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Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Union County Residents Can Get Financial Help and More During the Coronavirus Through Virtual Workshop Presented by Union Public Library

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Residents  in need of food, financial assistance, or other support can learn how to get help at a virtual presentation sponsored by Union Public Library on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  

Juanita Ayala Vargas, VP of United Way of Greater Union County, and a representative from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will present with plenty ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

June 26, 2020

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, June 25. 

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

Linden High School Celebrates 441 Graduates at Virtual Graduation

LINDEN, NJ - The Linden High School Class of 2020 celebrated their four years of hard work and dedication during a virtual ceremony last Tuesday.

Four-hundred forty-one seniors were a part of the school's 110th commencement which was celebrated on YouTube for all to see. The usual ceremony, which would normally be held at the Tiger Stadium at Cooper Field athletic ...

Linden Board of Education Approves First Black Female Superintendent of Schools

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Board of Education members voted to appoint Dr. Marnie Hazelton to be the new superintendent of schools, making her the district’s first woman of color to hold the position permanently.

The board held a Special Meeting to hire Hazelton and she will take over the position on July 1 at a salary of $215,000 per year under a five-year contract.

“It is a great ...

Linden PD Enforces Sober Driving Independence Day Weekend

July 1, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police Department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign this Independence Day weekend.

Starting Friday, law enforcement will work to put an end to drunk driving as residents and visitors will see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

According to the U.S. Department of ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office to Disclose Names of Investigative Employees who Commit Major Disciplinary Infractions

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Tuesday. 

The procedure also requires the ...

Police Arrest Linden Man in Connection with Bridgewater Homicide

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of West Orange resident Roobino Philemon late Saturday night after police say the victim tried to gain access to a birthday party at a residence on Bayberry Road, but was told to leave, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Hafeez A. Brown, 33 of Exeter Road, Linden was arrested and ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

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, June 25. 

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

Linden's Summer Concerts Set to Begin on July 7; Residents Only to Attend

July 3, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the City of Linden Summer Concert Series will begin for Linden residents on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

The concerts are held at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade located at 400 North Wood Avenue and will begin with country perfomers Tequila Rose.

While city officials are looking forward to having the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Amusement Parks, Playgrounds Will Reopen at 50% Limits in Time for July 4 Weekend

TRENTON, NJ— Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols.

“It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen next Thursday, July 2…this includes the rides on our ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

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, June 25. 

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

FDA Warns Against Certain Hand-Sanitizer Products from Mexico

June 28, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – The FDA has published an advisory to the public not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA deCV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” read the advisory.

An increased awareness for hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Long-Term Care Facilities Can Arrange Outdoor Visits in NJ Beginning Father’s Day 

NEW JERSEY — On Father’s Day, months of isolation will end for many of New Jersey’s 70,000 residents relegated indoors at long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Friday that such visits must be held outdoors and follow a set of safeguards necessary in light of the devastating impact the virus has had ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

Linden PD Enforces Sober Driving Independence Day Weekend

July 1, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police Department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign this Independence Day weekend.

Starting Friday, law enforcement will work to put an end to drunk driving as residents and visitors will see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

According to the U.S. Department of ...

Linden PD Enforces Sober Driving Independence Day Weekend

July 1, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police Department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign this Independence Day weekend.

Starting Friday, law enforcement will work to put an end to drunk driving as residents and visitors will see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

According to the U.S. Department of ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office to Disclose Names of Investigative Employees who Commit Major Disciplinary Infractions

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Tuesday. 

The procedure also requires the ...

Police Arrest Linden Man in Connection with Bridgewater Homicide

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of West Orange resident Roobino Philemon late Saturday night after police say the victim tried to gain access to a birthday party at a residence on Bayberry Road, but was told to leave, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Hafeez A. Brown, 33 of Exeter Road, Linden was arrested and ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

June 30, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

Union County Residents Can Get Financial Help and More During the Coronavirus Through Virtual Workshop Presented by Union Public Library

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Residents  in need of food, financial assistance, or other support can learn how to get help at a virtual presentation sponsored by Union Public Library on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  

Juanita Ayala Vargas, VP of United Way of Greater Union County, and a representative from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will present with plenty ...

Students Brighten up Downtown Westfield With Rainbow Crosswalk

WESTFIELD, NJ — It was dark when they started at 4 a.m. at the intersection of Quimby and Elm Streets Friday, but by the time they completed the project the sun reflected off the streetscape brighter than it ever has before.

Students from Westfield High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance and the school’s literary arts magazine, Folio, painted a rainbow crosswalk at the ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

Community Access Unlimited Receives $2,000 in Covid-19 Support

July 3, 2020

The Irish Business Association (IBA) of New Jersey has donated $6,000 to four local organizations to support their Covid-19 efforts. The association donated $2,000 to the nonprofits Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services and Community Access Unlimited and $1,000 each to the Trinitas Health Foundation and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Community Access Unlimited is an Elizabeth-based statewide ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...