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March 5, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Five artists have been selected by Newark officials to submit preliminary designs for a monument that will honor Harriet Tubman - the heroic abolitionist who made the city an important stop on the Underground Railroad as she led enslaved African-Americans out of the South to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Franklin Elementary School music teacher Brent Geyer has a hit on his hands. His virtual x­ylophone, created to allow his students to make music remotely, has been used more than 350,000 times worldwide. Geyer is a certified practitioner of the Orff-Schulwerk teaching method, ...

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - For one Hasbrouck Heights teacher, her talent is extending from sharing in the classroom, to a larger stage. Shannon Rodenberg, American Sign Language teacher at Hasbrouck Heights Middle School, is taking her signing to "America’s Got Talent." “I am extremely excited for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Bob Zuckerman was appointed to lead Downtown Westfield Corporation last year, he said he wanted to make the downtown “sparkle and shine.” And shining it is, at least in the North Avenue parking lot of the Westfield Train Station, where 15 lighted seesaws have been set up as ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Anyone planning a wedding can expand the guest list now, following Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, when he announced that wedding receptions may proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity (up to 150 persons) and up to 150 people outdoors. Indoor ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As the Newark Public Schools District and other New Jersey schools move to transition students back into the classrooms next month, a recent poll found that voters in the state are split on a return to in-person learning.  The survey, conducted by Change Research and commissioned by ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Not all pieces of the complex puzzle to increase in-person learning at Westfield Public Schools are in place, but district officials announced more steps in the plan at Tuesday’s virtual Board of Education meeting. Parents’ reactions ranged from relief to skepticism after ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Rebecca Walker, a Piscataway resident uses her gift with words to express how many have been feeling since the start of the pandemic, with all the changes the world has had to face in order to stay safe. A sense of sadness that has taken over for some, as they continue to ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Board of Education made it official on Tuesday night, Matthew Beck will be the new superintendent beginning July 1, 2021.  The vote was 5-0 with Jen Grana, Kate Matteson and Christa Sorensen not present and Michael McGovern ineligible to vote because his wife is a district ...

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This story is part of Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit lovedandlostnj.com. WESTFIELD, NJ — Dedication and social justice resonated in ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – It’s been a long year for Marilyn Kuna and her family. Like many New Jerseyans, the 84-year-old couple and Marilyn’s son have largely been homebound as COVID-19 upended life across the country.  But when New Jersey announced its rollout of coronavirus vaccines in December, hope ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Those aware of the sewing, knitting and crocheting prowess of Belle Schwartz could not be surprised when the long-time Roxbury resident was recently named a Joann Fabrics “Handmade Hero.” If there’s one thing that matches the 76-year-old’s crafting skill it’s her desire to use that ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Linden elementary school teacher wanted to find a way to make Black History Month more relevant and personal to Linden Public School students, so he asked friends to help him by sharing their success stories. L.J. McGhee, joined by fellow educator Allison Rotola, came up with the ...

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RED BANK, NJ: The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced the opening of submissions for its ‘Arts Madness’ talent tournament. The program was launched last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was so successful that the Count Basie and sponsor Bank of America will make it an ...

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JERSEY CITY – Fulfilling a promise to make tuition-free community college a reality, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed A4410, permanently establishing the Community College Opportunity Grant Program (CCOG) that will allow qualified students to attend any New Jersey community college without tuition ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Township of Nutley Public Affairs Commissioner John V. Kelly III said during the Feb. 16 Board of Commissioners meeting that the health department received an overwhelming response to Nutley’s vaccine clinic. More than double the amount of people responded to the township’s clinic than ...

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NEW JERSEY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 12 - New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) held a vaccine safety tele-townhall to spread accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine and answer any questions. The tele-town hall was also joined by New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Last Friday, a 10-year-old Coral Springs boy got into an argument with his father and ran out the front door of their home toward the woods, a police report said. It was 5:30 p.m. when police were notified of James Gerun’s disappearance from Parkview Way. Two officers ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against the Montclair School District after teachers and staff refused to return to in-person instruction, according to documents. Eight families filed last week, after retaining attorney Keri Donohue Avellini. Avellini is ...

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NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. Shortly after, however, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) issued a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If county government accepts a local advocacy group's proposal, unused train lines could be transformed into two walkable, bikeable greenways: one connecting Elizabeth and Cranford and another running from Roselle Park to Summit. “Greenways and trails are a solution to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD – In honor of “Music in Our Schools Month,” the South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Music Department is holding a “Pledge to Practice” fundraiser throughout the month of March. Sponsored by the Tri-M Music National Honors Society, the fundraiser will not only raise funds for ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud ...

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Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million) TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Hudson County men accused of defrauding an elderly Westfield woman of $93,000 were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to scam her out of an additional $40,000 in cash, police said. Police arrested Brandon Reyes, 27, of Union City, and Walter Rosario, 28, of Jersey City, in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 600 parents attended the Westfield Board of Education’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, some livid at what they see as incomplete planning for a return to in-person learning in the district. While board members did not engage in much direct response, public comment continued ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient. The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had. Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Girl Scout Katherine Gardner’s goal in pushing for early-childhood full eye assessments is not just to attain her Girl Scout Gold Award; it’s also personal. Chances are good that Gardner, 18, would not be blind in one eye had she received a full eye assessment when she was an ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers, a university named after a slave owner, is taking new steps to acknowledge its connection to slavery and racial injustice with the creation of four additional historical markers that tell the story of its early benefactors whose families made their fortunes through ...

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