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  • Newark Stories: Bill Scully

    October 12, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Here we celebrate one of the oldest Irish pubs still operating not only in Newark, but in New Jersey.

    McGovern’s Tavern began serving the people of the central ward in 1936.

    Bill Scully was a bartender there for decades. Now retired, he remains the face of the pub for many regulars.

    He recently sat down to talk about the early days, right after his arrival in the U.S. from Ireland when McGovern’s was the only place to be.

  • Newark Stories: Rayvon Lisbon

    October 10, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of Newark, New Jersey's 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Rayvon Lisbon was born in 1989. When he was just six years old, he was separated from his mother and grew up moving from one foster home to the next. As a teenager in South Ward, he doubted his chances of getting out of high school, and barely let himself dream of attending college.

    But in 2015, Rayvon graduated from Rutgers – Newark with a degree in Sociology.

  • Newark Stories: Charles Tally

    October 7, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of this Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Here we revisit the glory days at Weequahic High School​ in 1966 and 1967.

    That’s when the boys’s basketball team won two, back to back state championships. It was the first time in Newark school history and the memories are still fresh.

    68-year-old Charles Tally was on the team both those years.

  • Dance Like Animals In Wynton Marsalis' 'Spaces'

    October 6, 2016

    In Spaces, Wynton Marsalis' new dance suite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, each movement corresponds to a different animal — a chicken, a lion, a frog and more.

    He enlisted tap dancer Jared Grimes and "jooker" (street dancer) Lil Buck to embody the animals in their performances. In this piece, Marsalis also describes his fascination with the animal kingdom, his process of writing, and the way he attempts to draw on the spaces that all creatures inhabit.

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  • Newark Stories: Mae Smith

    October 5, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of this city's 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark’s stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Today we’re heading to the North Ward, with a story from Mae Smith from 1982.

    That was the year that Newark first hired female police officers —  just nine of them — to patrol the city.  They faced skepticism and discrimination, but Mae stuck with it for 25 years.

    She recently sat down to talk about what those early years were like.