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May 20, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The distance learning plan passed on May 18 by the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to guide the rest of the school year is vexing local parents. The “NJDOE 2020 School Health-Related Closure Plan” included no requirement for direct instruction by teachers by audio or ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions imposed on New Jersey businesses, announcing at Tuesday's press briefing that auto dealerships, motorcycle and bicycle shops can re-open their showrooms and shops for on-site sales activities beginning at 6 a.m.

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College held its 50th Commencement Ceremony virtually on Monday night. More than 10,000 people watched the proceedings on YouTube, which included a graduating class of more than 2,000 students and their families, friends, and interested onlookers from around the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Jennifer McCusker, Nutley resident and a single mother, tells of her battle with COVID-19. McCusker was sick in early March and hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. She believes she was the fifth person admitted at a time when the virus was just ...

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TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some ...

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ANDOVER, NJ- Thousands of disabled cars could end up in Andover if the Land Use Board approves a request for a variance made by BHT Properties Group. On Tuesday, May 19, the Land Use Board is set to hear the variance application for the old airport on Stickles Pond Road. Residents have spoken ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Charles Babich has been treated by Dr. Frank Sonnenberg for the past 25 years, but they weren’t even in the same room for the most recent visit. “Dr. Sonnenberg is over the top in terms of taking time and explaining and answering questions,” Babich said. “The appointment was ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Tennessee woman who gave birth over the weekend on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike has been treated and released from Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Keericka Thomas and her baby girl were taken to Saint Peter’s after New Jersey State Troopers helped deliver the ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Although a genetic disorder prevents 16-year-old Danny Roman from speaking, the smile on his face was enough to show his excitement for the dozens of honking cars and fire trucks that drove by his Piscataway home on Sunday to wish him a ‘Happy Birthday”. “He’s loving it, the ...

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WARREN, NJ - Pride. Each year the NJEA provides grants for school districts to complete projects that support the community. This year, Warren Township Central School’s very own school secretary, Jane Auriemma, applied for a special grant on behalf of the Warren Township Education Association ...

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WAYNE, NJ – It’s been two months since we have been under stay at home orders.  This quarantine has forced many of us to make big changes to our daily routines.  With the state of New Jersey surpassing one million people filing for unemployment, financial difficulties are mounting. Couple this with ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — On Sunday, May 17, the community is invited to be part of a drive-by car parade to wish Danny Roman a ‘Happy 16th Birthday’. The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. at the Holmes Marshall Fire House, 5300 Deborah Drive in Piscataway. According to his family, Danny, who was born ...

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NEW JERSEY — Medical professionals will soon be permitted to resume elective surgeries at hospitals and surgical centers, the governor said Friday. The elective surgeries, which had been suspended, will restart May 26, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his daily COVID-19 press briefing, where he also ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Although full Police Week ceremonies are among the numerous events canceled by coronavirus quarantine, the South Orange Police Department participated in a moment of silence today for New Jersey police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and were added to the Police ...

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NEW JERSEY — As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate the country, sickening more than 4 million people and claiming more than 300,000 lives to date, many local businesses in the food and beverage industry are making it their obligation to step in and deliver meals to all the nurses, ...

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ROXBURY, NJ –Roxbury School Board Member Dan Masi and his musically talented wife and children picked up their instruments during Teacher Appreciation Week and recorded a music video as a way of giving thanks to teachers and other school workers. The YouTube video, which runs two minutes and 37 ...

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WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Board of Education approved a list of supplemental virtual after school activities that began in May, and as of May 12 over 200 students are enrolled and participating in one or more virtual supplemental after school activities.   Warren Township Schools ...

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NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in New Jersey will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend. Starting May 22, more than 120 ...

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WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Crafty residents in Wood-Ridge have been spending their days hand making one of the newest in-demand products in the healthcare industry: ear savers. As of May 10, the group has crafted and donated over 3,000 ear savers to hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes in New Jersey, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced a significant drop in daily deaths, cases, hospitalizations, ICU and ventilator patients, at his daily press conference in Trenton on Wednesday. According to the governor: New hospitalizations are down two-thirds from the peak. Total ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, a New Jersey native and a mountain of a man whose accomplishments on and off the basketball court are legendary, took the time Tuesday night to call the Critical Care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset to extend thanks and ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Sangeetha Rai and Pinky Shah decided back in April that they needed to do something to give local restaurants a boost and help those struggling financially because of the coronavirus shutdown. Their "Dinner is on Us" initiative was born. Rai and Shah partnered with Gennaros and ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack’s Main Street Business Alliance is launching the second phase of its Restaurant Voucher Program, which is designed to support both local restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and families in need of assistance. The organization is partnering with the Carroll ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Bow hunters bagged 20 deer in Westfield as part of Union County’s annual deer hunt this past winter, the town administrator said Tuesday. The hunters killed 16 deer in Brightwood Park and four in the area of Lamberts Mill Road, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday's ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – First COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Roxbury Memorial Day Parade. Now the disease has forced the cancellation of another popular outdoor event in town: The Horseshoe Lake Beach Blast. Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo made the announcement at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roxbury ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Team Hackensack Smart Schools defeated Champions for Students in this year’s school board election for three, three-year terms, according to the unofficial election results from the Bergen County Board of Elections released Tuesday night.  Hackensack Smart Schools also go by ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Here are the facts regarding the spread and fatality of COVID-19 in East Brunswick, with some explanation and context, as of May 12, 2020. East Brunswick Director of Emergency Management Austin Kosik says that he has a "moderate level of confidence" in the statistics that have ...

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NEW JERSEY -- As graduation day approaches for high school seniors across the Garden State, one parent has started a petition on Change.org calling on Governor Murphy to "find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in a traditional matter." Petition organizer Lisa Gyongyosi believes it ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township donated $20,000 to Toni’s Kitchen and will match up to an additional $20,000 in donations towards the local food ministry’s continued efforts providing meals to those in need during the COVID-19 shutdown. The amount has now been raised to $80,000, with the ...

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Glen Ridge, NJ - The Glen Ridge Police Department has announced the passing of beloved Officer Charles “Rob” Roberts. He succumbed to complications of COVID-19, police officials announced. According to a release by the township, Officer Roberts, badge #69 is the first line of duty death within ...

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