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  • June 2009 – The Daily Newarker
    garnered national recognition for the 2nd year in a row PRNDI Awards Division B Public Radio News Directors Inc handed out its national awards on June 13th in Portland Oregon Call In Program First Place WBGO Newark Today Newark Mayor Cory Booker never fails to light up the phones and this edition of Newark Today is no exception The judges liked hearing Booker interact with his fellow mayor from Jersey City the conversation was more about action than opinion One judge praise the ample amount of listener takeaway from this entry The program quickly goes beyond oh wow excitement to what do we do now Author Ken Walker Posted on June 25 2009 Categories Uncategorized 1 Comment on WBGO Mayor s Office Win Best Call In Show Newark Notables June 25 2009 Newark parking fines help reduce 110M projected budget deficit June 24 2009 Details on the new city parking laws recently put into effect to cover the city budget gap for next year Some of the hikes actually don t sound unreasonable Parking during certain prohibited times and parking during street cleaning will jump from 10 to 45 Seriously Only ten lousy bucks Newark needs parking tickets with gravitas people Having been an Ironbound resident for a few years though I love this woman s complaint Ironbound resident Carol Costa who has difficulty walking because of arthritis has a handicapped parking space reserved by permit for her Buick outside her home on Green Street But others often illegally park there she said including people from the city s municipal court spectators from the Prudential Center commuters headed for Newark Penn Station and patrons of the Ironbound s restaurants It s getting ridiculous down here she said People triple park here for breakfast Author Ken Walker Posted on June 25 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags News Clips Leave a comment on Newark Notables June 25 2009 Newark Notables June 24 2009 If You Drive Watch Out June 23 2009 Clever and beautiful comic commentary from Ninapilar at Glocallynewark com about the new parking ordinance Let s hope the officers are incentivized to discourage shenanigans too Cars on our street are regularly papered over for being there more than four hours whether they have been or not Author Ken Walker Posted on June 24 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags News Clips 1 Comment on Newark Notables June 24 2009 Newark Notables June 23 2009 Some House Music Under the Stars June 23 2009 The Times writes about the weekly free outdoor concert series at NJPAC The event draws thousands every week with performances that span a variety of musical genres Worth checking out Two of this summer s 10 Thursday night installments will include house music Opening night June 25 will deliver the D J Duce Martinez of Montclair host of the Internet show Axiom Sessions Later in the evening when the corporate crowd trickles out and a less buttoned up one trickles in Kenny Bobien also of Montclair will take the outdoor

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  • May 2009 – The Daily Newarker
    that can draw visitors Author Ken Walker Posted on May 29 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags Downtown Central Ward Leave a comment on Prospects for Lincoln Park Riverbank Park Festival These guys might win the award for least publicized event this year thank goodness for Glocally Newark Riverbank Park Music and Art Festival This Weekend If you re looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend and your ideal ticket price is FREE head on over to Riverbank Park for the annual Music and Art in the Park Festival on Saturday May 30th Riverbank Park is located in the Ironbound and if you haven t been there it s great for its biking and jogging trails It s also known for hosting several neighborhood events throughout the year including this annual neighborhood arts festival which truly brings out the neighborhood pride Author Ken Walker Posted on May 29 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags Festival Leave a comment on Riverbank Park Festival Grand Family Center Opens in Newark By way of City Hall in partnership Newark opens NJ s first grand family resource center Over 10 000 families in Essex County 4 000 of which are in Newark have grandparents raising grandchildren These centers provide a single source for services like Social Security disability and legal consultation Full press release after the jump Continue reading Grand Family Center Opens in Newark Author Ken Walker Posted on May 27 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags City Hall Leave a comment on Grand Family Center Opens in Newark Newark Attorney Arrested for Blackmail Another city employee has been arrested as a result of the work o the Inspector General s office The attorney worked for city General Counsel Julien X Neals and demanded cash and a promotion in exchange for staying quiet about an unspecified offense The employee was hired previous to the Booker administration Newark city attorney is arrested for alleged blackmail of boss A city municipal attorney was arrested at City Hall this afternoon after trying to blackmail his boss for 750 000 in cash and a promotion authorities said Neil Braunstein 40 of Fanwood in Union County threatened last week to accuse Julien X Neals the city corporation counsel director of an unspecified offense unless Neals gave him the money and a better job Paul Loriquet a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor s Office said today Braunstein threatened Neals on May 19 and returned the following day naming the exact amount of cash he wanted Loriquet said An assistant corporate counsel Braunstein was seeking advancement within the city s law department he added Why he allegedly chose that particular figure is unknown Other details including what charges Braunstein allegedly threatened to bring against Neals were not available last night After he was approached Neals contacted the city inspector general s office which launched a joint investigation with the Essex County Prosecutor s Corruption Unit Loriquet said Detectives from both agencies arrested Braunstein around 3 30 p m in his office

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  • March 2009 – The Daily Newarker
    dropped from 115 million to 40 million and a balanced budget is in reach within three years Mayor Booker s administration has been thinking outside of the box We created a Newark Parking Authority which is extremely efficient Other ideas on the table include creating an independent authority for our water assets so we can sell water on the open market to other communities Finally I will reach out to other Mayors in Essex County to hold a summit to find ways to create savings the Mayor said He also pointed out that while other cities and municipalities around the country are experiencing economic contraction and downturns Newark continues to develop We are seeing more businesses opening each day in Newark or moving here new warehouses opening a new hotel and we are fighting to bring a professional basketball franchise here These will bring us jobs revenue and visitors which will help to grow our tax base We will be able to enjoy the collective benefit that comes from three years of sacrifice This is the first time the City of Newark has ordered furloughs for its employees Author Ken Walker Posted on March 31 2009 Categories Featured Tags City Hall Donna Mitchell Featured Politics City Hall Leave a comment on Newark Feels the Pinch New Neighbors Glocally Newark It s always exciting to see a new set of voices enter the civic discourse about our fair city so I m very happy to share Glocally Newark with you Glocally Newark is a funded 6 person blogging team based out of 744 Broad They write independent observations about city life Check them out glocallynewark com Author Ken Walker Posted on March 12 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags Arts Culture Media 5 Comments on New Neighbors Glocally Newark Three new exhibitions opening at Gallery Aferro Gallery Aferro 73 Market St Newark NJ aferro org Tabula Rasa Curated by Evonne M Davis March 21 May 16 2009 Opening Reception March 21 7 10 PM with fully illustrated color catalog essay by artist Ryan Schroeder Tabula Rasa täbyoŏlə ˈräsə ˈräzə refers to an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals a clean slate The phrase carries baggage from belief systems in which the human mind at birth is viewed as having no innate ideas Denying what is obvious is practiced as a gesture of resistance by some of the artists most or all of whom are affected however indirectly by the notions derived from existentialism and the nothingness of existence ennui Inspired curatorially by the concept of residual information that persists after erasure the exhibition is one of several to date by Evonne M Davis concerning the nature of knowing learning and unlearning ORIGIN Latin literally scraped tablet denoting a tablet with the writing erased Artists Dave Beck Katrina Bello Michael Davies Brian DeLevie Isshaela Ingham Gary Duehr Maria Emilov Jonathan Franco Brian Gustafon Erik Hanson Emily Henretta Greg Leshé Casey Lynch Carol Petino Kara Rooney Ryan Schroeder Joshua Schwebel Travis LeRoy Southworth Ian

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  • February 2009 – The Daily Newarker
    week Lifeguard Training class beginning on February 23 2009 continuing through March 7 2009 at the John F Kennedy Aquatic Center for Newark residents While the class itself is free students must pay 50 for the manual American Red Cross lifeguard certification card and CPR Face Shield The 50 is due on the first day of class The classes will take place on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 p m to 8 p m and on Saturdays from 9 a m to 6 p m for two weeks The minimum age to take the class is 16 Author Ken Walker Posted on February 4 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags Business Development City Hall 1 Comment on City to Offer Free Lifeguard Training Rutgers University Remembers Student Protests Celebrates Black History Month Rutgers Newark Remembering a 1969 Protest by a Few that Opened Doors for Many at Rutgers University Forty years ago a single act of courage by a group of committed students forever changed Rutgers University On Feb 24 1969 young men and women from the Black Organization of Students along with some supporters occupied Conklin Hall at Rutgers University in Newark protesting the scarcity of black students black faculty and minority oriented academic programs on campus The event lasted only 72 hours but the new programs and policies that it triggered are responsible for transforming the whole of Rutgers University into a multicultural institution with the campus in Newark cited as the most diverse national university in the United States U S News World Report July 2008 Rutgers in Newark will pause to reflect on those 72 hours and publicly recognize and thank the people who braved expulsion and arrest to stand up for their beliefs The University will be celebrating Black History Month with a number of programs that are free and open to the public Feb 21 8 30 a m 3 30 p m 29th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series New Jersey s largest and oldest Black History Month observance Paul Robeson Campus Center 350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Essex Room East and West Newark NJ Info Marisa Pierson 973 353 1871 ext 11 mpierson newark rutgers edu http ethnicity rutgers edu Feb 25 6 9 p m Repatriation of African Art a panel discussion Rutgers Center for Law and Justice 1st floor Baker Trial Courtroom 123 Washington St Newark Co sponsored by the Art Law Society Free and open to the public non Rutgers visitors must check in at front desk Information Rebecca Esmi resmi4mail yahoo com A Celebration of Diversity The 40th Anniversary of the Conklin Hall Takeover contact Gerard Drinkard 973 353 3824 or drinkard andromeda rutgers edu Feb 5 5 7 p m We Only Know What We Can Remember Exhibit Robeson Gallery Paul Robeson Campus Center Opening reception for Conklin Takeover exhibit in Robeson Gallery featuring photos and documents from the John Cotton Dana Library Archives Digital Preservation Initiative Exhibit will be displayed in Orbit II Gallery through July

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  • January 2009 – The Daily Newarker
    County got 410 percent of its tax dollars Sussex and Hunterdon 324 percent and 333 percent respectively while Essex got only 37 percent Federal and state legislation further deprived Newark s funding for road construction In the 1930 s under the County Engineer Stickel Essex County took over ten county roads beyond High Street MLK Blvd to better serve suburban needs Under the economic boom with massive highway construction after World War II a large number of Boomtowns mushroomed in New Jersey For instance by 1950 New Providence original Turkey Town a country hamlet had expanded threefold in 20 years becoming the home of engineers research scientists technicians and sales personnel in general young people with families and definite ideas about local affairs Following Bell Labs that settled in New Providence large and small corporations located along highways such as Ciba Pharmaceuticals in Summit and Standard Oil in Linden Even the native institution the Newark Academy followed young families to pastoral Livingston As Frank Lloyd Wright prescribed for his Broadacre City every family lives in an individual house at the equivalent of the lowest suburban densities linked by universal car ownership and fast roads As a Chinese proverb said No banquet will be endless The good life in Bo bo land La la land or wonderland is finally coming to an end under economic and environmental constraints We even get an urban president in the White House as we have all hoped for More and more suburban towns have started serious efforts to build more dense and pedestrian friendly centers particularly along mass transit lines That has not happened in Newark In the City Council meeting a week ago the Chancellor of our urban university addressed his ambition to grow the school by constructing 3 500 new parking spaces on the city s best land for transit oriented community development indeed the largest parking development in the history of the city and the state Although the paradigm of Newark s autopia did not work for its five department stores it seems to still have the support of our leaders and planners calling it urban revitalization My grandchildren will see what Newark will look like in 2025 Since this is a discussion of the city Jane Jacobs will have the last word What if we fail to stop the erosion of cities by automobiles What if we are prevented from catalyzing workable and vital cities because the practical steps needed to do so are in conflict with the practical steps demanded by erosion In that case we Americans will hardly need to ponder a mystery that has troubled men for millennia What is the purpose of life For us the answer will be clear established and for all practical purpose indisputable The purpose of life is to produce and consume automobiles See also Newark s Lethal Traffic and The Iron Cage A Very Brief History of Parking in Newark both posted at this site Author Ken Walker Posted on January 29 2009 Categories Featured History Tags Business Development Community Featured History Politics City Hall Zemin Zhang Leave a comment on Newark s Autopia The New York Times Profiles the Richardson Lofts Building The Times real estate section has a piece on the rehabilitation trend of old manufacturing buildings into condos in New Jersey urban centers New Jersey Developers Recycle and Sell Some History In addition to discussing how these projects have been fairly though not wildly successful in the face of the meltdown in the real estate market a portion of the article is devoted to the promising Richardson Lofts building in downtown Newark The Newark building which like the Hoboken and Jersey City structures lay vacant for years before being eyed for renewal was originally a jewelry factory Known as the Richardson Building it has stood for a century at the corner of Columbia and Green Streets and it gets a mention in Philip Roth s novel American Pastoral which is set in historic Newark The building has one jaw dropping feature a six story tall steel spiral staircase that stands in an open central atrium The elements turned the staircase rusty but that deterioration will be halted as plans call for a skylight roof and a small courtyard around the central spiral It will be a natural gathering place a social center for residents said Brendan Murray the chief executive of Tekton Development which is creating Richardson Lofts Tekton is recycling materials using green techniques and installing energy efficient features throughout the building in a bid for a silver rating from the United States Green Building Council which issues certifications based on LEED standards for Leadership in Energy and Energy Design This would be a first for Newark Author Ken Walker Posted on January 29 2009 Categories Uncategorized Tags Business Development Downtown Central Ward 3 Comments on The New York Times Profiles the Richardson Lofts Building Shaq Wants to Bring the Nets to Newark Steve Politi opines for the Star Ledger on the possibility of whether the Nets might ever come to Newark While idle speculation has been free flowing since construction of the Prudential Center was completed the prospect has caught the attention of real estate developer and NBA phenomenon Shaquille O Neal Shaquille O Neal may be the man to bring New Jersey Nets to the Prudential Center Why the Nets insist on moving forward on what seems to be a doomed project abhored by fans and Brooklyn residents escapes all logic Hopefully Shaq can bring some much needed sanity and influence into the deal and convince the Nets to stay in their home state The question nags at Shaquille O Neal every time he visits his home city now the same way it should nag at every basketball fan in this state He sees the gleaming Prudential Center in the heart of a community that loves his sport then shakes his head in wonder and frustration Why he wants to know aren t the Nets playing

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  • December 2008 – The Daily Newarker
    and neo soul all night 25 on guestlist more at the door byobrown juice for more information or to get on guestlist email TheEliteGroupNJ gmail com Author Ken Walker Posted on December 31 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Arts Culture Media Business Development Events Leave a comment on Ring in the New Year at The Coffee Cave Unsung Superheroes My daughter nearly two years old has been really excited about watching The Incredibles lately The animated film is about a family of superheroes living a mostly ordinary domestic life when they re not fighting crime together She loves to talk about the part where Mr Incredible rescues a cat down from a tree on his way to stop a bank robber Crables stuck eee ow she exclaims in Dahlia speak But stories like this are the kind I hope take on a deeper meaning for her especially during the holiday season An Angel on Her Rounds With Soup and Sandwich If the annual eruption of holiday fellowship has made you wonder how you might do better by the world or if you are quietly congratulating yourself for some unsung act of seasonal kindness pause to consider what this 76 year old retired domestic worker living on Social Security has been doing all year round every year noticed by few other than those she has helped And then recalibrate your estimate of just how much good will a single person can generate It just came into my spirit to do Ms Hines said This is my ministry and they re depending on me It s never too hot or too cold or too anything because I know the guys are here waiting for me People don t realize there s so many homeless people They re not all bums there are educated people out here trust me Been to college some of them They re just down on their luck and I m here to help Author Ken Walker Posted on December 30 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Helping Non Profits Leave a comment on Unsung Superheroes City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting Cory lights the tree rallies the troops and delivers some cringe worthy jokes Author Ken Walker Posted on December 23 2008 Categories Video Tags City Hall Politics City Hall Video Leave a comment on City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting Tell Obama how to fix Healthcare This in from a Newark tipster Club Sport Portugues will be hosting a discussion about Healthcare reform next week on Dec 29 President elect Obama is asking Americans to host health care community discussions The goal is to solicit impressions thoughts and suggestions from the public that will help inform the Obama Administration approach health care reform Sport Clube Portugues with the support of Assemblyman Albert Coutinho will be hosting this discussion on December 29th at 6 30 pm Author Ken Walker Posted on December 23 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Politics City Hall Leave a comment on Tell Obama how to fix Healthcare Taking Newark Back

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  • November 2008 – The Daily Newarker
    In recent weeks news folks have been leaving little by little with all of those taking buyouts expected to depart by the end of the year The Daily Newarker previously reported the loss of coverage in Newark New Jersey s largest city will be significant given the loss of reporters like Jeff Mays Katie Wang and Joan Whitlow Author Ken Walker Posted on November 25 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Business Development The Star Ledger 1 Comment on Star Ledger Sees Loss of 151 Newsroom Staff Displaces 2 Reporters to Mail Room Newark Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery This week s NJ corruption scandal follows the money to City Council President Mildred Crump s former chief of staff Keith O Reid He was accused of accepting 10 000 in bribes from a fake insurance agency set up by federal authorities to insure municipal contracts Assistant U S Attorney Chris Gramiccioni one of the attorneys who handled the case said Reid approached the state about a plea bargain on Friday In court Judge William Walls asked Reid if he had enough time over the weekend to consider the guilty plea I had a sleepless weekend Reid replied Funny how a pending bribery conviction will do that Author Ken Walker Posted on November 25 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Crime Safety Politics City Hall Leave a comment on Newark Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery Save Penn Station s Snack Shack In this world of global market meltdowns and billion dollar government bailouts there is one commodity that we must ensure continues to be in ample supply to the American public comfort food Literary blogger Tayari Jones points out that the Snack Shack in Newark s Penn Station is in danger Save The Snack Shack Today when I swung by for my usual Monday Morning pick me up fresh popcorn so tasty I noticed a sign indicating that The Snack Shack is being forced out I signed the petition which contains about 800 names but I wanted to sound the alarm here The Snack Shack has only until Decemeber 3 to convince the property management company to change its mind If you love popcorn and or believe in the American Dream send an email to Portsmgmtnyc at verizon dot net Even if you ve never patronized it you know it that mouth watering smell of freshly popped popcorn wafting through the air as you step down from the Path train platforms That may become a distant memory if the Shack can t convince the Port Autority to allow it to continue doing business in the station Without these tasty distractions from their day to day lives commuters may actually have to face our painful economic reality alone Don t let that happen please consider signing the petition or emailing the Port Authority today Author Ken Walker Posted on November 24 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Business Development Leave a comment on Save Penn Station s Snack Shack NJPAC Nation s Most Glamorous Theater Exploring NJPAC s

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  • October 2008 – The Daily Newarker
    to cover its expenses at least for now Newarkers though still have plenty to be concerned about their local paper as the 151 person buyout has offered a year s salary and healthcare and many of those that took the package are some of the best and insightful reporters on the City Hall beat Notable journalists such as Jeff Mays Katie Wang and the notorious Joan Whitlow will be leaving the Star Ledger at a date still yet to be revealed to the staff and these are just a handful of people leaving in the long line of brain drain from the news room Remember Rob Gebeloff who used to write the NJ Stat Attack blog and managed the NJ com By the Numbers feature Nobody s touched it since February when he left for another local paper whose name ends with Times The Ledger is looking to move much of its content online and has started a few promising ventures like Newark Live and Ledger Live But we get word from a staffer that the relationship between the paper and some guys in Secaucus who manage nj com is like a bad marriage and we want a divorce I bet that makes for some fun meetings While these are troubling times for old media it s certainly an opportunity for new niche media to sweep in and grab up some marketshare The consolidation of old properties is reducing the number of media contacts for local organizations to reach out to and as a result I ve found people very willing to talk to bloggers as an alternate means of getting a message out We may see insightful coverage from the Ledger shrink but now is exactly the time when Newarkers can explore how to make use of blogging and other social media to make a new more engaged public square Author Ken Walker Posted on October 30 2008 Categories Uncategorized Tags Arts Culture Media 6 Comments on Star Ledger Brain Drain Will Take a Toll on Newark Officer Suspended for Choke Hold Newark suspends special police officer after arrest of TV cameraman Newark police said today they suspended a special police officer who had arrested a Channel 2 news cameraman and put him in a chokehold while he was filming a demonstration on Sunday Christine Sloan a Channel 2 newswoman who was present during the arrest wrote on the station s website that Quodomine was filming on a public sidewalk when Sharif ordered him to stop and then grabbed his camera and wrestled with him If you haven t seen it a video of the incident is below pretty disturbing stuff and it comes on the heels of a recent protest in Newark against you guessed it police brutality The incident drew quite the reaction around the blogosphere Carlos Miller writing for Photography is Not a Crime questions the officer s relationship to the Police Department and notes If they are not police officers then why the hell is

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