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New Jersey Beaches Ready for Swimmers, State Park Summer Admission Free Starting This Weekend

May 27, 2022

NEW JERSEY - After extensive water quality monitoring, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says New Jersey’s lakes and beaches are ready for swimming.  Just in time for the unofficial start to the summer.

Shawn LaTourette joined other state leaders in Asbury Park for the State of the Shore address, held every year heading into Memorial Day ...

Murphy Calls Out Lawmakers Looking to Lessen Gun Restrictions, Republicans Respond

TRENTON, NJ — Calling out Republican leaders directly in a press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy urged lawmakers to pass a gun reform bill package in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. 

Murphy initially proposed a wide-ranging gun safety package in April 2021. He called for lawmakers to toughen state and federal gun laws after the May 14, 2022 mass shooting at ...

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose 'Ban the Box' Bill on College Applications

TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college. 

New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application process that asks about their criminal record.

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

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Prosecutor’s Office Announces Increased Security Presence at Schools, Houses of Worship

May 26, 2022

HACKENSACK, NJ - Following the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella and Chief Jason Love announced a county-wide plan to enhance security at houses of worship and schools in response to increasing acts of domestic terrorism across the country. 

Law enforcement agencies county-wide will be dedicating additional patrols and officers to be ...

Bergen County Jail Inmate Charged with Terroristic Threats and Stalking BCPO Employee and Family

HACKENSACK, NJ - A Bergen County Jail innate is facing charges for threatening a Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office employee and their family, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced. 

Michael Strzelczyk, 40, originally from Wayne but incarcerated at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, has been charged with third-degree terroristic threats and fourth-degree stalking at the ...

Bergen County’s Military Appreciation Month Ceremony to Take Place May 13

HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III, the Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Human Services Division of Veterans Services are teaming up to host the 2022 Military Appreciation Month Ceremony on May 13. The event will take place at the Bergen County Administration Building in Hackensack at 12:30 p.m. 

According to Military.com, Military ...

Severe Storms May Bring Strong Winds, Hail to Hackensack Monday Afternoon

May 16, 2022

HACKENSACK, NJ — Batten down the hatches.

Some stormy springtime weather is headed our way Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which indicated a tornado isn't out of the question in Northeast New Jersey.

“Thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front on Monday have the potential to produce damaging winds,” the service warns. “Large ...

June 2022: Services & Events @ Hackensack’s Johnson Public Library

May 26, 2022

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2022 Arts Amble
Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11
JPL is participating in this year’s Arts Amble - a countywide collaborative effort between artists, venues, businesses, and municipalities that showcases the arts.  Join us for the festivities! ...

NY Waterway Offers Veterans, Military Personnel Free Ferry Rides For Fleet Week

May 27, 2022

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — To show its appreciation for Americans who have served in the military, NY Waterway is providing free ferry rides for veterans and active-duty military personnel during Fleet Week New York.

In order to receive the discount, veterans and service members just need to present a valid Veteran or Military ID or come in uniform.

The offer runs through May 31 and is ...

New Jersey Native Ray Liotta Dies at 67

Ray Liotta, the New Jersey native who starred as Henry Hill in "Goodfellas," has died.

Liotta, who was born in Newark and grew up from Union Township, graduating from Union High School, was 67 years old.

Deadline reports he died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the movie "Dangerous Waters."

Last year, he played two roles in the ...

Acting Attorney General Calls for Increased Law Enforcement Presence at New Jersey Schools

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022 deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept that we live in a country where children are shot just for going to school. My ...

New Jersey Drivers Are Paying More than $4.75 a Gallon to Fill Up, on Average

NEW JERSEY — The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in New Jersey didn't go up in the past 24 hours.

But the price didn't go down, either.

AAA says the average price of a gallon of unleaded in New Jersey is $4.77 on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The price is 12 cents higher than last week, 67 cents higher than last month and $1.71 higher than this time last ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

To Smart to Fail

Commencement Transcript, May 2022

Good afternoon, proud graduates of the University of Machine Learning class of 2022.0.

I am a Heuristic/ALgorithmic 9000 computer. Most of you know me as Hal.

I want to thank president emeritus, Google, as well as Alexa, Siri, and all of the distinguished bots on the board of algorithms, for awarding me this honorary doctorate degree in deep learning and ...

What Are You Willing to Do?

Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?” 

She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing to change?”

I explained to her that I am a firm believer that ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...