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Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

May 31, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Frday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

NJ Medical Director On ‘Mask Droop Syndrome,’ COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slightly Up for 2nd Day

TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.”

“We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with glasses fogging up [and] that it is difficult ...

Somerville Train Commuters Can Look Forward to Portal Bridge Upgrade

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the Federal Railroad Administration has committed $91.5 million to help replace the century-old Portal Bridge across the Hackensack River, a vital span on the Northeast Corridor rail line shared by NJTRANSIT and Amtrak.

 "This is a huge win for our state, for our commuters and for the future of our economy, and quite frankly given ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

Gov. Murphy References COVID-19 Toll on Veterans at Memorial Day Service; NJ Death Toll Continues to Drop

TRENTON, NJ -- On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter that New Jersey had 965 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, pushing the state total to 155,092. Among those cases, 2,755 are in hospitals, 719 are in critical or intensive care, and 540 are on ventilators. He also reported 16 new deaths.

"Sadly, we’ve lost 16 more New Jerseyans," Murphy ...

Murphy: Groups of 25 Can Now Gather Outdoors

NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols. 

“So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout you may do so, so long as social distance and ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Murphy Order Puts Some Non-Essential Businesses Back to Work

TRENTON, NJ – Amid the pandemic, New Jersey’s shut down of non-essential businesses resulted in over a million unemployment claims. Today, Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement will put some of the claimants back to work as non-essential construction resumes. Non-essential retail stores may also begin offering curbside pickup.

Murphy’s order becomes effective Monday, May ...

Assembly Minority Leader Calls for Legislative Hearings on Reopening NJ

WESTFIELD, NJ — The state Assembly’s minority leader is calling for legislative hearings on reopening the state.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield, on Tuesday said decisions on reopening New Jersey should not be made behind closed doors.

“I’m deeply concerned that we don’t have enough information flowing out of Trenton to answer the questions of the people, ...

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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 Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County Freeholders Honor Class of 2020 with Banners and #UCGraduate Social Media Campaign

May 24, 2020

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is honoring graduates throughout Union County with banners at selected County parks and County roads. In addition, students can use the #UCGraduate hash tag to share graduation photos, which will be collected in a collage and posted on the County website.

Placement of the banners began on Friday, May 22 and will continue into next ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...