Here's a round up of the most popular stories during the week of July 30.
Two new restaurants will be joining NewPark Mall’s food court this month, including The Crepe Bar, an eatery that will serve up a variety of crepes. The Crepe Bar is scheduled to open on Aug. 15. Also joining the food court will be Taqueria La Tita. In Lido Faire Shopping Center, a new bank has opened. East West Bank is a full-commercial bank located at 35233 Newark Blvd., Suite E. For more business news, .
A 49-year-old former Kung Fu instructor pleaded guilty to molestation charges Wednesday, according to authorities. Fremont police said Wenyuan Sun was suspected of molesting two female minors while they attended Sun's Kung Fu school in Fremont. He entered the guilty plea on Aug. 1 and is awaiting sentencing. He is being held in Santa Rita Jail on a $750,000 bail.
City staff is inviting Newark residents to take part in the process of building a visionary plan to revamp the NewPark Mall area. A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8 about the project, which dubbed the . City staff has indicated that the vision for the area is for it to include a major activity point such as a convention center, sports center or event center, as well as retail areas that give people a place to “work, shop, live, eat, recreate and experience culture.” The greater NewPark area includes NewPark Mall and neighboring shopping plazas, which include , the near and the Mowry Plaza, which houses TJ Maxx and .
A proposal to build multiple townhomes off Thornton Avenue was approved Thursday night. The Fremont Argus reports that the city council’s vote to is Newark’s first housing building for more than a decade. Proposed is the construction of three-story buildings, that all include three-bedroom homes, on 0.66 acres of land located on the 6200 block of Thornton Avenue. The lot – which lies nearly 600 feet west from Newark Boulevard – is currently vacant.
Newark police responded to numerous calls last week, including one in which an 18-year-old Newark man was arrested after police officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Thornton Avenue around 12:10 a.m. Monday. Police said the man had been arguing with his sister and threatened her with metal knuckles. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of metal knuckles and booked into Fremont Jail. .