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NJ Targeting Medicaid Members in Vaccine Push

May 6, 2021

State is spending $50 million to reach out, including calls to 260,000 people urging them to get vaccinated

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State officials have taken proactive steps to support New Jersey’s ...

In Organ Donation Black Lives Matter Too, Advocacy Group Says

NEW JERSEY – In the wake of a new federal rule that will disregard race considerations when evaluating the organ procurement organizations (OPOs) that help register organ donors and facilitate donations across the country, an advocacy group is addressing the disparities that could arise from the decision. 

Science in Donation—a nonprofit that promotes education about the ...

Over 6.6 Million Vaccines Administered in New Jersey as of Monday, April 26

NEW JERSEY - As of Monday, New Jersey has administered more than 6,661,861 vaccine doses, (4,091,234 with at least one dose and 2,819,226 fully vaccinated people).  In Morris County, the dashboard is showing that as of today, 459,286 doses of vaccines have been administered. 

All New Jerseyans over 16 years of age are no eligible for a ...

Lost Your Vaccine Card? Here's What You Do

NEW JERSEY – Have you lost your COVID-19 vaccination card? 

Although the New Jersey Department of Health cannot provide you with a new CDC vaccination card, it can provide you with a copy of your immunization record. In order to request your immunization record, visit the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) at 

Once on ...

Amid Big Drop in Deaths, Vaccinations to Continue at Nursing Homes

Fed program will keep immunizations coming at long-term care facilities, where nearly all residents are vaccinated but only half of staffers

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Make April a Month to Celebrate Life

NEW JERSEY - It seems there is a day, week, or month for everything. Perhaps that’s driven by most human’s inherent need for celebration and joy, or, maybe it’s because in this fast-paced world we need reminders to stop and think about what really matters. 

Even if that’s to enjoy a Margherita once in a while. And yes, we checked, there is a national margarita ...

Bergen County Residents 55+ Now Eligible to Make Vaccination Appointments by Phone

PARAMUS, NJ — Bergen County residents age 55 years and older can now schedule COVID-19 vaccinations by phone for appointments at Bergen County’s Vaccination Center. The Center, which is jointly operated by the County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is located at the Alternate Care Facility Annex on the campus of Bergen New ...

More Virus Variants Likely on the Way, Health Officials Warn

With one in four cases linked to variants, NJ’s top medical official says ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and get vaccinated’

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Hackensack to Host Two Vaccine Clinics on Tuesday

HACKENSACK, NJ — Hackensack residents can register for one of two COVID-19 vaccine clinics to be held in the city on Tuesday.

The Health Department is having a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, April 13, at the Civic Center, and will be administering the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine. Email the Health Department at with you name, ...

How to Battle Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of life: shutting down businesses, closing schools, instituting remote learning, limiting social interactions, and preventing activities, such as sports, from taking place. While government leaders and the CDC report on the physical toll the pandemic is having, COVID is having a serious impact on mental ...


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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 ...

Friday's COVID-19 Numbers from New Jersey, According to Gov. Murphy

May 8, 2021

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

There were 1,317 new PCR cases reported and 243 antigen tests, with 29 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 879,812 positive PCR cases, 127,093 positive antigen cases, and 23,129 deaths, and ...

Thursday's COVID-19 Figures from New Jersey

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

There were 1,564 new PCR cases reported and 521 antigen tests, with 34 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 878,892 positive PCR cases, 127,046 positive antigen cases, and 23,100 deaths, and ...

Wednesday's COVID-19 from Bergen County and New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state during his Wednesday afternoon press briefing.

There were 1,309 new PCR cases reported and 1700 antigen tests, with 34 new deaths. Statewide, there are now 877,814 positive PCR cases, 126,711 positive antigen cases, and 23,067 deaths, ...

North Arlington Husband Stabs Wife to Death; Husband Dead of Multiple Stab Wounds, As Well, Per Bergen Officials

April 10, 2021

NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - A man stabbed his wife to death on Wednesday, police said, and the man succumbed to stab wounds, as well. A young child was found in the apartment unharmed.

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced additional information Friday in the ongoing investigation into two deceased individuals found in a North Arlington apartment on April 7.

On Wednesday, April ...

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

New Yorkers ...

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 ...

Out of Touch

I like turning knobs and pushing buttons.

I enjoy the tactile resistance when depressing a raised button which impacts some sort of change under my control. I relish pinching a perfectly sized serrated knob and hearing the music get just the right amount of louder or softer as guided by the exacting twist of my fingertips. I appreciate the flip of simple light switches that snap up or down ...

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 ...