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Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Super Bowl Champion, Former New York Giant Leonard Marshall Named CarePlus Foundation's Honorary Trustee

PARAMUS, N.J. — Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Allen Marshall, Jr. has been tapped an honorary member of the CarePlus Foundation Board of Trustees. 

For the past 22 years, The CarePlus Foundation has worked to support programs and services that help provide care to individuals with mental illness, in addition to education and outreach to ...

Hand Sanitizer and Sun: Vacationing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hurrying off to The Hamptons or Hilton Head? Carpooling to Cape Cod or Cape May?

With Memorial Day behind us and summer just down the road, a Rutgers expert recommends that you pack your hand sanitizer, mask and common sense along with your sunscreen and sandals when you go on vacation.

Whether you're headed to the Grand Canyon or the Grand Tetons this summer, ...

Gov. Murphy References COVID-19 Toll on Veterans at Memorial Day Service; NJ Death Toll Continues to Drop

TRENTON, NJ -- On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter that New Jersey had 965 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, pushing the state total to 155,092. Among those cases, 2,755 are in hospitals, 719 are in critical or intensive care, and 540 are on ventilators. He also reported 16 new deaths.

"Sadly, we’ve lost 16 more New Jerseyans," Murphy ...

Physicians To Cancer Patients: Don’t Let Covid-19 Deter You From Much-Needed Hospital Trips 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — As the world continues to be in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, local hospitals — which county officials have dubbed “war zones” with Intensive Care Units filled to capacity with infected individuals — are currently the most feared place among people concerned for their own health and safety. Even cancer patients, whose health is contingent ...

Let’s Hear it for the Girls: Celebrating a Mother-Daughter Powerhouse at Hackensack University Medical Center on Mother's Day 

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Rodriguez family at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) radiate just as much love for each other as they do for their vocation.

Kathy, along with her daughters Meghan, 31, and Erin, 27, work diligently at the Prospect Avenue hospital — a place they liken to a second home. Since being born at the hospital, Kathy took her daughters to work with her and ...

Mobile Testing Sites For Covid-19 Expand, Bergen County Residents Can Be Tested For the Virus With or Without Symptoms

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that the County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will partner to bring mobile testing to communities across the county starting next Tuesday, May 12.

This community mobile testing program will offer walk-up Saliva COVID-19 tests and COVID-19 Antibody tests to county and municipal residents, as well as first ...

Feeling Strong Now: Hackensack Meridian Health's 5,000th Covid-19 Patient is Released To 'Rocky' Theme

EDISON, N.J. – Hackensack Meridian Health this week celebrated the full recovery and discharge of its 5,000th COVID-19 patient across its network of 17 hospitals.

On the afternoon of May 5, doctors, nurses, and medical personnel lined the halls of JFK Medical Center in Edison and the theme from ‘Rocky’ played on the overhead speaker as Angel Rojos was ...

Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Available through Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Effective Tuesday, May 5, exhibiting symptoms is no longer a prerequisite to receive a COVID-19 test at the County of Bergen’s testing site at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. However, the highest priority for testing will be given to health care workers and workers in congregate living settings, and symptomatic first responders, as well as to asymptomatic NJ ...

Addiction: ‘A Pandemic Within a Pandemic;’ Recovering Addict Tim Ryan, Star of A&E Documentary ‘Dope Man’ Talks Staying Sober During the Coronavirus Pandemic   

NORTH JERSEY — As the country continues to be in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, forcing millions of Americans to stay at home to help curb the spread of the potentially deadly virus that has to date touched more than 3.4 million people and claimed almost a quarter of a million lives, another serious pandemic should not be overshadowed: addiction.

While the City of Hackensack ...


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844-ReachNJ Available 24 hours a Day to Help New Jersey Residents with Substance Use Disorders

June 4, 2020

Trained Counselors Connect Callers to Treatment 

June 4, 2020

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson reminded residents struggling with substance use that they can call 1-844-ReachNJ to speak with live trained counselors ready to offer assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We want to remind people struggling with ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

Like A Fine Wine, We Get Better with Age! Five Tips to Stay Young at Heart

This week I turn 57 years old. 57 YEARS OLD! Like most other 50-something-year-old individuals, I’m not sure how this happened – it feels like a blink of an eye. One day I’m a college girl, the next a young mother, and now more than one half a century old. How can I be over 50? Most days I feel, think and act like a 25-year-old, so I know it’s only a number. But when that ...

I Bought the Pool

Memorial Day weekend, for many, signifies the unofficial start to summer. Last weekend as I was sitting in my backyard looking at my swimming pool, I began to think about how I felt two years ago when I was able to make a dream a reality.

Two years ago, friends and family had to listen to me ramble on about the pool I just added to my backyard. Hearing me, one would have thought that I had the ...

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 ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

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

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, ...