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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.

Recent grant supports continuation of Newark Museum's Youth Explorers program

Newark Museum's Youth Explorers Program is meant to provide local youth with a unique learning experience built around its art and science collections, and thanks to a recent grant, the Museum will be able to keep it going.

Here's a list of Newark-area organizations that are looking for your help on #GivingTuesday

Wishing a happy holiday weekend to all of our readers! Tuesday, November 29th is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, and we're compiling a list of local organizations that are running campaigns for donations and help. Check back as we add additional organizations as they come our way.

With Fownders Newark, tech star Gerard Adams brings startup aspirations to the neighborhood

Gerard Adams made his first million by age 24, cofounded Elite Daily at 27, sold it to Daily Mail at 30, made Business Insider's list of top entrepreneurs under 35 and became a Silicon Valley star along the way.

Now the 31-year-old entrepreneur has built a startup accelerator in Newark in an effort to help create more successes like himself. Meet Fownders Newark. (And no, it's not located downtown.)

A free "holiday party with a twist" at NJPAC tonight is the first of more Millennial and Gen-X focused programming at the venue

Ready to kick off the holiday party season? Need to impress your out-of-town cousins with a fly event in town? Check out Office Holiday Party at Nico @ NJPAC tonight, which will include a ticket giveaway for Hot97's "Hot for the Holidays" concert at Prudential Center on December 3rd. We asked The Honors Program's Peter Winstead Jr. what partygoers can expect tonight, and about their partnership with NJPAC to bring more Millennials and GenXers into the building.

La Casa de Don Pedro receives $40,000 grant to address food insecurity in Newark

La Casa de Don Pedro is participating in Hispanic Federation’s National Hunger Relief Initiative (NHRI), which aims to provide 460,000 meals to families in need this year.

Newark Museum releases its holiday celebration calendar

Newark Museum has just released its full schedule of holiday-themed events an activities for December.

Newark tree lighting Dec. 6th to include family-friendly activities, Sunshine Anderson & Blu Cantrell

Newark's 3rd annual tree lighting at Prudential Center's Championship Plaza will be free, family-friendly and feature R&B singers Blu Cantrell and Sunshine Anderson.

Get on the shelves: Whole Foods seeks local food, beverage and body product vendors to feature in Newark stores

The soon-to-come Whole Foods Market at the Hahne's Building in Downtown Newark is looking for local vendors for locally sourced food and body products. How to take advantage of this opportunity.

How investing in cities like Newark provides a pathway to permanent U.S. residence for foreign investors

The EB-5 immigrant investor program lets foreign investors obtain permanent resident status in the United States. At a recent investor conference in Newark, it was cited as one of a series of creative tools developers can use to get deals done, but EB-5 is not without controversy.

The "life" in life insurance: "Masterpiece of Love" presentation at Newark Museum shows survivor stories

Prudential's "Masterpiece of Love" initiative is a multi-part webisode series honoring stories of life, love, loss and the power of the human spirit—and how life insurance plays a crucial role in each.

Newark-born Trilogy Opera Company brings Black histories to the genre

Celebrated international opera singer Kevin Maynor founded Trilogy: An Opera Company to tell the stories of Black historical figures and events through the opera genre. Here's the company's Newark origin story.

How to contribute to the families of Ariel and Al-Jahon Whitehurst, the 2 children killed in this weekend's fatal stabbing

How to contribute to the family of Ariel and Al-Jahon Whitehurst, the two children who were killed in last weekend's stabbing, and whose mother, Asia, is still hospitalized due to the incident.

It's Election Day. Here's what you need to know to exercise your vote.

Welcome to Election Day! Read on for Election Day voting tips, polling station lookup, and county-by-county returns when the polls close.

Girl Scouts can now earn a brand new badge for experiencing some of the best of Newark

Last weekend, dozens upon dozens of Girl Scouts were awarded a brand new badge -- the Newark Badge -- for experiencing some of the highlights of Newark.

Newark notches new win for tech hub aspirations with launch of 'Newark Fiber' at 2 Gateway Center

It's become in-fashion for cities to claim they're the next great tech hub. Newark has the infrastructure to back it up, and today announced the launch of a new program meant to attract business in need of high-speed internet to town. 2 Gateway Center will be the first commercial building to offer Newark Fiber.

#WinterIsComing: Just a few days left to ride the Military Park carousel

The Military Park carousel will take it's last go 'round on Friday, November 4th.

Second Sundays at Newark Museum return with a focus on galleries of Native American art

The Newark Museum is celebrating its newly redesigned and reinterpreted galleries of Native American art at its Second Sunday program on Sunday, November 13 from noon to 5 pm.

Cooking workshop for formerly incarcerated fathers and their children coming to Newark in early November

As part of the free recurring program, dads and kids will harvest fresh ingredients and prepare a meal at the Judith L. Shipley Urban Environmental Center on Price Street in Newark. The next event takes place Saturday, November 5th.