Prudential Center

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There’s plenty of space for families to relax and keep the kids busy with floor fountains to cool off, a slide that scales a hill in the park, ping pong and chess tables.  Mayor Ras Baraka says Mulberry Commons represents a new era in Newark.

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Fans can now celebrate the life and legacy of Whitney Houston in her hometown. The Grammy Museum at the Prudential Center has a new exhibition called "Whitney!" that features never-before-seen artifacts that tell the story of Houston from her childhood in Newark to her rise to stardom.

 

Newark Venture Partners' Demo Day

Jul 23, 2018
Newark Venture Partners
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At the Newark Venture Partners Demo Day event, business is a sport, and the founders are the star players. Newark Venture Partners, the venture capital firm with a focus on tech startups, hosted its bi-annual event demonstrating their latest class of promising businesses. The event, Demo Day, took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, a venue normally associated with hockey rivalries and rock stars but attracted all kinds of business people on Demo Day.

Valveek for example, is still years away from completing college, but wants to get an early start on his career.

Patrik Elias
NJ Devils for WBGO News

This Saturday night Patrik Elias became the fifth New Jersey Devil to have his number retired. Elias' number 26 jersey banner was raised to the rafters of Prudential Center prior to the Devils' game with the Islanders.

After his Thursday news conference, I had a brief chat with Patrik about his big night and his thoughts on playing in Newark.

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The line stretches around the block as hundreds of Newark families wait outside on an unseasonably warm December day with their kids, for early holiday presents.  Newark Mayor Ras Baraka makes small talk with residents and looks over piles of toys organized by the appropriate age group. 

What were some of the toys a young Ras Baraka desired as a kid?

“I loved those chemistry sets, bikes, skateboards, or a football uniform.  Pittsburgh Steelers, football uniform, Lynn Swann.”

Mike Nichols
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The Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game this Friday, April 21st at Prudential Center will benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives. 

Proceeds from the game featuring many former and current NHL stars will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike's medical needs, as well as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

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When the city of Newark announced the Mulberry Commons Project last month, transforming lot and warehouse space on Prudential Centers Mulberry St. side into a 22-acre park, was it possible for something to outshine the ambitious project.  I guess that depends on if you like music more than shops and recreational activity.  The Grammy Museum Experience will use 8,000 square feet of Prudential Center space to bring its history to New Jersey.  Daniel Cherry is the Chief Marketing Innovation Officer for the New Jersey Devils.  He says they’re a perfect match.

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The hometown of Grammy Hall of Famers Paul Simon, Whitney Houston, Sarah Vaughan, and Franki Valli will now be directly connected to the music world’s most prestigious award.

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Mayor Ras Baraka says planning and investment is ready to complete Newark’s long awaited park project to revitalize the space in front of Prudential Center.

It’s been talked about for eleven years but now it finally looks like the 'Triangle Park Project' is ready to bring new retail and public open space to the Prudential Center.  Newark Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson says there’s been a change in design.

“At one time the project was a triangle, but because of a street and some realignment it became more of a rectangle.  So we ended up changing the name,” said Wilson.

WoS
Write on Sports

The Write on Sports 10th Anniversary Gala is set for October 14, 2015.

Write on Sports Founder Byron Yake, WoS curriculum expert Dr. Erik Jacobson of MSU and WoS camper Elan Lakes join SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about Write on Sports program and how it gets kids excited about writing and researching.

WoS is a literacy/journalism program for at-risk middle school students that teaches youth how to write about sports as a way to inspire and help them to write.