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Murphy Announces In-Person Instruction for All NJ Students During the 2021-22 Academic Year

May 17, 2021

If buildings are open for in-person instruction, parents or guardians will not be able to opt-out of in-person instruction.

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that upon the conclusion of this school year, schools will be required to provide full-day, in-person instruction, as they were prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

“When schools across New Jersey first ...

Utility Shutoffs Resume June 30 in New Jersey. Customers With Unpaid Bills Should Seek Support From These Relief Programs

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey utility customers struggling to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a temporary statewide law preventing essential utilities from being disconnected. But that moratorium on utility shutoffs ends June 30 when an executive order called by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in mid-October — and extended in March — expires, meaning those unpaid ...

Today is the Last Day to File Your Taxes. Here’s What You Need to Know.

NEW JERSEY — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the deadline to file 2020 federal tax returns to Monday, May 17 to give individual filers, tax preparers and the IRS itself more time to sort through the many changes affecting one's 2020 taxes from the latest Covid-19 relief package. New Jersey also extended the deadline to May 17 as well. Since today is the final day to file and ...

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students find New Representation at The White House

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After decades of not having consistent access to an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at White House press briefings, the Biden administration has hired a permanent interpreter, to the gratitude of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Governor Livingston.

This decision comes amid the COVID-19 crisis, requiring access to consistent and accurate information for ...

In Marathon Meeting, Summit Planning Board Unanimously Denies Primrose Childcare Center Development Application

SUMMIT, NJ - The hotly-contested Primrose School childcare center project, proposed for 480-490 Morris Avenue, was defeated at a Summit Planning Board "Special Meeting' on May 12. The Zoom meeting, which started at 7:33 p.m., ran into the first few minutes of the following day.

The Application had already stretched on since last summer. The Planning Board's ...

Township Council Amends, then Adopts $33.3 M Budget

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — The $33.3 million 2021 Municipal Budget was amended before being adopted by a unanimous vote of the council last week. Several line items were changed, but in the end, the tax rate didn’t change. 

Two members of the Township Council, Democrats Stephen Yellin and Alvaro Medeiros, voted against the budget when it was originally introduced in April.

Summit Neighborhood Coalesces in Effort to Block Primrose Project's Path

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Planning Board will hold a "Special Meeting," on May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in review of the Application by Atlanta, GA-based Primrose School Franchising Company for a proposed development at 480-490 Morris Avenue, where Primrose seeks to locate a 21,072-square-foot childcare center and office facility.

The 1.09 acre ...

New Jersey Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...

Municipal Complex Update, Week Ending May 9, 2021: A Look Inside the ‘Open by Appointment Only’ Process 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! Quick video report this week – mainly to tell you all that as of Monday, May 10, the new Township offices at the new municipal complex will be open by appointment only! 

People can still not roam around the building, as we do not have a certificate of occupancy (CO), due to the fact the Epic, the developer, simply cannot seem ...

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Join Union County’s Free Recycling Events in May, June

May 15, 2021

Free events enable Union County residents to help conserve resources and reduce waste.

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that free countywide recycling events are coming up in May and June. There will be separate events for Scrap Metal, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Household Hazardous Waste. All residents from any municipality in Union County can use any of these ...

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

The BLS can learn a few tricks from the Mortgage Loan Market

May 11, 2021

On Friday, May 7th 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that ‘Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Notable job gains in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education were partially offset by employment declines in temporary help services and in couriers and ...

Union County to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines at Emergency Food Distribution Events

May 17, 2021

Residents will have opportunity to be vaccinated at upcoming events in Roselle and Scotch Plains.

The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at two upcoming emergency food distribution events for residents impacted by the pandemic. 

Vaccines will be offered at the next two scheduled events:

Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. - Warinanco ...

Union County Voters Have More Options for Casting a Ballot in the 2021 Primary Election

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are being lifted. Many more polling places will be open for in-person voting for the 2021 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 8 compared to last year.

“Many voters prefer to cast their ballot by voting machine in person, and others prefer to vote by mail. With the lifting of pandemic ...

Atlantic Medical Group opens new office for pediatric, family medicine in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s network of physicians, today opened a new office location in Scotch Plains, bringing together some of the network’s local board-certified providers in pediatric and primary care under one roof.

Atlantic Medical Group’s Pediatrics at Scotch Plains and Family Medicine at Scotch Plains offer a ...

Summit Prep Hosts College Night 2021 Program

Summit Prep invites you to join them for a presentation and discussion on the most recent trends in college admissions and an update on standardized testing.

Date: Tuesday, May 18

Time: 8:00-9:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom (Zoom link, Meeting ID, and Passcode will be emailed upon registering.)

RSVP to office@summitprep.us. 

Please send questions you would like answered about ...

Have the Superintendent and the Berkeley Heights Board of Education been transparent with their plans to change the whole school system?

May 17, 2021

The hiring of the new Superintendent in July 2019 started the process for wholesale changes to the Berkeley Heights School District. Whether Melissa Varley was hired to implement specific changes that the BH BOE wanted or the changes were initiated by Melissa Varley on her own is not known at this time but a review of publicly available information revealed that the plans to make curricular and ...

Death of a School System

I think it is important to provide a clear record of what has occurred thus far in connection to the decision made by Mr. Reinstein, Mr. D’Aquila, Ms. Penna and Ms. Reilly in moving forward with Dr. Varley’s plan to simultaneously implement FDK WHILE implementing redistricting WHILE reconfiguring our schools to a completely different model. Let's start with the ...

Enough: It's Time to Take Our Schools Back!

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Dear Editor:

At last night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) President read a statement that I encourage you to watch and listen to.  His remarks are very telling about the current state of our ...

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

May 16, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...