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Orange NJ Swears in New Council and Incumbent Mayor

July 1, 2020

(ORANGE, NJ) - On July 1, 2020, at 12 noon, there was a change in leadership in nonpartisan municipalities all over the State. In Orange, New Jersey, during a virtual meeting, two new members and one incumbent were sworn onto the Orange City Council. Incumbent Mayor, Dwayne Warren was also sworn in for his third term. Councilman Weldon Montague, III, Councilman Clifford Ross (also the ...

Neighboring "Progressive" Town Experiences White Woman Unjustifiably Calling the Police on a Black Man Reminiscent of the Central Park Incident

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Department of Education Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

Orange NJ Swears in New Council and Incumbent Mayor

July 1, 2020

(ORANGE, NJ) - On July 1, 2020, at 12 noon, there was a change in leadership in nonpartisan municipalities all over the State. In Orange, New Jersey, during a virtual meeting, two new members and one incumbent were sworn onto the Orange City Council. Incumbent Mayor, Dwayne Warren was also sworn in for his third term. Councilman Weldon Montague, III, Councilman Clifford Ross (also the ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Department of Education Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

‘ALL Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted on Halsey Street and MLK Boulevard in Newark

June 29, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Rain poured down on Newark on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t bother the group of volunteers and spectators who convened on Halsey Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to paint a bright yellow message in giant letters on the street: “ABOLISH WHITE SUPREMACY, ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

They danced and laughed to music with hands stained by ...

Amusement Parks, Playgrounds Will Reopen at 50% Limits in Time for July 4 Weekend

(NEW JERSEY) — Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols.

“It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen next Thursday, July 2…this includes the rides on ...

Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available

July 2, 2020

(UNITED STATES) ― The Department of the Treasury and IRS announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15.

The ...

Here are reasons people should file a 2019 tax return; Economic Impact Payment, tax credits available for some

(UNITED STATES) - While many people are required to file a tax return, it's a good idea for everyone to determine if they should file. Some people with low income are not required to file but will need to do so to get a tax refund.

The Interactive Tax Assistant – Do I Need to File a Tax Return? - will help determine if an individual is required to file a federal tax return or ...

Gig economy tips taxpayers should remember

(UNITED STATES) - The gig economy, also called sharing or access economy, is activity where taxpayers earn income providing on-demand work, services or goods. Often, it’s through a digital platform like an app or website. While there are many types of sharing economy businesses, ride-sharing and home rentals are two of the most popular.

Here are some things taxpayers should ...

Let's Talk About It: Fighting Racism by Listening, Believing and Learning

July 1, 2020

Let's Talk About It: Fighting Racism by Listening, Believing and Learning | A Perspective 

-By Guest Columnist Kisha Derr

I grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York, and attended a middle school where I was the only student of color. There were many painful experiences that served to remind me of this fact on an almost constant basis. .

I was not a great student, ...

Department of Education Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

"She was Failing to See My Struggle, My Oppression, My History...My Beauty': Students Discuss Racism During Juneteenth Celebration in Montclair

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - Hundreds of people gathered outside of Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth. This student-led demonstration was led by students from Montclair High School, MKA, Newark Academy and other Essex County High Schools

Juneteenth is a celebration that signifies the official end of slavery in the United States when black enslaved ...

Neighboring "Progressive" Town Experiences White Woman Unjustifiably Calling the Police on a Black Man Reminiscent of the Central Park Incident

July 1, 2020

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at ...

"She was Failing to See My Struggle, My Oppression, My History...My Beauty': Students Discuss Racism During Juneteenth Celebration in Montclair

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - Hundreds of people gathered outside of Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth. This student-led demonstration was led by students from Montclair High School, MKA, Newark Academy and other Essex County High Schools

Juneteenth is a celebration that signifies the official end of slavery in the United States when black enslaved ...

Let's Talk About It: Fighting Racism by Listening, Believing and Learning

July 1, 2020

Let's Talk About It: Fighting Racism by Listening, Believing and Learning | A Perspective 

-By Guest Columnist Kisha Derr

I grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York, and attended a middle school where I was the only student of color. There were many painful experiences that served to remind me of this fact on an almost constant basis. .

I was not a great student, ...

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Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available

July 2, 2020

(UNITED STATES) ― The Department of the Treasury and IRS announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15.

The ...

NJ Human Services to Deliver Special Food Assistance Benefits to Children Starting Next Week

(NEW JERSEY) –  The New Jersey Department of Human Services today announced that special food assistance benefits will be delivered starting next week to children who normally would have received free or reduced-price school meals if not for COVID-19 school closures.

The Department had anticipated delivery of these benefits in June, but continues to work to finalize information with ...

Gov. Murphy Says NJ's Travel Rules Not Retaliation Against Florida, Other States

June 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy defended the state’s new travel advisory amid questions of whether it lacks teeth and suggestions of whether it constitutes retaliation against states that had once imposed restrictions on northeastern states.

The advisory, which was announced Wednesday in lockstep with neighboring New York and Connecticut, merely suggests people traveling to New ...