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In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

May 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

Civil trials ...

East Orange Man Admits to Over $250,000 in Credit Card and Check Fraud

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted conspiring to defraud two banks of more than $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Allen Varice, 24, of East Orange, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

NEW JERSEY - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an Official ...

Roseland Police Officer Arrested on 21 Charges

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello announced today that a Roseland police officer has been arrested on twenty-one (21) charges including Aggravated Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Witness Tampering. 

Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, N.J., was taken into ...

Weed. What You Can and Can Not Do.

NEW JERSEY — With the stroke of a pen in February, New Jersey was one of fifteen states plus Washington DC to legalize recreational marijuana while also decriminalizing it. What that means for many who partake is still a mystery. The feds have yet to legalize it, and each state has unique laws to govern its own legalization. So what exactly does the New ...

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IRS offers overview of tax provisions in American Rescue Plan; retroactive tax benefits help many people now preparing 2020 returns Taxpayers with children should file returns soon for advance payments of Child Tax Credit

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service provides an overview of some of the key tax provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act.

Several provisions affect the 2020 tax return people are filling out this filing season, including one exempting up to $10,200 in unemployment compensation from tax and another benefiting many people who purchased subsidized health coverage through either ...

As hurricane season nears, IRS reminds people to prepare for natural disasters

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

In the last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared major disasters following hurricanes, tropical storms, ...

Looming Protest for Nursing Home Workers in East Orange

May 12, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — If you are driving on Park Avenue and see people in scrubs holding picket signs, then you will have witnessed a protest for workers rights, right her in our backyard. At a time when healthcare facilities, owners, and its employees have been front and center of debate during COVID-19, workers at Windsor Gardens Care Center have organized a picket on Thursday ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

May 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

Whoopi Goldberg: Low Vaccination Rates in East Orange Result in Big Names Making a Push

May 13, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to encourage residents to get vaccinated, on May 14, Essex County resident Whoopi Goldberg, Governor Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Reverend Melvin Wilson, and the Office of East Orange Mayor Ted Green will be a part of a “Grateful for the ...