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Despite Overwhelming Support from Parents Longtime Principal at Ethical Community Charter School Opts for Retirement, Sources Say

August 4, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Unable to convince a majority of The Ethical Community Charter School board to remove four of its members, principal Marta Bergamini appears to have opted for retirement.

In late June the school announced via an online post that Bergamini, in the position for 11 years, would not be returning to the school in September because of an inability to come to terms on her ...

Citing COVID Concerns Nearly Half of Jersey City Teachers Say They Prefer Remote Learning to Start New School Year

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A survey of Jersey City teachers indicated that more than 200 of the district’s 3,000 teachers may not be willing to enter classrooms in September due to COVID-19 concerns. The district conducted a survey to see how many teachers intended to return either through in class teaching or distance learning.

Slightly more than half the total teachers responded to the survey, ...

Murphy: 'Providing Educational Flexibility to the Kids, That’s What It Is About'

TRENTON, NJ – Education was a main focus of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Friday afternoon.

Earlier, he announced that parents who want their children to do online learning only would not be required to send their kids to school.

“This is not going to be a normal school year. It is going to be hard. It will be a challenge to ...

Jersey City Parents Will Have Option of All Remote Learning for Children in September

JERSEY CITY, NJ - While parents will have the option to continue home-schooling their children as they have since classrooms were closed in March, the Jersey City Public School District plans on alternating in-school learning with remote learning five days a week. This according to Superintendent Franklin Walker.

On Monday Governor Phil Murphy clarified his Administration’s ...

NJCU Special Needs Program Saved – For The Moment

JERSEY CITY, NJ -When graduating students from The A. Harry Moore Laboratory School (AHM) gathered at Bayonne’s Chandelier restaurant in June 2019, they thought they might be the last class from a program that started almost 80 years ago.

Last week, however, the Jersey City Board of Education and New Jersey City University (NJCU) announced that an agreement has been which could give ...

NJ to Spend $115 million to Give Every Student a Computer, WiFi

IRVINGTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy moved Thursday to put a computer in every student’s hands and internet connectivity in their homes.

The initiative to bridge the so-called digital divide in New Jersey will cost $115 million and will be paid for mostly with federal grants. The rest will come from the Coronavirus Relief Fund ($44 million) and state-directed CARES Act money from the ...

Parents Strike Back, BOT Reverses Decision on Termination of Popular Principal at Jersey City Charter School

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Board of Trustees at The Ethical Community Charter School changed course from a previous decision, voting on July 8 to continue negotiations with a popular school principal. Specifically, the body voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution that said that they would “offer Ms. Bergamini an appropriate renewal contract as principal as soon as possible.”

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Firing of Principal Raises Concerns for Charter School's Future

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The termination of a principal at The Ethical Community Charter School has outraged parents and students and has many fearing the school may not survive.

According to the school’s website, The Ethical Community Charter School is a public charter school promoting the ideals of ethics, service, and social justice within a demanding, well-rounded academic curriculum. The ...

Jersey City BOE Says No to Raises for Top Adminstrators

JERSEY CITY, NJ - After getting significant criticism, the Jersey City Board of Education voted to put off giving a two percent raise to the district’s highest paid administrators.

The board unanimously voted on June 25 to table the annual contract renewal for three assistant superintendents and the district business administrator. The raises would have come at a time when the district ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude the most ...

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Hoboken, Jersey City Pummeled by Powerful Storm; Widepsread Flooding and Damage Reported

July 23, 2020

HUDSON COUNTY - Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a powerful storm bore down on Hoboken and Jersey City, bringing torrential rains and fearsome winds. A half-hour later, the extent of flooding and other damages began to come into focus.

Jersey City Heights saw trees ripped down and flash flooding along Palisade Avenue. Hoboken's flooding was infinitely worse, as rain coming down the Viaduct ...

Murphy to Partiers: ‘This Is No Time to Be Vying for Induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame’

July 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday.

He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was disappointed that over the past four days, there have been roughly 2,000 new positive ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Are You Partying Indoors? Governor Murphy Wants You to Stop

TRENTON, NJ — In his Monday press briefing Governor Phil Murphy pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will ...

Maridian Properties Implements Enhanced Safety and Health Procedures for Employees and Tenants Returning to Work

July 31, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ – Maridian Properties, a Hoboken-based real estate developer and property manager with more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space and 200 residential units under management, has implemented a detailed re-occupancy plan that allows its commercial tenants and corporate employees to return to the workplace in a safe and healthy manner.

The plan includes enhanced ...

Leasing to Launch in September for DVORA 175 in Downtown Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A nearly-completed 14-story residential building in Downtown Jersey City officially has a name and a launch timeline. Leasing will kick off in September for DVORA 175, a new collection of 148 luxury rental residences and a fresh take on resident living. The announcement coincides with the launch of a teaser website at www.DVORA175.com, where prospective ...

Forty Percent of Readers Buy from TAPinto Advertisers, Survey Finds

TAPinto readers are civically engaged, read TAPinto frequently, and buy products or use services from TAPinto advertisers, the 2020 TAPinto Reader Survey found.  More than 4,000 readers took the survey, which took place in June.

The survey found:

Additional findings:

●     37% of readers view a business more favorably if they advertise on ...