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Friday, July 28, 2017

Photo of the Day 7/28/17


This photo shows Washington Avenue in Belleville.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

PHOTOS: Phil Murphy Chooses Sheila Oliver for Running Mate in Downtown Newark

Above: Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver

NEWARK, N.J.: Close to a hundred elected officials, campaign staffers, volunteers, and reporters packed the former Verizon Wireless store space within the National Newark Building in Downtown Newark, which now contains Democratic nominee for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Essex County campaign office, on Wednesday as Murphy officially announced that Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver would be his running mate. Oliver, a Newark native who lives in East Orange, is a former New Jersey Assembly Speaker.

Attendees included Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., Newark Councilwoman Mildred Crump, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr., State Senator Richard Codey, and New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie.

The Republican nominee for Governor, current Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, will officially announce her nominee for Lieutenant Governor at an event today in West New York, Hudson County.

Above: Phil Murphy greets Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.

Above: Oliver and DiVincenzo shake hands as she enters the event

Above: New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie speaks at the announcement

Above: Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones, Jr. addresses attendees

Above: Currie, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, and Tammy Murphy watch the announcement

Above: Oliver's mother cheers during her daughter's acceptance speech

Above: Murphy, Oliver, and their families following the speeches

Above: Murphy and Oliver speak to reporters following the event

Above: Murphy's local headquarters is housed in the National Newark Building

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Photo of the Day 7/27/17


This photo shows the International Central Gospel Church Liberty Chapel in Orange's Valley Arts District.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UPDATE: Planning Board to Hear Newark Wawa Proposal


NEWARK, N.J.: Earlier this week, it was revealed that Wawa is planning to open another Essex County location. Now, information released by the City of Newark confirms the news.

According to a legal notice, the location, which could open in the Central Ward's Newark Riverfront Redevelopment Area at 1300 McCarter Highway/Route 21, at the northeast corner of Clark Street, is slated to include a 5,051 square foot convenience store and a gas station. The developer, Tonymar, LLC, of Elizabeth, is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for the project with variances "for not meeting the maximum building height requirement, exceeding the permitted front yard setback, exceeding the permitted monument sign area and exceeding the permitted maximum monument sign height."

The property has long been a vacant lot along this major corridor connecting Newark with Belleville, Nutley, and Passaic County. Previously, there were plans for a new shopping center called Riverview Square at the site, but the plaza was never constructed.

The Newark Central Planning Board will hear the proposal during its meeting on Monday, August 7th at 6:30pm at City Hall. Meanwhile, a community meeting with Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and Wawa representatives regarding the proposed location will be held tonight at 6:00pm at the Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church, located at 151 Broadway.

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Photo of the Day 7/26/17


This photo shows a view of Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart with Jersey City and Manhattan in the distance.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

'Theater in the Park' Coming to South Orange


SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.: In South Orange, community performances and events such as the Summer Concert Series and National Night Out are usually held at Flood's Hill along North Ridgewood Road. However, some local residents are hoping to bring more cultural offerings to another park across the village.

Located at 265 Valley Street, Founders Park, which, until this spring, was known as Memorial Park, will host 'Theater in the Park' on Saturday, August 12th, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. The event, which is being presented by the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association and interACT Theatre Productions, will feature a variety of plays and performances from interACT members, as well as activities for attendees, such as special effects face painting, a community sing-a-long, set design, and a costume photo booth.

"This event is to help bring more people to the park to encourage more people to use the space," said Catherine Fisher, who is one of the organizers.

Admission to Theater in the Park is free, and the event is open to all residents and visitors. Food and other items will be sold by local vendors.

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Photo of the Day 7/25/17


This photo shows the Edison water tower in West Orange.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Wawa Seeks to Open in Newark


NEWARK, N.J.: It's true: Wawa is planning to come to New Jersey's largest city.

Over the past decade, the Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey convenience store institution has been expanding outside of its original territory into North Jersey, and has opened several locations, from Maplewood in Essex County to Kearny in Hudson County. Now, a Wawa store is proposed for 1300-1346 McCarter Highway/Route 21 at the edge of the Lower Broadway neighborhood in Newark’s Central Ward, which is currently a large vacant lot along a largely commercial and industrial corridor. Carmelo Garcia, the Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, confirmed the news to Essex County Place.
Plans for the current project have not yet been approved, and it is not clear if this location will include a gas station. However, a community meeting regarding the plans is scheduled for this Wednesday, July 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church, located a few blocks away from the site at 151 Broadway. Wawa representatives and Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins are slated to be present, according to an event flyer.
Some residents are not in favor of having Wawa come to their part of the city.
“We do not want the Wawa,” said Lisa Gray of the Broad Street Neighborhood Association, telling Essex County Place that her neighborhood has seen “drug selling and prostitution for many years,” and that “we are afraid a 24-hour business of this nature would bring back this activity.”
In lieu of a Wawa, Gray stated that "residents of the neighborhood were hoping to get a family entertainment cebter there," such as a bowling alley, a Chuck E. Cheese's, a skating rink, or a cinema.
"We do not have a single park, playground, or recreation facility in the neighborhood," she explained.
Back in April, Essex County Place reached out to Wawa regarding whether the company would be opening a Newark location, but spokesperson Colleen Labik stated that “I don’t have any news to share…at this time.” We asked Wawa for comment regarding the latest development and will update this article should additional details be revealed.
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Photo of the Day 7/24/17


This former Public Service building in Montclair now contains offices and event space.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Photo of the Day 7/23/17


Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange attracts a variety of wildlife, from foxes to deer to birds.

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