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  • July 2012 – The Daily Newarker
    list of deficiencies in how Newark officials spent the COPS funds unusually blunt and deserves being quoted at length The report is brutal in its analysis of misuse of the funds It s great that the Mayor can bring in outside support like the COPS grant but unless proper governance is in place to administer the funds progress will take one step forward two steps back Author Ken Walker Posted on July 18 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags COPS Grant Finances Government Four charter schools to open in Newark Lia Eustachewich Four New Charter Schools to Open in Newark Paulo Freire Charter School 100 Legacy and virtual charter schools Merit Preparatory of Newark and Newark Prep will open their doors this upcoming school year bringing the total number of charters in the state to 86 and joining nearly two dozen already existing schools in the city The just approved schools as well as existing ones will be measured against new Performance Frameworks designed to improve oversight and accountability for the schools by setting clear expectations DOE said in a press release The schools will be evaluated in three comprehensive areas Academic organizational and financial performances Charter schools are granted autonomy in exchange for accountability and we at the state level will continue to hold all charter schools accountable for results to ensure that they offer all students a high quality education and an equality of opportunity said Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf in a statement Author Ken Walker Posted on July 18 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags Charter Schools Education Protesters respond to heartbreaking violence Mark Di Ionno Newark Anti Violence Coalition trying to do its part to stop killings Di Ionno profiles the Newark Anti Violence Coalition which has been protesting violence in the city since 2009 The latest protest took place at the site of the shooting that claimed Kendal Spear a Newark student who grew into a life any parent would be proud of Spear was gunned down trying to break up an altercation His mother Kelley is quoted here Kelley Spear grew up in Weequahic and came home after college to raise her family Her motivation was her two sons Schuppe said Like most Newark parents she struggled to balance two competing instincts to let her children be children and to protect them from the streets This is a theme of the book I ve met many mothers and fathers who like Kelley seem to be doing all the right things but live in constant fear that their work will be extinguished by one bad decision one slip of fate Schuppe said the last time he talked to Kelley she told me with pride and some relief that her son Kendal was attending technical school in Florida He d made it Heartbreaking Author Ken Walker Posted on July 18 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags Kendal Spear Mark Di Ionno Newark Anti Violence Coalition Protest Booker s lack of face time in the city has residents grumbling David Giambusso The absentee

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  • June 2012 – The Daily Newarker
    looking forward to playing sports and having fun with my cabin mates and counselors The Fresh Air Fund is doing the Lord s work More information and make a donation at their website Author Ken Walker Posted on June 29 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags Camp Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund Kids Worthy Cause Soccer rivalry gives way to celebration Ironbound turns into huge party as Spain Portugal fans come together for rivalry match In the Iberia restaurant square the bells were ringing and the kids were dancing soaked by a spritzing hose and spilled sangria Crowds in Spain s yellow and red soccer colors and Portugal s red green and white rushed in from Ferry Street some wearing the country s flags as capes Maybe it was the capriciousness of penalty shootout soccer Or maybe it was the sangria The Spanish fans danced and after a brief period of sullen griping the Portuguese danced with them Fun Also validation that I had indeed witnessed sullen griping yesterday Author Ken Walker Posted on June 28 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags Euro Cup Ironbound Portugal Rivalry Spain The Health Care Decision Explained in One Paragraph The Health Care Decision Explained in One Paragraph Which I split into two This should help separate the spin from the facts in today s political commentary in the media and on the web In Plain English The Affordable Care Act including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance is constitutional There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance However five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power That is all that matters Because the mandate survives the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding On that question the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn t comply with the new requirements rather than all of their funding Author Ken Walker Posted on June 28 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags Obamacare State votes on higher ed merger State Legislature to vote on Rutgers Rowan UMDNJ merger today The controversial bill which has gone through many changes since Gov Chris Christie announced the plan in January would merge Rutgers Camden with Rowan University and govern them with a joint board It would also fold most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey UMDNJ into Rutgers Rowan also would take over UMDNJ s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford Proponents say it will save the state money in the long run but Rutgers officials testified this week that it would cost the university

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  • April 2012 – The Daily Newarker
    Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October 2008 29 September 2008 48 August 2008 29 July 2008 78 June 2008 88 May 2008 106 April 2008 35 March 2008 16 February 2008 45 January 2008 30 December 2007 21 November 2007 12 October 2007 11 September 2007 12 August 2007 33 July 2007 57 June 2007 87 May 2007 74 April 2007 25 March 2007 9 February 2007 1 January 2007 4 December 2006 2 November 2006 7 September 2006

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  • August 2011 – The Daily Newarker
    brinksmanship on a national stage certainly provided a healthy bargaining chip with which to make decisions which I m sure we ll find out in due time benefit very few Meantime here in Newark the city has seen a rash of gun violence up 40 you read that right over this time last year that most recently claimed the life of two of Newark s finest One an Essex county corrections officer found on Halsey Street outside a police social club suffering from what would later become a fatal gunshot wound The other one of Newark s success stories a young teacher born and raised in the city to become an honors student and a Fairleigh Dickinson grad here for a brief visit which ended her life The national political posturing had nothing to do with these twin tragedies and perhaps that s the point While the matter of our national fiscal health is critical to the health of our country and in turn our cities one can t help but feel as though congress spent the last few weeks vacationing from governing the people and solving real problems to play high stakes poker with our future Author Ken Walker Posted on August 1 2011 Categories Uncategorized Leave a comment on Lack of Budget Compromise Comes with a Price Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012

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  • November 2010 – The Daily Newarker
    he developed during his youth seeing his father brutally attacked In his book Stern also described young Brennan s most fearful moments when his father drank alone frustrated and disturbed by local politics Hartnett pointed out that in contrast since becoming a state judge after the 1947 State Constitution Convention overhauled the backward judicial system Brennan Jr had never wavered in his faith in the judicial power to create a more humane society Hartnett sited case after case among Brennan s numerous legal decisions where he extended justice through a living Constitution A walking encyclopedia of Essex County politics Assemblyman Tomas Giblin is a long time president of Local 68 Operating Engineers the Brennan Sr s union in the 1910 s During the hardest days in the Great Depression Giblin s father got a one day a week job from Commissioner Brennan Thirty years later Justice Brennan s Baker v Carr decision paved Giblin Senior s path to another job this time in the State Legislature To Giblin the Brennan family s support to young Irish immigrants is legendary The Brennan family s Irish connection however often led to the ethnic stereotype that Georgianna Brennan deeply resents Justice Brennan Geogianna s father in law was always dear Pop not a mischievously smiling Leprechaun with short arms around his colleagues as caricatured by authors like Bob Woodward She recalled the hardworking old man baby sitting grandchildren on a Christmas morning while writing legal opinions on a yellow pad next to the kitchen table She testified what Seth Stern described all through his 700 page book the heroic but quiet sacrifices that Brennan made together with his wife Marjorie and their children for the justice of all Having reached the pinnacle of his legal career Justice Brennan was far from a wealthy man but often resorted to borrowing money from friends for his children s education Shortly before her death Marjorie overcame her cancer pain and showed up for the last time in Justice Brennan s Supreme Court chamber to observe his questioning Georgianna Brennan is particularly proud of her Newark roots I am a Newarker because I was born married and worked in Newark What she did not mention is that her own father Pearce Franklin an able attorney served as a Newark City Commissioner between the 1930 s and the 1950 s even longer than Brennan Sr The evening s audience seemed to enthusiastically embrace the Brennan s particularly William J Brennan Sr as their own I remember reading a 1928 New York Times report about 100 000 children attending a Brennan family picnic in Dreamland Park which blocked the Lincoln Highway traffic for hours Today with the Newark Public Library facing extensive service cuts and Brennan s Barringer High School falling into chaos it is hard to imagine that political leaders like Commissioner Brennan could command such affection from ordinary citizens Justice Brennan said in 1986 Everything I am I am because of my father For today s Newarkers

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  • June 2010 – The Daily Newarker
    growing tax income as a result of these success stories I don t see any other way the city is going to sustainably plug the budget gap apart from more businesses moving to the city and paying their due Author Ken Walker Posted on June 27 2010 Categories Status Tags Newark Museum Prudential Center Red Bull Arena Leave a comment on NJ com Newark hopes city attractions lure more visitors Gamble Indeed NJ com Municipal Utility Authority could bring millions to Newark The most immediate advantage of the authority will be its ability to bond earning the city 50 million this year 40 million next year 10 million in 2012 and roughly 5 million every year after Without the revenue Booker said he will be forced to institute major property tax increases to slash an estimated 180 million deficit According to critics the move is a quick fix fraught with potential for corruption and rate hikes for residents Booker and city officials are bracing for a major public outcry as the idea is presented and voted on this summer If history is any indicator the fight will not be easy Booker said the alternative to the MUA is a 30 percent property tax hike as opposed to a 2 5 percent increase Without knowing what the increase in water rates will be the mayor said he is hopeful residents will take the gamble It s unclear from Giambusso s reporting here if the Mayor actually used the word gamble To extend the analogy this isn t unlike putting the deed to your house on black to avoid bank foreclosure doing nothing means you lose your house winning means you get to keep it Losing though is where the analogy gets muddier Booker seems to have been referring solely to an increase in water rates a downside that may not outweigh the upside But lending concerns and poor governance could make the downside an even costlier proposition for city residents Of course none of this happens in a vacuum If you believe that the city is on its way to a bright and prosperous future perhaps even this worst case could be offset by future businesses and corporations taking up shop here in Newark Staring down the barrel of a slow moving economic recovery and double digit unemployment makes that a pretty big if Adding transparency to the process of drafting an MUA plan could mitigate the risks of implementation But with a yawning budget gap despite year after year of cuts and layoffs at City Hall is it a gamble the city can afford not to take Author Ken Walker Posted on June 25 2010 Categories Featured Tags Cory A Booker Municipal Utility Authority Leave a comment on Gamble Indeed Newark Art Walk Halsey St Village Newark Art Walk A monthly showcase of Newark s vibrant and evolving downtown art scene taking place the Fourth Saturday of each month through October This Weekend Saturday June 26 focus on Halsey St

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  • May 2010 – The Daily Newarker
    out three challengers Clifford Minor Yvonne Garrett Moore and Mirna L White Minor a subdued former prosecutor and municipal judge received just 35 percent of the vote At the time of publication Charles Bell wasn t the clear election winner in the Central Ward According to the city s Newark Election 2010 website it looks like he has indeed won Author Ken Walker Posted on May 12 2010 Categories Status Tags 2010 Municipal Election Cory Booker Leave a comment on NJ com Cory Booker is re elected as Newark mayor for second term New York Times Newark Project With Schools and Housing for Teachers New York Times Newark Project With Schools and Housing for Teachers But the Newark development a complex for middle and lower income tenants to be known as Teachers Village takes Mr Meier 75 back to his roots to a time more than 40 years ago when he devoted as much energy to subsidized housing as to beach houses Despite the project s modest budget of 120 million its tautly composed and thoughtfully laid out forms reflect the same intelligence and care found in most of Mr Meier s work City officials are hoping its design along with its location a dilapidated neighborhood between City Hall and a cluster of college campuses will help contribute to a much wider urban revival Teachers Village is not only the most impressive of several new initiatives in Newark but also the most dramatic example yet of what is shaping up to be a significant and hopeful trend in architecture Author Ken Walker Posted on May 6 2010 Categories Status Leave a comment on New York Times Newark Project With Schools and Housing for Teachers Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on

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  • April 2010 – The Daily Newarker
    but Minor largely undefined as challenger Politicker NJ Politicker NJ Newark Straw poll Booker detractors nurse hurt in Central and West but Minor largely undefined as challenger Disappointed with Mayor Cory Booker a random scattershot of voters in the Central and West wards don t know enough about challenger Clifford Minor to feel confident he would do better and some question his campaign trail passion according to a PolitickerNJ com straw poll conducted Saturday Dismantling your opponent s platform while failing to articulate your own is rarely a winning formula and never sparks meaningful policy We received a 10 page pamphlet from the Minor camp lambasting the mayor for everything from his high powered friends to the city s long running battle with crime Minor has failed to define his platform as anything but the anti Booker campaign One is left to wonder how Minor would govern City Hall if given the opportunity Author Ken Walker Posted on April 28 2010 Categories Status Tags 2010 Municipal Election Clifford Minor Cory Booker Leave a comment on Newark Straw poll Booker detractors nurse hurt in Central and West but Minor largely undefined as challenger Politicker NJ New York Times Devils Move Paying Off for Team and Newark NYTimes com New York Times Devils Move Paying Off for Team and Newark The Devils ultimately fell to the Philadelphia Flyers a few days later the third straight year they were bounced from the playoffs in the first round But off the ice the team which moved to Prudential Center in 2007 from the charmless Meadowlands is starting to find its feet in Newark After a shaky start attendance is up more fans are traveling to games on mass transit and are spending more money in the growing number of restaurants and shops near the arena Author Ken Walker Posted on April 28 2010 Categories Status Tags New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Leave a comment on New York Times Devils Move Paying Off for Team and Newark NYTimes com NJ com Newark students walk out protest at City Hall against school budget cuts NJ com Newark students walk out protest at City Hall against school budget cuts http tribeca vidavee com advance vidavee playerv3 vFlasher debug swf p19 movie1272403246290 d 3E46B05C6400B03B26CF698D0A8E8402 You could hear the protests from blocks around City Hall Author Ken Walker Posted on April 27 2010 Categories Status Video 2 Comments on NJ com Newark students walk out protest at City Hall against school budget cuts Interview East Ward Council Candidate Peter Pantoliano With the municipal elections looming large next month we ll be making an effort to interview the prospective city council candidates This week I m pleased to present this podcast interview with Peter Pantoliano candidate for the East Ward council seat Mr Pantoliano has been a leader in the Ironbound community for years He is currently serving as a representative for the 19th district in the city of Newark He s a prominent local business owner in the neighborhood

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