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Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

June 13, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Applicants for a NJ Driver License Can Now Submit an Affidavit in Lieu of Social Security Number or ITIN

TRENTON – Are you in need of a NJ driver license or non-drive ID card but don't have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? No problem. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), as of June 1, 2021, will allow applicants without a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to submit a sworn affidavit to meet ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without masks or social distancing, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have been ...

New Jersey Trapped in India Amid COVID Returns Home

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday welcomed home Ashu Mahajan, a Scotch Plains resident who recently traveled to India to visit his ailing father and became trapped by tightening COVID-19 restrictions.

Sen. Menendez celebrated the man's return at a ceremony held at Brookside Park in Scotch ...

Murphy Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Keeps Mask Mandate in Place

TRENTON, NJ— For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Camden Police Reform Is a 'Model’ for Other Cities

CAMDEN, NJ —This city has little in common with Ithaca, New York.

Yet that scenic upstate New York college town is the latest community looking to duplicate many of Camden’s police reforms as the framework for overhauling its police department. It intends to dismantle its police force, partner with the county government, and retrain rehired and new officers to better interact with ...

Murphy Appoints First Woman to Serve as State's Adjutant General

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 ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

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Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

June 13, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Applicants for a NJ Driver License Can Now Submit an Affidavit in Lieu of Social Security Number or ITIN

TRENTON – Are you in need of a NJ driver license or non-drive ID card but don't have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? No problem. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), as of June 1, 2021, will allow applicants without a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to submit a sworn affidavit to meet ...

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Want a Greener Hudson County? Let's Get Growing

Summer is here, and for those with a green thumb, gardens are ready to start blooming! For those of us that haven't quite gotten started, it's not too late to get growing! 

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Why not? Planting a garden can enhance your home by increasing the green space and makes for a rewarding experience. With some effort, some water and the right weather, you can enjoy such ...

HCCC Construction Management Degree Program, Expanded STEM Programming, and Broadened Community Partnerships are the Focus of the $300K Grant.

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) “New to Advanced Technological Education” grant that will enhance areas of study at the College. The nearly $300,000 grant will support career opportunities for community members leading to a better educated and more skilled workforce for area ...

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Area Residents Get Tax Help Through Felician University Program

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Area residents including senior citizens, low-income residents, persons with disabilities, and taxpayers with limited English-speaking skills had access to free tax assistance thanks to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program once again hosted by Felician University 

Felician, under the leadership of Professor Joseph Lizza has participated in the nation-wide ...

Felician University Named Military Friendly for 9th Year

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Felician University has received the designation of Military Friendly School by Military Friendly ®, which recognizes educational institutions that strongly support programming for veteran students, or the ninth consecutive year, Felician University received the 2021-2022 Military Friendly status of Silver.

Felician strives to enhance the university experience of student ...

Dem Chair Leads Pride Flag Raisings Across Hudson County

June 8, 2021

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - June has long been recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month, partly in honor of the Stonewall riots which took place in Greenwich Village in June 1969.

The protest not only began a major change in policing policies regarding the gay community, but began a national movement that eventually led to establishing of gay rights backed up monumental rulings from the U.S. Supreme ...

Hudson County Officials Ask for Community Input in Stepped Up Fight Against Food Insecurity

JERSEY CITY, NJ - While efforts to combat the health impact of COVID-19 appear to be working, those that have been established to deal with the economic fallout will need more time to take hold, officials have said.

Some of these issues, such as food insecurity, existed well before the deadly virus began its global spread, but gained more attention as the pandemic greatly increased the number ...

Hudson County Rolls Out Mobile Vaccination Unit

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County officials have teamed up with the Hudson Regional Health Commission and the Vaccine Task Force to launch a new mobile vaccination unit that will serve as a popup clinic in neighborhoods throughout the county. 

The new unit, a small passenger bus that has been repurposed and outfitted to administer vaccines in the back half of the vehicle, will allow the ...

Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

June 13, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Applicants for a NJ Driver License Can Now Submit an Affidavit in Lieu of Social Security Number or ITIN

TRENTON – Are you in need of a NJ driver license or non-drive ID card but don't have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? No problem. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), as of June 1, 2021, will allow applicants without a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to submit a sworn affidavit to meet ...

30 Court in Downtown Morristown Hits 85% Leased

June 12, 2021

PCD Development is touting yet another leasing milestone at 30 Court, the boutique four-story luxury rental building in downtown Morristown, NJ.  The collection of just 58 oversized homes has achieved the notable mark of 85% leased, according to the New Providence, N.J.-based developer.

Featuring a mix of 58 two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den homes with expansive living spaces that ...

Clarus Glen Ridge Luxury Rental Community to Open for Leasing in July

JMF Properties announced today that its newest residential community, Clarus Glen Ridge, is nearing completion, with a July grand opening expected.

Located on Baldwin Avenue, just steps from downtown Montclair and NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street train station, Clarus Glen Ridge will soon deliver a collection of 110 modern rental residences and lavish amenities to the desirable borough of Glen ...

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Opinion: The Pompidou Center is a High Price that our Residents can not Afford

June 13, 2021

The council members of Jersey City need to understand the responsibility they have on their shoulders when it comes to expanding the monies and resources of our residents. I strongly believe arts is the language of culture and diversity, which define the essence of our great city. However, the project of the Pompidou Center in Jersey City is a high price that our residents can not afford, ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

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The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

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Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

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