Rashard Casey, the project director of the North Ward Center's Youth Development program, was invited to play in the celebrity charity softball game at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium before the Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 23.
Newark native Queen Latifah coached one of the teams and Newark Mayor Cory Booker was on-hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Catching for the opposing team: Phil Alagia, the chief of staff for Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo.
Continue reading below for a wrap up of news about The North Ward Center from the last month:
Robert Treat Academy graduates looking to make their mark
June 27, 2009
Robert Treat Academy charter school graduated 50 eighth-grade students Friday in an emotional commencement ceremony at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
The graduation was the fifth for the K-8 school, which was founded in 1997 by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that has provided quality services in Greater Newark for the last 40 years.
The graduates were addressed by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Newark Schools Superintendent Clifford Janey, state Commissioner Lucille Davy and Essex County Superintendent of Schools Lawrence Feinsod.
Newark parish challenges archbishop
June 24, 2009
NEWARK, N.J. - Political powerbrokers and parishioners are pressing the leader of northern New Jersey's Roman Catholics to let an elderly priest stay in the church he's led the past 54 years.
More than 150 people gathered Wednesday to pray for Newark Archbishop John Myers to reverse his decision removing Pastor Joseph Granato from St. Lucy's Church after his July 1 retirement. The 80-year-old priest wants to remain involved with the church and to continue to live in its rectory in the Italian-American neighborhood where he was raised.
"It's a terrible mistake," said Steve Adubato, a parishioner who organized Wednesday's event. "We know that the archbishop is wrong."
Read the AP story that ran in The Philadelphia Inquirer
NJN's coverage of Steve Adubato's plea to archbishop
June 24, 2009
NJN reporter Maria DeNoia Aronsohn filed a report from Stephen N. Adubato's press conference on Wednesday. During the press conference Adubato asked supporters of Monsignor Joseph Granato to pray so that the beloved pastor can stay at St. Lucy's Church after he retires.
More than 150 Granato supporters attended the event held under the tent at The North Ward Center.
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Adubato moves into monsignor's corner
June 23, 2009
NEWARK -- Two Newark city council members and Democratic party power broker Steven Adubato have joined in the effort to help a beloved monsignor live out his retirement at the parish he has served for more than half a century.
Adubato and council members Annibal Ramos Jr. and Luis A. Quintana have joined the effort to keep 80-year-old Msgr. Joseph J. Granato at St. Lucy's Church.
Autism blueprint drawn up at The North Ward Center
June 25, 2009
More than 200 advocates, leaders and parents in the autism community gathered at The North Ward Center to begin the process of developing "The Blueprint for Lifetime Support for Families and Persons with Autism."
The day-long summit was organized by Autism New Jersey, the state's leading autism advocacy group since 1965, in conjunction with The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that has been providing quality services to the underserved population in Greater Newark for 40 years. The North Ward Center anticipates opening The Center for Autism in the fall of 2011.
NJN's coverage of Autism Summit at North Ward Center
June 23, 2009
NJN's Medical corespondent Sara Lee Kesler filed a report on the summit held by Autism New Jersey in conjunction with The North Ward Center.
The summit is part of Autism New Jersey's listening tour. The group chose to partner with The North Ward Center because it wanted to hear from the underserved urban population. The North Ward Center anticipates opening The Center for Autism in the fall of 2011.
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Law firm award scholarships to Robert Treat Academy students
June 18, 2009
The law firm of K&L Gates awarded $4,000 in scholarships to three eighth-grade students at the Robert Treat Academy in Newark.
The students were selected from the class of 50 based on essays they wrote on the themes of democracy, citizenship and the presidency.
Jasmine Toledo, who will be attending Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, received a $2,500 scholarship for her first prize essay, "The Importance of Basic Rights," which focused on three Constitutional amendments.
North Ward Center preschool graduates are prepared for the future
June 12, 2009
Manuel Mendez has a long way to go before he graduates from college. But the 5-year old Newark preschooler got a sense of what that day may be like when he donned a graduation gown and marched to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance" as proud family members cheered for him.
Mendez is among 300 children graduating this week from The North Ward Center's preschools during five days of ceremonies packed with beaming parents, grandparents and siblings.
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