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Best of the fest: Newark’s Lincoln Park Music Festival is underway this weekend. The best posts and photos of the weekend

The ninth annual Lincoln Park Music Festival is underway this weekend! We have a live feed of photos, posts, and updates directly from the festival grounds in Lincoln Park. This year, supporters can help keep the festival free by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign, which will be live through Monday morning.  

Dinosaurs to take over downtown Newark in highly praised feat of artistry and technology

Last night, a bearded, bedraggled, stressed, and overworked recent Seton Hall Law graduate walked into Taste Venue on Edison Place and raved about the show he'd just seen at the Prudential Center. Based on his age and conversation, one might have thought the young man, in the throes of studying for the bar exam he'll take next week, had taken in a rap or rock show to unwind. But the show he raved about was something most people wouldn't have expected. It was…

Newark’s Sweet Retreat cupcake shop makes it all the way to the White House

Pictured above: Mik Harris and Larry Kinnie pose with their post at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington D.C., June 23, 2014. It all started with a call marked "blocked". The owners of Sweet Retreat Boutique cupcake shop on Academy Street downtown Newark initially ignored the phone call from a woman named Holly because the telephone number wasn't marked. It's a good thing they checked their messages: it turns out Holly was calling from the White House,…

Book review: A native son assesses his city with ‘Inside Newark’

A new book by longtime resident and urban expert Robert Curvin dissects the civil rights movement in Newark, assesses mayoral leadership and calls for increased civic engagement. A book signing and panel discussion is set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Here’s a preview: The first thing you need to know about Robert Curvin is that on the night of July 12, 1967, when the air outside of the Fourth Precinct in the…

Brick City Makers: Todd Nakamura builds bridge to Google from Newark

Brick City Makers is a weekly look at people building businesses in Newark at coworking spaces, in incubators, and on their own. Above: Todd Nakamura, second from left, and other participants at GDG North Jersey's Google I/O Extended event at Montclair State University, June 2014. Source: Kickstarter.com If you ever check out the third-floor walkup space at Seed Gallery where the month-old pop-up coworking space, Converge, has taken up residence on Thursdays, chances are you’ll see Todd Nakamura working and interacting with other entrepreneurs. Nakamura,…

Lincoln Park music festival to feature events in run-up to festival weekend, including cocktail fundraiser tomorrow

The 9th annual Lincoln Park Music Festival will take place the weekend after next, from Friday, July 25th to Sunday, July 27th. This year, the festival's organizers have instituted a number of fundraising opportunities to help keep the yearly festival free, including their first-ever Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which will accept contributions through July 28. Tomorrow from 6pm to 9pm, the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD), which produces the festival, will host a $25 cocktail fundraiser at the Robert Treat Hotel, overlooking the…

Dawn Fitch of Newark’s Pooka Pure & Simple talks business on Pix11

Dawn Fitch, owner of brand new Newark bath and body shop Pooka Pure and Simple, appeared on Pix11 New York this morning to offer tips on how to make your small business vision a reality. WATCH:      

[Cancelled] Watch Coming to America in Military Park on Tuesday, July 15

UPDATE: The Coming to America viewing has been cancelled due to the weather. Military Park has rescheduled the viewing for August 19. The team at Military Park is inviting everyone to bring their blankets, lawn chairs, and friends to watch the timeless classic comedy Coming to America the evening of Tuesday, July 15 in Military Park. The movie will screen on the park's lawn at 8:45 pm, or soon thereafter when the sun sets.   

Newark Tales: The bakers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

The ladies at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel are baking again – which means only one thing: the annual feast is just around the corner. Catherine Pannullo, a retired school cafeteria cook and a member of the parish for all of her 80 years, was in her glory last Wednesday afternoon, putting a batch of chocolate chip cookies into the oven in eager anticipation of the 124th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which runs from July 16 through…

GlassRoots launches Indiegogo campaign to purchase safety equipment after utility fire

In an email to supporters yesterday evening, Newark-based glassblowing studio and community learning hub GlassRoots announced a brand new crowdfunding campaign to assist with repairs following an underground utility fire: On June 8th, an underground utility fire in the street in front of GlassRoots caused serious damage to our studios and underscored the need for new backup and safety equipment.  We're back on our feet, but want to make sure we're prepared should we ever be faced with circumstances like this…