Star Ledger: Newark Central Ward Councilman Charlie Bell faces re-election challenge from 8 candidates

Star Ledger: Newark Central Ward Councilman Charlie Bell faces re-election challenge from 8 candidates

The unlikely marriage of Mayor Cory Booker’s money and Councilman Charlie Bell’s clout is not taking any of the fight out of the 2010 Central Ward council race.

With eight other candidates having filed so far, the seat is the most widely contested in the city and two months before election day, challengers are knocking on doors, raising money, and courting district leaders in a political battle royal.

Joan Whitlow: Newark’s pay-to-play ban: Gaps linger in enforcement of campaign contribution rules

Joan Whitlow: Newark’s pay-to-play ban: Gaps linger in enforcement of campaign contribution rules

Didn’t a 2007 executive order by Mayor Cory Booker prohibit city contractors and vendors from donating to municipal campaigns?

The order, which also prohibits City of Newark employees from donating, was heralded as an ethical upper cut to pay-to-play, the unfortunate tradition of giving money to politicians to advance a municipal career or gain lucrative public business.

Joanie examines the implementation of the city’s “Pay to Play” ethics reforms and finds the controls to be lacking.

Star Ledger: Robert Treat Students Raise more than $5,000 for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Star Ledger: Robert Treat Students Raise more than $5,000 for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Students of the Robert Treat Academy in Newark broke open their piggy banks earlier this month to raise $5,248.79 for Haitian earthquake victims.

The North and Central campuses of the charter school held a “Penny Wars” competition from Feb. 1 through 8 where students divided into teams to raise the most money. Pennies counted as “positive” points while dimes, nickels and quarters thrown into the opposing teams’ buckets were deducted from the opposing team’s total. …

Kelley-Kemple said the results of the fundraiser went far beyond her expectations as she only anticipated raising $200 or $300.

Pretty awesome what a little friendly competition can do.

Interview with Newark Mayor Cory Booker

I think the biggest challenge is bringing people together to work collectively to solve their problems … The collective strength of any community is big enough to overcome any challenge if you can really get people focused on it.

Cory Booker, in an interview for World Journalism Institute (wherein he also shares his thoughts about fellow Newarker and TDN member, Danny Iverson)

New York Times: History Lesson in Abstraction, Cutting Across the Americas

New York Times: History Lesson in Abstraction, Cutting Across the Americas

Art museums are in the business of sorting out history. And it often falls to our smaller institutions to tackle the initial, broad-stroke cuts. Over the years the Newark Museum has taken on this path-clearing role with relish, particularly when the histories are transcultural in scope. It does so again in “Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s,” the capstone exhibition of the museum’s centennial.

In this case, a chunk of the history is in Newark’s collection. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, the museum assiduously bought, sometimes straight from artists’ studios, a type of American painting and sculpture known as geometric abstraction. It’s attractive stuff: intimate in scale and coolly design-savvy, but shot through with political and personal content.

“Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s” continues through May 23 at the Newark Museum (newarkmuseum.org)

Next American City: The American poor spread to suburbia, but we’re not ready

Next American City: The American poor spread to suburbia, but we’re not ready

Between 2000 and 2008, the percent of poor people living in the suburbs increased by 25%, compared to by 5.6% in central cities and 15.4% for the nation as a whole. More of the poor now live in the suburbs than in central cities: 12.5 million versus 11 million.

Wow, I had to re-read that sentence a few times: more of the poor now live in the suburbs than in central cities.

Getting to Know You: Introducing a More Social Daily Newarker

We’ve been working hard on some exciting new developments at the Daily Newarker.  We’ve added some new features to the site to make it more interactive, build community, and help you connect with fellow Newarkers — all while staying informed about the city you love.
This new development takes us to the next level in our goal to cultivate conversation about the city.  Develop a public profile, share your Newark story, or start a community group.  Keep reading to find out how.

Profile Pages

Profile Pages are a great place to share your Newark experience.  Post your picture, tell your Newark story, and post your favorite places.  Find others who share your interests and get connected: add them as friends to stay in touch and see their updates around the site.

For an example of a profile page, check out my page.  To create your own: http://dailynewarker.com/register.

Groups

Create Groups to bring people together.  Get your block association or Super Neighborhood online, collaborate on a community project, support a political candidate or cause, or post scores and news about your local sports team.

To see an example of a group, check out the Ironbound Parents group.  To join others or create your own: http://dailynewarker.com/groups.

As Always, Thanks for Reading

We’ll be covering some new features in more detail over the next few weeks, but the best way to check them out is to experience them for yourself.  Get started at http://dailynewarker.com/register.

Sullivan: Seton Hall-Rutgers match isn’t pretty

I can’t wait for the day that metropolitan-area basketball is something that is very special. I think it’s going to take off when our programs collectively are really fighting for something. We’re building. When we’re fighting for something I think it will be meaningful for this area.

— Rutgers basketball coach, Fred Hill, following Tuesday’s Rutgers-Seton Hall game at the Rock

Glocally Newark: The Cotillion

Glocally Newark: The Cotillion

This is the second year that I went. I went as a photographer because it’s a feast for the eyes! What really impressed me? I went before the event, took pictures backstage, got a chance to hear them laughing, twixing – I mean tweeting. So there they were all dressed up with their phones and laughing and practicing. It was so nice to capture the pure joy and to see so many smiles.

Great interview with the photographer of one of Newark’s unique youth programs by Ninapilar.