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$85 Million Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Grant Program Launches on April 19

April 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced Phase 4 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will provide short-term operating support to a broad group of New Jersey small and medium-sized businesses and ...

New Jersey Is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden: Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York was the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

Push On For Tax Credits For Hiring Unemployed, More Help With Unemployment Claims

Lawmakers agreed to bills they say will help jobless workers, boost aid to struggling businesses, nonprofits. 

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State lawmakers want to offer New Jersey’s ...

IRS Delays Tax Deadline, NJ Follows Suit, But AICPA Not Happy

WASHINGTON, DC/TRENTON, NJ - The Internal Revenue Service may have extended some of the tax filing deadlines from April 15 to May 17 due to the changes that were made in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed last week. 

The State of New Jersey, according to State Senator Paul Sarlo, will be doing the same, extending the deadline to May 17.

“We will use the same date as ...

Beginning Friday, Murphy to Let Restaurants and Other Businesses Open to 50% Capacity

TRENTON, NJ — On the same day that he extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for another 30 days, Gov. Phil Murphy said that effective Friday, March 19, at 6:00 a.m., indoor capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and health clubs, recreational facilities and arcades, and personal care businesses may increase to 50% capacity. Additionally, he increased ...

What The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Done To New Jersey’s Economy

With workers and businesses slammed, calls for more government aid to ‘supercharge’ the economy.

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A year after the first cases of the coronavirus ...


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The Data Are In: Time to Invest in the Brooklyn Rebound

According to information provided by Elliman, CBRE, NRIA and Street Easy, As Manhattan Real Estate Loses Steam, Brooklyn Gains Ground in Pandemic.

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States last March, New York City was among the places hardest hit. As the epicenter for the early days of the rapidly spreading virus, New Yorkers began fleeing the city in droves, trading the crowded ...

New Jersey Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

May 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...

Monday's COVID-19 Numbers from Around NJ

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during his Monday afternoon press briefing where he announced the state will begin releasing vaccine data by municipality. 

There were 459 new PCR cases reported and 106 antigen tests, with 10 new deaths. Statewide, there are now ...

Saturday's COVID-19 Numbers from New Jersey, Per Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state on Sunday afternoon.

There were 673 new PCR cases reported and 152 antigen tests, with 13 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 880,560 positive PCR cases, 127,334 positive antigen cases, and 23,161 deaths, and ...

YMCA Invites Teachers to Try the Y for Free During May

May 4, 2021

HACKENSACK, NJ - In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the YMCA of Greater Bergen County is offering all local teachers and their families free use of the Y for the entire month of May.

“Our communities are stronger because of our teachers and the tireless commitment they have to the education of youth, especially when confronted with unprecedented challenges this past year. To ...

Murphy Appoints First Woman to Serve as State's Adjutant General

May 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday his nomination of Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Hou would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the Adjutant General position in the state's history.

"Colonel Hou took the ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

We Need to Talk

I am told I need to participate in the national conversation.

I am not exactly sure what that means, but It seems like everytime I turn on the news some authoritative figure addressing the most recent topic of the day decries the need to “have a conversation” or “add to the conversation” or “join in the conversation”.

Who exactly am I supposed to be ...

The Art of Stopping: A Conversation with David Kundtz

Most of us live every day overwhelmed and exhausted. We are always on the go trying to balance work, family, friends, and everything in between. Often it feels like our usual methods of coping no longer work.

I recently spoke with David Kundtz, author of The Art of Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going. David says that it’s time for something new – stopping.

The Call to Unite

The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for many people. When going through difficult periods, it’s often easy to focus solely on the negative. But there was so much good that happened during the last year. While the story wasn’t always told, billions of people around the world came together and responded to the crisis with love, care, and compassion. Even though we were ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)


My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...