A glance at N.J. entertainment this weekend (April 22-24)

WHAT’S GOING ON? Patrick O'Shea of NJ.com compiled a small sample of area happenings you may want to check out in the coming days. Check ahead, for some events are being postponed or canceled over COVID-19 concerns. Visit venue websites to learn about COVID-19 safety precautions in effect. See the full list here.

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Returns to Newark This April With Series of Events

The sight of 5,000 cherry blossom trees turning pink and white in Branch Brook Park means that spring has finally sprung in Newark, with the promise of an exciting series of events coming to the area in celebration of the 46th annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival.  See details here!

Art House Productions honors Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, Art House Productions, along with Hudson County Community College, Seton Hall University, Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, Rutgers University – Newark, and The Feminist Art Project, a program of the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, will present Art+Feminism Art Talk and Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on… Continue reading Art House Productions honors Women’s History Month

3 Ways Drinking Establishments Contribute to Their Communities

By Alice Robertson Think about the last time you heard an ad on the radio for a local drinking establishment like Steel Wheel Tavern or Five 13 Liquor Lounge. Chances are, it wasn’t advertising a special brew or a new happy hour theme. Most of the time, when we hear about a drinking establishment, it’s… Continue reading 3 Ways Drinking Establishments Contribute to Their Communities

This green pathway through cities and suburbia will embody the best of New Jersey

I recently had the much anticipated and long-awaited opportunity to stand with Gov. Phil Murphy and a coalition of elected officials, community leaders and civic organizations as the governor announced that New Jersey would purchase the land the Essex-Hudson Greenway — a 9-mile, 100-foot wide linear park and shared-use trail connecting Montclair to Jersey City — would… Continue reading This green pathway through cities and suburbia will embody the best of New Jersey

One N.J.’s oldest colleges may shut down

According to nj.com, "Standing before her campus last week, Marcheta Evans knew what she was about to do was incredibly risky. But, she did it anyway. The Bloomfield College President faced a town hall meeting of students and faculty and let the school’s secrets out. The 153-year-old private college is in serious financial trouble, she told the crowd. It… Continue reading One N.J.’s oldest colleges may shut down

Therapy dogs aren’t just a teacher’s pet at these N.J. schools. They’re staff.

nj.com NJ Advance Media spoke with half a dozen administrators, counselors, and other school staff who, in the search for new therapeutic modalities, chose to bring a certified therapy dog into their schools on a permanent basis. Providing support through loss, stress, and now a worldwide pandemic, these certified therapy dogs are more than pets —… Continue reading Therapy dogs aren’t just a teacher’s pet at these N.J. schools. They’re staff.