Volume 35 • Issue 5 May 2019 newcommunity.org

Remembering Founding NCC Board Member And Newark’s First Black Mayor Ken Gibson

Ken Gibson is best known for being the first black mayor of Newark, but he was also a founding board member of New Community Corporation. He passed away March 29 at the age of 86.

“Ken Gibson was a groundbreaker and was associated with New Community Corporation from its inception. He had a profound influence on the city and will be missed dearly,” said New Community CEO Richard Rohrman.

New Community Board President Dr. A. Zachary Yamba said Gibson was very dedicated to the city of Newark. Yamba said Gibson put a high priority on employment and training and was instrumental in the push to keep Essex County College in Newark when others were trying to move it to the suburbs. Yamba also called him a gentleman mayor.


New Community Celebrates Retirement Of Longtime Chief Of Staff Kathy Spivey

New Community has wished a fond farewell to Chief of Staff Kathy Spivey, who retired April 30 after 26 years with the organization. Family, friends and NCC colleagues celebrated Spivey’s retirement April 25 at St. Joseph Plaza.

Spivey will be greatly missed at New Community, but has decided to return to Ohio to be closer to family.

“Kathy’s retirement has been coming for a while but is real now. Kathy is more than a 25-plus year critical piece of NCC’s progress,” said New Community CEO Richard Rohrman. “She was there with Monsignor Linder to help steer NCC through the ups and the downs. She was there to help me in my transition into the CEO role and weather a few of our own ups and downs. The organization will miss her guidance and I will certainly miss her always spot-on observations. At the same time I am very excited for her heading home into the arms of a loving family. Thank you, Kathy. You earned this many times over.”

Buy Your Tickets For Spring Scholarship Sweepstakes And Support The Monsignor Linder Scholarship Fund

New Community Corporation is selling raffle tickets as part of its first Spring Scholarship Sweepstakes. Supporters of New Community are encouraged to buy the raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes while also helping to bolster the Monsignor William J. Linder Scholarship Fund.

Those who purchase raffle tickets will have the chance to win one of three prizes. First place will be a Sony 60-inch 4K Ultra High Definition TV with HDR worth $1,200, second place will be a 64 gigabyte Apple iPhone XR worth $1,000 and third place prize will be an Apple Watch Series 4 worth $400. Tickets are being sold for $1 each.


Financial Opportunity Center Helps NCCTI Student Reach Financial Goals

When students sign up for classes at New Community Career and Technical Institute (NCCTI), they not only receive a high quality, hands-on education in their field of study, but they also have access to a variety of services. One of those very useful services is the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC). The FOC helps individuals achieve their financial goals while also providing them with knowledge about credit, budgets and savings plans.

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