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It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

September 24, 2020

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...

Exposed To COVID-19? There's an App for That

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University, and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Hoboken Grace Offers Outdoor Religious Services Uptown

HOBOKEN, NJ - What was once an empty parking lot has been transformed to allow for Hoboken Grace to launch outdoor services every Sunday. If you’ve driven through the northern end of Hoboken, you may have seen the newly turfed space dotted with orange and white umbrellas. After months of meeting entirely online, Hoboken Grace has created a unique way for people to once again gather and ...

Hudson County Partnership with Non-Profit Lender Offers No Interest Pandemic Relief Loans

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Small business and non-profits across Hudson County will now have the opportunity to avail of interest free loans of up to $75,000 thanks to a $100,000 grant the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC) committed to New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) to help buy down interest rates for the Garden State Relief Fund.  

The HCEDC grant will ...

Menendez Champions Bill to Support Restaurant Recovery

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez announced last week that he has cosponsored the Restaurants Act, legislation that would provide $120 billion in federal relief for local food service, drinking establishments, and caterers that have suffered financial losses due to COVID-19.  

Funding through the grant program will be calculated based on revenue losses between 2019 and 2020 ...

Hoboken Presents Guidelines for Extending Outdoor Dining Through Winter Months

HOBOKEN, NJ - Hoboken’s renowned hospitality industry remains a vital concern to the socioeconomic health of our region. The City Council recently approved an extension of outdoor dining, while the Hoboken Business Alliance has been conducting an ongoing campaign to develop more space for local businesses. In turn, the City of Hoboken released specific guidance on Wednesday for restaurants ...

When Coronavirus Struck State Office Took Action for New Jersey Businesses

TRENTON, NJ – As winter turned to spring and the coronavirus began taking hold in New Jersey, small business owners faced a variety of pressing questions. Were they considered essential services? Would the federal government provide financial aid to keep them afloat? When could customers safely return in person? 

Enter the state’s Business Action Center (BAC) and its executive ...

City Says Initial Phase of Hoboken Water Main Replacement Complete

September 23, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - As of Tuesday, 15 blocks of new water mains have been installed in Hoboken, as part of an infrastructure project to replace the city’s oldest water mains over the past year. While paving on the blocks impacted is scheduled to take place over the next few weeks, the announced completion of this initial phase comes after a long and heated battle between the City of Hoboken and ...

Hoboken Saddened by the Passing of Educator and Former Councilwoman Terry LaBruno

HOBOKEN, NJ – Friends, colleagues and neighbors from the Hoboken community have expressed their deep sympathies over the passing of Terry Cappiello LaBruno, the former educator and City Councilmember who passed away this week following a devastating stroke earlier this month.

“It’s with unimaginable sadness that we share the passing of our beautiful mother and our ...

Ruff Play Reported at Maxwell Park as Dog Run Opens

HOBOKEN, NJ - Dog owners can sit and stay awhile at the new Maxwell Park Dog Run, which officially opened last week after several months of renovations.

Upgrades include expanding the area of the dog run, new benches, a dual water fountain, pet waste stations, and new fencing. Maxwell Park's dog run, located adjacent to the boathouse, is the third dog run to be renovated  in Hoboken ...

Hoboken Budget Discussions Continue at Tonight’s City Council Meeting

September 16, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ – The odyssey of Hoboken’s 2020 Municipal Budget continues this evening, as the City Council meets to review a number of issues and tentatively vote on the Administration’s plan. First laid out in early July, the preliminary proposal outlines a $118 million budget that has left a lot of councilmembers asking questions.

“This has been a difficult year for ...

Hoboken Mayor Returning to Work After Abbreviated Self-Quarantine

HOBOKEN, NJ - Mayor Ravi Bhalla will reportedly return to normal duties after a brief self-quarantine.

According to a statement issued by the Hoboken Health Department, "Last week, Mayor Bhalla had a low-risk exposure to a contact who tested positive for COVID-19 later in the week. Out of an abundance of caution, Mayor Bhalla went into self-quarantine at home as soon as he learned of the ...

Sires Legislation Would Provide Funding, Assistance for Community Parks

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Albio Sires (D-08-NJ) has announced his reintroduction of the Community Parks Revitalization Act, legislation that would provide federal support for parks across the country through matching grant programs and secured loans.

“In New Jersey’s 8th District, our parks and green spaces are extremely valuable for the residents of our urban ...

Quick Police Response Nets Hoboken Purse-Snatcher

September 23, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - Just before 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Hoboken Police arrested a man accused of robbing a purse from one of two women walking together near 2nd & Clinton Streets.

According to the Hoboken Police Department, ESU Officer William Bullock and ESU Officer James Barbro responded immediately after one of the women called to report of a Robbery in progress. The officers were met by two ...

Fleeing Suspect Slams Bike Into Cop on Hoboken Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - A Jersey City man crashed a bicycle into a Hoboken Police Officer as he attempted to flee Pier A Satruday.

According to reports at about 7:30 a.m. a man walked into headquarters reporting that he located a male he believed to have stolen his property the day before. The victim provided a description of the alleged perpetrator and told officers that he was riding a bicycle in ...

Jersey City Man Arrested While Breaking Into Hoboken Car

HOBOKEN, NJ - As dawn broke on Thursday morning, a Jersey City man was caught breaking into a car in Hoboken.

Just after 6:00 a.m, on September 17, 2020, Sergeant Donald Rosso, Police Officer Jesse Castellano, and Police Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons responded to the area of 156 2nd Street on a report of an individual breaking into vehicles, according to Hoboken Police.

Officers arrived and ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

September 19, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice ...

Hoboken Grace Offers Outdoor Religious Services Uptown

September 23, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - What was once an empty parking lot has been transformed to allow for Hoboken Grace to launch outdoor services every Sunday. If you’ve driven through the northern end of Hoboken, you may have seen the newly turfed space dotted with orange and white umbrellas. After months of meeting entirely online, Hoboken Grace has created a unique way for people to once again gather and ...

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REVIEW: Mile Square Theatre Kicks Off a Series of New Plays with the Vital “Sitting and Talking”

September 18, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - Six months into lockdown, how are you feeling? Stressed, tired, nervous, angry, worried, lonely, sad? Whichever emotions are pulsing through you these days, chances are they’re reflected, validated and celebrated in Mile Square Theatre’s production of Lisa Romeo’s new play, Sitting and Talking. This poignant and powerful play touches us at a moment when we all are ...

GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCE: Mile Square Theatre Offering Up Series of New Plays in the Virtual World

HOBOKEN, NJ - Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County, NJ’s premiere professional theatre, has commissioned seven new plays written specifically for the Zoom format. The four-part series begins September 18, and runs every weekend through October 11. The series begins with Lia Romeo’s charming, deeply heartfelt play Sitting and Talking, which follows a man and woman in their 60s as they ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

September 20, 2020

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

Paterson Will Pilot Guaranteed Income

“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) to advocate for direct, recurring cash payments to everyday ...

Hudson County Partnership with Non-Profit Lender Offers No Interest Pandemic Relief Loans

September 23, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Small business and non-profits across Hudson County will now have the opportunity to avail of interest free loans of up to $75,000 thanks to a $100,000 grant the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC) committed to New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) to help buy down interest rates for the Garden State Relief Fund.  

The HCEDC grant will ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

State Lawmaker Calling for Flu Vaccines for All Students in School, Child Care and Higher Ed

TRENTON, NJ – With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many health care experts are raising concerns about the impact of the upcoming flu season. Since patients may experience the same symptoms for the common flu and the coronavirus it can make it difficult to differentiate between them.

State lawmaker Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) wants to protect ...

West Coast Wildfires Bring Smoke to Northeast Skies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The prevailing haziness of the past few months is proving to be more than just mental today. That's because smoke from the massive wildfires impacting numerous locations along the West Coast of the United States has worked its way into the jetstream, creating a faint pall over East Coast skylines.

According to New York Metro Weather, "Visible satellite imagery shows ...

Two Women Create Wellness Subscription Box that Inspires Health and Healing

September 22, 2020

Two Women Create Wellness Subscription Box that Inspires Health and Healing

With a mission to heal and educate, Viver Joy boxes promote self-advocacy for one's health and inspire mind-body healing. 

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Aug. 10, 2020–Morristown, N.J. resident Vicki Barghout, MSPH and co-founder Jodi Hutchinson, P.A. are excited to launch Viver Joy, a subscription box curated to ...

Hudson County's Jose Arango Elected to Chair of Chairs

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Hudson County’s Republican Chairman Jose Arango was unanimously elected by his peers to serve as Chair of the Chairs of the NJ Republican Chairmen’s Association, an organization comprised of the twenty one (21) Republican County Chairs throughout New Jersey.

Assembly Republican Leader, Jon Bramnick, who was at the meeting said “Chairman Arango is liked ...