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Elizabeth Public School Families Can Get Tested for COVID at Dunn Center for Free

November 21, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth Public School families can now sign up to be tested for COVID-19 for free through early next week.

Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer announced that the free testing will take place at the Thomas Dunn Sports Center on Pearl Street. The tests are open to anyone including those that are uninsured, undocumented and homeless. OptumServe will be conducting the ...

Virtual Healthcare Enrollment Assistance Available Until January 31 Deadline

ELIZABETH, NJ — A partnership between the Elizabeth Public Library, Make the Road NJ and Planned Parenthood is bringing virtual support for people who still need to apply for health insurance through the New Jersey State marketplace.

Residents can sign-up for a time slot up until the open enrollment period ends January 31. An expert will help with the enrollment process as well ...

Definitive Agreement Reached by RWJBarnabas Health and Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health on Wednesday entered into a definitive agreement whereby Trinitas and its affiliates will become a part of the RWJBH system. The agreement follows the October 2019 signing by both institutions of a Letter of Intent to explore a potential transaction. 


“Our discussions during this past ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits in NJ Ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning Nov.

Murphy Reports NJ's Worst COVID Numbers Since Pandemic's Height in the Spring

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March.

Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which brings New Jersey's cumulative total to 
279,274 and 18 new confirmed deaths, which brings the state's total to 4,765 total ...

Digital Divide Narrows for Elizabeth Public Housing Residents

November 18, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - HUD’s ConnectHomeUSA, an initiative aimed at narrowing the digital divide in HUD-assisted communities across the country, selected Elizabeth, New Jersey, to join the 2020 ConnectHomeUSA Community Cohort. The designations will bring technical assistance resources that will enable the public housing authority in Elizabeth to provide low-cost internet, devices, ...

Elizabeth Public Schools Delays Return to School Buildings until February

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth Public Schools have decided to postpone the return to in-person learning until February 5, at the earliest.

The announcement came in a letter from Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer that was sent to families earlier this week. The original plan to implement phase III (all students return) was first proposed at the October Board of Education meeting. However, ...

Elizabeth Public Library to Roll Back Reopening Plan Starting Thursday

November 11, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Beginning Thursday the Elizabeth Public Library will be rolling back to stage two of the reopening plan.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Union County and across the country has continued to shoot up in the past few weeks. EPL entered stage three of the reopening plan in late July.  Since then, residents have been able to enter the library building for 45-minute ...

Digital Divide Narrows for Elizabeth Public Housing Residents

November 18, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - HUD’s ConnectHomeUSA, an initiative aimed at narrowing the digital divide in HUD-assisted communities across the country, selected Elizabeth, New Jersey, to join the 2020 ConnectHomeUSA Community Cohort. The designations will bring technical assistance resources that will enable the public housing authority in Elizabeth to provide low-cost internet, devices, ...

Rent Assistance is Available in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ - Are you a Union County resident in danger of eviction because you are struggling to meet your rent payments? You may be eligible for rent assistance through Community Access Unlimited.

People who have fallen behind on their rent payments may be eligible for up to three months of back rent assistance. Applicants must already be at least one month behind on their rent ...

Union County Among Last in NJ Still Tallying Ballots, Clerk Says

November 14, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you filled out a paper ballot at a polling place in Union County, your vote will be counted — starting Monday, the administrator of the Board of Elections said.

Elections workers will begin counting the paper ballots, also called provisional ballots, cast at polling places beginning Monday — 13 days after election day — at which time they will ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

November 19, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Elizabeth High School Defeats South Brunswick in Boys Soccer to Advance to Quarter Final

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Minutemen dominated the South Brunswick Vikings in boys soccer at Williams Field Friday afternoon, with a final score of 7-1.

The game was the first round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central East F Group 4 Regional State Tournament.

The Minutemen commanded the beginning of the match scoring four goals before ...

Murphy and Six Other Governors Jointly Call for Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey Games

NEW JERSEY -- In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined with fellow governors, Janet Mills (Maine), Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Phil Scott (Vermont), Ned Lamont (Connecticut), and Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) in calling for suspension of interstate hockey ...

Community Access Unlimited Celebrates Perseverance and Blessings this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - When Barshay Stinson became part of the Transitional Opportunities Program at Community Access Unlimited five years ago, he was an 18-year-old looking to leave the foster care system who had rarely been able to leave Jersey City. 

Today he has a job he enjoys and is thrilled to move in with his fiancé and baby girl in January. He realizes he has ...

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Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Area Teen Brings Thanksgiving Meals to Families Battling Homelessness

November 21, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - As a way of giving thanks and giving back, area teen Sebastian Nativo is helping to ensure that 16 families have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious mean this Thanksgiving holiday.

Working with Family Promise Union County in Elizabeth, the seventh grader from Rahway has been collecting donations to fill holiday boxes with a cornucopia of ingredients to prepare a ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

November 18, 2020

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Union County Freeholders, Union County Improvement Authority Cut Ribbon on New Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field

November 23, 2020

New field includes top-notch Olympic running track, soccer and lacrosse field, field house with lockers and concession, bleachers, press box and track and field amenities

The Union County Freeholders today joined with members of the Union County Improvement Authority, Union County College, Clark residents and officials today in cutting the ribbon at the new Oak Ridge Park Athletic ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...