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Tuesday, Aug 2nd is National Night Out! This annual community-building campaign is used to promote strong police -commUNITY partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhood a  safer, more caring place to live and work. 

This year, the SWSID is hosting a NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ICE CREAM SOCIAL at the Bergen St Parklette from 7:30PM -9:30PM. Our new 5th Precinct Captain, Capt Henningsen and Community Resource Officers, Miranda and Tanner and assigned beat patrol officers will be there as well as Walter, new SW homeowner and business owner of Uncle Willies Wings! 

Of course we will have GREAT ICE CREAM FROM THE BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR… Salaams Ice Cream! 

Hope to see you there! 


Residents will be provided opportunities to dispose of trash on non-pick-up days at centralized points 

Newark, NJ-July 19, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka will join the Department of Public Works (DPW) to clean and beautify all five wards by deploying dumpsters and trailers between July 23 and September 24 to fight trash and litter. Residents will be provided with opportunities to dispose of trash on non-pick-up days at centralized points. The continued neighborhood clean-up by DPW staff and community volunteers will take place on SaturdayJuly 23, at two staging areas in the South Ward:

·         Bo Porter Recreational Center, located on Lyons Avenue

·         Clinton Avenue Sound Stage, located on Clinton Avenue between Peshine Avenue and Jelliff Avenue

The clean-ups will continue every Saturday in different wards until Saturday, September 24.

“A cleaner Newark starts with each of one of us,” Mayor Baraka said. “We need our residents, organizations, and other groups to join us in our efforts to clean up our city. Following the ordinance and keeping our streets litter-free, will keep our neighborhoods healthy and improve the quality of life for our residents. Together, through collaboration, we will create a cleaner Newark.”

Dumpsters will be deployed in each ward, and moved around from week to week, enhancing their access. The dumpster locations will be announced on Newark’s social media pages, NWK TV, and through the Newark’s People’s Assembly as the respective clean-up approaches. Cleaning supplies, such as trash bags, brooms, rakes, and shovels will be made available to residents in every neighborhood. Newark employees, community organizers, organizations, and residents are invited to join in this collaborative effort.

“The Department of Public Works is committed to beautifying Newark by acting against uncollected and illegally dumped trash and debris in all five wards, while meeting our residents’ needs,” Public Works Director Craig Smith said. “We also remind residents of the changes in the ordinance, which will enable them to use larger receptacles to put out trash, require trash to be properly bagged, and the containers to have attached lids.”

The City of Newark’s Ordinance is attached. The major changes are as follows:

·         It is prohibited to place any plastic bags containing trash or recycling on ground, sidewalks, or curbs. Trash and recycling must be placed in a suitable receptacle.

·         The receptacle is defined as an iron or plastic barrel with a maximum capacity of 65-gallons. This is an increase over the previous maximum of 30 gallons.

·         There shall be no loose garbage in the receptacles. All garbage must be bagged and placed in the receptacles.

·         Solid waste shall be placed in plastic bags with a minimum of 1.2 millimeters thick to prevent them from tearing and ripping when full.

·         The use of plastic grocery bags for storing and disposing refuse is prohibited.

·         All receptacles must have attached lids.

·         Property owners are responsible for providing their structures and apartment houses of more than three dwelling units with receptacles.

Violators of the ordinance will be subject to action in Newark Municipal Court. Upon conviction, fines are as follows:

·         First Offense: $100

·         Second Offense: $200

·         Third Offense: $350 and/or up to 90 days of community service

·         Fourth and subsequent offenses: $1,500 fine, and/or up to 90 days of community service and discontinuance of solid waste collection until compliance is met.

Residents are also reminded that a number of provisions of the ordinance remain unchanged. These include:

·         Residents are reminded not to mix garbage with recyclables. Contaminated items will be rejected, which may lead to issuance of a ticket and action in Newark Municipal Court.

·         Trash is picked up in Zone A on Mondays and Thursdays, and in Zone B on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

·         Paper recycling is picked up in Zone A on Mondays and Zone B on Tuesdays. Glass/bottle recycling is picked up in Zone A on Thursdays and Zone B on Fridays. Keep all garbage and recycling properly covered.

·         Recycling containers can be picked up at the Department of Public Works at 62 Frelinghuysen Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·         Styrofoam, plastic bags, takeout food containers, pizza boxes, aluminum foil, and shredded paper will NOT be recycled. Do not use plastic bags for recyclables.

·         Yard waste must be placed in biodegradable, brown bags. Fill these bags up with branches, small bushes, and weeds. The bags must be placed outside between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. the night before zone scheduled collection. Zone A yard waste is picked up on the third Wednesday of the month. Zone B yard waste is collected on thefourth Wednesday of the month.

The Department of Public Works’ Division of Sanitation is dedicated to identifying specific needs and opportunities to improve and grow the solid waste programs and policies of Newark to ensure the needed infrastructure is present, recycling is improved, waste is reduced, and litter and rodents are deterred.

If you or your organization would like to participate in the city-wide clean-ups, please contact Tyreek Rolon at or call (973) 508-4338.

A DPW booklet will be mailed to residents with valuable information including rules governing trash and recycling, bulk collection, tree and stump removal, and how to report illegal dumping.


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Clinton Hill Community Action is Seeking A Housing Counselor & A Grants & Evaluation Manager

The Housing Counselor will join our newly formed Housing Justice Center, responsible for engaging residents to advocate for quality, affordable housing and assisting residents in need with immediate support to prevent eviction and foreclosure. The ideal candidate is a people person, empathetic, capable of quickly building trusting relationships, and great at managing collaborative partnerships for referrals for ongoing case management support to achieve self sufficiency. Please apply by Friday, March 11.

The Grants & Evaluation Manager will help us secure funding to support our organization and work closely with residents, and other groups, to bring additional resources into the community. The ideal candidate is an excellent writer, great project manager and multi-tasker, and is good at building and maintaining relationships. 

Please apply by Friday, March 18. For more information, see job descriptions below or visit


The COVID-19 eviction moratorium has ended, but the State of New Jersey has created a self-certification process for renters who experienced financial hardships due to COVID-19. To learn more and self-certify, please visit:

Pre-Registration is NOW open for the NJEDA’s Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program

You may be eligible to receive up to $100k in loans! via the NJEDA for their phase 02 the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. We are thrilled to partner again with The New Jersey Economic Development Authority to help small businesses who are still struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NJEDA supplies $3.5 million of $10 million in funds to businesses located in the eligible NJ Opportunity Zone census, companies must be in existence must be in existence by August 3rd, 2021.

AMOUNT PER BUSINESS/ENTITY Up to $100,000LOAN TERMS 0% interest rate 10 year term 24-month deferral

South Ward SID wishes you the best during this pandemic, we will continue to provide you with information and resources for your betterment. If the above program applies to you take advantage of this opportunity, any questions related to the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program should be directed to 844-965-1125

You must pre-register from July 20th- July 30th to be eligible.



NewarkGo to provide 2,000 bikes and e-scooters for affordable, short-term rental; Program aims to reduce travel time and improve access to transit, jobs and city services

Newark, NJ–July 13, 2021— Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced that NewarkGo, the city’s first-ever shared bike and e-scooter pilot program, will launch a six-month pilot this month, providing up to 2,000 affordable electric scooters and bicycles and linking Newarkers to jobs, schools, housing, health care facilities, the transit network, and other essential services. Two leading companies, Bird Rides, Inc. (“Bird”) and Veoride, Inc. (“Veo”), will be awarded permits to operate the short-term, shared micromobility service that will be available to residents and visitors citywide.

“While our schools, offices and businesses continue to reopen, NewarkGo can help Newarkers access all that our city has to offer,” said Mayor Baraka. “This safe, fast and affordable service is the first new mode of transportation our city has seen in decades, and I look forward to partnering with Bird and Veo to build stronger connections between communities and open up new avenues of opportunity for people in every corner of this city.”

Bird and Veo, which will each offer up to 1,000 e-scooters and bikes, currently operate in more than 250 and 40 cities respectively.  These operators submitted applications to the City of Newark’s Department of Engineering and were evaluated in accordance with the permitting process adopted in April by the Newark Municipal Council, on a first come first service basis. Newark’s shared dockless bike and e-scooter program will ensure that operators in Newark build on the best practices developed in cities across the country. They will provide service to communities in every ward, including communities with lower incomes and longer commutes; discounted ride options for qualifying residents; alternative rental services for people without access to cellphones or credit cards; and adaptive bike designs to accommodate people of different ages and abilities.

“These bikes and scooters represent an entirely new transportation system for Newark, making it more accessible, equitable and affordable than ever to get around,” said Janette Sadik-Khan of Bloomberg Associates, who served as New York City Transportation Commissioner and launched the nation’s largest bike share program, Citi Bike, in 2013. “Mayor Baraka is setting a national example for cities during the recovery by bringing more opportunities within reach of every neighborhood.”

“Bird’s mission is to provide eco-friendly transportation to all as cities work to decrease pollution and congestion caused by gas-powered cars in their communities,” said Sam Cooper, Senior Manager, Government Partnerships at Bird. “We applaud Mayor Baraka and the City of Newark for their leadership and commitment to bring emission-free, affordable and equitable transportation to the city. In partnership with community partners such as the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and the Metropolitan Baptist Church, we are honored to provide residents and visitors access to our state of the art micro electric vehicles including our e-bikes and custom designed and engineered e-scooters.”

“Veo is proud to have been selected as part of the first dockless micromobility pilot in Newark,” said Candice Xie, VEO CEO and Co-Founder. “Following Mayor Baraka’s lead, we look forward to working closely with the City and the local community to implement a micromobility program that utilizes locally hired staff and is tailored to Newark’s needs and priorities. As the only operator that directly designs, manufactures, and operates a mixed fleet of micromobility vehicles, Veo can’t wait to see Newark residents and visitors using our e-scooters and pedal bikes to get around the city in a new, safe, and sustainable way.”

Both companies will conduct comprehensive outreach and educational programs that will explain details of the program, including how to rent and return bikes and e-scooters, rider trainings, and helmet giveaways. These campaigns will build on the city’s ongoing rider-education and safety events, including a partnership with New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, which provided a series of virtual and in-person events at locations around the city.

The City of Newark’s Department of Engineering oversaw the installation of bike and e-scooter parking corrals—dedicated the street and sidewalk space in Downtown and throughout the city for Bird and Veo bikes and e-scooters, providing predictability for riders as well as dedicated parking areas. More information about how to rent and safely ride e-scooters and bikes, the corrals, public outreach, and educational campaigns, and other components about the program can be found at the city’s program website, as well as on Bird and Veo apps.

About Newark Go:

NewarkGo is designed to support key goals of Mayor Baraka’s Newark Forward Agenda:  

• A Safer City: Promoting social distancing in the time of COVID-19.  

• An Empowered City: Generating foot traffic for local businesses, encouraging connections to our vibrant neighborhoods, and expanding the range of opportunities for residents.  

• An Equitable City: Providing convenient and affordable transportation linking underserved populations to jobs, housing, and other essential services.  

• A Collaborative City: Reducing road congestion, parking demand, and toxic emissions to enhance safety, promote walkability, and achieve sustainability.  

The NewarkGo program was developed in collaboration by the City’s Department of Engineering and Department of Economic and Housing Development with guidance from Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy that works with mayors around the world to improve the quality of life of city residents.

About Bird:

Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world. Today, it provides a fleet of shared e-scooters to riders in over 250 cities and makes its products available for purchase at and via leading retailers and distribution partners. Bird partners closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is rapidly expanding. Follow Bird on Instagram (@bird), on Twitter (@BirdRide), and find more information at

About Veo:

Based in Chicago, Veo has been designing and manufacturing micromobility devices and operating public bike/scooter share systems for four years. Veo has operated in more than 40 markets in the US, including San Diego, Oakland, New Rochelle, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and will be launching service in The Bronx in the summer of 2021. Veo has never launched service without a permit or permission. As the only female co-founded and run major micromobility operator, we have taken a fundamentally different approach to building our company and conducting ourselves; fine-tuning our operations, maintenance, and recharging processes and strategies in communities before we scaled to the largest markets and prioritizing profit and stability over rapid growth.


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APPLICATION OPENS… Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Hello South Ward,

I hope all is well. I just wanted to make you aware and hope that will apply and/or share that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is reopening applications for grants for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. This round of funding will provide grants up to $20,000 to small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Click here to learn more about Phase 4 grants.

In order to apply for a grant, you must pre-register between Wednesday, May 26th at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, June 30th at 5:00 p.m. Interested business owners who did not SUBMIT a pre-registration in April need to pre-register at

Business owners who submitted a pre-registration in April, but did not apply, do not need to pre-register again. Pre-registration IS NOT first come, first served, but businesses are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible.BUSINESSES THAT DO NOT PRE-REGISTER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR PHASE 4 GRANTS.

Click here to pre-register.

Applications will become available in July, following the pre-registration period. Pre-registration and the application will be available in English and Spanish. The NJEDA is also offering interpretation services to support speakers of ten additional languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.

Questions? Please call 844-965-1125”

Stay Healthy… Think of Others… Support Local Businesses

Newark Small Business Recovery Survey

Mayor Ras J. Baraka wants to hear directly from you about how the City can best support you as a small business owner. We recognize that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented small businesses with unprecedented challenges, and now it’s time to look ahead to the future. In completing this survey, you’re doing your part to make your voice heard so that the City can be as helpful as possible in meeting your needs. Your answers and identity will be kept private unless you specifically request follow-up.



Newark, NJ – May 12, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark is launching the Newark Small Business Recovery Survey, an initiative to help guide the City in its plans to help small businesses regain their strength as Newark recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. By hearing directly from small businesses, the survey will help the City get a better understanding of their condition, challenges they’ve experienced over the past year, their experience interfacing with government, and how the City of Newark can better serve them. The survey is available to all Newark small businesses and can be accessed here or by scanning the QR code below.

“We need to hear directly from small businesses about how the City can best support them. COVID-19 has presented small businesses with unprecedented challenges, and now it’s important to look ahead to the future,” Mayor Baraka said. “By creating emergency funds to help our small businesses survive over the last year, we have worked to keep Newark strong. Businesses are resilient and ready to bounce back. This survey will enable us to find the best ways to help them recover, grow stronger and prosper.”

“No ward is identical, but one thing’s for sure: our neighborhoods are struggling. We are grateful to have a good partner in the City, and we commend the Mayor for taking the opportunity to take a data-driven approach,” saidAnthony McMillian, CEO of Newark Downtown District. “I call on every small business in Newark to do their part and make their voices heard. In only 10 minutes, you can help shape how the City will allocate its resources to help your business and neighborhood thrive.”

The survey was developed in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, a pro-bono consultancy which works with cities and mayors around the world. The survey’s results will help the City better determine how businesses and different industries across the city were impacted and what kinds of City actions will be most helpful for small businesses to recover and thrive. It will provide guidance in how to spend new federal dollars coming from President Biden’s recovery legislation.

The City will seek information on such topics as the most important COVID-19 challenges, changes in sales and income, and how the City could strengthen services and best help with recovery. All small Newark small businesses are encouraged to respond. The survey will be open starting today, May 12, for a period of two weeks until May 26, and will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  It is being distributed online and by business and community organizations.


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