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Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

May 26, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. -- Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their ...

NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels.

Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3% - the highest level since the state first started recording the ...

Hackensack Finalizes 2020 Spending Plan Calling for 0% Tax Increase

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- At last night's council meeting, the Mayor and City Council formally adopted the City's budget for the 2020 Fiscal Year. This year's budget continues the administration's promise of achieving long term tax stability and promoting sound fiscal budgeting practices, while providing the funds necessary for quality-of-life and community improvements. The budget ...

NJ Beaches Will Be Open By Memorial Day Weekend, But Remember Social Distancing

NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, ...

Gov. Murphy: Shore Towns Can Expect State’s Guidance on Opening Beaches in ‘Next Week or So’

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy said that the state will be “giving guidance” to Jersey Shore beach towns in the “next week or so” as local officials continue to plan for the opening of their summer season on Memorial Day weekend.

Responding to a reporter's question during his May 8 press briefing, Murphy said, “We’re trying to come up with a ...

2 COVID-19 FEMA Sites in NJ Will Begin Testing Asymptomatic Patients

TRENTON, NJ — Two New Jersey FEMA sites will begin testing anyone for COVID-19 whether you're displaying symptoms or not, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday during the state’s daily press briefing.

The testing centers at Bergen Community College in Paramus and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, will start administering the additional screenings starting Sunday and Monday ...

NJ Officials Detail Unemployment ‘Crisis.’ Murphy Says State to Reopen Slowly.

NEW JERSEY — One day before the federal government’s scheduled release of April unemployment figures, state officials detailed their own analysis of unemployment during the pandemic.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said the state’s Labor Department had received over a million claims in two months and sent out $1.9 billion in unemployment assistance.

“This is an ...

Hackensack Introduces $108.5 Million Spending Plan for 2020, Announces $2.5 Million ‘Covid-19 Financial Response Plan’  

HACKENSACK, N.J. — City officials have introduced a $108.5 million spending plan for the 2020 fiscal year with aim to provide the funding and plan for community improvements, redevelopment and tax relief.

The budget was first introduced on April 7 and amended on Tuesday, May 5 to reflect a couple of minor line item changes, notably including a 10% increase to the Parking ...

NJ Sending National Guard to Help Long-term Care Centers With COVID-19 Care

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said that he is ordering over 120 National Guard troops to assist at long-term care facilities hard hit by the pandemic.

Long-term care facilities in New Jersey had reported 4,556 COVID-19 associated deaths and 24,874 cases at their 513 centers by Thursday, state figures show. The troops assisting long-term care facilities will serving in ...

Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending NJ's Public Health Emergency, Creates Task Force to Examine Long-Term Care Dacilities

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 138, which extends the Public Health Emergency declared on March 9 (Executive Order No. 103), and extended on April 7 (Executive Order No. 119). Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed, which is what the governor did ...

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SafeTemp Kiosk: Back Into Workplace Transition Made Easier

May 23, 2020

New Jersey - People are going back to work and SafeTemp can make that transition back into the workplace safer.

While it's a novel idea, getting your temperature at the door when you walk into work could be just what the doctor ordered for both the workforce and the public. Such safety measures send a message to your workforce and, to your customers.

SafeTemp Kiosk, by Media Services ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

Tips to Help You Gain a New Perspective on Adversity

Do you ever feel like there is no end to the problems that you face? Do your challenges seem too great to overcome? Do you ever ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Do you allow your circumstances to govern your life to the point of making you sad, lonely, and depressed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, welcome to the majority! Most people, at one ...

She’s A Demanding Bitch!?

A few months ago I was having dinner with a group of women when one of the ladies remarked, “My ex-husband’s new girlfriend is a demanding bitch and he’s jumping through hoops for her.”

I joined in with the group’s resounding “halleluja … amen sister!,” but when the evening ended and after I returned home, I began to ruminate about what my ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

New Jersey Date Night: Virtual Experiences Bring the World to You

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

If April showers bring May flowers, what does May bring? If you guessed more social distancing, you win!  Fortunately, there are some amazing people who use technology to bring all the fun of a night out to you. 

With live streaming and video conferencing, we can still feel a connection ...