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For discussion: Mayor Baraka on Newark development–It’s for us. (Video)

With $2 billion dollars’ worth of development rising out of the ground here in Newark, it’s clear something is shifting in town for real this time.

But for whom? In his latest video, Mayor Baraka rejects the comparison of development in Newark to what is transpiring in Brooklyn, and says we’re going for something a lot more inclusive, equitable and just.

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Beyond the headlines: The gift

Armani Mcphall, age 19, was killed on South Orange Avenue on December 22, 2016. His father, Elite Heat Boxing Gym owner Anthony Mcphall, reflects on the life of his son, who he called a “game changer” and “a gift.”

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Newark: A Love Story
–9 individuals and couples who love Newark on which places best capture their affection for the city

We asked nine individuals and couples who love Newark which places best capture their affection for the city. Here’s what they told us.

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Newark middle school students “Cook, Learn, Grow” with culinary curriculum

Chef Ameer Natson is hiding a reading, math and problem-solving curriculum in plain sight with his culinary curriculum at George Washington Carver middle school.

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With opening of Hahne and Co. building, a chance to bring life to a long-blighted block

The historic Hahne and Co. building, the massive former downtown department store that sat fallow and blighted for nearly three decades, enjoyed its official unveiling earlier this week in a ceremony attended by a couple hundred guests in the restored building’s main arcade.

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As inauguration approaches, Essex County organizer joins movement to systematically resist Trump’s agenda

Indivisible Essex County is organizing locals to resist Donald Trump’s agenda using practical and tested tactics, in coordination with communities all across the country. But its founder, Chijike Ndukwu, also wants to use the current moment to push for better local governance as well.

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How this Newark landscaping and cleanup program is also helping rebuild lives

Greater Newark Conservancy’s City Bloom Landscaping offers services to city residence and businesses (including snow removal!), all while providing work and life skills for city residents hungry for a second chance.

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Barcade CEO Paul Kermizian wants to help expand nightlife culture downtown Newark

Barcade, the bar/restaurant featuring classic games that currently has locations in New York, Jersey City, Philadelphia and New Haven, will soon come to Newark. We spoke with Barcade CEO Paul Kermizian about what’s in store for one of the latest coming attractions announced for the city.

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Along with mouthwatering platters, The Halal Guys plans to offer real career pathways at its Halsey Street location

While locals are salivating at the thought of The Halal Guys’ signature platters at it’s soon-to-open Newark location, General Manager Joseph Hafez is looking forward to launching a program that aims to provide real career pathways for people who work there.

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Glamorous Life: At Bella Nail Lounge and Beauty Bar, royal decor matches the royal treatment

Bella Nail Lounge and Beauty Bar is out-of-this world fabulous–the kind of place where it’s obvious its owner, Lisa Allen, really thought about providing a great customer experience every step of the way. Spoiler alert: she succeeded.