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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Child Care Center Plans to Move in South Orange


South Orange, New Jersey: A local child care center could be moving across town. 

According to a legal notice from the South Orange Village Zoning Board of Adjustment, Little Stages is planning to open a child care center at 179 Irvington Avenue, at the corner of Cottage Street. The center would serve up to thirty children, and would be located just down the street from Congregation Beth El, which also has a preschool. It plans to operate in a building, which was originally a house, that previously was occupied by Guiding Hands Pediatrics. 

Currently, Little Stages is located in a former house on Taylor Place near the South Orange Public Library. That property is owned by Taylor Vose Associates, which also owns the former Blockbuster building on South Orange Avenue and a few neighboring properties. Taylor Vose shares an address with Hub Realty in West Orange. Although Jared Lustbader of Hub Realty told Essex County Place that there are no plans for the building at this time, TAP into SOMA reports that a mixed use development with retail, office, and residential space could be coming to the property.

A hearing will be held regarding the Little Stages plan at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on June 7th at 7:30pm.

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New Exhibit at Rutgers-Newark's Library


Newark, New Jersey: A local university library will be opening a new exhibit this week.

The John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University–Newark is hosting 'Spring Sutras', which, according to the university, "features thousands of recycled catalog cards that cascade in hand-sewn, brilliantly translucent strands from a two-story-high skylight, surrounding and touching viewers as they move through the space". Admission to the exhibit is free, and the public is welcome. It will be on display until the fall.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 2nd, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The Dana Library is located at 185 University Avenue in the Central Ward, just up the steps from the sign pictured above.

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Photo of the Day 5/31/16


This photo shows the Military Park Building in Downtown Newark.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/30/16


This photo shows Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Newark Street to be Named in Honor of Celluloid Film Inventor


Newark, New Jersey: A street in Newark will soon be named in honor of one of its most successful residents.

State Street, located in the Central Ward near Newark Broad Street Station, connects University Avenue and Broad Street with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. At the corner of University Avenue and State Street sits the Plume House, which was built close to 300 years ago, making it one of Newark's oldest buildings. However, the house is historic for another reason.

Inside, in 1887, Hannibal Goodwin, the retired Reverend of the House of Prayer Episcopal Church and Rectory next door, invented celluloid film, a year before a similar product was created by George Eastman of Kodak. According to Wired, the company which purchased Rev. Goodwin's company following his death sued Eastman Kodak, which then paid out the equivalent of $111 million in current money.

A. commemorative street naming ceremony will be held on State Street this Friday, June 3rd at 2:00pm in honor of Rev. Goodwin. The event will be sponsored by the Newark International Film Festival and Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins.



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Photo of the Day 5/29/16


This photo shows the border between South Orange and Newark.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/28/16


This photo shows a squirrel in Newark's West Ward.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Petco Planning to Open Downtown Newark Location


Newark, New Jersey: A new pet store could be coming to Downtown Newark.

According to the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, a Petco location is proposed for the 115-year-old Hahne and Co. Building at 609 Broad Street, at the corner of New Street. The 13,049 square foot store on the first floor would also contain a 'doggy day care'. Should it be approved by the commission, it will be the third Petco store in Essex County after West Orange and Verona.

Once a department store, the Hahne and Co. Building is currently being renovated as part of the Express Newark project, and will also contain a Whole Foods Market location, mixed-income housing, the Rutgers University-Newark Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, City National Bank's new headquarters, a Rutgers-Newark Barnes and Noble bookstore and more when completed.

Another pet shop, Petland Discounts, recently opened on Broad Street near the corner of Market Street.

UPDATE 8/6/16: The commission approved the proposal.
UPDATE 10/16: Barnes and Noble is planning to open in the development.

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Housing Could Come to Newark's South Ward


Newark, New Jersey: A new development project could be coming to Newark's South Ward.

According to a legal notice, a new building is proposed for 274-282 West Runyon Street, between Goodwin Avenue and Ingraham Place, in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood. Triple A Builders Phase II LLC, which owns several properties around the city, has applied to the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) for the 38.5 foot tall building to have four stories with parking on the ground floor. The top three floors would each have 24 apartments should the project be approved.

The property, which has been a vacant gated lot for several years, sits two blocks from Hawthorne Avenue, which is served by NJ Transit's Bus 27 to Downtown Newark and Clifton. While other areas of Newark, particularly the Central and East Wards, have seen an increase in new development in the last five years, this is among the first projects planned for the South Ward.

A public hearing regarding this potential new development will be held before the ZBA at City Hall on Thursday, June 9th at 7:00pm.

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Photo of the Day 5/27/16


This decades-old sign along Clinton Avenue welcomes visitors from Maplewood to Irvington.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rutgers-Newark to Open New Facilities in Downtown


Newark, New Jersey: Rutgers University-Newark will open two new facilities in Downtown. 

An Alumni Center will open near the Newark Museum at 47 Central Avenue, at the corner of Washington Street. According to NJ Parcels, Rutgers acquired the building in August, 2015 for $600,000. The university is currently looking to hire a director of the Alumni Center. Mills + Schnoering Architects of Mercer County will renovate the building, according to Rutgers Magazine. 

Rutgers University has established an Alumni Centers Steering Committee to create such centers on all three Rutgers campuses. 

In addition, after months of planning, Rutgers-Newark announced yesterday that it has partnered with the RBH Group to develop the new Honors Living-Learning Community. 

According to Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Peter Englot, the new 400-bed 320,000 square-foot facility will cost approximately $70 million, and will also contain classrooms, 30,000 square feet retail space on the first floor, open space, and parking. Construction on the project, which will be designed by Perkins Eastman, is slated to begin later this year and be finished by 2018. 

The complex will stretch north to south from New Street to Linden Street and east to west from Halsey Street to Washington Street. 

Currently, most of the block consists of a large Rutgers parking lot. However, there are a few buildings, including one at the corner of New and Washington Streets, McGovern's Tavern on New Street, the Village Hotel and the corner of New and Halsey Streets, a building on Halsey Street that used to contain the Rutgers-Newark Child Care and Nonprofit Technical Assistance Centers, and four attached buildings at the corner of Halsey and Linden Streets. 

Englot told Essex County Place that "at this time, the plans are for the Honors Living-Learning Community building to work around the footprints of the existing buildings", with the exception of the building that used to contain the Rutgers-Newark Child Care and Nonprofit Technical Assistance Centers, which will be demolished to make way for the project. 

These new projects join Rutgers-Newark's Express Newark project in the former Hahne's building along Broad and Halsey Streets, which will contain a Whole Foods Market, stores, galleries, offices, and more when completed.


Above: The Washington Street entrance to the parking lot where the Honors Living-Learning Community will rise.


Above: Construction on the Express Newark project in the former Hahne's building in December

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Another Self Storage Facility Opens in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: Another self-storage facility has opened in the City of Newark. 

Extra Space Storage recently opened a location at 50 Gould Avenue, between South 13th Street and South 14th Street, in the West Ward. The building is five stories tall, and sits across from Route 280 and the UPS distribution center. It is Extra Space's fifth location in Essex County after Bloomfield, Fairfield, Orange, and Newark's South Ward.

An abandoned factory, originally owned by the Imperial Laundry Company, was previously located at the site. Built in 1903, it was torn down two years ago to make way for the project. 

More self-storage companies have come to Newark recently, including StorageBlue, which has a new location along Mount Pleasant Avenue in the North Ward and U-Haul, which is planning to open a facility in a former factory at 370-386 Orange Street in the Central Ward.

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Photo of the Day 5/26/16


This photo shows the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Holy Ascension in Maplewood.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Job Fair Coming to Essex County College


Newark, New Jersey: A job fair will be held this week in Newark.

The 2016 Essex County Job Fair will be held at Essex County College's main campus gymnasium on Thursday May 26th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free to the event, which is being sponsored by the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment. 

According to the county, there will be more than 100 vendors and service providers at the job fair, from industries like health care, higher education, banking, tourism, and law enforcement. Local government agencies will also be present to offer information about health screenings and job readiness skills.

Essex County College is located along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, between Market Street and Warren Street.

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Photo of the Day 5/25/16


This photo shows a bird outside of the former Newark City Hospital on Irvington Avenue.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Resa Grill Opens in Newark's University Heights


Newark, New Jersey: A new restaurant has opened in Newark's Central Ward.

Resa Grill and Catering opened in University Heights at 12 Lock Street, between Sussex Avenue and Central Avenue. Salads, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts are served at the restaurant, which opened earlier this month. The space near the New Jersey Institute of Technology had been vacant for several years, but was occupied by a rental car facility until 2008.

According to the Forest Hill Community Association, Resa Grill is owned by Newarkers Donald Reid and Steve Sacco.

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Photo of the Day 5/24/16


This photo shows St. John's Catholic Church in Orange.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Distillery Planned for Former Newark Warehouse


Newark, New Jersey: The City of Newark could soon have its first distillery.

According to a legal notice, Res Natura Distillery is planning to open in the Ironbound section of Newark's East Ward at 424-426 Mulberry Street, at the corner of Tichenor Street. The property, which is owned by JJEE Group 2, was previously a warehouse. It sits just across the street from the train tracks used by NJ Transit, Amtrak, and PATH. According to documents from the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), there would be an accessory bar, liquor sales, and tastings in the space should the project be approved. Manufacturing is currently prohibited in the zone.

Currently, all three of Essex County's distilleries are located in Fairfield.

A public hearing regarding the proposed Newark microbrewery will be held before the ZBA on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm at City Hall on Broad Street.

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U-Haul Plans to Turn Former Newark Factory Into Self Storage


Newark, New Jersey: What was once a factory in Newark's Central Ward could soon see new use.

U-Haul has acquired several properties near the corner of Orange Street and 1st Street, including the former James A. Banister Company Shoe Factory. The building, which has been abandoned for years, is located at 370-386 Orange Street next to the Orange Street Newark Light Rail Station. It is clearly visible from Route 280 near Exit 13. It was most recently used by Domino Manufacturing Corporation, which made wrapping paper.

According to Jeff Lockridge of U-Haul, the project is still in its early stages, and the company is "still going through the zoning process", and "has an engineer drawing up plans".

"Our plan is to put our adaptive reuse initiatives to use and repurpose the building as a U-Haul self-storage and truck and trailer rental facility to serve the community", Lockridge told Essex County Place.

The former factory was nominated last September for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. According to the nomination form, the factory dates to 1915, and was later used by the Tung-Sol Lamp Works beginning in 1935.

Frank Hill Smith, Inc. designed the plant and others across the country. According to an article in the Shoe and Leather Reporter from 1916,  the "inspector of Shops and Factories for the State of New Jersey recently stated that he considered the Banister plant the model factory of the state".

The City of Newark sold ten additional properties from 141 to 155 1st Street to U-Haul in December for $200,000.

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Photo of the Day 5/23/16


This photo shows the main branch of the Newark Public Library.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/22/16


The former Workingmen's Building and Loan Association, currently a church, towers over Springfield Avenue in Newark.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/21/16


This photo shows the Greater Newark Conservancy.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/20/16


This photo shows the Lincoln Monument outside of the Essex County Courthouse in Downtown Newark.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

PHOTOS: Maplewood Village Post Office Being Demolished


Maplewood, New Jersey: Demolition continued Thursday on a former post office in Maplewood. 

The former main post office along Maplewood Avenue in the Maplewood Village Business District is being torn down to make way for a mixed use residential and commercial building called Clarus Maplewood. JMF Properties will develop 23 apartments and retail space in the new building, which was previously going to be known as The Post House. 

Maplewood Village's post office had been built in 1958, and closed in 2015. Maplewood currently has other post offices on Maplewood Avenue near Lenox Place and on Springfield Avenue.







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Photo of the Day 5/19/16


This photo shows the 100 year old South Orange Train Station.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/18/16


Newark's oldest schoolhouse dates to 1784. It sits behind the Newark Museum.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

African Adventure Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo Today


West Orange, New Jersey: A new exhibit is opening at one of Essex County's largest tourist attractions today, and several regional leaders are on the guest list.

The new African Adventure Exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange's South Mountain Recreation Complex will open during a ceremony today at 12:00pm. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Governor Chris Christie, and First Lady Mary Pat Christie are slated to speak at the event, according to the County of Essex and the Office of the Governor. 

According to the County, "the exhibit is the largest at Turtle Back and features four Masai giraffes, eland, whistling ducks, ostrich and tortoises".

This is Governor Christie's first visit to the Turtle Back Zoo since July of 2014, when he attended the grand opening of the Education Center building.

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-Photo of Governor Chris Christie speaking at the opening of the Turtle Back Zoo Education Center-

New South Orange Rescue Squad Headquarters to Hold Open House


South Orange, New Jersey: Local residents will soon be able to see a new facility for first responders in one Essex County village. 

A dedication and open house for the South Orange Rescue Squad's new headquarters will be held on Saturday, June 11th, beginning at 11:00am. There will be several activities, according to the squad, including tours, meetings with local EMTs, and events for children. 

The new building is located next to the South Orange Fire Department headquarters at 62 Sloan Street, between First Street and Second Street. A garage and apartment on Fourth Street has been the temporary home of the squad for two years. Previously, it operated in a building on Third Street for over 45 years before being demolished in 2014 to make way for the new Third and Valley apartment complex. 

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Photo of the Day 5/17/16


This photo shows the abandoned South Orange Pumping Station, which is slated for demolition to make way for the South Orange Greenway Walking and Biking Path.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Meeting Held Regarding Possible School Resource Officer at Columbia High School


Maplewood, New Jersey: The possibility of a Maplewood Police Department school resource officer at Columbia High School brought dozens of community members to a forum on Monday night. 

The sworn officer would be assigned to the school everyday, and would have an office inside the building. 

South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll and Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino both spoke in favor of the proposal at the beginning of the meeting, as did former Maplewood Police Sgt. Michael Morrison, who served as a school resource officer at Columbia High School from 2001 to 2005. According to Chief Cimino, the role was eliminated in 2008 due to budget cuts. The South Orange Maplewood School District currently contracts with U.S. Security Associates for security officers at Columbia High School, Maplewood Middle School, and South Orange Middle School. 

"They saw him as a friend; they didn't see him as a police officer", Chief Kroll said of Sgt. Morrison. 

Morrison then stated then when he worked at Columbia, he would often speak to students in classes like driver's education. "Those relationships that I built in the high school are still in place", Sgt. Morrison told attendees. 

Several students, alumni, and parents then spoke about the proposal, most of whom were against it. 

"Why now?", one student asked. Superintendent Dr. John Ramos responded that a state task force about safety published recommendations, one of which was to hire school resource officers.

"We can't guide our lives by one extreme", said a parent. 

Several other community members spoke out about alleged incidents of racism by police officers and school security officers at the high school, and one alumnus stated that he was assaulted by a police officer at the high school in 2003, and was then expelled from school. 

"It traumatized me", he told the crowd. "I have a lot of respect for the cops, but do we really need them in the high school? No we don't", he said. The former student later graduated from Kean University and received a degree from Seton Hall University earlier in the day on Monday. 

"I always support student voice; student voices are important," Dr. Ramos told Essex County Place following the meeting. "I know lots of times the items at board meetings can be boring and of no consequence but just their presence makes a difference because they are who we serve", he added. 

Monday's meeting came after a meeting on Thursday night where many students and Columbia High School teacher Thomas Whitaker spoke out about recent racial incidents in the school district. During Thursday's meeting, Whitaker stated that due to budget cuts, teachers had been planning to organize. 

"However, according to district leadership, they were advised to 'discourage their people from organizing or they would feel the wrath of the superintendent'", Whitaker claimed. 

"My reference to staff coming to board meetings was more about those instances where people were being self serving, and that's been the history in the district in some cases and I think its contrary to the culture that a school district should have", said Dr. Ramos in response, adding that "I had no problem with Mr. Whitaker coming to the meeting last week and in fact I'm gratified that people came forward to talk about the issue". 

Dr. Ramos said that he is planning on starting a Superintendent's roundtable for students to speak about school issues. 

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron, South Orange Maplewood Board of Education members, students, teachers, union leaders, and actor John Amos were among the other attendees at Monday's meeting. 

However, some felt that more people from the community should have been in attendance. Nina Kambili, the student representative to the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education, said that it was a "sham of a forum", noting that the event was barely advertised to students. 

"This room should be filled", another student stated near the end of the meeting.


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Soledad O’Brien Replaces Wendell Pierce as Rutgers-Newark Commencement Speaker


Newark, New Jersey: A city university will have a new speaker at its 2016 graduation later this week.


Rutgers University - Newark has announced that Soledad O'Brien, a journalist and news anchor, will speak on Wednesday, May 18th at the graduation at the Prudential Center in Downtown Newark.


Actor Wendell Pierce was originally slated to be the speaker at the graduation, but he was arrested in Atlanta on Saturday and is facing simple battery charges, according to CNN.


In a statement, the university stated that "this morning Rutgers University – Newark was informed by actor and humanitarian Wendell Pierce that in order to assure that commencement 2016 will be a celebration of the accomplishments of our students free of distractions, he is declining to join us and consequently must decline the conferral of an honorary degree."


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Photos of the Day 5/16/16


The former Hook and Ladder Fire Company on University Avenue in Newark dates to 1881. The building is now used by a beef company.




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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hail to the Chief: President Obama Arrives Amid Hail Storm in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: President Barack Obama briefly visited Newark on Sunday.


The president arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport amid a rain and hail storm on Air Force One at approximately 11:30am, where he met with Newark's mayor, Ras J. Baraka, and several other attendees. President Obama then boarded a helicopter, which traveled with four other choppers south to Rutgers University's High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, Middlesex County, where the president was the commencement speaker.


"I recognize it does not feel like the planet is warmer right now", the president told the crowd in Piscataway when discussing climate change. "I understand, there was hail when I landed in Newark", he said as the crowd laughed. 


Following his speech, President Obama returned to Newark aboard the helicopter before transferring back to Air Force One.


This is the second time in a year that the president has come to Newark. He visited the city in November and spoke at Rutgers' Newark campus.



Above: Air Force One lands at Newark Liberty International Airport


Above: President Obama arrives in Newark amid a hail storm


Above: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka meets President Obama


Above: Mayor Baraka hugs President Obama


Above: Mayor Baraka and President Obama walk to attendees at the airport


Above: President Obama meets attendees at the airport


Above: The president boards a helicopter bound for Rutgers University


Above: Helicopters bound for Rutgers ascend over Air Force One in Newark


Above: Air Force One and the New York skyline


Above: President Obama exits the helicopter


Above: President Obama climbs the steps to Air Force One


Above: Air Force One leaves Newark Liberty International Airport for Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

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