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Women Leaders Mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Former Rutgers Law Professor

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

"The ...

This is how Murphy’s budget allocates $2.4 billion in federal COVID funding

Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone.

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For six months the coronavirus pandemic has loomed large over New Jersey, taking an enormous ...

$2.35 Million Grant for Lawyers and Counselors Who Help Tenants Facing Eviction

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a non-profit organization created to address the health and economic crisis in New Jersey caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is providing $2.35 million for critically needed free legal and counseling services to thousands of people and families facing eviction.

The NJPRF’s Housing Stability Project grant will allow two leading organizations ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Hackensack's Inaugural Bike Run a Success

September 21, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The inaugural Hackensack Bike Run on Saturday, September 19 drew approximately 75-100 participants, which included families with children as young as five, and the Brothers United Bike Club.

Donning protective masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines, members of the Hackensack Fire Department also participated in the 3.2-mile bike run, ...

Hackensack Man Stabs Friend Following 2 A.M. Altercation

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A misunderstanding between two longtime friends that occurred in the wee hours this morning in Hackensack resulted in one man getting stabbed.

John Martinez, Jr. 43, of Hackensack, was arrested after 2 a.m. today and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed his friend at his Hackensack residence.

At around 2:14 a.m today., city police ...

Hackensack Man, 60, Facing Charges After Allegedly Having Sex With Juvenile

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A city man is facing charges after investigators say he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a juvenile.

According to a press release from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, city police arrested Luis Gonzalez, 60, on Friday, September 18 after an investigation by the Office's Special Victims Unit and the Hackensack Police Department received information ...

Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton Promotes Warden, Other Ranks

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton held a promotional ceremony and elevated three Sheriff’s Officers to Sergeant, one Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant to Lieutenant, one Corrections Captain to Warden, one Corrections Lieutenant to Captain and one Corrections Sergeant to Lieutenant. A special recognition award was given to Chief Counsel Dan Zwillenberg for ...

As more teachers stay out of classrooms, schools struggle to find substitutes

September 21, 2020

Many teachers are retiring, asking for leave or not wanting to go to schools in person amid COVID-19 fears

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There’s been a shortage of substitute teachers for years, but the ...

Back to school in New Jersey: What to expect this fall

Examining the widely varying approaches to the upcoming school year and how best practices can be determined and shared

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As part of its ongoing series on the changing face of education ...

State Lawmaker Dr. Conaway Calling for Flu Vaccines for All Students in School, Child Care and Higher Ed

BORDENTOWN, NJ – With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many health care experts are raising concerns about the impact of upcoming flu season. Since patients may experience the same symptoms for the common flu and the coronavirus it can make it difficult to differentiate between them.

State lawmaker Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) wants to protect ...

Bergen Outlines Plan for Limited Reopening

PARAMUS, N.J. — In advance of the resumption of in-person instruction for selected classes Monday, Sept. 21, the Bergen Community College board of trustees has approved the institution’s reopening plan guiding fall semester protocols, practices and procedures for students, faculty, staff and community members. The board action follows an August announcement that froze tuition rates at ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 19, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

New East Brunswick Care One Reaches Out to First Responders on 9/11

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The sparkling new Care One residence on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick commemorated the 19th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by reaching out to the township's first responders, sharing community spirit and common effort.  Care One staff shared some lunch at the location's open courtyard grill with members of the East Brunswick Police Department, Fire Department, ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

Englewood Health Physician Network Onboards New Psychiatrist

September 21, 2020

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Psychiatrist Carolyn C. Gnerre, MD, has joined the Englewood Health Physician Network and Englewood Hospital. Dr. Gnerre’s clinical interests include anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. She joins Englewood Health Physician Network–Behavioral Health and ...

NJIT detects COVID-19 in sewage, quarantines entire dormitory

An entire dorm at the New Jersey Institute of Technology remains in lockdown after the engineering school detected high levels of the COVID-19 virus in its sewage.

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Bergen County Prosecutor Announces Launch of 24/7 Hotline For Addiction Recovery, #StopTheODs Awareness Campaign 

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the launching of a 24/7 hotline where Bergen County residents can connect to addiction and recovery support resources. Individuals are encouraged to call or text the hotline at 201-589-2976 to speak with a Peer Recovery Specialist from The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children’s Aid and Family ...

State Lawmaker Dr. Conaway Calling for Flu Vaccines for All Students in School, Child Care and Higher Ed

BORDENTOWN, NJ – With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many health care experts are raising concerns about the impact of upcoming flu season. Since patients may experience the same symptoms for the common flu and the coronavirus it can make it difficult to differentiate between them.

State lawmaker Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) wants to protect ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

September 19, 2020

NEWARK, N.J. -- Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice ...

Six Months After His Escape From a Halfway House, James Bond Burglar From Hackensack Arrested in North Bergen

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 28-year-old city man, a “James Bond” burglar who was previously sentenced to 17 years in state prison and convicted of multiple offenses, has been arrested six months after he escaped from a halfway house.

Hakeem Chance was issued his prison sentence in 2014 after prosecutors convicted him of burglary, eluding and aggravated assault. In October 2019, Chance ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 19, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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.

Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., September 19 Update

September 21, 2020

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ends today, September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run.

NJSIAA Partners with NFL to Host Diversity Workshops for New Jersey High School Officials

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), the governing body for high school sports in New Jersey, has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NFL. The organization will host a two-day, virtual diversity, bias, and cultural competence workshop for football game officials. The two-day session’s goal is to increase awareness ...

Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Silna Zur, County Executive Jim Tedesco Donates Refurbished County Computer to Hackensack Food Pantry

September 19, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- On Thursday September 3, Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Silna Zur and Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III donated a refurbished county computer to the Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry at the Holy Trinity Church in Hackensack.

Commissioner Zur has worked closely with food pantries across the county as part of her work with the Bergen County Food ...

Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund Awards $20,000 in Scholarships 

TETERBORO, NJ - The Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund is pleased to announce their 2020 scholarship award recipients. The scholarships are normally awarded at a luncheon, but that event was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year’s ten recipients are: 

Krish Patel – Henry P. Becton Regional High School 
Brian Madura – ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

September 21, 2020

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

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Northern NJ Community Foundation Awards Grant to Summer Camp for Bereaved Youngsters

September 19, 2020

            The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund awarded a $2,000 grant to Atlantic Home Care and Hospice to benefit Camp Clover.  Based in Hackensack, New Jersey, the NNJCF concentrates on education, public health, civic engagement, arts, philanthropy, and the ...

Grounded

At the risk of sounding political, I believe in science.

I spent way too many hours subjecting my brain to a Math-O-Matic blender of science classes in school to discount it. Let’s face it, nobody would have made it that hard if there wasn’t some validity to it.

Oh I believe in other important stuff too, like astrology and miracles for instance, but a well-accepted scientific ...

Make Like a Tree

If they didn’t wear masks in California before, they certainly do now. Smoke and ash obscure the dark orange skies as millions of acres burn out of control encroaching on homes and entire towns. It is the kind of apocalyptic event that makes me glad I live in New Jersey.

But even so far away, it makes me wonder. What would I do if a natural disaster threatened my home and I had 15 ...

Combat Procrastination: 4 Tips to Help You Get the Job Done

I am the queen of procrastination, always have been. Throughout school and into my adult life, I always waited until the last minute to get something done, telling myself that I work best under pressure. The reality was, I didn’t feel like doing the work, and so I waited until it was absolutely necessary. This behavior resulted in so much unnecessary stress.

When I started my companies, ...

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

Month and Year: August 1926

Event: At the age of 21, the tenacious Trudy Ederly, a 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay,  became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederly, a Jersey girl, made it from the shores of France to the British Coast in 14 hours and ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

NJ Restaurants Welcome Diners Back Inside. Is it Enough to Save Them?

NEW JERSEY — It’s seven in the morning and Jimmy Greberis is in his element.

Between taking phone orders and watching over the sizzling grill, the owner of the Summit Diner prepares for the breakfast rush, a familiar routine in his decades in the diner business. But for the first Sunday in nearly half a year, he’s allowing customers back inside to sit at the vinyl stools ...