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NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

May 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels.

Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3% - the highest level since the state first started recording the ...

Gov. Murphy Opens Non-Essential Retail Stores; Allows Curbside Pickup Only

NEW JERSEY - On Wednesday, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order permitting curbside pickup at non-essential businesses.

According to the order, "permitting curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses is reasonable in that it avoids unnecessary contact between customers and staff in enclosed spaces, and instead only allows for the similar amount of limited contact that might ...

Unemployment Questions Answered by Dept. of Labor Commissioner.

(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ) - As a part of a series of informational community seminars hosted by Assemblywomen, Angela V. McKnight (Jersey City), Shanique Davis Speight (Newark), and Britnee N. Timberlake (East Orange), tonight they will take on the issue of unemployment during COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, the NJDOLWD has paid out $1.4 billion: $727 million from the State ...

Gov. Murphy Appoints Commission to Advise on Restart of NJ Economy

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday appointed a commission to advise advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission includes 21 members, all with a vast wealth of experience in health care, business, finance, academics, and economics and will be chaired by ...

Libretti's Grand Re-Opening. Eat Well and Help Keep a Local Favorite Open.

(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) - Libretti's Restaurant  located at 554 Nassau Street in Orange is pleased to announce their reopening since COVID-19. Starting today, April 24, at 1 PM – 7:30 PM and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after, the restaurant is getting back to doing what they do best, providing delicious homemade Italian food throughout the Oranges since ...

Save a Small Business by Visiting "East Orange Shops Local," a New Website Launched by the City.

(EAST ORANGE, NJ) - Now more than ever, the mom- and pop- small businesses in our communities are struggling to stay open during these challenging times. Along with providing resources and updates about COVID-19, TAPinto East Orange/Orange is committed to our ongoing effort to help the business district survive during and after the pandemic.  We received news of a website called “East ...

How Anyone Can Build Wealth Amid Coronavirus

(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) - COVID-19 has presented many health and economic challenges throughout the world. It has also weakened major industries like banks and the stock market. These two facts have created a niche environment for people to build a financial portfolio for their family, including those who previously thought financial portfolios were only for the rich. Use this time in the house ...

Unemployment Benefits Coming Soon, NJ Labor Department Head Says

TRENTON, NJ — The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development offered what he could in the way of reassurance during the state’s daily press briefing on Saturday, addressing the staggering 362,000 people who have applied for unemployment as a result of the nation’s public health crisis. 

New Jersey now has 34,124 known cases of the ...

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

Who is eligible for ...

Mortgage and Financial Relief Are Side Effects of COVID-19

TRENTON – Financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy today.

“Millions of hardworking New Jerseyans are suffering financial losses through no fault of their own as a result of the economic downturn brought on by ...

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NJ Medicaid Takes Action to Ensure Nursing Home Residents Receive Their Federal Stimulus Checks

May 22, 2020

(TRENTON) –  Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities are entitled to receive their federal stimulus payments and the payments cannot be retained by the facilities.  Further, payments will not be counted as income or considered a Medicaid resource ...

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NJ Medicaid Takes Action to Ensure Nursing Home Residents Receive Their Federal Stimulus Checks

May 22, 2020

(TRENTON) –  Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities are entitled to receive their federal stimulus payments and the payments cannot be retained by the facilities.  Further, payments will not be counted as income or considered a Medicaid resource ...

IRS.gov helps taxpayers get tax information they need; find tools for filing, paying, checking accounts and answering questions

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers today about several online tools available to help them get the tax information they need as the IRS has limited operations due to the coronavirus.  

More taxpayers are using IRS.gov than ever before; as of May 8, the agency’s website had been visited a record 1 billion times, up 141% compared to the same time last ...

Memorial Day Still Commemorated in East Orange Despite Social Distancing

May 26, 2020

(EAST ORANGE, NJ) - Monday, May 25, 2020, Mayor Ted R. Green and the East Orange City Council under the leadership of Council Chair, Christopher James held an abbreviated Memorial Day celebration.

On a day the City is usually bustling with politicians, students, community activist, and most importantly, veterans throwing candy from fancy floats and cars while dancing across the grandstand, the ...

Former and Late East Orange Mayor Thomas H. Cooke Jr.: A Legacy Remembered

May 26, 2020

(EAST ORANGE, NJ) - Former East Orange Mayor, Thomas H. Cooke, Jr. passed away the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Mayor Cooke was a trailblazer and the City's second African American-elected Mayor from 1978 to 1986.

Most recently, Mayor Cooke was honored posthumously at the 2020 East Orange Memorial Day Celebration. In 2019, he was also awarded the Lifetime Citizens ...

Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in East Orange/Orange as of May 23

May 24, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Office of Information has issued the following charts delineating coronavirus cases in the county, updating through the morning of Saturday, May 23. Since the pandemic, Orange has seen a total of 922 known cases and 71 known deaths. East Orange has seen a total of 1,810 known cases with a total of 180 known deaths.

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