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Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wednesday afternoon after a senior staff member - who the governor was in close proximity to Saturday - tested positive for coronavirus. 

Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing Wednesday at midday in Camden County, after learning of his exposure to the individual - whose ...

Unexpected Engine Fire Ravages Parked Vehicle in Hackensack   

October 28, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A fire that sporadically erupted in the engine compartment of a man’s vehicle costed him his car this morning.

Firefighters arrived to the city apartment complex of 340 Hudson Street before 10 a.m. Wednesday to find the hood of a parked Nissan mini van up in orange and yellow flames and thick clouds of grey and black smoke.

The ...

From Additional Training to Psychological Evaluations, Bergen County Fifth-Graders Weigh In On Community Policing Improvements in Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s First-Ever Youth Essay Writing Competition 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — After George Floyd’s Memorial Day death at the hands of Minneapolis police, his utterance of “I can’t breathe” became the rally cry of seas of disgruntled protesters who filled the streets of major cities around the country demanding justice for him, and all the black lives who have been victims of police brutality — a number of them American ...

Bergen Community College To Name New President From Four Finalists

October 28, 2020

PARAMUS, N.J. — The eighth president of Bergen Community College will emerge from a field of four finalists recommended to the institution’s board of trustees by a search committee of College officials, faculty, staff, students and community members. Selected through a nationwide search process, finalists Eric M. Friedman, Ph.D.; Larry D. Johnson Jr., D.A.; Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D.; ...

After Three Dozen Students and Staff Are Asked To Quarantine, Bergen County Technical Schools Close For Remainder of 2020

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that there were three dozen students and staff infected with Covid-19 at the district. Three dozen students and staff were asked to quarantine after three people tested positive for the virus. 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Within one week of reopening what school officials had hoped would be the start of the ...

Hackensack School District Prepared For November 2 Partial Return of In-Person Learning

HACKENSACK, N.J. — As the district readies to begin phasing students and staff back into city schools for its big return on Monday, November 2 for hybrid learning (a rotation of in-person and virtual learning), students are just as pumped.

“I’m so ready to go back,” said Gigi Oates, a sixth-grader at Hackensack Middle School. “I want to learn in a school ...

From Additional Training to Psychological Evaluations, Bergen County Fifth-Graders Weigh In On Community Policing Improvements in Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s First-Ever Youth Essay Writing Competition 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — After George Floyd’s Memorial Day death at the hands of Minneapolis police, his utterance of “I can’t breathe” became the rally cry of seas of disgruntled protesters who filled the streets of major cities around the country demanding justice for him, and all the black lives who have been victims of police brutality — a number of them American ...

Guard Your Gourd: How To Keep Squirrels From Eating Your Pumpkins

October 23, 2020

GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- Is your perfectly-carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife?

As Halloween draws closer, families are putting out jack-o-lanterns to celebrate, but, unfortunately, many of those pumpkins are being quickly devoured by squirrels.

If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food ...

ArtsBergen Celebrates Art & Humanities Month with Second Daily Arts Dose Social Media Campaign Opens to Artists

NORTH JERSEY —The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen initiative joins thousands of arts organizations, programs and communities nationwide to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month.

On October 23, the NNJCF's ArtsBergen initiative opens the second round of "The Daily Arts Dose" social media campaign for artists in northern New Jersey.

Become Bewitched at the Boo-Thru in Hackensack This Halloween

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Witches in black pointed hats stirring cauldrons. Sugar skulls and coffins. Endearing scarecrows. And, if the big, fake black spiders in their thickly-woven cobwebs aren’t enough to send tingles down your spine, there will be plenty of whimsical ghosts!

For the first year ever, the Hackensack Recreation Department is teaming up with the city Art Department to ...

Lottery Ticket Sold in Hackensack Wins $694,658 Jackpot

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The City in Motion is on a lucky streak.

During Sunday night’s Jersey Cash 5 jackpot drawing, a winning ticket holder raked in $694,658 after their ticket — which was purchased at ShopRite, located at 500 South River Street in Hackensack — matched all five numbers, New Jersey Lottery officials said in a press release.

The winning numbers were 08, ...

Hackensack Meridian Health’s Tackle Kids Cancer Celebrates Five Years of Support to Fight Pediatric Cancer, Raising Over $10 million

October 28, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation celebrates the five-year anniversary of Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health, which has raised more than $10 million in support of research, treatment options, and patient care programs to ...

Nursing Homes Will Face New Frontline Staffing Requirements

Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Come February, New ...

Murphy Leaves NJ Press Conference After Learning He Was In Proximity to Someone Positive for COVID-19

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday in Blackwood after learning that someone who he was in close proximity to on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19.

It is unclear how many people the governor exposed over the weekend. 

Murphy, 63, was at a briefing set up outside the student center of Camden County College (CCC) to ...

With Cases Rising, NJ Hospitals Prepare For What’s Ahead

Masks, gowns and other supplies are stockpiled, but some worry about staffing levels amid a national COVID-19 surge.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

No one anticipates the same surge of patients that flooded hospitals ...

Hackensack Motorist, 69, Allegedly Struck Two Pedestrians, One Twice, in Paramus

October 23, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 69-year-old Hackensack man who struck a senior citizen and a woman in the parking lot of a business specializing in children’s birthday parties has been arrested and charged with assault by auto.

Before 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, the Paramus Police Department arrived at the parking lot of Catch Air on Route 4 East where they observed Gary Mongelli’s ...

Hackensack High School Teacher Arrested After Allegedly Swindling Over $300,000 in Ponzi-like Scheme 

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A Hackensack school teacher has been charged with theft by deception after investigators say she solicited a few hundred thousand dollars from innocent investors in a Ponzi-type scheme.

On Tuesday, October 13, Suzette R. Hart, a 54-year-old Oradell woman who teaches ESL at Hackensack High School, was arrested and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, a ...

NJ Food Banks Build Stockpiles, Bracing for a COVID-19 Winter

October 15, 2020

One executive fears a ‘perfect storm’ with higher demand amid possibility of more business closures, job losses.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s biggest food bank is doubling its ...

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130 Rescue Dogs and Cats Safely Arrive at Morristown Airport; Escape Earthquakes and Tropical Storms in Puerto Rico

October 19, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at the Morristown Airport after being rescued from Puerto Rico. 

The Sato Project, Wings of Rescue and Greater Good Charities made it possible for these animals to touch down on October 10. All dogs and cats evacuated were either rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico or  pulled from overburdened shelters impacted by ...

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...

A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...

Overcome the Anxiety of an Overwhelming World

To many people, the year 2020 feels like the gift that keeps on giving. Trying to get through any day can be an exercise in mental strength and acuity. A pandemic, global warming, financial recession, unemployment, national security, and an uncertain political landscape, can be dizzying, exhausting, and anxiety-producing. Watching the latest news reports can send even the most unshakable person ...

Healing from Trauma

This article was first posted on October 25, 2019. 

We all experience trauma in one form or another. It may be at the hands of an abuser, a relationship breakup, a health diagnosis, or the death of a loved one. No one is immune.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. James Gordon, author of the book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. Dr.

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...