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May 30, 2020

Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick.  Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky ...

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PARKLAND, FL- As the calendar turns to June, Florida enters hurricane season. Expenses can add up quickly when preparing for a diaster. Qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax this coming weekend, Friday, May 29, 2020, through Thursday, June 4, 2020. The 2020 ...

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Plant it forward! Our horticulturalist at Van Vleck Gardens has curated a collection of hard to find and exquisite plants to plant this fall and enjoy next spring. The order form will be live at 9AM on Monday, June 1st and be active through June 14th at 9PM. Check out the photos of unique ...

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There is a water leak being repaired on Milton Avenue. Residents and Businesses on Milton Avenue, Linn Road, Craig Place, Briar Lane , Pake Street and East Passaic Avenue (south of Harrison Street) may experience discolored water and low water pressure.  The break should be repaired shortly and ...

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RANDOLPH, NJ- After much planning and anticipation, the Randolph Community Garden opened for its inaugural season on Wednesday, May 20th.  Local gardeners have been eager to start planting and several were already on site as the garden officially opened.  Randolph Mayor Christine Carey, who ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to issue guidance on opening public pools during COVID-19. WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents hoping to put in a backyard pool can still do so in time for summer, town officials said.  As residents worry over the state of public pools, applications to the town for private ...

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. More than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each ...

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PARKLAND, FL- Many residents have used quarantine to clean out their homes of unnecessary items they've accumulated. This week is the time to place those items out for Bulk Trash Pick Up. Bulk Trash Pick Up begins Monday, May 25, 2020, and runs through Saturday, May 30, 2020.  Bulk Trash ...

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Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance.  Unlike growing in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is exposed to heat and wind, so requires frequent, ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In observance of Memorial Day, there will not be any trash or recycling collections on Monday, May 25. Any garbage or recycling collections scheduled for Memorial Day will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26.

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MADISON, NJ - Madison's new recycling center is now open. The center is available for Madison residents and businesses only, said borough officials. Recycling hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am - 11:30am and Saturdays from 8am - 12noon.   Get your local news delivered to your inbox ...

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STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ — On Wednesday, May 20 a Proclamation was signed by Mayor Gregory E. Myhre and Chief Thomas Dellane regarding the State of Emergency and the Parks and Recreation in Stafford Township.  The Proclamation stated that on Friday, May 22, 2020 Stafford Township will reopen all ...

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced his Department will allocate $77 million in a fourth wave of COVID-19 relief funding to help low-income Americans residing in public housing.  Provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice ...

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ROXBURY, NJ –The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) this year is using an online system to take orders for its annual native plant sale, but customers will still be able to pick up their purchases in person. The non-profit organization, based in Landing, is offering more than 40 types of plants, ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been recognizing Helmetta's Hometown Heroes during the past few weeks. On Saturday, he gave a shoutout to the residents of the borough that have joined together to support frontline workers. He recognized the many Helmetta residents have been sewing ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The gardens at Macculloch Hall are open, free and are perfect for safe social distancing strolls.  The gardens, which cover over 2 acres, are open daily between 9am and 5pm The museum will remain closed to the public and all programs have been postponed through March 31 For ...

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MADISON, NJ -  Governor Murphy announced that all non-essential construction projects are permitted to resume, as of Monday May 18, 2020.  Ahead of Monday's start date, the Madison Building Department has implemented policies and procedures with regards to permits, said Borough ...

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Growing on a deck or balcony is a great way to bring the garden to your backdoor. You can attract butterflies and hummingbirds into easy view and grow edibles within close reach when cooking. For some, it may be the only available space to garden. Make the most of every square foot by growing ...

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RANDOLPH, NJ- In an effort to conserve water, the township adopted an odd/even lawn watering schedule for property owners served by township water. This spells out the days and times when watering is permitted. Please take a moment to familiarize with these lawn watering restrictions which will ...

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DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Police Department has issued an advisory alerting residents of coyote sightings in town. The advisory states that while "[t]here is no cause for alarm[,]...[residents should] be mindful of any small domestic pets that are let outside. It is good practice to always have ...

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UNION, NJ -- While TV weather forecasters have been using the dreaded S-word ("snow"), the likelihood that any type of frozen accumulation in Union is quite low.  According to the National Weather Service, tonight we can expect rain, mainly before 3:00 a.m. with a low around 37 and winds from 7 ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher is urging residents to support local businesses for Mother’s Day by purchasing flowers for their favorite mom. “This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Like many holidays, Mother’s Day has an iconic gift – flowers,” Fisher wrote in a letter ...

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MADISON, NJ - The Borough of Madison 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. With a population of 15,832, Madison is ranked No. 32 in the 2020 report, which is up eight spots from last ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - During World War I and World War II, Americans at home were encouraged to grow "Victory Gardens," using their backyards or small plots of land to grow, preserve, and eat their own vegetables. People grew string beans, peppers, onions, and peas to fill their plates during food ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The website may be flat but the plants are still in 3-D! Due to the current health crisis and restrictions on gatherings, this year's Maplewood Garden Club Plant Sale has transitioned: instead of going to its usual location at the pool parking lot, go online to shop. The purchased ...

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Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers.  And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care. Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a smile.  Behavioral research at Rutgers University found ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - Longtime Lake Hiawatha resident, David Dodd, was celebrated on Sunday with a birthday parade for his 82nd birthday. The parade was organized by Bikers against Bullies and included a long stream of cars and motorcycle riders.  Mr. Dodd's birthday was on April 28th and the parade ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its Community-Wide Garage Sale from the end of May to June 20 and is encouraging signups be completed after May 15, after it confirms with the Cattaraugus County Health Department that the event can proceed. “Our office has the ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - Long time Parsippany resident Vinny Schindel got a big surprise on Sunday, May 4th when nearly seventy cars and several fire trucks paraded around his culdesac for his 83rd birthday! His daughter and granddaughter planned the event, sending the invitation around to Parsippany ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 2020 Residential Bulk Pick-Up Program will begin May 4 in Section #2 and will continue through May 19. All acceptable materials must be placed at the curb before on the first clean up day scheduled for a section, but not more than two days in advance.  "We also request ...

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