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April 20, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Patty Turner is a nurse, but one employed by a wound care company, not at a hospital. So, when the coronavirus mayhem began, she was able to keep working from home. It was safe, but it left the Hopatcong resident feeling frustrated. “I felt very hopeless and useless, being able ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Innovation, imagination, an economic crisis, and a global pandemic inspired a local haberdasher to create an online auction that raised over $325 in the first hour for a local food pantry. Before the world turned upside down, Carmen Bucco would spend his time making custom bespoke ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - On Monday the state released a list of 425 nursing homes and health care facilities in New Jersey with coronavirus outbreaks.  The list included five nursing homes located in Cedar Grove and revealed that 244 cases of COVID-19 stem from these five facilities with 48 deaths ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The coronavirus shutdown of schools and businesses has created pressures on the county food pantries.  In Sparta the Ecumenical Food Pantry serves not only the residents in Sparta but throughout the county as well. Food Pantry Director, Valerie Machio said for their 30-year ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jennifer St. Pierre watched from her home as the motorcade slowly made its way down the street. A beloved neighbor had died from complications of COVID-19. Instead of a wake and funeral, the line of cars stopped briefly and the wife and son emerged, masks on. The hearse ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – A drive-thru handout of pet food that took place April 17 was a big success, said Roxbury Animal Control Officer Sue Blanchard. The event - where donated dog food and cat food was doled out to pet owners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic - came just in ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Grim statistics dominate the headlines during a global health crisis but defeating a pandemic must begin in the hearts and minds of those who step up to the front-lines purposely and without anything to gain but to fulfill a basic-desire to help. What makes someone put themselves at ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man refusing to wear a mask in the Stop & Shop, coughing and spitting at employees and police, is in jail.  On April 15, Wadim Sakiewicz refused to leave when asked by a store employee according to the New Jersey Attorney General Grewal.  Sakiewicz became combative when ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- While Gov. Phil Murphy spent part of his daily coronavirus update press conference on Saturday warning that the state will "have blood on our hands" if social distancing regulations are eased, one local lawmaker has begun a petition to rescind the executive order that ...

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TRENTON, NJ — In a show of teeth that Gov. Phil Murphy has largely avoided bearing throughout the duration of the pandemic, New Jersey’s leader called out Congress on Saturday for its deadlock on direct aid for the states.  The state is relying on the follow-through of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College’s visual and performing arts departments, the fashion apparel design program, and Gallery Bergen will host a virtual presentation of the student art show, “BCC Student Virtual Art Expo 2020: Imagine, create, share: repeat,” through an online exhibition. An ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The question of how long Paterson will remain shut down in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 is not “about a date,” Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson. “It’s about the data. Everyone asks about a date and I tell them ‘Oh no, it’s about the data,” Sayegh, whose city ...

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  SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta school district has been charged with violating nepotism laws regarding the hiring of former board of education member Karen Scott’s son.  The district is required to submit a Corrective Action Plan “identifying the procedures it will develop and implement to ensure ...

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WARREN, NJ - Need chicken? Want to help? Now you can have both. The Township Committee announced at Thursday’s meeting that they will be assisting  Ridge High School student Carys Law and the Bernard's Regional Chamber of Commerce in hosting a fundraising project called FEED TO GIVE to support the ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – As have other gyms in the state, Warrior Strong, a non-profit organization that provides free fitness centers for veterans, is being hammered by the COVID-19 crisis. Forced to close its doors, Warrior Strong – like other gyms - is offering online fitness classes. However, the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Olive Branch is noted for its mozzarella sticks, its pizza and its fun, festive atmosphere. Of all the things on the menu, however, “In Fauci We Trust” T-shirts have been selling like hot cakes – or more accurately, hot wings. Spend $29 on food at the sports bar and ...

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WALDWICK, NJ – A Rite Aid located at 60 Franklin Turnpike will become the latest COVID-19 testing site beginning Saturday, April 18. In addition to the current self-testing sites in Pennsylvania, Rite Aid has opened two new locations in the tri-state area, including the Rite Aid located at ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Inside the walls of University Hospital, the bulk of the city’s COVID-19 patients dominate the emergency room, the ICU, more than 40 isolation rooms and a triage tent outside.  But amid the chaos that can be felt in Newark and hospitals around the world as the coronavirus ravages ...

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NEW JERSEY — It won’t be safe to re-open New Jersey schools until at least another four weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday afternoon during the state’s daily press conference.  “We need to be guided by where the facts on the ground, science, and public health take us,” Murphy ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 19-year-old Edgewater man who shot a man inside a Hackensack convenience store is facing charges for attempted murder.   After fielding a 911 call about a possible shooting shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, city police arrived to a dramatic scene inside the Hackensack Mini ...

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PATERSON, NJ - As Paterson, like communities across the US and beyond, has adjusted to life under “stay at home” orders, most residents and businesses have complied with calls to maintain social distancing as the best way to curb the spread of COVID-19. Even Mayor Andre Sayegh, following his own ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Pet owners dealing with financial strain due to the coronavirus can get some free dog food and cat food Friday without even leaving their cars. A “Dog and Cat Food Drive-Thru” service will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) site on ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- COVID-19 isn't necessarily a death sentence, but it could have been. Just ask bar owner Sean Flannery of Sheelen's Crossing Pub & Bistro on South Ave. in Fanwood.  Coronavirus has taken a horrible toll at facilities for retired veterans homes and at nursing homes across the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD –South Plainfield-based laboratory, Accurate Diagnostic Labs, partnered with Rutgers University Cell & DNA Repository (RUCDR) Infinite Biologics and Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Barnabas Health, to design, deploy and analyze the new COVID-19 saliva test, the first of its kind in ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy sought to pump the brakes Wednesday on growing optimism among New Jerseyans that there will come a time when the "masks can come off and the dancing can begin.” Murphy, commenting on a reporter’s question at his daily COVID-19 news conference, said social distancing ...

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PATERSON, NJ – It has been about a week since Mayor Andre Sayegh tested positive for COVID-19 and quarantined himself in the basement of his family’s home. Since the diagnosis, Sayegh, who is known for being out and about in Paterson, whether it’s meeting residents, welcoming new businesses, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — At the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center on Clinton Avenue, Project Manager Keesha Eure wields a phone in each hand as she takes calls and makes more, a juggling act Newark’s many social workers have come to know well as they adjust to the ways of service during a pandemic.

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WAYNE, NJ – Tuesday was the fifteenth day of testing at the Passaic County COVID-19 screening facility at William Paterson University, and the day was proving to be a long one.  The facility was closed the day before due to torrential rain that fell upon Wayne and kept most at home.  Tuesday ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards officials posted the news online and highlighted at its second virtual Township Committee meeting on Tuesday that a new COVID-19 drive-through testing site will open at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg on Thursday, April 16. Testing for ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Three Roxbury residents have died so far from COVID-19 and 148 confirmed cases of the disease have been found in the township, said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Tuesday. He presented the numbers during the second-ever remote meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. DeFillippo ...

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