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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Photo of the Day 8/29/15


This photo shows Flood's Hill in South Orange.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Another Business Closes on Millburn Avenue in Short Hills


Short Hills, New Jersey: Although Short Hills is one of wealthiest communities in the country, several storefronts in this section of Millburn Township continue to remain vacant. Now, another business has closed its doors along the Millburn Avenue corridor. Cait and Abby's Daily Bread, located at 518 Millburn Avenue, closed this summer. 

A statement on the company website reads that Cait and Abby's "sincerely appreciate[s]" the "loyalty and support" of customers. 

The Short Hills location of Cait and Abby's opened nearly 15 years ago. The bakery's South Orange location, which has operated within the main South Orange Train Station since 1995, will remain open.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News, the Short Hills location stopped selling only kosher food in 2008 due to "slumping sales", and owner Raul Saade considered closing the location at that time.

This part of Short Hills already has several vacant properties. Priscilla of Boston, a bridal shop, closed in 2011 and has remained vacantOn nearby Morris Turnpike, the building formerly occupied by The Short Hills Caterers, has remained vacant since the facility suddenly closed in 2008. A Walgreens pharmacy had been proposed for the site in 2014, however, the building is now for sale again. 

The are also vacant real estate agencies, offices, and stores.

Other buildings have been vacant for even longer. Saks Fifth Avenue closed its Millburn Avenue location along the Springfield border 20 years ago, and moved to The Mall at Short Hills shortly after. A Stop & Shop location has been proposed for the site, but has faced opposition by Millburn officials. The building remains vacant to this day. 

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Halsey Street Pop-Up Festival Coming in September


Newark, New Jersey: A pop-up festival is coming to Downtown Newark. The Halsey Street Pop-Up Festival will be held on Thursday, September 10th, from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. There will be live music, a fashion show, an artisan market, a pop-up park, and food and drinks on Halsey Street between Central Avenue and New Street in Newark's Central Ward. In addition, according to Kathryn Markel, the chair of the Glassroots board, the organization will participate in the event by hosting glassblowing and flame working demonstrations. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the following week. The Halsey Street Pop-Up Festival will be sponsored by the Newark Downtown District, Rutgers University-Newark, and Prudential.

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Note: This event was submitted by GlassRoots to Essex County Place.

Newark Meeting to Discuss Ending Crime and Violence


Newark, New Jersey: A community meeting will be held this Monday, August 31st, beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting, which will discuss violence, crime, and the Occupy the City event, will be held at the St. John Community Baptist Church. Community members and youth are encouraged to attend this meeting to share their views. The St. John Community Baptist Church is located in the South Ward at 1066 Bergen Street, between Lehigh and Lyons Avenues. Transportation is available using NJ Transit Bus 39. Click here to learn more, or contact Stacie Hillsman by calling (973) 715-3629, or by sending an email to hillsmans@ci.newark.nj.us.

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Caribbean Festival Coming to the North Ward


Newark, New Jersey: The first annual Essex County Caribbean Festival is coming to Newark. The event will be held at the Prudential Concert Grove at Branch Brook Park on Saturday, September 12th, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The festival will feature vendors, a play area for children, Caribbean cuisine, and performances by notable Caribbean artists, including Wanto and Rupee. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be sponsored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Prudential Concert Grove is located in Newark's North Ward in the central park of the park, near Park Avenue. Transportation is available using NJ Transit buses and the Newark Light Rail's Park Avenue Station. Click here to learn more.

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Photo of the Day 8/28/15


This photo shows One Gateway Center as seen from inside Newark Penn Station.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Parking Payment Program Expanded in South Orange


South Orange, New Jersey: There is a new way to pay for parking in the Village Center area of South Orange. Drivers can now pay for parking at all metered parking spaces by using a cellphone. 

MobileNOW! was recently expanded to serve all of Downtown South Orange. When it launched in the Village in the summer of 2012, only the area surrounding the main South Orange Train Station was served.

To use MobileNOW!, drivers can download the free app should they have a smartphone, or call the MobileNOW! phone number. Stickers on every parking meter give the information regarding the parking space that drivers will have to enter when calling or using the app. Drivers can also use MobileNOW! to extend parking sessions. 

"The South Orange Parking Authority is pleased to partner with MobileNOW! to bring to all of South Orange another convenient payment option,” said Mark Hartwyk of the South Orange Parking Authority in a statement.

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NJ Spotlight on Cities Coming in October


Newark, New Jersey: An event regarding New Jersey's urban areas will be held on Friday, October 16th, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. NJ Spotlight on Cities will discuss the future of New Jersey's largest cities, and will feature a variety of presentations. Speakers who are scheduled to attend include Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, Newark's Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Baye Adolfo-Wilson, in addition to representatives from government agencies, police departments, health care systems, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and development corporations. Event partners include NJPAC, Rutgers University at Newark, and Next City. The event will be funded in part by the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Knight Foundation. Click here to learn more.

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Photography Studio to Open in Montclair


Montclair, New Jersey: A new photography studio will open up in the Montclair Center Business District. A franchise of Little Nest Portraits will be located at The Siena, a new mixed use development. According to NJBIZ, Little Nest is filling the last vacant space at The Siena. The studio is slated to open to customers next month, and will be owned by Montclair resident Brittany DeMaio. This will be the first New Jersey location for the small franchise. There are two other locations in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The Siena is located at 54 South Park Street. Click here to learn more, or to sign up for the grand opening ceremony.

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Ovarian Cancer Walk Coming to Branch Brook Park


Newark, New Jersey: A walk to raise funds for ovarian cancer research will be held on Sunday, September 13th, at Branch Brook Park in Newark. The sign-in will last from 8:30am to 9:30am, and at the conclusion of the sign-in period, a warm up session will begin. At 10:00am, the walk will start. Event partners include The North Ward Center Inc., Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, and Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. Registration before August 31st costs $21.49, and registration after August 30th costs $26.62. There is no cost for children, and for those who are unable to participate in the walk, donations will be accepted. The walk will begin at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, which is located in Newark's North Ward near the Belleville border. Transportation is available using the Branch Brook Park Station of the Newark Light Rail and local NJ Transit buses. Click here to learn more.

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