Newark’s 1st Whole Foods Opens For Business

whole_foods-1488390332-6672Newark’s first Whole Foods supermarket is officially open for business.

The much-anticipated store – which many local residents and officials have called a symbol of growth and hope in the city’s downtown area – opened its doors Wednesday with a “bread breaking” ceremony at its new location at 633 Broad Street in the newly reborn Hahne Building.


Waterfront Park Update

riverfront-park-horizon-1476126980-7162Newark’s Riverfront Park will have a boardwalk, walkway system, a fitness zone, an overlook with seating and a bikeway, officials say.

via Patch – Newark will soon have an $8 million park expansion near the Passaic River waterfront.

State and local officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony last week to announce the start of the third phase of the “Riverfront Park” project, an ambitious initiative to “reconnect residents to the Passaic River through the creation of green space and recreational opportunities,” according to a news release from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The announcement marks the beginning of the third phase of the park’s development, which entails two stretches of riverfront land that will be developed with a boardwalk, walkway system, a fitness zone, an overlook with seating, a bikeway, space for open-air events and a gateway to the downtown area, DEP officials stated.

A walkway will also be constructed under the Jackson Street Bridge, allowing safe pedestrian crossing between the Ironbound section of Newark and downtown, officials said.



Get Ready for Harrison Fest!

Jackson St. Bridge 1898 (PHOTO: Town of Harrison)

Jackson St. Bridge 1898 (PHOTO: Town of Harrison)

Harrison Fest will take place during the weekend of Sept. 18 to 20. This is a gala weekend festival to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the town of Harrison. The event features craft and quality retail vendors, food, music, children’s rides and other entertainment. It is a not to be missed event that will draw a large crowd.

via Ron Leir at The Observer

The event will start with a celebratory Mass at Holy Cross Church – (the parish itself is observing its 150th year anniversary on Nov. 1) – on Friday, Sept. 18, in the evening, at a time to be announced, followed by a Gala dinner featuring international food stations in the Holy Cross School building’s banquet hall.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, the Fest continues with a large street fair that will include antique, craft and retail vendors, an entertainment stage, children’s rides and other activities, including a Saturday afternoon multicultural parade and Saturday evening family movie night.

The town has contracted with New Memory Productions, New Memory Management and Brystra Corp. to co-produce the event with the Harrison Fest Committee, in partnership with the mayor and Town Council.