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May 4, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — One by one, nearly 200 of Newark’s residents without addresses lined up to be tested for the coronavirus on Monday, the first installment of what may be the nation’s first effort to test a city’s entire homeless population.  The program kicked off at an airport hotel where the city ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College will host its 50th commencement exercises this year online. On Monday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at what was initially planned a ceremony at their usual location, East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium,  the Class of 2020, comprised of more than 2,000 candidates for ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Hoping to “spread positivity” during a time of coronavirus-induced despair, the Roxbury High School Interact Club recently compiled video clips of uplifting messages submitted by students and some teachers. Members of the club - Roxbury Rotary’s arm in the high school - wanted to ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Chabad of Hackensack distributed more than 1,600 masks to families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic at a free mask drive-thru Sunday.  Under sunny skies, volunteers donned latex gloves and black and white masks emblazoned with the inspiring message, “Think Good, It Will Be ...

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - There's been a seismic change in the way people and businesses interact due the COVID-19 virus since mid-March. Students and teachers have virtual school from home. Some businesses are closed, deemed "non-essential" by Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order 107. Businesses ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township's municipal court operations are set to resume with "a slow roll in" via videoconfering this Thursday, May 7, Township Administrator Pat Monaco said last week. However, for this week, "There will not be too many cases," Monaco said at last week's ...

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NORTH JERSEY — As the country continues to be in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, forcing millions of Americans to stay at home to help curb the spread of the potentially deadly virus that has to date touched more than 3.4 million people and claimed almost a quarter of a million lives, ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Saturday’s weather was sunny and warm, with highs in the mid-70s, which brought out some Piscataway families to county and state parks that reopened after being closed for several weeks as part of NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. As the state ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — A section of Route 287 South in Piscataway was closed for several hours on Friday after a New Jersey State Trooper found human remains in the travel lanes north of Exit 8 for Centennial Ave. and Possumtown Road, said police officials. The trooper, who was off-duty at the time ...

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NEWTON, NJ -County residents will finally be able to get tested for the coronavirus in Sussex County.  On Friday afternoon County Administrator Gregory Poff announced a drive through testing site is being created on the campus of Sussex County Community College.  “Our county administration, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Wedding ceremonies will no longer be left at the altar because of the pandemic, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday — albeit with some caveats. In the latest signal that the state is gradually returning to a pseudo-normalcy, Murphy announced this afternoon that he will sign an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — John La Forte battled cancer for 15 years, his daughter said. But when the 75-year-old former Westfield salon owner came down with coronavirus, he lasted just three weeks, daughter Lisa La Forte said. “He struggled until the end,” she said Friday. The former owner of Heads ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After being closed for nearly a month due to coronavirus, most municipal parks and fields in Westfield will reopen for passive recreation beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. The National Weather Service has predicted sunny weather with a high near 70 degrees. But with ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - At the forefront of the conversation was a question the world is now asking: When will we reopen, and how? Unity in the Community, a virtual component of the East Brunswick Human Relation Council’s ongoing community engagement program, Coffee and Conversations, is answering ...

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NEWARK, NJ — By now, most people understand the protocol when it comes to meeting with someone outside their homes: You do it remotely, or you don’t do it at all.  But what if that someone is your doctor? In most instances, that, too, has adapted to the ways of the webcam to keep patients out of ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - A masked thief was caught on camera Thursday afternoon taking masks from a local retailer on Franklin Ave. Pretty Handy made headlines with their mask making operation. For the past several weeks the team has made masks from donated fabric and elastic. The masks are sold through ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state of New Jersey, many basic supplies, essential to pandemic living, have been hard to come by, limiting families' abilities to shop and provide for loved ones. Determined to find a way to help in this tough time, Chabad of ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Closed earlier this month as part of the township’s effort to thwart the spread of COVID-19, the Roxbury Community Garden will re-open tomorrow (May 1) with restrictions. “As we promised at our last meeting, we have revisited our decision to close the Community Garden which we know ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A notable Montclair restaurant owner became stranded in a foreign country amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has returned to a statewide lockdown and now struggles to keep his business afloat while also helping others at the same time. Ilson Goncalves, owner of Samba Montclair, a ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Brother and sister, Drew and Heather Paglia have a strong connection to Piscataway. Not only does their grandmother live in the township, but their mom, Cindy lived in Piscataway for over 30 years. The Paglia family visited the area almost every day. That is, until coronavirus ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy's welcome announcement Wednesday that state and county parks would re-open May 2 negated two resolutions from Somerset County that urged the governor to revisit the April 7 executive order issued to minimize social contact and inhibit the spread of the coronavirus ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he intends to sign an executive order to reopen New Jersey’s state parks and allow golf courses and county parks to reopen The order will take effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 2nd. Social distancing will continue to be ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily press conference on Tuesday announced an additional 2,887 positive tests results in New Jersey, which pushes the statewide total to just under 14,000. As of Monday night, there were 6,476 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, relatively unchanged from ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Tuesday to create a commission charged with advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown. The Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission will be comprised of 21 members, ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order on Tuesday gave New Jersey municipalities the option of extending the grace period for the payment of second-quarter taxes to June 1, but that is not in the current plans for Chatham Township or Chatham Borough. Both Chatham Township Administrator ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — For the physicians and nurses working the front lines at Hackensack University Medical Center during the coronavirus pandemic, April 28 marked a milestone victory in their epic battle against the infamous widespread killer virus. Early this afternoon, on perhaps the nicest day ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - When news broke of the coronavirus spreading in New Jersey, staff at the Montclair Manor began living at the facility to ensure that the residents did not contract the virus from the workers. Now, more than a month later, the facility continues to have no cases of COVID-19, but they ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Wine Shop opened its doors in 1933 the same year the prohibition came to an end - the novel coronavirus pandemic will not shutter it. Owner Mike Martin, assures his store is and will remain safe for its customers. “We are wearing gloves, face masks. I put up the plastic ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Responding the financial difficulties that COVID-19 has brought residents, a councilman is advocating the town waive late fees for the payment of second-quarter property taxes, a measure that is not on Tuesday’s proposed council agenda just days before a quarterly tax bill is ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury resident last week gave $10,500 in cash to a person who claimed to be a courier for a bail bond company but was actually part of a scam, police said today. The incident, which took place April 24, was a prime example of something called the “Bail Bond Scam,” police said.

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