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Amid Big Drop in Deaths, Vaccinations to Continue at Nursing Homes

April 17, 2021

Fed program will keep immunizations coming at long-term care facilities, where nearly all residents are vaccinated but only half of staffers

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Gov. Phil Murphy Extends New Jersey’s Public Health Emergency for 14th Consecutive Time

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has extended his executive powers for another 30 days by declaring a public health emergency in New Jersey for the 14th consecutive time.

“Our vaccination program is expanding vigorously and quickly, but COVID-19 remains a threat to New Jerseyans,” said Murphy in an April 15 statement announcing the latest executive order. “As we move to ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

More Virus Variants Likely on the Way, Health Officials Warn

With one in four cases linked to variants, NJ’s top medical official says ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and get vaccinated’

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New Jersey to Dish Out $35 Million in Coronavirus Relief Grants to Restaurants, Bars

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — New Jersey restaurants will receive another $35 million in federal coronavirus relief aid under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

To be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), the funds are grants that will be made available to restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs and wineries, and do not have to be repaid. The state EDA ...

Salad Bars Back on the Menu at Grocery Stores, Other Food Retailers in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Salads bars and buffets are making their return to grocery stores and retail establishments that sell food, as part of the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions by Gov. Phil Murphy.

But while these self-service food stations are once again allowed at supermarkets, convenience stores and bodegas, they are still prohibited at restaurants and casinos.

As ...

New Jersey Lifts Domestic Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated, Recovered Persons

TRENTON, NJ — Fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to self-quarantine after traveling within the United States, or get tested before or after a domestic trip, under revised New Jersey coronavirus guidelines for domestic travel.

These new rules, which are recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also apply to individuals who have clinically ...

Persons Age 16 and Older Now On Deck for Coronavirus Vaccine

TRENTON, NJ — Individuals age 16 and older will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine beginning April 19 — nearly two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

"With an expected increase in vaccine allocation from the federal government, coupled with our extensive network of vaccination distribution sites, we can confidently expand our eligibility to all ...

Despite Vaccines, Latest Models Predict Rising COVID-19 Before Slow Decline

Murphy says third wave means ‘long, hot summer.’

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New Jersey is now in its third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to state officials, ...

Gov. Murphy to Allow More People at Outdoor Gatherings, Large Venues and Small Catered Receptions

TRENTON, NJ — With the weather warming up, Gov. Phil Murphy is looking to get more people outside, where coronavirus transmission rates are lower. Starting April 2, up to 200 people will be allowed at outdoor gatherings, increasing the current 50-person capacity limit.

“We are urging everyone to engage in social activities outside whenever possible. We know this virus is many ...


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Belmar ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ in Quest for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

March 20, 2021

BELMAR, NJ — As the hunt for coronavirus vaccine appointments continues throughout New Jersey, Belmar resident Maria Rondinaro has joined the mission — targeting her efforts in the community she calls home.

“Anyone who lives close to Belmar want me to help them schedule a COVID-19 vaccine?” she recently posted on Facebook after helping out a handful of people, including ...

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Howell Man Arrested Twice in March, Faces Multiple Charges

April 13, 2021

Belmar Police Department reported that six arrests occurred in Belmar from March 6 to March 27, 2021.


Erin Quinn 24, of Lacey was arrested on E Street on March 6 by Police Officer Joseph Clayton, charged with disorderly conduct. Police Officer Timothy Yee assisted in making the arrest.

Michelle Karcher, 41, of Toms River was arrested on 11th Avenue on March 15 by Police Officer ...

What, if anything, should Trenton be doing to ensure that all New Jersey counties rank highly when it comes to health? 

This has been an unprecedented time in public health in the Garden State: Obamacare celebrates its tenth anniversary. COVID19 spread widely across New Jersey, with a recent uptick in reported cases. Many are still without adequate health coverage.  New Jersey ranks #35 in terms of obesity in the nation and #12 in terms of aging population.

The annual ranking of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 16, 2021

TRENTON – There’s always plenty of space here to talk about sweeping gun reform, so let’s focus on Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious new plan. He only wants to give permits to New Jerseyans who pass gun safety classes, and wants to raise the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21. Murphy is making the move following the rash of mass shootings in the United States, like the one ...

Breaking: Rizzo Campaign Maintains They Qualified for Matching Funds

April 14, 2021

             BREAKING: Rizzo Campaign Maintains  
             They Qualified for Matching Funds 


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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – After citizens rallied to raise $250,000 for ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...