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After Coronavirus Diagnosis, Essex County Sheriff Fontoura Fights to Get Back to Front Lines

April 1, 2020

When Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, a longtime lawman who learned how to be a cop on the streets of Newark, found out that he has coronavirus, he was down, but not out.

In fact, Fontoura is yearning to get back into the fight against the pandemic plaguing his section of the world. 

"It's frustrating me forever that I'm not out there with my folks. I want to be ...

Pictures from the COVID-19 Battlefront: The Team at Holy Name Medical Center at Work

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Photojournalist Jeff Rhode’s images of doctors, nurses, EMTs, and custodial staffers at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck in hard-hit Bergen ...

Murphy Talks, Numbers, Ventilators, Field Hospitals, and "Knucklehead Parties" at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ - Using charts that graphically show how social distancing can significantly slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy today continued to vociferously urge New Jerseyans to follow his Executive Orders, saying, that Garden Staters "have always lived our lives punching above our weight" and called on citizens to "crush that curve even ...

Floyd Cardoz, Renowned Indian-American Chef, Dies After Testing Positive for COVID-19

VERONA, NJ - Floyd Cardoz, a renowned Indian-American chef and Verona resident, died Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19 a week ago.

Cardoz, who was 59 years old, was being treated at Mountainside Medical Center for the virus. 

Cardoz was returning from a trip to Mumbai on March 8 when he felt feverish. He admitted himself to a hospital in New York as a precaution. On his ...

NJ Governor Considers Mortgage Forbearance & Possible Partial State Quarantine During Coronavirus Epidemic

TRENTON, NJ - The governor announced help for those who may be struggling with mortgage payments and the possibility of a further New Jersey quarantine in his daily press conference today about COVID-19.

Financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19, according to an announcement by ...

Montclair Township: 10 Deaths from COVID-19, Nine in Long-Term Care Facility; 50 Positive Cases Total

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair Health Department reports that as of this Friday afternoon, the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Montclair is 50; 10 individuals did not survive the illness. All who passed away had underlying health conditions; nine were in long-term care facilities, according to officials.

On Thursday, they reported the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in ...

COVID-19 Surge May Come in 2-3 Weeks For Parts of State

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s top health official said that the number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of New Jersey could peak in the next two or three weeks.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said at a press conference Tuesday that positive cases in Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties could soon surge based on a projection made a day earlier by New York Gov. Andrew ...

No Standardized Tests for New Jersey Students this Year

SPARTA, NJ – The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Lamont Repollet announced today in a letter to school superintendents and administrators the spring testing have been canceled.

"We are pleased with the decision," Sparta Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said. "This decision removes one more burden that staff and administrators were ...

Livingston Woman Tests Positive After Death; Number of COVID-19 Cases Rises to 28

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Livingston increased to 28 on Monday, the Livingston Health Department (LHD) also announced the death of an 87-year-old Livingston resident who died as result of injuries sustained during a recent fall, but later tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

The woman, who has not been identified, was a patient at Saint ...

Murphy: 'There's a Special Place in Hell' For Price-gougers, Racists During Pandemic

TRENTON, NJ – Incidents of price gouging and racism aimed at Asian-Americans in New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis began prompted an irritated Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday to say, “There’s a special place in hell for the people who take advantage of this health crisis."

Murphy made the comment after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal reported there have been 1,400 ...


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South Orange Stop and Shop Provides Early-Hour Shopping to JESPY Clients

March 27, 2020

Stop and Shop is one of several grocery store chains across the county that have set aside shopping hours for seniors. The local South Orange Stop and Shop has taken that safety convenience a step further. The store and its managers were gracious enough to allow JESPY clients to shop for groceries on Thursday, March 26, 2020, during the early morning hour of 7:30am-8:30am.

   The ...

FEMA, CDC Identify Blood Donation as ‘Essential Function’; Donate Blood Today

Coronavirus responses have severely impacted the U.S. blood supply as Vitalant and other blood centers across the country are struggling to maintain stable inventories. With school closures and workers at home, 25% of Vitalant’s blood collections anticipated in March have disappeared—almost overnight. And that number continues to grow. Through the end of June, Vitalant—the ...

Millburn Library Closed to the Public for Two Weeks

​The Millburn Free Public Library will be closed to the public starting at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29, 2020.   All programs and events that were scheduled during this time period are cancelled.  

The library will tentatively re-open on Monday, March 30, conditions permitting.

The closure is to help control the spread of the COVID-19 ...

Millburn Township Road Closure Alert: Old Short Hills Road Southbound

March 24, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — According to a township alert sent out this morning, Old Short Hills Road is closed southbound at Great Hills Road until approximately 4:00 p.m. today.

The road will only be accessible to emergency vehicles during this time.