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NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

August 4, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

During COVID Briefing, Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, and Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was ...

Linden Public Schools Stock Up on Sanitary Supplies to Fight COVID-19

July 29, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Public Schools are focused on being prepared when students return to the classroom.

Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Lawrence Miranda ran down the list of supplies the district has stocked up on to make sure schools are sanitized and that students and staff are well-stocked to meet the challenge of COVID-19, whenever in-person classes resume.

Miranda said he began ...

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 ...

Linden Elementary Schools Awarded NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition

LINDEN, NJ - Five of Linden’s elementary schools have been recognized by the New Jersey Safe Routes to School (NJ SRTS) program for encouraging students to walk or bike to school.

NJ Safe Routes to School, which is created and supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, focuses on enabling and encouraging safer ...

Linden Man Faces Charges After Violent Parking Dispute with Carteret Woman

August 3, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man has been served with disorderly persons charges stemming from his role in a dispute over a parking spot, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart said in a joint statement on Friday.

According to the statement, David M. Beardsley, 60, of Linden, has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, ...

Linden Fire Department Promotes First African American Officer

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Fire Department has named Anthony Holland as the first African American in the city's 104-year history to hold the position as Lieutenant.

Holland was promoted to the rank on Wednesday, July 29, during an outdoor promotional ceremony that was held at Linden Fire Headquarters.

A seven-year veteran of the department, Holland ranked an impressive #5 on the State of New ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

August 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

During COVID Briefing, Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, and Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was ...

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, July 29, 2020, in Trenton.

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 ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

August 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

During COVID Briefing, Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, and Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 20 percent of Union County, thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours ...

During COVID Briefing, Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, and Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was ...

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

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, July 29, 2020, in Trenton.

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 ...

Linden Man Faces Charges After Violent Parking Dispute with Carteret Woman

August 3, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man has been served with disorderly persons charges stemming from his role in a dispute over a parking spot, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart said in a joint statement on Friday.

According to the statement, David M. Beardsley, 60, of Linden, has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Linden Man Faces Charges After Violent Parking Dispute with Carteret Woman

August 3, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man has been served with disorderly persons charges stemming from his role in a dispute over a parking spot, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart said in a joint statement on Friday.

According to the statement, David M. Beardsley, 60, of Linden, has been charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, ...

Linden Fire Department Promotes First African American Officer

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Fire Department has named Anthony Holland as the first African American in the city's 104-year history to hold the position as Lieutenant.

Holland was promoted to the rank on Wednesday, July 29, during an outdoor promotional ceremony that was held at Linden Fire Headquarters.

A seven-year veteran of the department, Holland ranked an impressive #5 on the State of New ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

July 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

Clark FD Responds to Overturned Vehicle on GSP Tuesday Morning

August 4, 2020

CLARK, NJ — The Clark Fire and Police Departments responded to an overturned car on the Garden State Parkway  around 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Fire Capt. Ryan Might said there were no passengers, and the driver exited the vehicle without injury.

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Union County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Use of Force Amid Calls for Reform

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing.

At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts answered pre-submitted questions on use of force policies and discussed how to ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Sports Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

NJ Human Services Announces $38.5 Million in Additional Food Assistance

August 3, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

August Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to $219M Since March

(TRENTON) – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in August to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 

 

It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...