highest of any major city in the…

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Mayor Baraka Reminds Residents About City Ordinance: Landlords Must Keep Apartments At 68 Degrees From 6 A.M To 11 P.M. And 65 Degrees From 11 P.M. To 6 A.M., Starting October 1

Newark, NJ – October 28, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council reminded Newark residents today that the heating season began on Tuesday, October 1, 2015, and landlords in Newark are required by municipal ordinance to maintain homes at 68 degrees between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., and at 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., from October 1, 2015, through May 1, 2016. “Maintaining public safety in Newark also means providing residents with sufficient heat in winter, particularly in the face of the winter storms and…

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Mayor Ras J Baraka And City Of Newark To Observe Newark Poetry Month On Wednesday, October 28, At 5 P.M., In City Hall First Floor Rotunda, 920 Broad Street, With Ceremony And Poetry-Reading

Newark, NJ – October 28, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Mayor’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism Executive Director Gwen Moten, and other dignitaries will observe Newark Poetry Month with a ceremony today, Wednesday, October 28, at 5 p.m., in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Mayor Baraka, himself a published poet, has declared the theme of Newark’s observance to be “Read, Write, Recite,” and the City and other partners is offering a schedule of events, including poetry readings by Newark residents, at venues across the City during October. The…

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Mayor Baraka Hosts Class For Rutgers-Newark Students On How Newark Government Operates In Municipal Council Chamber, City Hall, 920 Broad Street

Newark, NJ – October 26, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council President Mildred C. Crump, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, Department Directors, and other municipal policy-makers hosted a class for Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) students today, in the Municipal Council Chamber, at City Hall in Newark. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. At the class, the Mayor and the other leader gave presentations, held panel discussions, and took questions from the students on aspects of municipal government, including departmental challenges and issues, policy and hiring processes, how…

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Mayor Baraka and “Trilogy: An Opera Company” Launch National Opera Week In Newark In City Hall

Newark, NJ – October 22, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council President Mildred C. Crump, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development, and Tourism Gwen Moten, Trilogy: An Opera Company President Peter Wanjuki and Executive/Artistic Director Kevin Maynor, and other dignitaries launched observances of National Opera Week in Newark today, in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda, located at 920 Broad Street. The City will support this annual salute to opera by hosting a series of performances by Trilogy: An Opera Company of “Garvey: The Opera” at various sites around the City, including high schools,…

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Mayor Baraka Cuts Ribbon To Open State-Of-The-Art Dental Facility At 110 William Street

Newark, NJ – October 22, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Health and Community Wellness Director Hanaa A. Hamdi, Ph.D., cut the ribbon to formally open the city’s new state-of-the art dental facility at a ceremony today. The dental clinic is located in the lower level of the Department of Health and Community Wellness, 110 William Street, in Newark’s Central Ward. The dental facility is the latest addition to the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Centers comprehensive range of health care services available to Newark residents. The city has always recognized the critical role oral health…

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City of Newark Offers Free Influenza Vaccine For Residents

Newark – October 19, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Hanaa Hamdi announced today that the City of Newark is providing free influenza vaccinations, beginning Monday, October 19, at sites around the City. Newark residents seeking flu shots must present proof of residency at the sites, which can be personal identification or a utility bill with their name and address on it. “Public health is one of the cornerstones of my administration’s efforts to enhance public safety and improve the quality of life for all residents. I urge my fellow Newarkers, especially those…

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City of Newark and Red Cross Partner to Install Smoke Alarms in 1,400 City Homes

Newark, NJ –- October 19, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Fire Director James W. Stewart, Fire Chief John G. Centanni, Jr., and representatives of the American Red Cross began the first of a series of home fire preparedness canvassing and smoke alarm installation events in each of the city’s five wards, on Saturday, October 17. Volunteers and firefighters gathered at the Brick Avon Academy at 219 Avon Avenue at 8:30 a.m., and volunteers headed out to canvass approximately 1,400 homes across the City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers and Firefighters installed 740 some…

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Mayor Baraka Releases Seven Names of Civilian Complaint Review Board Appointees

Newark, NJ – October 19, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council today released the names of seven of the nine appointees to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. On April 30, Mayor Baraka signed the Executive Order to establish a Civilian Complaint Review Board to oversee the Newark Police Department. Comprised of nine people, the board will review complaints against police behavior, and have the power to receive, investigate, hear, make findings and recommend action upon complaints by members of the public (including but not limited to complaints made by other police officers or personnel) against…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents that City Hall will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015, in Observance of Columbus Day

Newark, NJ – October 9, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Monday, October 12, 2015, in observance of Columbus Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “I urge all of Newark’s residents to uphold the City’s sanitation ordinances on Columbus Day weekend. By being good neighbors, we will enjoy a cleaner and greener Newark. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared…

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Mayor Baraka Hosts 2nd Annual Inter-Faith Alliance Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, October 1, at Robert Treat Hotel

Newark, NJ –- October 8, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Mayor’s Office of Clergy Affairs Aide Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree hosted the Mayor’s Office of Clergy Affairs’ Second Annual Inter-Faith Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Robert Treat Hotel, located at 60 Park Place, in downtown Newark. Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker and members of the Newark Municipal Council attended the breakfast. The annual event united Newark clergy leaders from across the City to address a wide array of issues that affect residents. This year’s event was themed “Spiritual Display of Love and…

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City Of Newark To Host “Reaching For Gold” Swim Clinic For Children Age 5 To 17 With Any Level Of Swimming Ability On Saturday, October 3, From 9 A.M. To 1 P.M., At Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Aquatic Center, 226 Rome Street

Newark, NJ – October 2, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, Jr.,announced today that the City of Newark will host the “Reaching for Gold” Swim Clinic with Olympic Swimmer Janelle Atkinson on Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sharpe James/ Kenneth A. Gibson Aquatic Center on 226 Rome Street, in the City’s East Ward. All participants should come swim-ready. There will be an opportunity for all youth to get into the pool whether registered or not. The program will teach competitive swimming, water safety skills, and…

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Hunting Season Underway At Newark Pequannock Watershed Now Through January 31, 2016

Newark, NJ – October 2, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the Newark Watershed announced today that the hunting season has begun at the Newark Pequannock Watershed, located in West Milford, New Jersey, and will continue for most animals through December 31, 2015. A list of hunting policies follows. Persons wishing to hunt game in the Watershed, must be at least 18 years of age, and have a current New Jersey Hunting License and City of Newark Permit. NJ State hunting licenses and City hunting permits can be purchased daily from Newark City Hall, Room…

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City Of Newark Will Again Launch The Pedestrian Safety Campaign This October To Reduce Incidents Of Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Crashes

Newark, NJ – October 2, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Engineering Director Phillip Scott, and Traffic and Signals Division Manager Jack Nata announced today that the City of Newark this October will participate in the statewide pedestrian safety education campaign to address the high incidence of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey. The “Be Street Smart NJ” campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations to educate pedestrians and motorists about making safety their top priority whether walking or driving. The campaign urges pedestrians and motorists to “Check Your Vital Signs” to…

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Mayor Baraka Cuts Ribbon To Launch Community Storefront Program In Newark’s South Ward

Newark, NJ – September 25, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, and Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) President and CEO Otis Rolley cut the ribbon yesterday to open the Community Storefront Program (CSP) at 790 Clinton Avenue in the South Ward’s Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood. The Community Storefront Program provides an actual “real-world” retail business incubator for entrepreneurs that will combine classroom instruction with hands-on retailing. This opportunity will give participants the practical training and experience necessary to learn to market their self-produced products. “Economic…

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City and Rutgers-Newark Announce Expansion of Newark’s Firebolt Wi-Fi Network onto Campus

Newark, NJ – October 1, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor have announced the expansion of Newark’s “Firebolt” Wi-Fi network onto the Rutgers-Newark campus. Students will have outdoor broadband connectivity from campus to Washington Park, Military Park, and Broad and Market.  The network is the fastest, outdoor, free Wi-Fi in the country and has been a major policy priority for Mayor Baraka. “We are delighted that Rutgers-Newark has made the investment to expand the network,” Mayor Baraka said. “Firebolt is about the future of the city, as we continue to spread free internet access…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and U.S. Senators Cory A. Booker, Robert Menendez, Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr., and Albio Sires Announce $7.4 Million Federal Public Safety Grant

Newark, NJ – September 21, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, U.S. Senators Cory A. Booker and Robert Menendez, U.S. Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. and Albio Sires, Newark Municipal Council Members, Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni announced a new federal $7.4 million “S.A.F.E.R.” (Staffing Adequate Fire Emergency Responders) public safety grant to the City of Newark, at a press conference today, at the Clinton Avenue Firehouse, located at 360 Clinton Avenue, in Newark’s Central Ward. The funds will be used to enable the Newark Fire Department to hire and train 38 new firefighters.…

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City And Association Of Black Psychologists To Host Anti-Violence Symposium On Saturday, September 19, From 8:30 A.M. To 4 P.M, At Rutgers School Of Dental Medicine, 50 12th Avenue

Newark, NJ – September 18, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi announced today that the Department and the Association of Black Psychologists are partnering to host an anti-violence symposium on Saturday, September 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rutgers School of Dentistry, located at 50 12th Avenue. The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. The symposium is themed: “Public Health Matters:” Breaking Barriers and Generating Solutions.” Experts will discuss addressing public safety issues in Newark. Mayor…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents That City Hall Will be Closed

Newark, NJ – September 4, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected.  “I urge all of Newark’s residents to uphold the City’s sanitation ordinances on Labor Day weekend. By being good neighbors, we will enjoy a cleaner and greener Newark. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared…

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City Of Newark Ceases One-Stop Program To Provide Homeless With Applications And Housing; Program Reached Capacity On First Day

Newark, NJ – September 3, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Hanaa Hamdi announced today that the City of Newark has ceased its one-stop shop program for qualified homeless individuals and families seeking free housing that began yesterday because the effort reached its capacity to place applicants on the first day. The Department of Health and Community Wellness launched the program on Wednesday, September 2, and it was scheduled to run for three consecutive additional days at Penn Station and St. James Social Services. But, as of…

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Newark To Launch Free “Art (Of) Code” Web Development Training For Residents On Thursday, September 10th, At 10:00 A.M., At 990 Broad Street

Newark, NJ –- August 31, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council announced today that the Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB) and NewarkWorks are co-hosting the “Art (of) Code” web development training program, beginning on Thursday, September 10, at 10 a.m., in 990 Broad Street, Room 7. The 12-week program is FREE to Newark residents, and will teach participants JavaScript and modern software development techniques. The program will also include classes designed to support participants’ job searches, with lessons on interview preparation, how to succeed in written and oral exams, and mock interviews. The program is…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka And The City Of Newark Department Of Health And Community Wellness Urge Residents To Take Precautions And During Heat Advisory For Region And Release City Cooling Center Sites For Senior Citizens And All Residents

Newark, NJ – August 31, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Director, Department of Health and Community Wellness (DHCW) today advised hot weather that could be dangerous to vulnerable populations is forecast for today, and continuing through Thursday, September 3. The Department of Health and Community Wellness has activated its cooling centers for seniors at Ironbound Senior Center, the Nellie Greer Senior Center and 110 William Street for general population as of 11 a.m., this morning. Extended hours will be offered at all three sites from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. until September 3. The Department…

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Mayor Baraka Announces City Of Newark Has Issued 1,493 Municipal ID Cards Since Launching Them On August 1

Newark, NJ –- August 27, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the Department of Health and Community Wellness announced today that the City of Newark has issued 1,493 municipal ID cards since launching the program on August 1, an average of 100 cards per day. Sales of these ID cards have netted the City more than $21,000. More than 93 percent of the payments were made in cash. Municipal ID Cards are available at the Department’s Vital Statistics facility at the Mary Elizabeth Mahoney Center at 394 University Avenue. “In less than a month, our…

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Mayor Baraka And The Believe In Newark Foundation To Present Check To Organizers Of The Puerto Rican Day Parade Monday, August 24, 2015 At 12:30 PM, City Hall 920 Broad Street

Newark, NJ –- August 24, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council and the Believe in Newark Foundation will present the organizers of the Puerto Rican Day Parade with a check in support of their upcoming annual event, on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:30 p.m., at City Hall, 920 Broad Street, in Newark. The mission of the Puerto Rican Day Parade organization is to celebrate the immense cultural contributions to the City of Newark by the Puerto Rican community through the exhibition of art, music, literature, education, and civic engagement. The Puerto Rican Day Parade will…

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Mayor Baraka And Newark Native And Basketball Legend Shaquille O’Neal To Host Believe In Newark 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament On Saturday, August 22, At Noon, On Broad Street In Front f City Hall

Newark, NJ –- August 17, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Newark native and NBA basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal will host the “Believe in Newark 3 on 3” Basketball Tournament for high-school age youth championship games on Saturday, August 22, at Noon, on Broad Street, in front of City Hall, which is located at 920 Broad Street. Two Newark boys’ teams and two girls’ teams will face off in simultaneous championship games at the event, and the winners will be the city-wide champions of this tournament, whose preliminary rounds were held at the John F.…

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Mayor Baraka Holds Press Conference to Discuss Education Issues in City Hall

Newark, NJ – August 12, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Chief Education Officer Dr. Lauren Wells, and other dignitaries held a press conference today in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda, to announce the opening of Enrollment Assistance Sites to help families register their children for school in the coming school year. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Five Enrollment Assistance Sites will be created, one located in each ward in the City.  The Sites will be staffed by volunteers and staff from the Newark Public Schools to ensure the efficient flow of…

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Mayor Baraka Holds “Occupy the City” Anti-Violence Walk in All Five Wards

Newark, NJ –- August 10, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, actor-rapper-activist Common, and thousands of Newark residents united to “Occupy the City” on Saturday, meeting at five rallying points at 3:30 p.m. in each of Newark’s five wards and walking to the City’s historic downtown “Four Corners” at Broad and Market Streets, for an anti-violence rally. Building on the success and support from Newark residents during his “Occupy the Block events, Mayor Baraka decided to host an “Occupy the City” event to unite residents from the entire City against despair, violence, and crime, and to…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka And The City Of Newark Department Of Health And Community Wellness Urges Residents To Take Precautions During Heat Advisory For Region And Release City Cooling Center Sites For Senior Citizens And All Residents

Newark, NJ –- August 3, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Director, Department of Health and Community Wellness (DHCW) today advised hot weather that could be dangerous to vulnerable populations is forecast for today. The City has activated its cooling centers for seniors and general population. The Department of Health and Community Wellness is urging Newark residents to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially those individuals most vulnerable to heat-related issues such as senior citizens and those with chronic health or mental health conditions. “The City of Newark is…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Discusses Role Of School Administrators In Rebuilding Cities At American Federation Of School Administrators Convention In New Orleans

Newark, NJ –- July 30, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka assailed what he observed as the “crisis in economic deprivation and racial segregation” in education and called for support for public schools and focusing on teaching, not testing, in a July 24 keynote address to the 14th Triennial Convention of the American Federation of School Administrators, in New Orleans. The theme of the convention was, “Engaged Leadership for a Brighter Future.” Facing more than 300 attendees from the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mayor Baraka berated the test-driven approach of the No Child Left Behind…

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City Of Newark To Host Free Julio Cesar Sanabria Concert On Friday, July 24, 2015 From 4 P.M to 8 P.M., At Vince Lombardi Center Of Hope At 201 Bloomfield Avenue

Newark, NJ –- July 23, 2015 — Deputy Mayor for Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles and the City of Newark will host  a concert by legendary Puerto Rican musician Julio Cesar Sanabria on Friday, July 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Vince Lombardi Center of Hope, located at 201 Bloomfield Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Mr. Sanabria started the artistic and entertainment company Sanabria in 1999, and has worked diligently to perform and preserve traditional Puerto Rican music. He is performing in Vineland at the Festival Puertorriqueño de NJ, Inc., and contacted Deputy…

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Mayor Ras Baraka, Acting Governor Guadagno, Senator Booker And Other Dignitaries Launch $50 Million Technology Venture Fund

Newark, NJ –- July 21, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno, U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, former Governor Thomas Kean, former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, Audible.Com Founder and CEO Donald Katz, Prudential Financial Vice Chairman Mark Grier, and other leaders announced the formation of Newark Venture Partners, a $50 million technology venture fund that will bring a state-of-the-art, ultra-high bandwidth 25,000 square-foot accelerator to Newark, along with “Firebolt Newark Wi-Fi,” the world’s fastest, large-scale, contiguous public outdoor Wi-Fi to the City, at a press conference at Audible.Com in 1 Washington Park in downtown…

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Mayor Ras Bakara and Police Director Venable Remind Residents Police are Enforcing 11:00 P.M. Curfew for Unaccompanied Minors Under the Age of 18 Years Old

Newark, NJ – July 14, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Police Director Eugene Venable reminded residents today that with summer vacation in full swing, the Newark Police Department is partnering with 10 City houses of worship to enforce Newark’s Curfew Ordinance, which bars unaccompanied youngsters below the age of 18 from being more than 100 yards from their homes between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The 11 p.m. curfew will be applied differently this year. Instead of taking curfew violators to police precincts, the Police have formed a partnership with churches throughout the City to become safe havens…

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City of Newark Launches “Lunch & Learn” Free Lunch Program Now Through August 7, 2015

Newark, NJ – July 14, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and  the Newark Public Schools are partnering to host the “Lunch & Learn” free summer lunch program for Newark youth aged 18 and under, at six public schools across the City, followed by hour-long free and enjoyable literacy and math programs at the schools. The “Lunch & Learn” program will run Monday through Friday, today through August 7th, offering youth free lunch from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by an hour of literacy and math programming. All sites are staff supervised. The program is…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Newark Fire Department Announce City Is Taking Applications For Recruits Online

Newark, NJ – July 13, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni announced today that the Newark Fire Department is accepting on-line applications to become a Newark Firefighter, now through August 31, 2015. Men and women seeking to become Newark Firefighters must apply through the Civil Service Commission website at www.state.nj.us/csc and follow the instructions there. Only on-line applications will be accepted. The application fee is $35. “We are preparing to hire a new class of recruits to join the ranks of ‘Newark’s Bravest. Our firefighters…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Launches Build-A-Bike Program At Newark Bike Exchange

Newark, NJ – July 10, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Municipal Council Members, and leaders from the Boys & Girls Club of Newark kicked off the “ Build-a-Bike” initiative involving volunteers from the Newark Police Department and local teenagers today, at the Newark Bike Exchange, located at 239 Washington Avenue. The Build-a-Bike project, initially envisioned by Boys & Girls Club of Newark CEO Paul Sciré, in the wake of the recent violence and civil unrest in Baltimore, will pair five police officers with two teens each, forming five teams of three.  Each team will meet at the Newark…

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Mayor Ras Baraka Announces Check Donated By 609 Broad Street, LLC and its Management Member, L&M Development Partners for Workforce Investment Board, at 1008 Broad Street

Newark, NJ – July 9, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Members of the Newark Municipal Council, L+M Development Partners CEO Ron Moelis, and the Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB), will present a $200,000 check to 15 Newark residents to help them complete their education at a ceremony today at Newark Jobs Connect, an initiative of NWIB, at 1008 Broad Street. The $200,000 donation will be utilized to distribute stipends to 15 Newark residents, while they are attaining their GED or a Certified Training program that will land them a career after they complete the courses.  “The renaissance that Newark…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Break Ground for World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm at AeroFarms Headquarters at 212 Rome Street

Newark, NJ –- July 9, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, members of the Newark Municipal Council, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, representatives of AeroFarms, RBH Group, Goldman Sachs, and Prudential Financial, Inc., broke ground today for the construction of the world’s largest indoor vertical farm on Thursday, July 9, at 1 p.m., as 212 Rome Street, in Newark’s East Ward. The 69,000 square-foot, $30 million, facility will be the corporate headquarters of AeroFarms, creating vertical farm and global headquarters in a converted steel factory located at…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and The Michaels Development Company cut the ribbon to open Phase One of Harrison Park Square

Newark, NJ –- July 7, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, Newark Municipal Council members, and The Michaels Development Company cut the ribbon today to open Harrison Park Square, the first phase of a Central Ward development that, when fully complete, will offer quality affordable housing for both seniors and families, as well as significant green space, at 140 Spruce Street, in Newark’s Central Ward. Located on the former site of Douglass-Harrison Homes, the development is a private-public partnership between the city, and Marlton-based Michaels Development Company, the number one private…

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City of Newark reminds Residents that City Hall Will Be Closed on July 3, 2015, in Observance of Independence Day

Newark, NJ – June 30, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of Independence Day. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “I urge all of Newark’s residents to uphold the City’s sanitation ordinances on Independence Day weekend. By being good neighbors, we will enjoy a cleaner and greener Newark. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared…

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Mayor Baraka Unveils “Year in Review” Flier

Newark, NJ – July 1, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka released a two-page flier to residents today on the first anniversary of his inauguration as Newark’s 44th Chief Executive, outlining his administration’s achievements in its first year in office. The double-sided “2014-2015 Year in Review” document is being made available at municipal facilities, in mailings to residents, and on the City’s website at www.ci.newark.nj.us “In the past year, we have created a safer City, a more prosperous City, a community-focused City, a transparent City, Model Neighborhoods, and a City we can all believe in. All of these deeds were…

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City of Newark to Crack down on Illegal Fireworks

Newark, NJ – June 30, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Police Director Eugene Venable, Police Chief Anthony Campos, Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni reminded residents today that during the Independence Day holiday and weekend, Newark residents and business owners can expect to see police officers acting against individuals illegally possessing fireworks or engaging in other activities which have a negative impact on the quality of life. “The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America’s independence and our liberties. This joyous holiday should not be turned to tragedy by injuries caused by…

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Newark Municipal Court Welcomes Israeli Judge to Community Court

Newark, NJ –- June 30, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council announced today that Municipal Court Chief Judge Victoria Pratt yesterday welcomed Israeli Judge Nira Duskin to the Municipal Court, where the Israeli jurist learned about Newark’s Community Court by attending a session this morning. Israel will implement community courts in the city of Ramla in September, as a solution to juvenile and other crime issues, and Judge Duskin is studying how Newark operates its court. “We are honored and privileged to have Judge Duskin join us here in Newark and to provide her and…

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City of Newark and Service Line Warranties of America Partner to Offer Warranty Protection for Residents

Newark, NJ –- June 29, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council, Director of Water and Sewer Utilities Andrea Adebowale announced today that the City of Newark has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to offer the National League of Cities (NLC) Service Line Warranty Program to homeowners. The NLC Service Line Warranty Program offers voluntary warranty protection at an affordable price for external water or sewer lines and in-home plumbing in the event of a failure in more than 240 cities and towns across North America. The program helps residents save time and…

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Mayor Baraka Unveils Newark LGBTQ Friendly Business Decals At Vonda’s Kitchen

Newark, NJ –- June 26, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and members of the City of Newark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Concerns Commission unveiled the Newark LGBTQ Friendly Business Decals today, at Vonda’s Kitchen, at 183 West Kinney Street, in the City’s Central Ward. The decals, which depict the rainbow-striped LGBTQ Pride flag, will be displayed by businesses throughout Newark to show their support of the LGBTQ community and welcome to LGBTQ visitors and patrons. The initiative to create and display the decal was spearheaded by the Newark LGBTQ Concern Commission, and is…

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Mayor Baraka Officially Names Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center

Newark, NJ – June 23, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Health and Community Wellness Director Hanaa A. Hamdi, Ph.D., formally named the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center at 394 University Avenue, in a ceremony today. The facility, opened in 2013, is named after the first African-American nurse to earn a professional nursing license, doing so in 1905. Ms. Mahoney was not just an inspiration to African-American women, but to the entire nursing profession, as one of the original members of the then mostly-white Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada, which became…

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Mayor Baraka And Newark Honored For Outstanding Neighborhood Stabilization Efforts By Us Conference of Mayors

Newark, NJ –- June 22, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the City of Newark received a $75,000 award on behalf of the Newark Community Economic Development (CEDC) as a part of the 2015 CommunityWINS –Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization – Grant Program, administered by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, at the 83rd Annual Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco yesterday. Presented at the Conference’s 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the awards include monetary grants to city-based nonprofit organizations and recognize mayors for exemplary leadership in developing local…

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City of Newark Reminds It’s Residents: The City’s Six Swimming Pools Will Be Opening For The Summer Season On Saturday, June 27, 2015

Newark, NJ – June 19, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council announced today that the City’s four outdoor swimming pools will open to the public on Saturday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m. Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Patrick Council will host a jamboree to celebrate the opening of the pools at all pools on Thursday, July 9, with a rain date of Friday, July 10. Further information on this jamboree will be given out at a later date. The jamboree will be free and open to the public. “As a former educator, I understand the…

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Mayor Baraka and Montclair State University Host ” Engage Local Conference”

Newark, NJ –- June 17, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the City of Newark, and the Center for Cooperative Media (CCM) at Montclair State University joined to host the center’s second national conference, entitled “ENGAGE Local,” on Monday, June 15, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, at 1 Center Street, and yesterday, at Robert Treat Hotel, at 50 Park Place. The two-day event focused on a range of timely and hotly debated topics related to the interaction between community and media. CCM, which has emerged in the past three years as a national leader in local media innovation, created…

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City of Newark And Department Of Health & Community Wellness On Thursday, June 11, At 6 P.M., At Barringer High School

Newark, NJ – June 10, 2015 – The City of Newark and Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Hanaa Hamdi will host a Healthcare Town Hall Meeting at Barringer High School, at 90 Parker Street, on Thursday, June 11, at 6 p.m. The Town Hall is free and open to the public. Director Hamdi will discuss health care and health awareness issues with community experts in a moderated panel discussion. Participating organizations include representatives of the following: Interprofessional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical And Health Sciences Newark Community Health Centers, Inc. Saint Michael’s Medical Center Newark Beth Israel Medical Center University Hospital…

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Mayor Baraka and County Executive Divincenzo Host Press Conference To Promote Newark As Location For Casino

Newark, NJ –- June 10, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council Members, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and other dignitaries held a press conference to promote the City of Newark as an ideal location for a new casino proposed for Essex County today, in the First Floor Rotunda of Newark City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street. Newark is being promoted as a location for this new casino because of its strategic position as a transportation hub, its burgeoning economic development, and its increasing role as America’s “Newest Destination City” for arts, culture, entertainment, and business.…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka And Foundation For Newark’s Future Expand My Very Own Library To All Newark District Schools In A Celebration At Harriet Tubman Elementary School

Newark, NJ –- June 8, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Office of Comprehensive Community Education, Newark Municipal Council members, the Foundation for Newark’s Future, and representatives from Newark Public Schools and Scholastic celebrated the expansion of the “My Very Own Library” program to all Newark Public Schools District students today, at Harriet Tubman Elementary School, located at 504 South 10th Street. The My Very Own Library (MVOL) literacy initiative has been sponsored and hosted by the Foundation for Newark’s Future since 2011, in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs.  This school year, the initiative served 14,000 K-8 students. The…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Opens Vince Lombardi Center Of Hope At 201 Bloomfield Avenue

Newark, NJ – June 4, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Municipal Council members, along with community partners, opened the Vince Lombardi Center of Hope today, at 201 Bloomfield Avenue. The Vince Lombardi Center is the third such center. The Vince Lombardi Center of Hope will feature an afterschool program for boys and girls, including children with special needs. Programming will also feature: Acoustic guitar classes for special needs children Zumba Boys Scout Troop, including special needs children Dance Clinic Afterschool Academy ESL classes Rehearsal space for community dance groups Beginning in August, the site will also process applications…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces Water and Sewer Utility Customers Can Pay Bills Online or by Phone

Newark, NJ – May 29, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Director of Water and Sewer Utilities Andrea Hall Adebowale, and Acting Finance Director Danielle A. Smith announced today that Newark water and sewer utility customers can pay their bill online or by phone, starting today, and use credit/debit cards or e-checks to do so. Customers can use the City website at payments.ci.newark.nj.us, pay over the phone at 1-888-877-0450, or go directly to the City website ci.newark.nj.us. “Since taking office nearly a year ago, our administration has worked diligently to create ‘Newark 3.0,’ a 21st-century City that combines the latest…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Sign Municipal ID Ordinance at Press Conference on Monday, June 1, at 10 A.M., in City Hall; Newark will Lead Way in State with Municipal ID Program

Newark, NJ –- May 29, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka will sign the Municipal ID Bill into law as a City Ordinance on Monday, June 1, at 10 a.m., in City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street. The program offers all residents of Newark, aged 14 and older a valid ID card that will allow them access to vital services the city has to offer. This will be especially useful for marginalized people in the community such as those with disabilities, youth, seniors, clergy, formerly-incarcerated individuals, the homeless, immigrants and transgender people. Some highlights of the of the ID…

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Mayor Baraka, NFL Legend Jim Brown and Advocate-Author Aqeela Sherrils Launch Newark Community Street Team

Newark, NJ – May 8, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, advocate-author Aqeela Sherrils, Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Rutgers University-Newark, PSE&G, and the Victoria Foundation launched the Newark Community Street Team initiative today, at the Little City Hall, at 570 Clinton Avenue, in the City’s South Ward. The Newark Community Street Team is a six-month initiative that will place 15 outreach workers in the South Ward Model Neighborhood Initiative area (Clinton Hill) to assist approximately 100 individuals who are seeking to stabilize their lives and turn away from a life…

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Newark Police Department Host Gun Amnesty/Buy Back; 168 Weapons Received and $22,100 Paid out to Residents

Newark, NJ – May 6, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Police Director Eugene Venable, Police Chief Anthony Campos, and the Newark Police Department announced that the City of Newark’s gun buyback held on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at the Fourth Precinct, located at 247 16th Avenue, in Newark’s West Ward, resulted in 168 weapons received and $22,100 paid out to residents. “This gun buyback program that we are hosting, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners and other organizations, is a major part of our efforts to remove potentially dangerous weapons from…

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Mayor Baraka Joins President Obama To Launch “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance” At Lehman College In The Bronx

Newark, NJ –- May 6, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and members of Newark My Brother’s Keeper Alliance joined President Barack Obama at Lehman College in The Bronx on Monday, to help launch a new private-sector entity, the “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.” The President spoke at the launching, which was followed by a roundtable discussion with young men from across the country, including Newark. The new initiative, an extension of the acclaimed White House program to engage young men of color, is an independent nonprofit, which will unite private sector organizations to help young men of color gain education…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s OP-ED on Public Health

Newark, NJ – April 24, 2015 – The public discourse on health care in this nation has increased exponentially since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act by President Barack Obama five years ago. Indeed, from the ambitious goals set forth in the federal Healthy People 2020 program – which, among other goals – reduces the proportion of persons who are unable to obtain necessary medical care to the partisan bickering in the halls of Congress over the future of the disparagingly referenced “Obamacare,” it’s all about the health of the citizens of America. Or so it would seem. In…

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Seymour Avenue Community Meeting, Wednesday, April 22 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Newark, NJ – April 22, 2015 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Mayor Ras Baraka’s Administration aims to restore Seymour Ave back to the family-friendly neighborhood of its past. Join us to learn more about this effort and help improve the safety, security and quality of life on Seymour Avenue…making this block a Model Block for our Community.…

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Join Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Councilman Anibal Ramos for North Ward Town Hall Meeting, Monday, May, 11th, 6:00 P.M., at First Avenue School, 214 1st Avenue

Newark, NJ – May 11, 2015 – Join Mayor Ras J. Baraka and  Councilman for  North Ward Town Hall meeting.  Mayor Ras J. Baraka  and Councilman Anibal Ramos will be discussing Public Safety, Education, Community Engagement and more… Date:   Wednesday, May 11, 2015 Time:   6:00pm Location:  First Avenue School, 214 1st Avenue, Newark, NJ Contact:  Daniel J. Figueroa, Senior Aide to the Mayor Contact#:  201-566-6097…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Join Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

Newark, NJ –- April 13, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark and The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities (NJSACC) will host New Jersey’s first-ever statewide Mayoral Summit: “Strong Youth, Strong Cities: Building Municipal Systems to Invest Beyond the Classroom.” This summit will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at The Newark Club in Newark, focusing on the importance of afterschool and expanded learning time programming and its impact on the success of New Jersey’s youth and the communities in which they live. The Newark Club is located at 1085 Raymond…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents: Free Tax Assistance: Income Tax Filing Deadline Is April 15

Newark, NJ – April 10, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training One Stop Career center reminded residents today that Newark’s four Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are providing free tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income Newark families, now through the Federal Income Tax filing deadline of Wednesday, April 15, for the 10th straight year. Five days remain before the federal and state income tax filing deadline of Wednesday, April 15, and Mayor Baraka urged residents to act swiftly to avoid delays in refunds or penalties for…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Supports “Stand Up for Transportation” Day by Riding NJ Transit Bus Route 39 from Renner Avenue and Bergen Street to City Hall

Newark, NJ – On Thursday, April 9, 2015, Mayor Ras J. Baraka supported “Stand Up For Transportation Day” today, by riding the NJ Transit 39 Bus as it went through Newark’s South Ward to City Hall. He boarded a northbound bus at the stop at Renner Avenue and Bergen Street in the City’s South Ward at 9:30 a.m. He rode the bus to City Hall, to begin his workday. Stand Up For Transportation Day is being observed by Mayors and civic leaders across the country, to call attention to the need for the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Federal Transportation…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s West Ward Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30 P.M., at Speedway Elementary School, 701 South Orange Avenue

Newark, NJ- April 8, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s West Ward Town Hall Meeting Mayor Ras J. Baraka will be discussing Public Safety, Education, Economic Development Initiatives and more… Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:30pm Speedway Elementary School 701 S Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ For more information please email: lewism@ci.newark.nj.us or call 201-566-5108 Mayor Ras J. Baraka will be discussing Public Safety, Education, Economic Development Initiatives and more… Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:30pm Speedway Elementary School 701 S Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ For more information please email: lewism@ci.newark.nj.us or call 201-566-5108…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Launches Municipal Purchasing Initiative For Qualified Small Business

Local and nationwide businesses can register at Municipal web page to learn how to bid on government contracts, at http://bit.ly/newarkregistration Newark, NJ – April 2, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson announced today that the City of Newark is launching a national search for qualified small business enterprises (SBEs) to register with the City of Newark Office of Purchasing to be notified about bid, RFP, and RFQ opportunities. Mayor Baraka’s Municipal Purchasing Initiative has the potential to infuse millions of dollars into the small business sector…

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City Of Newark Reminds Residents That City Hall Will Be Closed

Newark, NJ – April 2, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents today that City Hall will be closed and most non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Friday, April 3, 2015, in observance of Good Friday. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “On behalf of the entire municipal team, I would like to extend my best wishes to all of Newark’s residents for a joyous Good Friday. While Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared to respond to…

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Mayor Baraka Addressing Quality-Of-Life Issues With Major Demolitions and Rolling Pothole Killers Back Into Action

Newark, NJ – March 27, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Patrick Council, Jr., Engineering Director Phillip Scott, and Division of Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata announced today that the City of Newark is moving to address two major quality of life issues created by the hard winter. This Saturday, March 28th, beginning at 8:30 a.m., there will be three major demolitions and the highly successful “Pothole Killer” will be rolled back into action to address the potholes created this winter. Three buildings in the Lower West Ward, part of…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Newark Clergy To Hold City-Wide Spiritual Engagement In All Five Wards on Saturday, March 28, From 11 A.M. To 4 P.M.

Newark, NJ –- March 27, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Youth Municipal Council, Mayoral Aide for Clergy Affairs Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, and clergy members from across the City of Newark will participate in the “City-Wide Spiritual Engagement” on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in all five of the City’s Wards. Clergy members and municipal leaders will take to the streets to spread messages of peace and unity, while also providing information about municipal, private, and faith-based programs and initiatives for residents of all ages. In addition, there will be performances by musical groups,…

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City Of Newark Joins Sierra Club to Support Energy-Saving Policies with “Power Down” For Earth Hour On Saturday, March 28, From 8:30 P.M. To 9:30 P.M.

Newark, NJ –- March 26, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the City of Newark will join with the Sierra Club on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to “power down” for “Earth Hour,” to raise awareness about how energy use impacts the global climate. The annual global coordinated action was started by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns around the world. In Newark, residents, businesses, and other organizations are being urged to reduce their…

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Fishing Season Opens April 4, 2015!

Newark, NJ – March 25, 2015 – The City of Newark offers recreational fishing and boating beginning Saturday, April 4th through Monday, November 30th to residents and non-residents in four (4) of its designated reservoirs. A New Jersey State issued fishing licenses is required along with a current fishing permit. Both forms are issued from the Permits Office located at 223 Echo Lake Road, West Milford, New Jersey. That office is open Mondays- Fridays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.   Fishing fees: Non-Newark residents:                 $25.00                         Newark Residents:  $14.00 Non-Newark Family                      …

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Announce City-Wide Spiritual Engagement Event

Newark, NJ – March 25, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Mayoral Aide for Clergy Affairs Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree will announce a new city-wide effort, led by Newark’s clergy members, to galvanize the community today, Wednesday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m., at City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street. The press conference will feature religious leaders from each of Newark’s wards who will detail their respective plans for Saturday’s City-wide spiritual engagements efforts. Thousands of clergy members will take to the streets in the North, South, East, West and Central Wards with activities and informational…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Cut Ribbon To Open Hotel Indigo

Newark, NJ –- March 25, 2015 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Hotel Indigo Owner Samer Hanini and Hotel General Manager Rany Baroudi will cut the ribbon to open the Indigo Hotel on Thursday, March 26, at 3 p.m., at 810 Broad Street in the City’s downtown. The 108-room boutique hotel is owned by the Hanini Group, operated by Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and franchised by an affiliate of InterContinental Hotels Group. The hotel is a repurposing and renovation of the National State Bank Building, which was designed by the legendary early 20th-century architect Cass Gilbert. Gilbert’s greatest works…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Presents First State Of The City Address At City Hall

Newark, NJ – March 18, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka delivered his first State of the City Address last night, in the City Hall Municipal Council Chamber, discussing his administration’s achievements since taking office on July 1, 2014. In attendance were the Newark Municipal Council, numerous elected officials, local dignitaries, and Newark residents. At the annual event, there were performances by the Voices of Newark, the Arts High School Advanced Choir, and a video presentation entitled “We Are Newark.” Students from Central High School sang the National Anthem. The Mayor was introduced by Taj Atkinson, an Ambassador for the…

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Mayor Ras Baraka And Newark Police Department Launch 2015 Business Police Academy

Newark, NJ – March 13, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Police Director Eugene Venable, and Police Chief Anthony Campos announced that the Newark Police Department’s second “Business Police Academy” was launched last night, at the Police/Fire Communications Center, located at 311 Washington Street. The free 13-week class will continue on Thursday evenings at the same site. The academy is a program that will enable participants to experience firsthand how the police department operates and performs its day-to-day business of protecting and serving the citizens and visitors of the city. The goal of the program is…

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City Of Newark Files Lawsuit Against Dupont Co., Demanding Clean-Up Of Toxic Pollutants

Newark, NJ – March 13, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark has filed a lawsuit against the DuPont, Heubach and Cooks corporations, demanding cleanup of toxic chemicals and pollutants they left behind at a former pigment factory in the City’s Ironbound neighborhood. DuPont Co. and others made significant profits at the property, but in the process seriously contaminated the land and water, risking the health of Newark residents. Though only two blocks away from a bustling neighborhood, the property sits empty, and is now a sprawling, derelict, hazardous 14-acre wasteland. “After 30 years…

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City Of Newark Remind Residents That Newark Municipal Court Violation Window Is Open On Weekday Evenings And Saturday Mornings

Newark, NJ – March 5, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Municipal Council, and the Newark Municipal Court reminded residents today that the Municipal Court’s Violation Bureau Payment window’s hours of operation are as follows: o Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. o Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to Noon For additional information, contact the Court at (973)733-8116. -NEWARK- For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website www.ci.newark.nj.us To visit the City of Newark’s official photo galleries: www.flickr.com/newarkpressoffice…

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City Of Newark To Offer Lifeguard Training Review Class To Residents Age 15 Years And Older, At Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Aquatic Center, In March And April

Newark, NJ – March 5, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, Jr., announced today that the City of Newark is offering two three-day Lifeguard Recertification classes, in March and April, at the Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Aquatic Center (Ironbound), located at 226 Rome Street, in the City’s East Ward.  This class is only open to persons aged 15 years and older. Space is limited, so early registration is required. The classes will be held as follows: Session 1: March 9, 16, and 23 (Mondays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Session…

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City of Newark Reminds Residents: Check Your Smoke Alarms When You Change Your Clocks This Weekend

Newark, NJ – March 4, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Municipal Council, Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni reminded residents today that as they move their clocks one hour forward on Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., to begin Eastern Daylight Time, they should also take the time to replace old batteries in home and office smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will increase…

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No Debate Over Newark High-Schoolers Skill At Speaking

By: Barry Carter: (973) 836-4925 or bcarter@starledger.com or nj.com/carter of follow him on Twitter @Barry CarterSL http://www.ci.newark.nj.us/debate-newark-high-schoolers-skill-speaking/ Newark, NJ – March 3, 2015 –  On one side of the bracket, SunHee Simon, of Newark’s Science Park High School, was carefully working her way through the competition, taking out some of the top debaters in the country. On the other side of the bracket, her teammates Christian Quiroz and Adegoke Fakorede methodically picked apart elite opponents with skillful reasoning. Think of it as the NCAA college basketball tournament. Win and you move on. Lose and you go home. Science Park wasn’t…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Unveils Centers Of Hope Initiative At Press Conference At 84 Clinton Place

Newark, NJ – March 3, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, and other members of the Newark Municipal Council held a press conference to unveil the Centers of Hope initiative today, at 84 Clinton Place, in the City’s South Ward. The Centers of Hope are nine community based centers in all five of Newark’s wards that allow access to City services, wellness and enrichment opportunities where people live and work. The Centers will offer a variety of athletic, arts & culture, educational, environmental, healthy living and recreation programming to engage and empower the…

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Newark Recreation Centers Offer Winter Programs: Tumbling, Soul Line Dancing, Double Dutch, Chess, And Aquatics Programming

Newark, NJ – February 25, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, Jr., reminded residents today that the City of Newark’s Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs is continuing to offer an exciting range of programming for residents of all ages, including Tumbling, Soul Line Dancing, Double Dutch, Chess and Aquatics classes. “All of our recreation centers offer an exciting range of free activities and programs for residents of all ages, to strengthen their minds and bodies,” Mayor Baraka said. “These programs will enable our residents to learn new enjoyable life skills…

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City Of Newark Observes Black History Month With Annual Flag-Raising Ceremony At City Hall

Newark, NJ – February 20, 2015,  Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the City of Newark’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development, and Tourism held the City of Newark’s Annual Black History Month Celebration in the Municipal Council Chamber of City Hall, which is located at 920 Broad Street, in Newark. This year’s observance of Black History Month honored Newark’s many African-American community organizations for their service to the City. The ceremony concluded with the raising of the Black History Month flag in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda.   Photo Caption: Mayor Baraka (center) raises the Black…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Holds Public Hearing on Police Civilian Complaint Review Board at City Hall

Newark, NJ – February 19, 2015, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, held the first two public hearings on the Mayor’s Executive Order to create a Newark Police Civilian Complaint Review Board. The hearing was open to the public, and was in the Municipal Council Chambers at City Hall, 920 Broad Street. A follow-up hearing will be held on Monday, February 23, at 5:30 p.m., in the Municipal Council Chamber. “We are seeking public input, ideas, concerns, and solutions as we create this groundbreaking measure to enforce police accountability and government transparency in our beloved City,” said Mayor…

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Fulbright Work Just a Step in Young Newark Woman’s Efforts to Excel

Newark, NJ – February 3, 2015 – Akirah Crawford was sitting by herself in the middle of books piled high, flipping page after page, enthralled with exploration. The rest of her kindergarten classmates were on the other side of the room with the teacher – a sight that disturbed Akirah’s mother, Denise Crawford, when she visited the Newark elementary school. “I thought she was being disciplined,” Crawford says. Not hardly, and you’ll see where this is going. Akirah was a bright child, who needed to be challenged after she routinely completed her assignments ahead of other pupils. “I remember being…

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Mayor Baraka and JerseyOn Launch Effort to Provide Internet Access to Newark Residents

Newark, NJ – January 30, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced a new program today to provide $10/month broadband internet to any Newark resident and an initiative to connect 500 students and their families for free.  The program was made possible by JerseyOn Chairman Josh Gottheimer; JerseyOn Executive Director Kurt Peluso; My Brother’s Keeper Director Reverend David Jefferson, Jr., and P3 Global Management (P3GM) Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer Sergio Fernandez de Cordova.  JerseyOn is a non-profit aimed at helping low income areas achieve their greatest educational potential by providing affordable broadband access in their homes.   Studies show more…

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City of Newark to Explore Whether Toxic Mortgages Lead to Urban Blight

Newark, NJ – January 30, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka applauded the Newark Municipal Council’s vote to initiate a study of whether a West Ward neighborhood qualifies as an “area in need of redevelopment” – a first step in the effort to empower this struggling community. Following the Council’s January 12 vote, The Central Planning Board will study the conditions of the 20-block neighborhood bounded by South Orange Avenue, South 13th Street, 16th Avenue, and South 20th Street. Fatigued with physical damage and possibly drained by toxic mortgages, more than 25 percent of all properties in this area –…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces Data and Technology Partnership with Rutgers University–Newark

Newark, NJ – (January 29, 2015) Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark has begun a 4-year partnership with Rutgers University–Newark and its School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) to develop and maintain an official citizen-facing mobile application, an official Open Data repository of non-sensitive city data, and an analytics team of graduate students through the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC). The mobile application, called “My Newark” includes the reporting of non-emergency issues, anonymous police tips, current news, and local information.  The new Open Data portal is available online at http://data.ci.newark.nj.us and…

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End of City-Wide Travel Ban

Mayor Baraka Announces End of City-Wide Travel Ban as Blizzard Warning Is Lifted For Most of State. Residents are still encouraged to stay home and off the roads while snow removal equipment, police and fire personnel and utility crews assess possible damage. Newark, NJ, January 27, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark has lifted its travel ban imposed during the snowstorm impacting the region, but residents are still urged to remain home and avoid traveling, while roads are cleared and emergency response agencies assess damage from the storm. A two-foot snowfall continues to…

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City Hall Closed Due to Impending Snowstorm

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces City Hall Will Be Closed Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, Due to Impending Snowstorm. Police, fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected; Forecasters warn of two-and-a-half feet of snow. Newark, NJ – January 26, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council announced today that City Hall will be closed and all non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, in anticipation of a two-and-a-half-foot snowfall expect to impact the region starting tonight. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. “Heavy snowfall is expected tonight…

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Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Mayor Baraka Declares State of Emergency Residents Should Avoid Driving in Blizzard Residents with concerns should call Newark’s Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311; Residents should keep cars parked in driveways and not shovel snow into streets or onto hydrants Newark, NJ – January 26, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he has declared a state of emergency, as the City of Newark braces for more than two feet of snow this evening and tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 28 tomorrow, and a low of 16. During snowstorms, the City mobilizes personnel and…

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Only Emergency Vehicles Allowed on Roads After 10:00PM

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces City Declares State of Emergency; Only Police, Fire, and Emergency Personnel Vehicles Allowed on Municipal Roads after 10 P.M. Newark, NJ – January 26, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he has declared a state of emergency, as the City of Newark braces for more than two feet of snow this evening and tomorrow. Only police, fire and emergency personnel vehicles are allowed on municipal roads after 10 p.m. During snowstorms, the City mobilizes personnel and vehicles to spread salt and plow roads as conditions dictate. The first priority for salting is…

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Residents Urged to Park Cars in Municipal, Public School, Church, and Community Parking Lots

Residents Urged to Park Cars in Municipal, Public School, Church, and Community Parking Lots to Allow Snow Removal Equipment Access to Roads Newark, NJ – January 26, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he has declared a state of emergency, as the City of Newark braces for more than two feet of snow this evening and tomorrow. Residents without driveways or off-street parking are urged to park their cars in municipal, Newark Public Schools, church and community parking lots to allow snow removal equipment access to roads. In addition, all non-emergency vehicles must be off municipal, county…

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Conference to Announce Major Initiatives in Wake of Department of Justice Investigation

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Police Department, to hold Press Conference to Announce Major Initiatives in Wake of Department of Justice Investigation, on January 20, at 11 AM, at Police/Fire Communications Center, 311 Washington Street Actions include establishment of Civilian Review Board and Relocation of Internal Affairs Office to City Hall January 19, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Municipal Council members, Police Director Eugene Venable, and Police Chief Anthony Campos will hold a press conference on Tuesday, January 20, at 11:00 a.m., at the Police/Fire Communications Center, to announce major initiatives as a result of the Department of…

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Where to Find Emergency Warming Centers

Due to the extreme drop in weather temperatures, the City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness (DHCW) has activated a new overnight warming center to protect our vulnerable populations. The John F. Kennedy Recreational Center at 211 West Kinney Street, will serve as the primary overnight warming center. The City’s Mary Eliza Mahoney Medical Centers located at 394 University Avenue and 110 William Street will serve as secondary based on need. Transportation will be provided from multiple locations throughout the City. In addition to temporary bedding, the site is also equipped to provide basic medical services on-site by…

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How to Make Heat Complaints

Mayor Baraka Reminds Residents About City Ordinance:Landlords Must Keep Apartments at 68 Degrees from 6 AM to 11 PM and 65 Degrees from 11 PM to 6 AM, Starting October 1 Landlords must provide tenants with heat between October 1, 2014, through May 1, 2015;City inspectors will respond to tenants’ complaints of no heat or hot water Newark, NJ – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council reminded Newark residents today that the heating season began on Tuesday, October 1, 2014, and landlords in Newark are required by municipal ordinance…

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City of Newark Holds My Brother’s Keeper Forum

City of Newark Holds My Brother’s Keeper Forum on Connecting Youth of Color with Law EnforcementCity taking up Presidential initiative to improve education, reduce crime, enhance mentoring, and engage youth; Eric Garner, Jr., son of man who died in Staten Island police incident among panelistsNewark, NJ – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries hosted the City of Newark’s first “Young Men of Color and Law Enforcement” forum as part of President Obama’s nationwide “My Brother’s Keeper Challenge,” today, at Central High School, located at 246 18th Avenue, in Newark’s Central Ward. The forum was designed to address issues that…

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January Means It’s Time to Renew Dog Licenses

RENEW YOUR DOG LICENSES FOR 2015 IN ROOM B-17 AT CITY HALL Dog owners must present vaccination records when applying for licenses January 5, 2015 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi today reminded Newark residents who own dogs that with the start of the new year they must purchase or renew licenses for them, and that applications for licenses are available in Room B-17, at City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Applicants for dog licenses must present the…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Host City of Newark My Brother’s Keeper Forum

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Host City of Newark My Brother’s Keeper Forum, on Tuesday, January 6th, at 11AM, at the Central High School; Discussion on Connecting Youth of Color with Law Enforcement City taking up Presidential initiative to improve education, reduce crime, enhance mentoring, and engage youth Newark, NJ – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries will host the City of Newark’s first “Young Men of Color and Law Enforcement” forum as part of President Obama’s nationwide “My Brother’s Keeper Challenge,” on Tuesday, January 6, at 11 a.m., at Central High School, located at 246 18th Avenue, in…

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Mayor Baraka Honors Newark’s Fulbright Scholarship Winner

On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Mayor Ras J. Baraka presented Akirah Crawford with a Letter of Commendation and the City of Newark Bronze Medallion in recognition of her accomplishment. “Akirah Crawford is a lifelong Newark resident who has distinguished herself through scholarship, leadership and service. She graduated from Science Park High School, Class of 2010. She is an alumnus of Virginia State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and is currently attending the University of Michigan pursuing a Master’s in Social Work. “She will soon depart for Malaysia as a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholar…

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Do You Have Health Insurance for 2015?

If your answer is no or you would like to explore a more affordable alternative, stop by any of the City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness locations today to obtain information on the Affordable Health Care Act: 394 University Avenue (973) 877-6106 110 William Street (973) 733-5498 140 Bergen Street (973) 972-7800 All Applicants must bring with them the following for appointments or walk–Ins: Photo Identification Social Security Number(s) Current Health Care Coverage Immigration Status Documentation Employer and Income Information for every member of your household For coverage in 2015,  Open Enrollment will end on February 15,…

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Mayor Baraka Postpones Monday’s Press Conference in Light of NYPD Tragedy

December 21, 2014 (Newark, NJ)— “In light of the tragic deaths of police officers in our neighboring New York Police Department, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka is postponing his press conference scheduled for Monday morning until after the holidays. Mayor Baraka sends his condolences to the New York police force and stands with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton during this time of grief and loss to their city. “Mayor Baraka asks that everyone in Newark send their well wishes and positive energy to the families of the slain officers and be forever mindful of the valor…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Sends Condolences to NYPD

December 21, 2014 (Newark, NJ) — “I am very saddened by the tragic deaths of the police officers in our neighboring New York Police Department,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “I send condolences to the New York police force and stand with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton during this time of grief and loss to their city. “I ask that everyone in Newark send their well wishes and positive energy to the families of the slain officers and be forever mindful of the valor and selfless dedication that police officers convey each and every day.”…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Honored by Portuguese On-Line RADARVIP Magazine

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Honored by Portuguese On-Line “RADARVIP” Magazine at United Nations for Support of Lusophone Community  Former Mayor Quintana and Police Chief Campos also recognized; Event honors American, Brazilian, and Portuguese achieversDecember 12, 2014 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka received a “Friends of Brazil and Portugal” Award at a dinner on Wednesday night hosted by the Portuguese on-line magazine “RadarVIP,” held at the United Nations, in recognition of his work to support the Portuguese- and Brazilian-American community in Newark. Other Newark leaders honored at the dinner were former Mayor and Council Member-at-Large Luis A. Quintana and Police Chief…

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Newark Relocates Police Office of Professional Standards to City Hall

Newark Relocates Police Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs Bureau) to City Hall  Citizen Complaint and Internal Complaint Sections now operating in Rooms 406-407; Office will take walk-in complaints from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to FridayDecember 11, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Police Director Eugene Venable, and Police Chief Anthony Campos announced today that the Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards, Citizen Complaint, and Internal Complaint Sections have completed their move to City Hall, at 920 Broad Street. The office will be open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., for walk-in complaints, and phone complaints…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Public Safety Town Hall Held at NJPAC on Dec 3, 2014

Last Wednesday over 600 people attended Mayor Baraka’s first of four town hall meetings scheduled to take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center over the next few months. Alongside the Mayor were Police Director Eugene Venable, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Rutgers-Newark Provost Todd Clear. The conversation was moderated by Public Affairs and Administration Associate Dean for Program Development Marcia Wilson Brown. Town hall attendees had the opportunity to ask the Mayor questions about the fate of public safety in the City of Newark. For a full recap of the town hall, you can watch it…

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Mayor Baraka and Other Leaders Urge Renewal of the Red Light Camera Program

December 5, 2014 – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, State Senators Richard Codey and Ronald Rice, and other mayors, state legislators, local elected officials, law enforcement officials and New Jersey traffic safety advocates held a news conference today in the Municipal Council Chamber in City Hall in Newark to urge renewal of the state’s red light camera program. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Participants highlighted the effectiveness of the cameras at reducing dangerous driving, red light running and the resulting injuries, as well as the impact cameras have as law enforcement force multipliers for police departments across the…

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Mayor Baraka Announces Major Steps to Dissolve Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation

December 4, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced that the City of Newark had taken major steps with the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC) that will enable the City to proceed with that organization’s dissolution and liquidate its debt, at no cost to the City of Newark. The measures being taken will place the Mayor as ex officio chairman of the NWCDC Board of Trustees and add additional board members with council approval in order to authorize the NWCDC to pursue bankruptcy and affirmative litigation seeking to recoup monies diverted or wasted by culpable parties. Following…

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Mayor Baraka Calls on Commissioner Hespe to Reevaluate “Renew Schools” Program

Mayor Baraka Calls on Commissioner Hespe to Reevaluate “Renew Schools” Program in Light of Failing School Report Alliance for Newark Public Schools report shows failure of Anderson initiatives at eight elementary schools; student proficiency has decreased instead of improved December 3, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka and City of Newark’s Chief Education Officer Dr. Lauren Wells today further urged State Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe to investigate the Newark Public Schools’ “Renew Schools” initiative in light of a report released today by the Alliance for Newark Public Schools. The report shows that the “Renew Schools” initiative, which was designed to…

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Mayor Baraka Seeks State Intervention on Behalf of Barringer High School

December 2, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today called upon State Acting Education Commissioner David C. Hespe to address continued problems at Barringer High School, doing so in a letter that was simultaneously sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, State Senators Ronald L. Rice and Teresa Ruiz, Assemblywoman Mila Jacey, and to the media. The school is located at 90 Parker Street in the City’s North Ward. In the letter, Mayor Baraka called upon the Commissioner to implement the Regional Assistance Center required under the No Child Left Behind Waiver for the school, which would be led…

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Mayor Baraka’s Wellness Campaign: Winter Coat Drive

THE DISTRIBUTION OF COATS ON FRI, DEC 19th HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Just one coat can make the difference in the life of someone else this winter. The Department of Health and Community Wellness will be hosting a Winter Coat Drive. You can donate new or gently used coats from November 24-December 15, 2014. Drop Off Locations All City of Newark Fire Houses All City of Newark Police Precincts All City of Newark Recreation Centers City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, 394 University Ave Department of Health Clinic, 110 William St., Main…

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December 2nd is “#GIVINGTUESDAY” 

City of Newark, La Casa de Don Pedro, and Aljira will join to inspire residents to support charitable and community improvement efforts during holiday season Newark, NJ – November 26, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark will proclaim Tuesday, December 2, as #GivingTuesday – Newark’s Day of Giving. The proclamation of #GivingTuesday in the city, spearheaded by La Casa de Don Pedro, a comprehensive community-based corporation based in the City of Newark’s North End, will be the first of its kind.  Other Newark nonprofit organizations including Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Hosts Two-Day Newark Community Education Convention

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Hosts Two-Day Newark Community Education Convention  “Reclaiming the Village” focuses on education issues in Newark and solutionsNovember 24, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka hosted the two-day Newark Community Education Convention on Friday, November 21, at Bethany Baptist Church, located at 275 West Market Street, and on Saturday, November 22, at the Rutgers University-Newark Paul Robeson Campus Center, located at 350 Martin Luther King Boulevard. Themed “Reclaiming the Village,” the convention brought together educators, activists, and leaders from across the region, state, and nation, to discuss Newark’s education issues, solutions, and best practices. “As an educator for…

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The City of Newark Gets Five New Energy-Efficient Garbage Trucks

On Monday, November 17, 2014, Mayor Ras J. Baraka unveiled five new Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Trucks, to be used by the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Sanitation, in the First Floor Rotunda of City Hall, at 920 Broad Street. Powered by natural gas instead of diesel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Trucks will improve air quality in Newark, enhancing sustainability and making it greener. The CNG Refuse trucks reduce noise and the carbon footprint, which is more efficient during refuse collection. The CNG trucks have the ability to perform well in cold weather including down time,…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Signs Measure Banning Smoking in City Parks

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Signs Measure Banning Smoking in City Parks and Expanding Buffer Zones Around Municipal BuildingsLegislation prohibits smoking within 50 feet of entrances, exits, vents and windows of municipal buildings and in all city-owned or operated vehiclesNovember 13, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka signed into law a municipal ordinance that bans smoking within municipal parks and recreation facilities and within 50 feet of a municipal building’s entrance, exit, windows, or ventilators, today, at Kasberger Field, in the City’s West Ward. At the ceremony, he was joined by the Municipal Council sponsors of the legislation, North Ward Council…

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Mayor’s Statement on Clement Alexander Price

“I believe I can speak for the entire City of Newark when we say that we are in sadness, shock, and mourning upon hearing of the death of Rutgers University-Newark Professor Clement Alexander Price today. “Not only was he a dear friend to me, he was a friend to all of Newark. His great intelligence, his vast learning, his eloquence, and most of all, his unbelievable personal warmth, made him one of our City’s most titanic, respected, and beloved figures. “He empowered and energized everyone he met and touched with his warmth and wisdom, and we were proud to return…

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Statement on Police Policies

“The Newark Police Department is still taking incident reports of all nature. There have not been any policy changes. Policy is set by the Police Director. The purpose of this internal memo issued by the Police Chief was an operational memo with the purpose of clarifying circumstances in which residents may file complaints for certain incidents directly to the Municipal Court without having to file a police report. “This is an additional option that is available in ‘certain situations’ as the memo states. This option allows residents to have the court issue a summons for certain incidents without residents needing…

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Halloween Extravaganza with Tahir Whitehead

Residents can enjoy raffles, giveaways, dance contest, music, and food; Newark native, West Side High, and Detroit Lions star Whitehead hosts event Newark, NJ – October 31, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, Jr., and Detroit Lions linebacker and Newark native Tahir Whitehead announced today that the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host a “Halloween Extravaganza” on Saturday, November 1, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center, at 211 West Kinney Street. The center’s…

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Safe Halloween Tips

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Police Director Venable Offer Tips to Ensure Residents Enjoy a Safe Halloween; Curfew Ordinance Will Be Enforced  Parents should accompany children under 12 years of age and inspect candyOctober 30, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Police Director Eugene Venable, and Police Chief Anthony Campos offered tips to residents today to help them enjoy a safe Halloween on Friday, October 31. They also reminded residents that the City will enforce the Curfew Ordinance upon unaccompanied minors aged 18 and below, who are more than 100 yards from their residence between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. “Halloween…

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Election Day Holiday

City of Newark Reminds Residents: All Non-Uniformed City Services will be Closed for Election Day HolidayPolice, ire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffectedOctober 28, 2014 The City of Newark is reminding residents that all non-uniformed city services, including the Newark Municipal Court, will be closed on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in observance of the Election Day holiday. Police, fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected. Trash pick-ups that would normally occur on Tuesday, November 4, will take place Friday, November 7. Therefore, residents should not put out their garbage on November 4, as doing so may…

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City of Newark and Newark Symphony Hall to Host Celebration of Amiri Baraka

City of Newark and Newark Symphony Hall to Host Celebration of Amiri Baraka on Sunday, October 26, at 2pm, at Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street  Poets and musicians will honor Newark’s legendary poet; Event is free and open to the publicOctober 24, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark and Newark Symphony Hall will host a tribute to the life and works of Amiri Baraka on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m., at Newark Symphony Hall, located at 1020 Broad Street. Entitled: “Celebrate!! Amiri Baraka,” the performance is free and open to the public. A…

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Mayor Ras. J. Baraka Announces Major Police Reforms

Mayor Ras. J. Baraka Announces Major Police Reforms; Measures will Enable Department to Cut Costs, Increase Efficiency, Avoid Layoffs, and Hire 65 New Officers Plan calls for elimination of stipends and adjusting workweeks to cut overtime October 21, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Police Director Eugene Venable announced today that the City of Newark is proposing a series of reforms and new policies in the Newark Police Department that will enable the force to save money, increase efficiency, avoid layoffs, and hire 65 new officers in 2015. The proposed measures include eliminating stipends paid to detectives on top of…

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Unity in the Community II Basketball Tournament

City of Newark to Host “Unity in the Community II” Basketball Tournament on Saturday, October 25, from Noon to 8pm, at John F. Kennedy Center, 211 West Kinney Street Youth, adult, and semi-pro basketball teams from Newark, East Orange, and Jersey City will face off in tournament; event is free and open to the public October 21, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council, Jr., announced today that the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host the “Unity in the Community II”…

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Fall Leaf Collection

Newark Launches Fall Leaf Collection ProgramUPDATED: Leaf pick-up will be every day until December 31, 2014Residents should put leaves in bio-degradable bags for collectionOctober 20, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Patrick Council, Jr. announced that the City of Newark will launch its Leaf Recycling Collection program on Monday, October 20, 2014, and it will continue through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. “I urge all residents to be good neighbors during the fall season, by adhering to our City’s leaf-collection and recycling ordinances. Together as a community, we can continue to transform Newark into a City…

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Happy Street Signs Initiative

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Launches Happy Street Signs Initiative to Spread Message of Warmth and Unity in Newark British artist’s signs adding to community engagement efforts; Signs will be placed in City Hall and across Newark this week October 15, 2014 – Newark, NJ – October 15, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the City of Newark, British artist Killy Kilford and Newark youth from four schools began the posting of hundreds of street signs to motivate and inspire residents with hope and optimism, under the “Happy Street Sign” initiative, at a ceremony in Newark’s Central Ward in a high…

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Classroom and Hands-On Training in Mini ShopRite

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, New Community Corporation Workforce Development Center, ShopRite, and Wakefern Announce Joint Initiative to Train 200 Newark Residents for jobs with Shoprite  Classroom and hands-on training in “mini Shop-Rite” will enable Newark residents to fill 200 full-time and part-time jobs when ShopRite in Newark opens in early 2015October 10, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, New Community Corporation Workforce Development Center, representatives from ShopRite and Wakefern, and prospective store associates announced a joint initiative to train approximately 200 Newark residents for jobs within the supermarket industry, including ShopRite stores, today, at the New Community Workforce Development Center, Room…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Closes Budget Deficit Without Layoffs

Excerpt from Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s First 100 Days Report on Balancing the Budget; Full Report and Documentary Released Oct 15, 2014   Newark, NJ – (October 3, 2014) Without making any layoffs, Mayor Ras J. Baraka balanced the budget in his first 100 days in office. “This process of closing the budget gap in these first 100 days has been a dominant priority for all of us in the administration but it has been manageable and it has given us an opportunity to gain control of our City’s financial situation, and to make Newark more efficient at collecting revenue,” says…

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Statement From Mayor Ras J. Baraka Regarding Individuals Who Arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport and Were Treated At University Hospital

Newark, NJ – (October 4, 2014) “We are pleased that all passengers and medical staff involved are safe and free from medical danger. We commend the Center for Disease Control, the New Jersey Department of Health and University Hospital for their swift action in responding to this situation and being prepared to quickly treat the patients and insure the safety of all people in the City of Newark,” says Mayor Ras J. Baraka. University Hospital treated the individuals and released the below statement: University Hospital in Newark, in coordination with federal, state and local public health officials, evaluated two individuals…

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City of Newark Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

City of Newark Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Seventh Annual Latino Family Festival Annual festival will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Broadway between Bloomfield Place and Broad Street Newark, NJ – October 1, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships Luis Lopez, and La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio, announced today that the City of Newark will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., by co-hosting the 7th Annual “Festival de la…

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Newark Citywide Cleanup Day

City of Newark Seeks Volunteers to Participate in 12th Annual Gateway to a Cleaner Newark Citywide Cleanup Day, Thursday, October 2 Volunteers Sought For Annual Cleanup to Beautify Sites throughout the City; Newark and Clean Communities Council will “Slam Dunk the Junk” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Newark, NJ – October 1, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Members of the Municipal Council, Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Patrick Council, and New Jersey Clean Communities Council Executive Director Sandy Huber announced today that the City of Newark, in partnership with Essex County, will host the 12th Annual “Gateway to a…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Increases Police Force and Reduces Budget in First 100 Days

First 100 Days Tidbit (September 30, 2014—Day 92): Without making any layoffs, Mayor Ras J. Baraka closes the budget gap and increases the police force by swearing in 35 new police recruits on September 5, and planning to hire 13 more officers with grant funding from the COPS Hiring Program grant.   The State of New Jersey has announced that it will grant the City of Newark $10 million in transitional aid to close the city’s budget deficit. In the first 30 days in office, Mayor Baraka introduced a strategy to reduce the City’s budget from the $93 million it faced…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Host State Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman at Neighborhood Walk and Roll Call

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Host State Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman at Newark Police Department’s Neighborhood Walk and Roll Call on Tuesday, September 30, at 6PM at 850 South Orange Avenue State’s top law enforcement officer to join Newark officials on community walk to address crime and quality-of-life issues; Clergy and community members invited to participate in walk Newark, NJ – September 30, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, Newark Police Director Eugene Venable, Police Chief Anthony Campos, and other dignitaries will attend the Newark Police Department’s Neighborhood Community Foot Patrol…

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New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford to Donate 750 Smoke Detectors to Newark Residents

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Fire Director James W. Stewart, Fire Chief John G. Centanni, and New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford along with their friends Donald and Lisa Shauger of The Shauger Group announced today that the football star is donating 750 free smoke detectors to Newark residents to help keep their homes safe, as the winter heating season approaches. The Municipal Council approved the donation at its meeting last evening, enabling the Fire Department to take delivery of the battery-operated detectors. They will be distributed to the public at a date to be determined. “Public safety is one of…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Announces New Abandoned Properties Ordinance

Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he introduced a Municipal Ordinance to the Newark Municipal Council that will hold out-of-state creditors of foreclosed and abandoned properties responsible for maintenance and upkeep of these properties. Creditors who fail to do so will face fines of $2,500 per day in Municipal Court. The Council adopted the measure on first reading at its meeting on September 17, and is expected to pass the ordinance at its meeting on October 1. The ordinance is designed to hold out-of-state creditors who file to foreclose on mortgaged properties in Newark accountable for maintaining the security…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Sonic Restaurant Executives Open New Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Sonic Restaurant Executives Open New Sonic Drive-In Restaurant at Springfield Avenue and Court Street  Major restaurant chain will strengthen economy and add development to Springfield Avenue corridor and Central Ward and bring 100 jobs to NewarkNewark, NJ – September 18, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, Central Ward Council Member Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins, Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard, SONIC Restaurant Owners Anthony and Justin Marchigiano, and other dignitaries cut the ribbon to open Newark’s first SONIC Drive-in Restaurant today, at Springfield Avenue and Court Street, in Newark’s Central Ward. The…

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Condé Nast Declares Newark Quite Friendly

Condé Nast Traveler, which declared Newark the “unfriendliest” city in America, reversed its position on Thursday, September 18, on its website, with a slideshow entitled “Newark Is Actually Quite Friendly, Thank You,” written by Calder Quinn. The slideshow describes and displays Newark’s many attractions, along with informed and informative commentary from distinguished Newark figures like City Historian and Rutgers University-Newark History Professor Dr. Clement Price, New Jersey Performing Arts Center President and CEO John Schreiber, and The Newark Museum Director and CEO Steven Kern. “I am very pleased that Condé Nast has reversed its earlier positions on Newark, and has…

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Cooperative Purchasing with Jersey City and Paterson

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Introduce Ordinance on Cooperative Purchasing with Jersey City and Paterson to Save Costs Cities will collaborate to establish joint pricing system for purchases; Advertisement and contracting process will be streamlined and unified Newark, NJ – September 17, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka will introduce legislation today to the Newark Municipal Council that will enable the City of Newark to join with Jersey City and Paterson in a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement that will unite the purchasing processes of the three cities of certain supplies and unify and streamline the advertisement and contracting procedure, to save the…

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Mayor Baraka Hosts Urban Mayors Round Table on Public Safety

Urban Mayors Round Table on Public Safety  Mayors will discuss deterrence, gun control, juvenile justice, and community relationships to seek solutions and share best practicesNewark, NJ – September 9, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka in collaboration with Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, will host an Urban Mayors Round Table on Public Safety, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m., and continuing until 4 p.m., at Rutgers University-Newark’s Paul Robeson Center, which is located at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The three mayors will be available for media interviews at 8:30 a.m.,…

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Mayor Baraka Swears in 35 New Police Officers; First Since 2010

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Director Venable, and Chief Campos Swear In First Class of Police Recruits Since 2010  30 males and five females make up class;  New officers underwent 24 weeks of training at Essex County Police Academy Newark, NJ – September 6, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Police Director Eugene Venable, and Police Chief Anthony Campos swore in 35 new Newark police officers into their duties today, in a City Hall Municipal Council Chamber ceremony. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Of the 35 recruits in the class, 30 are male…

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Newark Releases New Draft Zoning Regulations; Public Input Sought

City of Newark Releases Third Draft of Revised Newark Zoning and Land Use Regulations for Final Public Comment and Central Planning Board Hearing on September 8, 2014 First comprehensive rewrite of “operating system” for building Newark in 60 years Newark, NJ – September 3, 2014 The City of Newark announced the release of the third public draft of revised Newark Zoning & Land Use Regulations (NZLUR) for public review, comment, and a public hearing to be conducted by the Central Planning Board on September 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Newark City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street. The third draft…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Continues Bold Actions to Clean Up Stratford Place Neighborhood

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Continues Bold Actions to Clean Up Stratford Place Neighborhood Landlord at 2 Stratford Place given three weeks to abate unsafe conditions at apartment building; City making alternative living arrangements for residents who wish to leave during repairs Newark, NJ – September 3, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Stratford Neighborhood Development Project is continuing its efforts to abate unsafe conditions at the apartment building located at 2 Stratford Place, giving the landlord there three weeks to abate safety and health issues, while offering residents alternative living arrangements during the repair period, if they feel a need to…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Visit Newark Public Schools on First Day of School, Thursday, September 4th

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to Visit Newark Public Schools on First Day of School, Thursday, September 4th Mayor will be at Transportation Hub at University High School at 7 a.m. and greet students at Hawthorne Avenue School at 428 Hawthorne Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Newark, NJ – September 3, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka will greet students and monitor the progress of the One Newark program inaugurated by the Newark Public Schools on Thursday, September 4. He will visit the Newark Public Schools Transportation Hub, located at University High School, at 55 Clinton Place, at 7 a.m., and then visit…

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Baraka Administration Targets Stratford Place for Public Safety, Economic, Quality of Life Improvements

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Takes Bold Actions to CLean Up Stratford Place Neighborhood City enforces code ordinances on businesses and landlords to ensure residents safety and improved quality of life; apartments condemned; businesses closed Newark, NJ – September 2, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Stratford Neighborhood Development Project aggressively cracks down on drug offenders and negligent landlords. Calling on all the departments in the city, the effort will target public safety, economic development, health, and overall quality of life issues such as green open space in the Stratford Place area between Elizabeth and Hillside Avenues. “We are focusing the united…

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Backpacks with School Supplies Give Away

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to give away Backpacks with School Supplies to Newark Youth throughout City Mayor Baraka will be on hand today to distribute supplies on Stratford Place August 29, 2014 Today Mayor Ras J. Baraka will give away backpacks loaded with schools supplies to Newark families that reside in the South and East Wards of the city. Mayor Baraka kicked off the City of Newark’s “Back-To-School Bus Tours” yesterday by distributing backpacks and supplies to families in the West and North Wards. In all, Mayor Baraka will give away 5,000 backpacks to Newark youth in each ward. The…

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Mayor Baraka Kicks-off Playground Construction at John W. Hyatt Court

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to join East Ward Councilman Augusto Amadore and Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard to kick-off construction of a new playground and outdoor recreational area<,center> Event will serve as a back-to-school celebration for local families August 27, 2014Mayor Ras J. Baraka will join East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:00 Noon to kick-off construction of a new outdoor recreational space at the John W. Hyatt Court affordable housing development in Newark’s East Ward at 2 Roanoke Avenue. A new playground/recreation area and…

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Mayor Baraka to Give Away 5,000 “Back-to-School” Back Packs to Youth

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to give away Backpacks with School Supplies to Newark Youth throughout City 1,000 backpacks to be given out in each ward; 5,000 in all August 21, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka kicks off today the City of Newark’s “Back-To-School Bus Tours” throughout the city. Starting today, the Mayor will give away 5,000 backpacks loaded with school supplies to Newark youth in each ward. The tour will continue throughout the holiday weekend. Mayor Baraka will provide Newark youth throughout the city with backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies to ensure that they are prepared to give…

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Mayor Baraka to Host Second of Five Town Hall Meetings

Mayor Ras J. Baraka to host second of five Town Hall Meetings on Municipal Budget & Education  Tuesday, August 26th at 7 pmAugust 26, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka will host a town hall meeting tonight at Good Neighbor Baptist Church, 100 Chancellor Avenue at 7 p.m. In addition to tonight’s town hall meeting, there will be a town hall every night for the remainder of the week in various locations throughout the city to conclude on Friday, August 29th; at 7 p.m. Mayor Baraka will use the town halls to address concerns on the municipal budget and education issues.…

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Mayor Baraka to Hold Press Conference on One Newark Enrollment Difficulties

MAYOR RAS J. BARAKA TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN RESPONSE TO ONE NEWARK ENROLLMENT DIFFICULTIESAugust 22, 2014 FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, AT 11 A.M. IN CITY HALL FIRST FLOOR ROTUNDA, 920 BROAD STREET Mayor will discuss difficulties families are having in registering their children for the 2014-2015 school year Newark, NJ – August 21, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka will hold a press conference on Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m., in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda, located at 920 Broad Street, to address the City of Newark’s response to the difficulties Newark families are having in registering their…

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Statement from Mayor Baraka on Shooting Incidents

Statement by Mayor Ras J. Baraka on Public Safety August 22, 2014 “Reducing violence is the number one priority of my administration, and I want to assure the residents of Newark that the shooting incidents that have occurred in the last 36 hours have all been targeted shootings in concentrated areas. Police Director Venable, Police Chief Campos, and the Newark Police Department are all working diligently with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to investigate these incidents and apprehend the assailants. We have more officers on the streets and we have taken a more aggressive role to get guns off the…

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Statement from Mayor Baraka on One Newark Enrollment difficulties

STATEMENT BY MAYOR RAS J. BARAKA IN RESPONSE TO ONE NEWARK ENROLLMENT DIFFICULTIES August 21, 2014 “It is outrageous that hundreds of Newark families are having difficulties registering their children for school under the ‘One Newark’ plan outlined by the Newark Public Schools. As a former educator and Mayor of Newark, I am deeply concerned about the effects of this situation on Newark families who are not receiving orderly, efficient, and courteous treatment, as they begin their children’s school year. Our parents have legitimate, serious complaints about the registration process. Students are being assigned to schools that are on the…

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Mayor Baraka and Partners Host “Shark Tank” for 40 High School Students

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and CITI Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Initiative host Shark Tank for High School Students at Rutgers University – Newark 40 local high school students who completed free, 80-hour entrepreneurship course pitched business plans to local business leaders to win $1,000 Newark, NJ – August 19, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress hosted a free “Shark Tank” for 40 Newark high school students who completed a free, 80-hour entrepreneurship class, on Friday, August 15, at Rutgers University-Newark, Room 100 of Boyden Hall, 196…

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Newark Non-Emergency Services will Close for Labor Day Holiday

City of Newark reminds residents: All Non-Uniformed Services including Municipal Court will be CLOSED for the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 1st.Police, Fire and Other Uniformed Emergency Services Will Remain OpenNewark, NJ – August 20, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka reminded residents today that all non-uniformed city services, including the Newark Municipal Court, will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Police, Fire, and other uniformed emergency services will not be affected. Residents are reminded that while the City of Newark will not collect garbage on the Labor Day holiday, all sanitation…

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Newark Partners with Nextdoor Site to Provide Free Neighborhood Websites to Promote Public Safety

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Police Department join Nextdoor site to Build Stronger Communities Nextdoor will enable residents to join private neighborhood website to share information on public safety issues; City and Police will be able to post safety alerts, notices about services, and emergency messages to the site Newark, NJ – August 20, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Police Director Eugene Venable, Police Chief Anthony Campos, Nextdoor Co-Founder Sarah Leary, and Newark Nextdoor members will launch the City of Newark’s Nextdoor website at a press conference on Wednesday, August 20, at 10 a.m., in the First…

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Mayor Baraka Takes Up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Georgia King Village

Mayor Ras J. Baraka Takes Up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Raise Funds to Fight Amyotrohic Lateral Sclerosis August 15, 2014 Photo Credits: Newark Press Information Office On Thursday, August 15, 2014, Mayor Ras J. Baraka took up the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” joining celebrities across the nation to help raise awareness of and funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Like the many other celebrities who have taken the challenge between July 29 and August 12, Mayor Baraka had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head, with Deputy Mayor Rahman Muhammad and…

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Mayor Baraka Swears in Lucy Lopez as City’s First Youth Mayor

Swear in of Newark’s First Youth Mayor by Mayor Ras J. Baraka Lucy Lopez was Administered Oath of Office August 8, 2014 Photo Credits: Newark Press Information Office Mayor Ras J. Baraka administered the oath of office to Lucy Lopez to become Newark’s first-ever Youth Mayor yesterday, Thursday, August 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the All Stars Project of New Jersey Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Center, located at 33 Washington Street, in Newark’s downtown. The event was hosted by All-Stars Project New Jersey City Leader Gloria Strickland and D&B Senior Vice President Dr. Anthony Scriffignano, with more than 75…

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Newark Offers Free CPR/AED and First Aid Training for Residents

City of Newark Offering Series of Free CPR/AED and First Aid Training Participants will gain American Heart Association Certification Classes will be held at: Department of Health and Community Wellness 110 William Street August 21 through September 11 Newark, NJ – August 7, 2014 Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Hanaa Hamdi announced today that the Department’s Metropolitan Medical Response System is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer a series of FREE CPR/AED and First Aid training for Newark residents, municipal employees, and college students, beginning on Thursday, August 21,…

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Summer Fun in the City Program at Stratford Pl. in Newark’s South Ward

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Mayor Ras J. Baraka hosted a “Summer Fun in the City” program, on Stratford Place, between Clinton and Avon Avenues in the City’s South Ward. There were New Jersey Devils Street Hockey, face painting, an interactive theater and poetry workshop, neighborhood mural projects, and a community cookout. The Department of Health and Community Wellness offered on-site free health screenings. The citywide initiative offers a variety of athletic, arts & culture, educational and recreation programming to engage the community and provide safer streets throughout the summer. Programming includes a schedule of organized events, clinics, and tournaments…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka Presents Summer Fun in the City Program

Newark, NJ – August 5, 2014 Citywide initiative offers a variety of athletic, arts & culture, educational and recreation programming to engage the community Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced the launch of the City of Newark’s “Summer Fun in the City” program, which began with a surprise appearance by Hip Hop legend LL Cool J on Monday, July 28, at Movie Night at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 255 14th Avenue, in Newark. The next event will be held on Wednesday, August 6, on Stratford Place, between Clinton and Avon Avenues in the City’s South Ward. There will be New…

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Mayor Baraka Announces $93M Budget Deficit is Cut by Two-thirds to $30M

Newark, NJ – August 4, 2014 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark has taken actions to reduce its $93 million budget deficit, which include improved operational efficiencies, day-to-day management and revenue generation. The strategies being implemented have reduced the deficit by two-thirds, to an estimated $30 million. “If it was not for the $30.1 million carryover from the previous year’s budget, we would not have a deficit at all,” says Mayor Ras Baraka. The City of Newark’s budget was introduced showing a $93 million deficit on July 1, the first day of Mayor Baraka’s…

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Mayor Baraka and LL Cool J host Summer Fun in the City at Stratford Place

On Monday, July 28, 2014, Mayor Ras J. Baraka surprised families at Summer Fun in the City event yesterday with surprise visit by Hip Hop artist LL Cool J at Movie Night at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 255 14th Avenue, in Newark. Mayor Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and program partners will officially kick off the City of Newark’s “Summer Fun in the City” program on Friday, August 1, at 4 p.m., at Jesse Allen Park, located at 41-57 Avon Avenue, in the City’s South Ward. The event will be followed by a Police Department Neighborhood Walk and Community…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka announces new plan to reform use of Municipal Vehicles to enhance Accountability and Transparency

    All unmarked vehicles being used by directors, managers, and other administrative personnel will be returned to the City’s motor pool on Monday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to Noon. There they will be fitted with the Seal of the City and be inspected for condition and damage. Users who return their vehicles will also turn in their employee fuel cards, registration, and insurance paperwork. After the inspections, vehicles that are in good condition will be assigned to the city’s Motor Pool for distribution, stored as back-ups, or disposed of in accordance with State guidelines. “For years, municipal unmarked vehicles…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and City Of Newark raise LGBTQ Pride flag at City Hall, To observe Gay Pride Week

The eighth annual flag-raising ceremony hosted by the City of Newark’s LGBTQ Commission  highlights week of Newark Gay Pride activities   Newark, NJ (July 17, 2014) – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, the City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Advisory and Concerns Commission, and other dignitaries held an LGBTQ Pride Flag-Raising Ceremony as part of Newark Gay Pride Week this afternoon, at City Hall, at 920 Broad Street. The rainbow flag, a universal symbol of gay pride, will fly outside City Hall for the duration of the eighth annual Newark Pride Week. Mayor Baraka has…

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Mayor Baraka and Municipal Council hold press conference to discuss results of transition team study at Newark Public Library

Newark, NJ – (July 9, 2014) Mayor Ras J. Baraka, members of the Newark Municipal Council, and members of the Baraka Transition Team unveiled the results of the report prepared by the Mayor’s transition team, today, at the Newark Public Library, Centennial Hall, at 5 Washington Street, in Newark’s Downtown. At the press conference, Mayor Baraka offered the “100-day plan” for his administration. Entitled: “Blueprint for A New Newark,” the 210-page report prepared by the Transition team focused on 16 aspects. The entire report can be found on the City of Newark’s website, at www.ci.newark.nj.us. Mayor Baraka focused on four…

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This weekend marks the final days of this year's #BluesPeopleFest. Don't miss these final FREE city-wide performanc… https://t.co/aOiMRbt2MB | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

My Sister's Keeper inspired young women in #NewarkNJ to respect themselves and support one another. #WeAreNewarkhttps://t.co/MWYbG7yFYv | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

My Sister's Keeper took time to speak to young women in the city about self-worth and supporting one another. For... https://t.co/8LuH4fIhwB | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

Come and get your early #ChristmasGift from us. Stop by City Hall, Room 221 to get your @DisneyOnIce tickets for Fr… https://t.co/uxOaR7jkYL | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

W/ the opening of @WholeFoods @DowntownNewark will come #JobsforNewark. Attend classes until Friday, Jan. 13 for th… https://t.co/hS6ib9Cyk0 | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

Join Mayor @rasjbaraka Youth Leadership Dev. Academy this Sat (12/10) to learn how YOU can LEAD change in your comm… https://t.co/1zwQFcckua | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

Our Mayor @rasjbaraka pushes to make #NewarkNJ healthier and greener w/ our 1st Chief Sustainability Officer. https://t.co/i8aGQr2Fc0 | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

Good Morning & Happy Friday! Remember to dress warm as temperatures drop. Today we'll have a high of 38°F w/ a low of 25°F. #WeAreNewark | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

My Sister's Keeper Student Forum: https://t.co/CgIcodmt5L via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Dec 08, 2016

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