#GiveNewark: How to donate to the City of Newark’s winter coat drive

Via City of Newark:

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 through 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 Entrance
  • – Department of Health Offices, 94 William St., Main Entrance

For more information, or to arrange bulk drop-offs, please contact Rhenotha Whitaker at 973-424-4175 or email whitakerr@ci.newark.nj.us.

All donated coats will be distributed on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 394 University Ave, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fly, fun, & festive: Pop Shop Newark fashion and arts boutique launches on Market Street

Pop Shop Newark is a holiday-themed pop-up boutique that will operate out of Gallery Aferro downtown Newark. In case you missed our Brickipedia entry about pop-up shops, they’re temporary retail stores that often operate out of shared spaces — like galleries.

This year, Pop Shop Newark is promising “funky finds and fun,” offering clothing and accessories made by its two founders, Terina Nicole and Kelly Thomas, as well as a host of other local artisans whose unique and affordable handmade items will be available for purchase at the shop. Pop Shop Newark will also offer programming throughout the month of December, including a fashion show, massage demos, and a “sip-n’-paint” night. Check out the full schedule of events below.

Gallery Aferro will host Pop Shop Newark at its 73 Market Street location. The initiative is an example of the types of programming the gallery is looking to offer local entrepreneurs, artists, and designers on a more permanent basis. Aferro is currently seeking the community’s help in funding its transition to a full-blown community arts hub on Market Street via an Indiegogo campaign that will be accepting contributions through December 9.

Pop Shop Newark is open Thursdays through Saturdays, November 28 through December 20th, from noon to 7 p.m.

Event schedule:

  • Friday, November 28: Kickoff with fashion show
  • – Saturday, November 29: Small Business Saturday: Vintage blowout
  • – Thursday, December 4: Belly dance workshop (6 p.m.)
  • – Saturday, December 6: Accessory workshop (1 p.m.); Sip n’ paint (5 p.m.)
  • – Thursday, December 11: Accessory workshop (5 p.m.)
  •  Saturday, December 13: Community shopping day; All-day holiday party
  • – Thursday, December 18: Expressive movement dance class (6 p.m.)
  • – Friday, December 19: Play reading (7-10 p.m.)
  • – Saturday, December 20: Massage and essential oil class (1 p.m.); Clothing swap (3 p.m.); New Year collage making (5 p.m.)

Pop Shop Newark is on Facebook at facebook.com/popshopnewark2014

Move over Rockefeller Center: Newark tree lighting to kickoff monthlong ‘Winterfest’ at Championship Plaza downtown 

Newark’s first annual Winterfest kicks off on Monday, December 1st at 3 p.m. in the Prudential Center’s outdoor Championship Plaza, at the intersection of Market and Mulberry Streets downtown Newark. The kickoff ceremony will include the lighting of a 40-foot holiday tree at 4:45 p.m. by Mayor Ras Baraka. To follow will be a monthlong holiday event lineup including live music performances, art, food, activities, and holiday goods organized by the Newark Downtown District and the Prudential Center.

A music main stage will boast holiday music and feature Special Ensemble, a youth performance group that was named the Youth Choir winner at McDonald’s GospelFest 2011 at the Prudential Center. A professional storyteller will also tell holiday tales during “Storytelling by the Fire.”

Other Winterfest features include:

  • Merchandise offered for sale at the Winterfest Marketplace, which will take place on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Winter characters on the plaza, and a photographer on hand to snap photographs of festivalgoers
  • Horse and carriage rides on Thursdays and Saturdays starting December 13th, drawing passengers from Championship Plaza at Mulberry Street and Edison Place, north to NJPAC, then back south on Mulberry Street

All events will run from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Other Championship Plaza events this month will include Fan Fest for New Jersey Devils games and pre-show concert events and performances. Game and show tickets are not required to attend these events, which include heating stations, activities, and giveaways.



Corin Wright’s delectable candles

When she isn’t running her own boutique in Montclair or styling the stars, Corin Wright hand pours her line of soy candles that smell like heaven. Come get your home smelling delectable for the holidays and meet this amazing local artisan on Dec 11th and Dec 18th at Pop Shop Newark!

NJTV is relocating its anchor studio 2 Gateway Center in Newark

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, and C&K Properties announced today that NJTV has signed a lease at 2 Gateway Center, C & K’s Class A office building in the heart of downtown Newark. The 10,645 square-foot second floor concourse space will serve as the new location of the network’s television anchor studio and home to the network’s weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams.

“NJTV’s move to Newark marks a major milestone for the network,” said Neal Shapiro, the President and Chief Executive Officer of WNET, operator of NJTV. “The new space allows growth in New Jersey public television’s production facilities and access to community resources, while being positioned along the state’s largest transit hub. This will greatly benefit NJTV’s ability to deliver news and programming throughout the State.”

“From this location at 2 Gateway, we can directly interact with the public we serve, as thousands of passersby will be able to literally look into our operations and see our team at work,” said NJTV’s General Manager John Servidio. “We also look forward to welcoming viewers into our space for special events, from program tapings to community gatherings to educational sessions.”

“The relocation of NJTV’s anchor studio to 2 Gateway is a direct reflection of our mission to provide a responsive, reliable, and technologically advanced tenant experience,” said Ben Korman, Co-Founder and Principal of C&K Properties. “We look forward to building our relationship with one of New Jersey’s great media institutions while continuing to provide superlative building connectivity and convenience.”

NJTV delivers news, commentary, and documentaries to communities throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area both on-air and online. The non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of the award-winning THIRTEEN and WLIW21 stations and itself a non-profit, selected 2 Gateway for its anchor studio, identifying the building’s superior logistics and infrastructure.

Part of Newark’s 2.6 million-square-foot Gateway Complex, 2 Gateway Center is centrally located in the city’s downtown business district along Market Street between McCarter Highway and Mulberry Street. Among its many benefits, 2 Gateway Center provides easy access NJ TRANSIT, PATH, Newark Subway, Light Rail, and AMTRAK lines. The studio will be located along a pedestrian walkway, where 15,000 people pass every day.

NJTV’s new space will house its NJTV News studio and office space as well as a community room for hosting public events and program productions.

Photo: NJTVOnline.org

Reactions from Newark politicians, residents, and watchers to Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson

From Ras Baraka’s Twitter debate to backlash against Senator Cory Booker’s “safe” response, comparisons between Newark 1967 and Ferguson 2014 to plans for Newark-based rallies, we gathered local reactions to the St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

Image by Flickr user Sarah-Ji

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#GiveNewark: FP YouthOutcry to host their six annual “Break Bread With You” Thanksgiving Day ceremony. How to help

FP YouthOutcry will be hosting their sixth annual “Break Bread With You” Thanksgiving Day ceremony at Lincoln Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event will be hosted by Kyle “The Voice” Abercrombie and feature a performance by the Integrity House Choir.

FP is still seeking volunteers to help with the event, including day-of volunteers (note: you’ll need to arrive at Lincoln Park by 8 a.m.); artists willing to share a Thanksgiving Day song, poem, or other content; and neighbors willing to give in-kind donations. Those interested in helping out can contact FP’s office at (973) 732-4690.

The ceremony will feature a meal onsite, so cooked food donations are needed for the day of the event (donations for canned food closed on November 20th). FP YouthOutcry is also calling for clothing, toiletries, toys, and other non-perishable items in the same vein, which will be donated in person at the ceremony.

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Rising Tide Capital raised 260K to support New Jersey entrepreneurs, including two business academies in Newark

Last week, Rising Tide Capital raised more than $260,000 to support entrepreneurship development in underserved communities throughout New Jersey. In just three years, the Start Something Champions Gala has raised more than $1 million, providing scholarships for aspiring entrepreneurs to receive business training through the nonprofit’s nationally recognized Community Business Academy (CBAs).

Two community business academies will be launching in Newark in 2015: one in Vailsburg, and one in the Ironbound. Because of Rising Tide Capital’s success in raising funds, the $3,000 tuition for the 12-week intensive course will be waived for applicants.

“This year’s Start Something Champions Gala recognized engines of our local economy from small business owners such as first place winner of the 2014 Start Something Challenge Ninotchka Johnson to a national leader in values-based business like Whole Foods’s Co-CEO Walter Robb who received the Market Maker of the Year award,” said RTC co-founder and CEO Alfa Demmellash.

Hosted at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Rising Tide Capital also honored The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, New Jersey City University and Numi Organic Tea, for their dedication to entrepreneurship, job creation, and commitment to sustainability in underserved communities. The three winners of the 2014 Start Something Challenge were also awarded $22,500 in cash to help build and strengthen their businesses.

“The Start Something Challenge helped me evolve from an artist into an entrepreneur,” said Ninotchka Johnson, winner of the 2014 Start Something Challenge. ”The process helped me perfect my business pitch and create a solid business concept and direction for the future. I also gained a support system, the 9 other finalists. They give helpful advice and understand the work and sacrifice it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Video touts cafes and restaurants along a stretch of Halsey Street

The website NJ Arts News has published a video profile of the businesses along Halsey Street. The Coffee Cave, Art Kitchen, 27Mix, La Cocina, Hot Thai, and Green Chicpea are all featured or name-checked in the report.

“Two years ago when I just started it was, like, empty,” said Justyna Stachowicz, owner of Art Kitchen. “Now I see how it’s changing. Every week we see new faces,” she added.

Credited with the success of the Halsey district are its strategic proximity to Newark’s colleges and universities, and a collaborative ethos among business owners in the area. Check out the video below. (Reposted with permission from NJ Arts News.)

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