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Beyond the headlines: The gift

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Armani Mcphall, age 19, was killed on South Orange Avenue on December 22, 2016. His father, Elite Heat Boxing Gym owner Anthony Mcphall, reflects on the life of his son, who he called a “game changer” and "a gift.”

Feb. 18th Marion Thompson Wright Lecture to mark 50th anniversary of '67 Newark Rebellion

Issues of civil and human rights, housing and gentrification, and health and income inequalities in American cities will be in sharp focus as the 37th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW) invites a wide-ranging discussion of the last half-century of black urban history on Saturday, February 18th.

Explore history of black NHL players at free Soul on Ice screening at Prudential Center this Sunday

Prudential Center's free screening of Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future on Sunday, February 12th will explore the history of black players in the NHL. After the screening, stay for a panel featuring Willie O’Ree, the NHL's first black player; Devils forward Devante Smith-Pelly; former Devils captain Bryce Salvador; former player and television analyst Anson Carter; and Damon Kwame Mason, the film’s director.

Women in Media-Newark Announces “Women in the World” art exhibit has two locations in Newark

Women in Media-Newark has announced the opening of its art exhibit “Women in the World: A Visual Perspective,” which will be on display at three separate locations, including two in Newark: Rutgers University-Newark’s Paul Robeson Art Galleries, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby.

Mark your calendars to apply for affordable apartments at The Willows in Lincoln Park

One of the newest residential developments coming to Newark will begin accepting applications starting this coming March 15th. The Willows will be located in Lincoln Park.

No school Thursday, where not to park, and other snow storm information [updated]

Where to avoid parking to help plows cover more streets.

Three new decorative arts installations set to open at Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is opening three installations on February 22 that highlight its Decorative Arts collection, including one Newark-centric installation.

Grammy Experience Museum will debut at Prudential Center in Newark this fall

Starting this fall, Newark's Prudential Center will be home to the Grammy Museum Experience.

Newark Public Library announces series of Black History Month programs and exhibits

Newark Public Library has announced a series of upcoming programs to commemorate Black History Month, in addition to a series of ongoing exhibits that are currently running at the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

Mannequin Challenge introduces the world to Newark native's East Orange Performing Arts Preschool

One Step Ahead Learning Center is far more than a traditional preschool. Its Mannequin Challenge video got nearly 10 million views. On any given day, you can find the four- and five-year-old students dressed in little aprons and taking cooking classes, working on science experiments, learning new lines to an original play, or singing along to The Supremes.

Newark Print Shop is back with Express Newark debut in Hahne's building

Newark Print Shop will celebrate its new digs tonight with the launch of their first group exhibition, entitled "Transitions," on Friday, February 3rd from 6 to 9 p.m.

Newark will soon welcome new library director, and new city resident, Jeffrey Trzeciak

At the end of the month, Jeffrey Trzeciak (pronounced "Tree-Zak"), formerly university librarian for top-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, will become Newark Public Library's new director.

Shake off the winter blues at 6th annual beds & breakfast event

Join community gardeners, urban farmers, food entrepreneurs and cooking enthusiasts at Greater Newark Conservancy for the 6th Annual Beds & Breakfast Winter Seminar on Saturday, February 25th.

It's a date! Whole Foods Newark set to open March 1st

Opening day will feature vendor samplings, giveaways, sales and more.

Newark middle school students "Cook, Learn, Grow" with culinary curriculum

Chef Ameer Natson is hiding a reading, math and problem-solving curriculum in plain sight with his culinary curriculum at George Washington Carver middle school.

February's Second Sunday at Newark Museum will commemorate Black History Month

Newark Museum will dedicate Second Sunday this February to commemorating Black History Month.

With opening of Hahne and Co. building, a chance to bring life to a long-blighted block

The historic Hahne and Co. building, the massive former downtown department store that sat fallow and blighted for nearly three decades, enjoyed its official unveiling earlier this week in a ceremony attended by a couple hundred guests in the restored building’s main arcade.

Applications are open for Newark's summer youth employment program

Applications are now open for the City of Newark's Summer Youth Employment program.

Now on view at Newark Museum: New anamorphic film installation What Will Come

In anticipation of the relocation and reinstallation of its Arts of Global Africa collection in November 2017, the Newark Museum is debuting a newly acquired video installation by artist William Kentridge, What Will Come (2007). The installation will be on view in the Arts of Global Africa’s dedicated space for video art from January through May 2017.

Day after inauguration, former Schomburg Center director will contextualize Trump presidency at Newark library

On Saturday, January 21, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. the Newark Public Library will present the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture. Author Howard Dodson will speak about the state of the country in his presentation “Becoming America: From Obama to Trump,” in Centennial Hall, at the Main Library.

Triangle Park will be called 'Mulberry Commons.' What we learned about the transformative project planned for downtown.

The plan for the project formerly know as Triangle Park enjoyed its official unveiling at a Prudential Center press conference overlooking the site of the park, which will be called Mulberry Commons Park. The ambitious project will likely break ground in the spring, and will connect Downtown Newark with the Ironbound.

Newark Museum, a place of 'gathering' and 'refuge,' will offer free Inauguration Day admission

The Newark Museum is giving locals the opportunity to "rediscover what unites them" by offering free admission this Friday, January 20th, on the day Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The event is billed specifically as an Inauguration Day event.

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. will boycott president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., the representative for New Jerseys' 10th Congressional district, has announced that he will not attend president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

As inauguration approaches, Essex County organizer joins movement to systematically resist Trump's agenda

Indivisible Essex County is organizing locals to resist Donald Trump's agenda using practical and tested tactics, in coordination with communities all across the country. But its founder, Chijike Ndukwu, also wants to use the current moment to push for better local governance as well.

Get ready! Newark Halal Guys will host a preview event on January 27th

The Newark Halal Guys will be opening its doors to the public for the first time on Friday, January 27th with a festive opening day event.

How this Newark landscaping and cleanup program is also helping rebuild lives

Greater Newark Conservancy's City Bloom Landscaping offers services to city residence and businesses (including snow removal!), all while providing work and life skills for city residents hungry for a second chance.

Live, work, invest or worship in the South Ward? Learn about the South Ward Special Improvement District and contribute to its efforts [updated]

The board members and professional staff of the Bergen-Lyons-Clinton Partnership (BLCSID) will host a “Meet & Greet” reception for residents, business and property owners and other South Ward stakeholders on Tuesday, January 17 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cory Booker, Donald Payne, Jr., Ras Baraka and state lawmakers to hold Affordable Care Act rally in Newark this weekend

A number of local politicians and lawmakers, including New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Donald Payne, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires, Josh Gottheimer, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, will be present at a weekend rally to press for protection of the Affordable Care Act.

Uber establishes a new designated pickup/dropoff point at Prudential Center

The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center are joining forces with rideshare behemoth Uber to offer another way for arena attendees to get to and from the venue's sports and entertainment events.

Show your city spirit: Vote for Newark arts orgs for the Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards

Discover Jersey Arts, an organization whose mission is to increase awareness of, and engagement with, the arts in New Jersey, is running its 9th annual People's Choice contest for arts organizations, and a number of Newark-based orgs are on the ballot.

Have an app for that? Apply to Newark Fownders to accelerate your tech startup

Get in there: Fownders, the tech startup accelerator that launched in Newark this past summer, is building its second cohort now, with applications open through Friday, January 13.

Newarkers invited to preview of, and Q&A about, Triangle Park development planned for downtown

On Tuesday, January 17th, community stakeholders, including government officials, leaders, non-profit organizations the public at large are invited to participate in a set of live presentations and community feedback sessions about Triangle Park.

Attend a community forum to share information about Newark’s Lower Broadway neighborhood on January 10th

On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm, the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association will host a free, open, community forum to share important information about developments in Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Newark Museum

Film screenings, performances and family activities fill the day-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, at the Newark Museum.

Watch the celebrated Carolyn Dorfman Dance company perform to Solange‘s ’A Seat at the Table’ this weekend at NJPAC

The Carolyn Dorfman Dance company will perform to selections from Solange Knowles 2016 album A Seat at the Table on Saturday, January 7th at 9 p.m. at Nico Kitchen + Bar, which is attached to NJPAC. The event is complimentary with RSVP.

Traditional Karate opens new location downtown Newark. A word with head instructor Jonas Filho

Already an established presence in the Ironbound, Traditional Karate of Newark has opened a brand new location downtown. We sat down with the dojo's owner and head instructor, Brazil native Jonas Filho, to discuss the benefits of martial arts and why he chose to open a second facility.

Newark-bred boxing phenom Shakur Stevenson makes Forbes' 30 Under 30 list

Forbes Magazine announced its annual lists of 30 movers and shakers under 30 years old, and Newark's own Olympic boxing silver medalist Shakur Stevenson, 19, made the magazine's sports list.

Military Park's BURG will be back in the spring

Burg to Newark: "We'll be back." The Military Park burger joint featuring an outdoor bar and patio is closed this winter but will be back in the spring.

Newark Museum bids farewell to Modern Heroics exhibition with Second Sunday program

The Newark Museum is celebrating the final day of Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum at its Second Sunday program on Sunday, January 8 from noon to 5 pm.

Barcade CEO Paul Kermizian wants to help expand nightlife culture downtown Newark

Barcade, the bar/restaurant featuring classic games that currently has locations in New York, Jersey City, Philadelphia and New Haven, will soon come to Newark. We spoke with Barcade CEO Paul Kermizian about what's in store for one of the latest coming attractions announced for the city.

Help unemployed Newarkers put their best foot forward in the new year with the Holiday Suit Drive

Through Friday, December 23rd, the NewarkWORKS program is collecting professional wear for men and women, including blue and gray business suits, blouses, dress skirts, pants, blazers, collared shirts, ties and gently worn shoes (close-toed only) for their holiday suit drive.

Monumental task: Look where this priceless piece of Newark history turned up.

A long-abandoned monument by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, known as the “First Landing Party of the Founders of Newark,” recently landed in a new home on the grounds of NJPAC.

Along with mouthwatering platters, The Halal Guys plans to offer real career pathways at its Halsey Street location

While locals are salivating at the thought of The Halal Guys' signature platters at it's soon-to-open Newark location, General Manager Joseph Hafez is looking forward to launching a program that aims to provide real career pathways for people who work there.

Newark Landmark Treasures book launches at the Newark Public Library

On December 21, the Newark Public Library will a book launch party for the Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee’s newest publication, Newark Landmark Treasures: A Guide to the Landmark Buildings, Parks, Public Art & Historic Districts in New Jersey’s Metropolis.

North Ward families enjoy holiday celebration on Mt. Prospect Avenue

Community members celebrated the start of the holiday season with free photos with Santa, DJ music, kid-friendly entertainment and free hot chocolate at the 7th annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s North Ward.

Support unique local merchants at this weekend's downtown Newark tour & shopping event

Get unique gifts, support local merchants and tour downtown Newark at this weekend's Holiday Shop Hop: "I often hear people asking how they can give back or support Newark...there are incredible, top-quality shops and entrepreneurs in this city providing unique goods and services. Buy from them. Work with them. That's how we can create change."

Rutgers-Newark to undertake search for public scholar to occupy newly endowed academic chair commemorating Dr. Clement Price

The search is on for a scholar to fill the newly-approved Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities at Rutgers-Newark. It commemorates the late Dr. Clement A. Price, the lauded and beloved Rutgers-Newark history scholar and official Newark historian who passed away in November of 2014.

Get free assistance with health insurance enrollment in Newark

Those who need help understanding and applying for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act can receive in-person help during one of four upcoming events sponsored by the office of Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr.

In program exclusive to Newarkers, learn how to compete for bonding and construction contracts for city projects

The CDI program is meant to help Newark-based contractors vie for key bonding and construction contracts for city projects.

Learn and apply: Watch local startups pitch investors at Equal Space on Dec. 14th

This Wednesday at 6 p.m., learn the presentation skills you'd need to get money for your business by watching local startups pitch investors downtown Newark.

Whole Foods Newark is now hiring, and its foundations are offering grants and loans to Newark-based entrepreneurs

With an eye toward the supermarket’s unveiling, Whole Foods Newark has announced a series of updates around opportunities for grants and microloans for local organizations and entrepreneurs, and for jobs in the store.

Newark high school student wins 10th District Congressional App Challenge

Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. announced the winner of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for high school students in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District.

Newark Venture Partners scores big at first NVP Labs demo day at Prudential Center

Newark Venture Partner Labs held its demo day for its inaugural accelerator class on Wednesday at the Prudential Center, presenting a professional cohort that gave polished presentations to an enthusiastic audience.

Whole Foods-supported foundation funds installation of irrigation system at Court Street Farm

A grant from the Whole Cities Foundation, one of several charitable foundations supported by Whole Foods Market, will benefit Greater Newark Conservancy’s Court Street Urban Farm through the purchase and installation of a new irrigation system.

Glamorous Life: At Bella Nail Lounge and Beauty Bar, royal decor matches the royal treatment

Bella Nail Lounge and Beauty Bar is out-of-this world fabulous--the kind of place where it's obvious its owner, Lisa Allen, really thought about providing a great customer experience every step of the way. Spoiler alert: she succeeded.

Newark Museum releases holiday-tinged schedule for upcoming Second Sunday

The Newark Museum will offer a special special holiday-themed Second Sunday on December 11 from noon to 5 pm. The program features lectures, performances, tours, art and science demonstrations, workshops

For the kids and the holiday-spirited, more Newark tree lightings

We previously announced Newark Downtown District's December 6th tree lighting, but there are a handful of others taking place around the city in the coming week.

15 Newark non-profits will receive critical financing, planning and leadership support from Prudential

Prudential Financial and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) have announced a new initiative to help 15 Newark nonprofits advance their missions. Through a combination of financing and leadership capacity-building, the initiative seeks to address some of the key pressures that often stand between nonprofits and their objectives.