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Murphy Marks Vaccine Eligibility Expansion, Addresses Communities of Color COVID-19 Concerns in Newark

March 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy visited a COVID-19 vaccination site in Newark on Tuesday to underscore New Jersey’s vaccine eligibility expansion, as well as encourage communities of color to sign up for the vital shots.

“Congratulations! How do you feel?” Murphy said to Leslie Wiliams, a food services worker for the Orange school district, who was the first person ...

Watson Coleman and Malinowski Speak Out Against PennEast Pipeline

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS 7 AND 12:  Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) released a statement criticizing the Department of Justice for defending the construction of the PennEast Pipeline. The controversial project has sparked outrage among New Jersey Democrats and has inspired legislative actions to thwart the proposal. Her statement, along with Congressman Tom Malinowksi (D-7), ...

It's Elliot Stabler: "Law and Order: Organized Crime" Films in Middlesex County

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - This Thursday, Middlesex County officials got to meet Chris Meloni and some Law and Order: Organized Crime crew members as they set up to film at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Training Center in Edison. Filming gave some locals a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the new series.  However, there are no spoilers here, ...

New Jersey Public Schools Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report

NEW JERSEY -- In its new rankings of public schools nationwide, U.S. News & World Report said New Jersey is the state with the country’s top education system and is number one in pre-school enrollment.       

“Investments in our students are investments in the future of our state, and I am incredibly proud that our schools have been ranked number one in the ...

Rutgers University to Divest From Fossil Fuels

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will divest from fossil fuel investments following approval today by the university’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.

The decision follows the recommendation of an ad hoc committee of faculty, students and staff formed to consider a fossil fuel divestment request from a student group, the Endowment Justice Collective.

“This ...

When To Cancel and Not to Cancel Your Vaccine Appointment

CAMDEN, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner says their office has learned of residents canceling their two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccine appointments in order to stand by for a Johnson & Johnson shot, which requires just one shot.

Commissioner Judy Persichilli advised against it Monday afternoon during Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press briefing from ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Felton Jones Advances in 'Favorite Chef' Competition; $50,000 Prize Goes to the Winner

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Lifelong Fanwood resident and the catering genius behind Savory Selections in downtown Scotch Plains has made it to the semi-final round of the Favorite Chef competition. 

Chefs from around the globe are competing in this online competition to be named the world's Favorite Chef, receive a $50,000 cash prize, and be featured in a two-page advertising spread ...

Summit Public School District Moving to Five-Day Single Session In-Person Instruction Next Month

SUMMIT, NJ - In a three-page flyer sent to parents of Summit Public Schools students, the Summit School District has announced the expansion of in-person learning for students in Grades 6-12. The plan will begin as early as April 12, as the District "will be phasing out the Maroon and Gold rotation and welcoming students in grades 6-12 for in-person learning five days a week on a single ...

With ‘Impulse’ Art, Downtown Westfield Takes a Shine to Lighted Seesaws

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Bob Zuckerman was appointed to lead Downtown Westfield Corporation last year, he said he wanted to make the downtown “sparkle and shine.”

And shining it is, at least in the North Avenue parking lot of the Westfield Train Station, where 15 lighted seesaws have been set up as part of a playful art installation — Impulse — aimed at attracting ...

NJDOH: Legionnaires’ Disease Cluster in Union County Under Investigation

TRENTON, NJ — An investigation of a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Union County is underway by the New Jersey Department of Health. The NJDOH is aware of 14 confirmed cases, including one death, among individuals who live in or spend time in the county.

The cases were reported to NJDOH between February 3 and February 26. The department is working with local health ...

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Imagine Seeking New Executive Director

May 5, 2021

2021 marks the tenth year that Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, has been providing support to grieving children, teenagers and families. This year will also mark an important transition in the organization. Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, Mary Robinson, has decided to step out of her role as Executive Director to dedicate her time as Founder of Imagine to outreach, ...

New Jersey Becomes 9th State Accepted into AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

TRENTON, NJ — The Department of Human Services and AARP New Jersey announced that New Jersey has become the ninth state accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which works to make communities supportive and accessible places to live for people of all ages.

“In New Jersey, we are making vital investments to help enhance the quality of life for everyone, ...

Summit Medical Group Foundation announces Next Generation Scholarship for 2021

Summit Medical Group Foundation (SMGF) wants health care to be accessible to everyone in the communities they serve. Easing the financial burden for tomorrow’s health care professionals can help make that happen, which is why SMGF is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Next Generation Scholarship program. To learn more, visit ...

As hurricane season nears, IRS reminds people to prepare for natural disasters

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

In the last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared major disasters following hurricanes, tropical storms, ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

May 5, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

Impact100 Essex Announces Start of 2021 Grant Cycle

 

Impact100 Essex announced the start of its 2021 grant cycle and held an information session with Essex County nonprofits. The organization has $100,000 available to give away to deserving establishments. At the April 20 session, over 60 organizations from across the county attended to learn about the grant application process. 

“We were pleased to see so ...

Millburn Fire Helping Newark Keep Warm This Winter

MILLBURN, NJ - On my way back from a morning Navy assignment, I stopped by Millburn Firehouse 2 at Gero Park to drop off coats. Once again, when there's a need, Millburn Fire answers the call.

Since 2015, the firefighters of the Millburn Fire Department has been supporting St. John's Church in Newark with an annual winter coat drive. Coats gathered at the station will be delivered to ...

New Jersey Becomes 9th State Accepted into AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

May 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The Department of Human Services and AARP New Jersey announced that New Jersey has become the ninth state accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which works to make communities supportive and accessible places to live for people of all ages.

“In New Jersey, we are making vital investments to help enhance the quality of life for everyone, ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...