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Summer festivities return to NewPark Mall

The Newark Chamber of Commerce, City of Newark, and NewPark Mall celebrate summer with the return of Newarks 7th annual SummerFest on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 at NewPark Mall. The two day SummerFest will be held in the spacious parking lot located between Macys and Sears.

We are looking forward to having NewPark host the SummerFest again this year, said Valerie Boyle, president and CEO of Newark Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to join forces again with the shopping center to sponsor this popular summertime event.

SummerFest will have a wide range of entertainment such as live music, microbrews, food vendors, the NewPark KidZone, dining options available at the mall, Classic Car Show, and Farmers Market.

KidZone will feature a play area and kids activities, including a giant inflatable jumper, pony rides, and fun games. Parents can stroll through the vendor booths, enjoying a selection of favorite microbrews and wines. Festival goers can sit back and relax to the music of regional bands, including last years headline crowd pleasers Daze on the Green, Blues Bottle Band, and Zydeco On Our Mind, as well as Cottonwood Creek Ð a newcomer to this years lineup.

Hayward Russell City Blues Sweet 16: an indulgence in living history

Hayward Russell City Blues Festival is an ornament of lasting Americana culture. Simultaneous stomping grounds for dice, dominoes, and the delta blues, this city by the Bay carved a name for itself into the fabric of blues then and now.

Once home to artists Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Folsom, and Jimmy McCracklin during the early 1940s, Hayward Russell City prides itself on being one of the last authentic blues foundations on the west coast. As phrased by executive director and true conscience behind the festival Ronnie Stewart, You used to have to bring your car down to its very bottom springs, until it would practically scrape the ground. That was how you got to Russell City. It may have been raggedy, unincorporated and underdeveloped, but on any old night, you could come to the Russell City Country Club and see somebody that was gonna be somebody, all for a quarter or maybe 50 cents.

Since its prime, the region once known as Russell City has been completely industrialized. In 1963 the city was condemned and within weeks all families were forced to leave and the lots were paved over, but out of the ashes the blues lived on. It was known at the time as mutt music. We were a displaced group of people, with roots all the way back in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, etc., said Stewart. It was through these unique circumstances that the West Coast Blues style was born.

Justice & Equality Summit encourages community conversation

Join a Union City-wide conversation to help build bridges of understanding, trust, and community. The Union City Police Department (UCPD) hosts the Justice and Equality Summit on July 11, a first of its-kind event that gives the community an opportunity to have a real talk discussion about Union City Police and the chance to ask key questions. Attendees will also learn about other services provided in Union City.

The idea for a Summit first arose in October 2014 as a way to get community members together to talk about policing issues and to get to know each other better. Then on December 9, over 300 Logan High students organized a peaceful Die In demonstration in front of the police department, a phenomenon that had been occurring in front of police departments around the nation, symbolizing the police community strain that was happening in Ferguson, Missouri. UCPD response was quite effective in making sure it was handled well, and they received considerable praise from the community. Nonetheless, the fact the demonstration occurred underscored the value of the summit already being considered.

This is a tough time for policing all around our country. No matter how far away it may seem from what we see in Union City, we cannot ignore the growing national narrative of distrust and eroding police-community relationships, said Union City Chief of Police Darryl C. McAllister.

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Made Up Theatre

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