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Murphy Push to Borrow Up to $9.9 Billion Gets Its Day in Court

August 5, 2020

Supreme Court set to hear case that could decide if taxes must rise or programs get cut

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Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration will soon have its chance to convince New Jersey’s ...

A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

(NEW JERSEY) - Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 4, 2020. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

Senate Moves to Let Towns Go Deeper in Debt to Weather Pandemic Crisis

With tax revenues dropping, lawmakers want to give local officials power to borrow, while others worry about abuse

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New Jersey’s local governments could borrow money to help offset ...

Isaias Knocks Down Trees, Wires In Tropical Storm’s Aftermath in Hackensack 

August 5, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Tropical Storm Isaias came and went Tuesday, but left a mess of a number of Hackensack’s residential streets.

At around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, Fire Department Captain Derevyanik went live on Spring Valley Avenue, Cedar and Louis and Willow Avenues on Facebook Live to show the damage the storm caused, which originated in Florida’s northern coast and made ...

Juvenile Went Missing After Hackensack Woman Bit, Struck Child In the Head

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 40-year-old Hackensack woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after investigators discovered she inflicted injury on a runaway juvenile this month.

On Monday, August 3, the city police department received a report of a missing juvenile who was under 13, according to a news release from Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella. Police eventually ...

Hackensack Detectives I.D., Arrest Woman Who Assaulted a Liver Transplant Patient Inside Staples

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Nearly one week after city police sought the public’s help in identifying a woman who viciously shoved a 54-year-old woman inside a Staples who previously underwent liver transplant surgery and asked the assailant to wear her facial mask properly, police have made an arrest.

Today, City Detectives arrested Terri Thomas, a 25-year-old Hackensack resident, and charged ...

Trees, Wires Downed as Effects of Tropical Storm Isaias are Felt in Hackensack

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The city fire department is asking residents to keep off the roads as Hackensack is experiencing its first bout of downed trees and wires about one hour into heavy winds and rain caused by the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias.

The Fire Department posted several photos on social media early Tuesday afternoon of downed trees and wires in various residential areas in ...

Newark Archdiocese Shutters Some Catholic Schools, Merge Others In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

August 5, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Following a decrease in enrollment and financial hardship in the wake of COVID-19, the Newark Archdiocese will shutter a handful of elementary schools, including two located in Newark. 

The Archdiocese said funding has been critically reduced since the onset of the pandemic and paid registrations for the 2020-2021 school year are also dramatically ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

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New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

Bergen Community College to Host Virtual Tours on Aug. 11, 12

PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College will sponsor two virtual open houses for prospective students and their families to learn more about the fall 2020 semester at the state’s No. 1 college for associate degree graduates. The sessions, available at openhouse.bergen.edu, remain ideal for students unsure of their plans for higher education this fall due to the COVID-19 ...

Murphy: 'Providing Educational Flexibility to the Kids, That’s What It Is About'

TRENTON, NJ – Education was a main focus of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Friday afternoon.

Earlier, he announced that parents who want their children to do online learning only would not be required to send their kids to school.

“This is not going to be a normal school year. It is going to be hard. It will be a challenge to ...

Two Wood-Ridge Teens Collaborate to Produce "Beetlejuice" Online Musical Parody

August 3, 2020

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  With the shutdown of much of the entertainment industry due to the current state of the country, two Wood-Ridge teenagers found themselves taking part in a different type of production: "BEETLEJUICE: The Online Musical" | The Unauthorized Musical Parody.

Adam Lucas, chief editor, and Anthony Finke, music director who also played the part of Maxie Dean, joined a ...

Bergen County's Darlington County Park Swimming Lake to Re-Open on July 24

HACKENSACK, NJ – The lower lake at Darlington County Park will reopen for swimming activities on Friday, July 24, according to an announcement from Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.  The announcement follows the June 9 Executive Order No. 153 issued by Governor Phil Murphy allowing municipal and private swim clubs to reopen.

Swimming at Darlington County Park will be ...

Newark Airport’s Terminal One Will Open in 2021 as Air Travel Moves Toward Uncertain Future

July 31, 2020

NEWARK, N.J. — As an embattled travel and transportation industry confronts steep revenue fallout due to COVID-19, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is approaching a major construction milestone.

The $2.7 billion state-of-the-art Terminal One project at Newark Liberty International Airport will reach 60% completion this fall and open to travelers in late 2021, according to ...

Homewatch CareGivers Franchise Lands in Paramus; Caregiving Company Helps Clients Combat Old Age, Helplessness and Loneliness

PARAMUS, N.J. — A caregiving company priding itself on quality at-home assistive services for the elderly, the sick, and people recovering from surgery, has recently announced its expansion into Paramus and the surrounding area.

Homewatch CareGivers, a home care company with over 200 franchises across 34 states, Canada, and Central and South America, consists of certified ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Roundtable: What Health and Policy Experts Saw as COVID Exposed Structural Racism

August 5, 2020

Racial, economic disparities are driving calls for health care to be made more equitable

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NJ Spotlight and NJTV News hosted a virtual roundtable last week focused on the impact of ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 20 percent of Essex County, thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

Health Department Pledges to Solve Several Long-Term Care Concerns by End of July

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New Jersey health inspectors have nearly cleared a massive, multiyear backlog of thousands of nursing home complaints in recent months, the state now says, and they have conducted infection ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Enburg Group Donates 2,000 Masks To Mt. Olive Baptist Church

July 28, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- New Jersey Developer Enburg Group, through the efforts of Marco Howington, their Vice President of Public Relations and Hackensack’s Deputy Mayor Dave Sims, donated 2,000 masks to the parishioners of Mt. Olive Baptist Church on July 16.

“The Enburg Group continues to support and reach out to assist the local community of Hackensack," said Deputy ...

House of Horrors: Over 60 small dogs rescued from nightmare conditions in NJ. You can help!

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: It was a described as a nightmare in the Belford section of Middletown last week as over 60 small dogs were rescued from absolutely horrific conditions. The rescue occurred after a call was received on the Monmouth County SPCA cruelty hotline, according to a representative: "The call came in from a person who turned out to be a family member of the ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

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YMCA Plans Safe Restart of Swim Lessons

July 31, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Greater Bergen County YMCA plans to reopen for adult and child swim lessons on Aug. 1 after a months-long hiatus due to the pandemic. 

The Y will offer both group and private swim lessons at its indoor pool, in accordance with new health and safety measures set by local, state, and national health authorities. The guidelines are designed to protect ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

Open for Business

When everything “opened up” this summer I didn’t think it would include my mouth.

But I probably should have perceived that at some point during this pandemic I would have to visit the dentist.

Over the past six months I have gotten used to moving previously outsourced services in-house. For instance, while everyone was letting their Covid freak flag fly, I mastered the ...

Cat Code 2.0

One of the many projects that I didn’t get to when the world locked down was dealing with the bins of legos that take up space in the closet.

Legos were a staple in my house not all that long ago, and to this day walking across the carpet in bare feet brings back sharp memories of their prevalence in my home.

But I hate to get rid of them. They look so neglected. Kind of like the last ...

When Your Ex Gets Remarried

I recently learned that my ex husband got engaged. After living for more than three decades with this man in my life, I must admit, hearing this news was a punch in the gut. I spent the next few weeks with a horrible feeling surrounding me, you know that uneasiness you get in your stomach after someone close passes away? My body was on edge, I shook inside, and could not shed the anxiousness of ...

Live it. Feel it. Believe it.

Editor's Note: This first ran July 26, 2019, one year ago. It was back when Joan and I were using a conversational format, a Q & A. This seemed like a good time for this type of encouragement, a time to regroup and be positive after the difficult first half of the year we've all had.

Most of us set goals for ourselves, but more often than not, we do it during the beginning of the ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 

 

It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

Opinion: For Our Family with Food Allergies, the Pandemic Got So Much Scarier

We are that family. You know, the one with the kids who have a combined count of over 30 severe food allergies. You can see our previous NJ Flavor story, “11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies,” here.  

We are the family that was used to weekly allergic reactions due to ever-changing and surprisingly hidden ingredients, even in foods ...