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SCOTUS Ruling Provides Clarity For Public Space Management

SCOTUS Ruling Provides Clarity For Public Space Management

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the legality of ordinances in Grants Pass, Oregon, that penalize individuals for sleeping and camping in public areas has ignited some conversation among those who manage public spaces. While the decision specifically addresses the Eighth Amendment, its broader implications have sparked debate about the rights of individuals experiencing homelessness, the role of local governments in addressing this complex social issue, and the potential consequences for communities...
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Bloomfield Avenue/Lower Broadway BID: Phase 1 Street Tree Project Complete

Bloomfield Avenue/Lower Broadway BID: Phase 1 Street Tree Project Complete

The first phase of the Bloomfield Avenue/Lower Broadway Alliance's street tree replenishment project was started on November 5 and completed on December 12. The project was spearheaded by State Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz in partnership with the office of the Essex County Executive and the Bloomfield Avenue/Lower Broadway Alliance. The project centers around increasing Newark’s tree canopy and furthering the city's commitment to stormwater management and greater investment in...
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Montclair Center BID: CDS Ambassador Tarrance Hunt Awarded Ambassador Of The Year

Montclair Center BID: CDS Ambassador Tarrance Hunt Awarded Ambassador Of The Year

Congratulations Tarrance Hunt on being recognized as the Montclair Center BID’s Ambassador of the Year! We’re absolutely thrilled for Tarrance and so thankful that he is part of the CDS team! Tarrance approaches his work every day with an amazing sense of openness and ownership. His purview includes anything happening on the street that might need to be addressed. Illegal dumping, a lost wallet, a flat tire, he’s there to lend...
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Journal Square SID looks back at 20 years of Navratri

Journal Square SID looks back at 20 years of Navratri

By Chris Bernardo CDS President and Journal Square SID Administrator For the last two decades, our team in Journal Square has had the honor and privilege to support the Govinda Sanskar Temple and the Jersey City Asian Merchants Association in coordinating the largest outdoor Navratri celebration in the country. I can still remember the first night in 2003 when we closed down Newark Avenue in India Square, a major gateway in...
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Mt. Prospect Avenue BID and North Ward Celebrate 10th Anniversary Car Show

Mt. Prospect Avenue BID and North Ward Celebrate 10th Anniversary Car Show

By Chris Bernardo Since 2011, our firm has overseen the operations and executive management of the Mt. Prospect Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District in Newark's North Ward. On October 28 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the classic car show event that the organization started in 2013: The Mt. Prospect Avenue Hot Rod and Classic Car Show. Congratulations to the board of the Mt. Prospect Partnership for their continued leadership in driving...
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