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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Photo of the Day 9/25/16


This photo shows Newark's Ironbound and Jersey City, including the Liberty Science Center tower, as seen from the Newark Skylab.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Photo of the Day 9/24/16


This photo shows Warren Street in Newark. A Newark firehouse can be seen in the distance.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

PHOTOS: President Obama Honors Arts and Humanities Medal Recipients



Washington, District of Columbia: President Barack Obama honored the recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal at a ceremony in the East Room of The White House in Washington on Thursday.

Two of the honorees are from New Jersey. James McBride, of Lambertville in Hunterdon County, and Elaine Pagels, of Princeton in Mercer County, were both recipients of the National Humanities Medal. McBride, an author, was honored for "humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America" and Pagels, a Princeton University professor, was honored for "her study of ancient manuscripts and other scholarly work"

Other honorees included Mel Brooks, Berry Gordy, Audra McDonald, and Terry Gross.


Above: Mel Brooks receives the National Medal of Arts

Above: Berry Gordy hugs Mel Brooks after receiving his award

Above: Preston Whiteway accepts the National Medal of Arts on behalf of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Above: Louis Menand shakes President Obama's hand before accepting the National Humanities Award

Above: President Obama meets Elaine Pagels

Above: President Obama awards Elaine Pagels

Above: President Obama hugs Isabel Wilkerson

Above: President Obama waves to the crowd at the conclusion of the ceremony

Above: Berry Gordy at the conclusion of an interview

Above: President Obama meets members of the audience

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Photo of the Day 9/23/16


This photo shows the view of Newark Airport and the Goethals Bridge from the Newark Skylab.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Photo of the Day 9/22/16


This photo shows Halsey Street in Downtown Newark.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Photo of the Day 9/21/16


This photo shows the Griffith Building and Military Park in Newark.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Design Store Opens in Maplewood



Maplewood, New Jersey: A new design store recently opened in Maplewood.

Avian and John opened to customers last month at 1857 Springfield Avenue, between Yale Street and Princeton Street, within the Elite Plaza Suite Building. A grand opening celebration was held on August 12th, and according to the business Instagram account, the store will be holding a weekly Artisan Market this fall with local vendors in the rear parking lot. The store sells a variety of furniture, custom signs, and other items.

Owners Avian and John Carraby used to run the BKLYN WEST pop-up store in Maplewood Village, and are also vendors at Brooklyn Flea.

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Charter School Plans to Open Facility in Downtown Newark Building


Newark, New Jersey: One of Newark's largest charter school organizations is planning to open a facility in another city building.

North Star Academy is proposing to renovate the building located across from Washington Park at 16-18 Washington Place, at the corner of Halsey Street, in Downtown Newark. According to a legal notice, NSA 18 Washington Place, LLC, which is registered out of the Robin Hood Foundation, has applied to the Newark Central Planning Board to install three classrooms and renovate the existing office space in the building. The installation of an internal connection to the neighboring North Star building at 10-14 Washington Place is also planned. "The classrooms and administrative office space in the Building will be used in connection with the existing, adjacent middle school", the notice reports.

The board will hear the proposal on Monday, September 26th at 6:30pm at Newark City Hall. 

North Star Academy is already planning to renovate a former industrial building near West Side Park to create a new location for an 800-student school.

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Photo of the Day 9/20/16


This photo shows the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, previously home to the Newark Bears.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

New Warehouse Planned for Newark 'Wasteland'


Newark, New Jersey: A new warehouse could be coming to Newark.

Penford Group, based in the Oldwick section of Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, has applied to the Newark Central Planning Board to construct a warehouse at 256 Vanderpool Street in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark's East Ward, between Avenue B and Avenue C. According to a public notice, should the project be approved, the warehouse will be 290,063 square feet, and will also contain office space.

The property is located in an industrial part of the southern section of the neighborhood, and is across the Oak Island Rail Yard from Northern State Prison. For many years, the fenced-off lot has sat vacant, with abandoned parts of a building that once stood there left exposed. Vanderpool Street once ran through the middle of the tract, but the block has also been fenced off for at least a decade. According to Law360, pigment processing plants operated by DuPont and Cookson Pigments operated at the site from 1917 to 1999. DuPont and the City of Newark settled a lawsuit in 2015 regarding pollution caused by the plant and the property. 

A statement from the City last year said that the property "is now a sprawling, derelict, hazardous 14-acre wasteland".

The board will hear the proposal on Monday, September 26th at 6:30pm at Newark City Hall at 920 Broad Street.

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