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Long-Term Care Facilities Can Reopen in Phases Under New Directive

August 10, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Despite almost 7,000 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths across 679 long-term care facilities, New Jersey health officials and Gov. Phil Murphy believe there’s a way some can soon open their doors to visitors safely. 

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli signed a directive Monday for “phased in” re-openings at nursing homes across the Garden ...

House Approves Uptick in Funding for Smith's Lyme's Disease Research Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representative recently approved an uptick in Lyme disease research funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Representative Chris Smith (NJ-4) recently announced.  

Smith said the increased funding, which passed July 30 is “good news” for the estimated 800,000+ people in New Jersey who have contracted Lyme over ...

New Dashboard Will Track NJ's Contact Tracing Efforts

TRENTON, NJ — There are now 10 contact tracers per every 100,000 New Jersey residents - looking to limit the spread of COVID-19 by informing all potentially infected parties of steps they should be taking. 

A new dashboard, announced by Gov. Phil Murphy during a press conference Friday afternoon, will look to further detail steps taking place on the ground.

Murphy said ...

Mercer County Going Nuts for Nutrition with Wellness Webinar Series

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County is partnering with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Department of Family & Community Health Sciences to bring focus to a variety of topics related to food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles with free "Wellness Wednesdays" webinars. 

The webinars take place every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for approximately 45 ...

Beat the Heat at Hamilton Senior Center Cooling Station

HAMILTON, NJ -- To help Hamiltonians stay out of the extreme heat expected to continue, Hamilton Township Senior Center will be a cooling station on Tuesday for residents who may not have access to air-cooled homes. 

The cooling center at the Senior Center located at 409 Cypress Lane between 10 am an 4 pm on Tuesday, July 28.   

To prevent any potential spread ...

Yoga, Pilates Permitted in Limited Settings, Murphy Declares

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy used part of his Wednesday press briefing to clarify Monday’s Executive Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities.

“All contact activities can only be conducted outside,” the governor said.

Yoga and pilates studios, which are not licensed health clubs, fall under the definition of ...

After Four Months, Hamilton Reports First Day of No New Coronavirus Cases

HAMILTON, NJ --  The diligent work of the public to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Hamilton Township is paying off.   On Wednesday, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin announced that July 15 is the first day that there are no new reported cases of coronavirus in the town.   This comes almost four months since the first case was reported on March ...

COVID-19 Tried to Kill Him. What Rutgers' Chief Operating Officer Learned From His Ordeal

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It was taking all of Antonio Calcado’s considerable strength and stamina to safeguard Rutgers as it faced an unprecedented emergency. This was March, COVID-19 was emerging as a deadly threat and how to mitigate its spread had consumed nearly every moment of his work week. He left the office on Friday looking forward to some relaxation.

Less than 48 hours later, ...

Following These Pool Safety Tips Can Help Save a Life

HAMILTON/ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — Three drowning incidents in nearby East Brunswiick that have claimed five lives -- including those of three children -- in recent weeks have put the spotlight on the importance of swim safety.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 through 4, and new data released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows ...

Robbinsville Farmer's Market Not Opening for 2020 Summer

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --   The coronavirus pandemic has caused another community cancellation.   The Robbinsville Farmer's Market recently announced that they "have come to a tough decision" to not open for the 2020 season. 

The Farmer's Market traditionally is held weekly in the summer on Tuesdays.  Most recently, the Market called the ...


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Mercer County Clerk Renewing Notary Public Commissions

August 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  --  Mercer County Clerk Paula Covello announced on Wednesday that her office will honor all current appointments for renewal of notary public commissions but will only make new appointments under emergency circumstances.  

Covello made the announcement after Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 170 extending the deadline for ...

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Murphy's $10 Billion Borrowing Plan

August 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision on Wednesday in favor of Gov. Murphy’s plan to borrow nearly $10 billion to cover anticipated revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision allows the state to take on about $9.9 billion in new debt through next June, if borrowing requests are approved by a four-person panel of ...

Murphy: 33 States and Territories Remain on Quarantine List

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey has updated its list of 33 states and territories -- near and far -- from which people should self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting. The states include populous states such as Texas, Florida and California, as well as remote locations including Montana, Idaho,and Puerto Rico. Nearby New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware and Pennsylvania ...

NJ Dedicates $25M to Small Landlords Overwhelmed by Pandemic

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy announced a $25 million grant program aimed at providing COVID-19 relief to New Jersey landlords who have had to reckon with a moratorium on evictions since April.

According to state officials, one of three renters in the Garden State lives in 3 to 10 unit properties, which will specifically be eligible for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program ...

Despite Desire to Get Back in Classrooms, Schools Just Aren't Ready, Union Leaders Say

August 12, 2020

As the summer begins to wind down, we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. For the last several weeks, all stakeholders have spent countless hours thinking about, debating and determining how to execute a reopening plan for our respective school districts. However, this plan must be about more than just reopening the buildings; it must consider the most efficient way to ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

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

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

NJ Home Bakers One Step Closer to Earning a Profit

New Jersey is the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business. But that may be about to change.

The state Senate recently passed a bill that would allow entrepreneurs in the Garden State to make and sell baked goods out of their homes that do not require refrigeration or additional cooking after they are baked.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16th), who sponsored the bill, said it ...