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July 28, 2021

MADISON, NJ -  After waiting for Morris County to certify the borough's tax rate, Madison councilwoman Astri Baillie announced that tax bills will be mailed out this Friday. Payments are due August 1, 2021 but grace period will be allowed and no penalties will be assessed if payment is received, ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday to address the state's lead exposure and its harmful effects on public health and child development by signing a package of bills aimed protecting New Jersey’s families from lead poisoning. The legislation, which will ...

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Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden. Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Rental Assistance is still available to qualified families and can also assist landlords, announced Morris County officials. Legal Services of New Jersey  warned renters not to ignore court notices related to settlement of eviction actions. New Jersey’s COVID-19 moratorium on ...

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Summer means hot and often dry weather for many gardeners. Keep your garden looking its best with less water and maintenance throughout the summer. Spread a layer of organic mulch like leaves, evergreen needles or wood chips on the soil surrounding plants. This helps keep plant roots cool, ...

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Resident hits her creative stride at New Jersey community NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living-managed community in New Providence, N.J., is a popular choice for seniors who want the convenience of onsite amenities as well as the freedom to pursue hobbies and leisure ...

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TRENTON, NJ – This Spring, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said. "This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment ...

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Changes to Eligibility Will Help Thousands of Utility Customers Behind on Their Utility Bills Trenton, N.J.——The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today approved changes to the Universal Service Fund (USF) program to provide relief to more New Jerseyans who have been unable to pay their gas ...

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Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease. The first steps to growing a productive vegetable garden and protecting your harvest begin with proper planning and ...

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NEW JERSEY -- A new study by WalletHub ranks New Jersey as the Best State to Live In. The annual listing gave the Garden State high ranks for safety, education and healthcare, and quality of life. It ranked 49th in affordability, however. New Jersey edged Massachusetts for the top spot, while ...

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MADISON, NJ -  The Madison Environmental Commission is encouraging Madison residents to grow milkweed and to do so, they are offering FREE milkweed plants to Madison. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies lay their eggs on. Their caterpillars depend on milkweed leaves for food.

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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- Black bear sightings have been reported throughout Morris County. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife offers the following bear safety tips on its website. Black bears by nature tend to be wary of humans and avoid people. If, ...

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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Larval mosquito control operations are scheduled for Mon June 7 between approximately 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. via helicopter. Morris County Mosquito Control will be applying granular larvicide to the Passaic, Rockaway, and Whippany River flood plains with a helicopter, with the aid ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – As the town approaches June 30, the date when utility shutdowns are expected to resume in New Jersey, residents in need of assistance can turn to several resources for help.   The utility shut-off moratorium prevented public and private utility companies from turning off gas, ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Walking out of your townhouse and stepping into a gym is a luxury few people can experience.  Having it be a cool, unique part of your spacious and luxurious community is something that is truly rare to find. Now you can experience all the above.  There is a new gym at the ...

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NEW JERSEY - Well, Jersey Girls and Guys, we mostly endured a hurricane, a pandemic, some flooding, lantern fly infestation, and a temporary shortage of toilet tissue, but nobody (outside the science community) could have predicted this -- a cicada invasion.  Get ready for the shed shells, the ...

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A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the ...

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MADISON, NJ - The Madison Water Department is asking residents  to restrict their water use during June, July and August. The Madison Water Department is asking all residents and businesses to observe voluntary water use restrictions,through the summer months, said borough officials. Outdoor ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has announced that their fountain is now officially open! Stop by their gardens for a relaxing stroll through the rose beds, or linger in a shady spot down in the shade garden for a bit of respite. The gardens are open to the public, FREE daily ...

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TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey utility customers struggling to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a temporary statewide law preventing essential utilities from being disconnected. But that moratorium on utility shutoffs ends June 30 when an executive order called by New Jersey Gov.

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has announced that their fountain is now officially open! Stop by their gardens for a relaxing stroll through the rose beds, or linger in a shady spot down in the shade garden for a bit of respite. The gardens are open to the public, FREE daily ...

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Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers. Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation care easier.

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S968/A2836) that will require public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials and require landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels. “We must continue to take ...

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NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing. Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden. “There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who ...

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MADISON, NJ- The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Fire Extinguisher Inspections on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm.  The location for the inspections will be held outdoors on the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street.  The fee for extinguisher tagging is $15, ...

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Increase your growing success by giving your transplants a good start with a few simple planting techniques. Preparing them for the transition outdoors and planting properly will help you grow your best garden yet. Transplants started indoors from seed or purchased at a local garden center or ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - As a renter, do you know your rights? Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (LSNWJ) will hold "Renters Rights in NJ" Workshop at 7 p.m. on April 29. This virtual education workshop will cover what tenants should know about leases, security deposits, issues with condition, ...

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NEW JERSEY - Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape. Make room in mixed borders and gardens for these spring bloomers. Use varieties with ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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NEW JERSEY -Utility shut offs are currently suspended for New Jersey residents, but bills are not forgiven, said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and NJBPU President Fiordaliso. To set up a payment plan, call the utility company. Customers can also apply for assistance from the state.   Sign up ...

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