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May 12, 2020

LINDEN, NJ- Joseph E. Soehl Middle School in Linden has converted its Little Free Libraries into miniature food pantries during the current health crisis. With the coronavirus raising concerns about the safety of using the little free libraries’ books and the difficulty families are experiences ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Property owners could soon have another reason to improve their properties in Downtown Westfield. The town council is poised to vote on a measure Tuesday that, if approved, would designate Westfield’s special improvement district an “area in need of rehabilitation” and therefore ...

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Many New Jersey municipal courts began remote proceedings today, holding court sessions by video or phone, under an order issued by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. In-person municipal court sessions had been suspended in mid-March so that the courts could conform with ...

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Elected officials from Wood-Ridge Councilwoman Catherine Cassidy to Governor Phil Murphy are reminding residents that there is still time to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census. At last Wednesday's Mayor and Council meeting, Cassidy reminded residents as part of her monthly ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — With Pre-K-12 schools closed for the rest of the academic year, and state and local officials advising everyone to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Piscataway School District continues to provide remote/virtual instruction for its more than 7,000 students as ...

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Newark, NJ – A steady stream of residents from the Ironbound section of Newark, some in cars, some on foot, arrived at arranged pickup points in the neighborhood this weekend to get the help that they need because of problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is help that for many people, ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Rodriguez family at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) radiate just as much love for each other as they do for their vocation. Kathy, along with her daughters Meghan, 31, and Erin, 27, work diligently at the Prospect Avenue hospital — a place they liken to a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town saw snowfall Saturday — a notably unusual occurrence for May. “Holy moly,” said Westfield resident Debby Burslem, while recording video of the snowfall from her back porch. “Look at the sky. … This is incredible.” In fact, it’s historic, according to Bill Goodman, a ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - When Chatham resident Bill Heap heard that Hanes Corporation was planning to battle the Coronavirus pandemic by mass-producing masks, he teamed up with business partner Phil Pantusco to get involved. Heap and Pantusco have over 90 years of combined experience providing the apparel ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that the County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will partner to bring mobile testing to communities across the county starting next Tuesday, May 12. This community mobile testing program will offer walk-up Saliva ...

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MILWAUKEE – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced plans to make a bobblehead of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy.  The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every Gov. Murphy Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes fund in support of the 100 Million Mask ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Last month, the annual Middlesex-Union all-star football game was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gridiron charity contest is one of many to be shut down for the summer already across the state including the Phil Simms North-South Game. The 27th installment of the ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Two years after a nightmarish school bus crash involving a fifth-grade Paramus class and their chaperones resulted in the deaths of educator Jennifer Williamson and student Miranda Vargas, Williamson’s brother has filed a lawsuit against the involved drivers and state and local ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A 4-year-old of New Jersey has died of COVID-19, State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced Friday during the state’s daily briefing in Trenton.  The child was the first death reported in the state of anyone under the age of 18, Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed to members of ...

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Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year  The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and that high school spring sports were officially not happening. That means there will be no long toss or pinging of the bats, tennis balls bouncing ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – When a group of friends, neighbors and relatives got together, the result is a program that has fed hundreds of frontline workers and offered a nourishing, hot meal to people who are feeling the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rob Zwigard of East Hanover; his friend Ted ...

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NEWARK, NJ — This month, the City of Newark has put in motion an ambitious undertaking to test as many of its 280,000 residents as possible, starting with its homeless, senior and public housing population — but according to officials, testing is only half the battle.  That’s why the city, with ...

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WARREN, NJ - Warren Township has been ranked as one of the top safest cities in New Jersey in the Safewise report detailing New Jersey's 50 Safest Cities of 2020 released today. Warren Township is ranked No. 11 in the report. " I am proud of our ranking in this year's Safewise report,” said ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day at the end of World War II, the Arsenal of Democracy, in conjunction with the WWII 75th Commemoration Committee is planning a flyover over the National Mall in Washington D.C. – and Bridgewater’s own Lt. Col. Bob Vaucher ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - Need Chicken?  Want to help? The call went out and the community responded.  In just a few days, 400 families signed up to pick up chicken and donate to the Somerset County Food Bank through Feed to Give. Feed to Give said: “Another successful fundraiser! We had over 400 cars ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new superintendent has been appointed to take the helm of the Montclair School District, officials announced Wednesday. He will officially begin on July 1 and has been awarded a 5-year contract. By a unanimous decision of the full Montclair Board of Education members, Dr.

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PARAMUS, N.J. — The Paramus Public Library is seeking to expand. Library officials have submitted an application to the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act Program for the construction of a $1.16 million renovation to the East Century Road Library. The scope of the project calls for 1,958 ...

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TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 138, which extends the Public Health Emergency declared on March 9 (Executive Order No. 103), and extended on April 7 (Executive Order No. 119). Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 ...

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BERNARDS TWP. _ Bernards police said that a resident of Fellowship Deaconry fell victim to an internet lottery scam to the tune of $8,000 to $10,000 sent out in gift cards over a period of about six months.  The victim reportedly told police he received an email stating he had won an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic may be accelerating the demise of an expansive department store on North Avenue. Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has long prepared for the closure of Lord & Taylor’s store on North Avenue so when Reuters broke the news Tuesday that the retailer plans to liquidate ...

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32nd Anniversary of A.C.E.S. Goes Virtual for Quarantined Students World-Wide MONTVILLE, NJ - Project A.C.E.S. – All Children Exercise Simultaneously – is the world’s largest exercise class. Unlike past Project A.C.E.S. events, during the COVID-19 world-wide quarantine, Project A.C.E.S. 2020 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — News that the Westfield Police are using drones as part of its patrols created a stir on social media last Wednesday, but the department’s chief said the technology is common and appropriate for law enforcement use. Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told TAPinto Westfield that ...

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Last Updated 5/4/2020 at 7:21 p.m. CLARK, NJ – A fire ripped through a home on Jupitor Street at approximately 4:00 p.m. Monday, leaving major destruction in its wake.   According to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso a male resident and his dog were home at the time.  Bonaccorso said the homeowner made it ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. — An anonymous donor launched a “Push Up for CarePlus” Challenge through April, calling on members of the community to submit videos of themselves dropping down and giving them 50 (or however many they are able to!) to benefit The Care Plus Foundation in Paramus.  For each ...

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