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Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

May 29, 2020

(NEW JERSEY) -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy, on Friday, announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On and Pro Sports Can Start Practicing

(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ) - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by ...

Murphy: Groups of 25 Can Now Gather Outdoors

NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols. 

“So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout you may do so, so long as social distance and ...

NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

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 ...

Outdoor Recreation Open, Tennis, Golf Ranges, Horseback Riding, Archery

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order allowing some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations effective Friday, May 22. These businesses include: batting cages, golf ranges, archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, and community gardens, he announced during his daily COVID-19 press ...

NJ Beaches Will Be Open By Memorial Day Weekend, But Remember Social Distancing

NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, ...

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 ...

Could this be the 'Second Great Depression'

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy spent a large part of his daily press briefing on Monday lobbying federal officials to help fund states hit hardest by Covid-19

Joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D – NJ), Murphy publically asked for President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to help fund state shortfalls and “prevent this public health emergency ...

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 ...

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Essex County Executive, Mayors Support Governor's Borrowing Plan

May 30, 2020

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced his support of Governor Phil Murphy's proposal to borrow $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to balance the State Budget. On Friday, May 29th, DiVincenzo sent a letter of support to the Governor; the letter was also signed by 17 of the Mayors in Essex County.

"We are all aware that COVID-19 has had a ...

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Proven Orange Nonprofit Community Developer Releases 2030 Plan for the Town

June 1, 2020

(ORANGE, NJ) -  HANDS has worked with the community for almost two decades in the planning process about the future of the Valley neighborhood in Orange and West Orange. The Valley 2030 Plan will reflect the opinions and visions of hundreds of people who live in, work in, and care about the Valley. The Valley 2030 Plan will qualify the Valley for 10 million dollars over 10 years in ...

NJ Human Services Announces Availability of Up to $20 Million in Health and Safety Grants for Child Care Centers and Youth Camps

(NEW JERSEY) –  New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Child care centers can receive up to $5,000, while youth camps can receive up to $2,000. 

The money can be used to purchase ...

Assembly Leaders Address the Killings of Taylor, Arbery, and Floyd by Hosting a Community Conversation and Candlelight Vigil

May 30, 2020

(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) - The women of the NJ General Assembly Black Women's Caucus are hosting a candlelight vigil and conversation with the community on Facebook Live, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM. The virtual event is titled, "Lifting Our Kings & Queens." The live stream is in direct response to recent and past unwarranted excessive use of force, resulting in the death of ...

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.

This data will not match ...