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‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted on Halsey Street and MLK Boulevard in Newark

June 30, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Rain poured down on Newark on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t bother the group of volunteers and spectators who convened on Halsey Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to paint a bright yellow message in giant letters on the street: “ABOLISH WHITE SUPREMACY, ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

They danced and laughed to music with hands stained by ...

Amusement Parks, Playgrounds Will Reopen at 50% Limits in Time for July 4 Weekend

TRENTON, NJ— Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols.

“It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen next Thursday, July 2…this includes the rides on our ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed and Casinos Can Reopen with Limits on July 2

TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

On a day when personal care services, such as barber shops and hair ...

Some South Jersey Farmers Won’t Let Seasonal Workers Be Tested for COVID-19

July 4, 2020

Refusals come just as migrant-worker population starts to rise steeply, with as many as 10,000 laborers per week arriving from states where COVID-19 cases are increasing

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

A roadblock has ...

The Willowbrook Mall Reopens

WAYNE, NJ – For Three months, the doors of the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne have been closed and the grand halls, housing hundreds of stores, were dark and quiet. On Monday, with little fanfare, but great relief to many, the mall doors opened and the quiet halls filled with happy shoppers and even happier workers relieved to have their jobs back.

On a hot and humid day, the air-conditioned ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Montclair Hires New Assistant Superintendent with Ties to Parker; Current Board Member in Union Twp.

July 2, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Five days before the departure of Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker, a new Assistant Superintendent was approved by the Board during the June 25 meeting.

Kalisha Morgan will begin her duties as Assistant Superintendent in Montclair Public Schools on Monday, July 6 at $178,000 a year salary, according to the Board resolution.

Since July of 2018, Morgan has ...

Goodbye Interim Parker, Hello Superintendent Ponds: Montclair Schools Welcomes New Superintendent

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker bids farewell to the Montclair Public Schools. Tuesday, June 30 was his last day in the district.

Parker's tenure in Montclair was riddled with controversy. He came to the district in August of 2019, after the unexpected resignation of Kendra Johnson.

Then, in the fall of 2019, Parker came under fire after having stated during a ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

League of Women Voters, NAACP to Rally July 1 in Montclair for Votes Not Counted

June 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The League of Women Voters and NAACP will host a rally in Montclair to bring awareness that 10% of the votes cast in the Montclair election were not counted and to press for changes to avoid this from occurring again.

The rally will take place outside of the Montclair Municipal Building, located at 205 Claremont Avenue on Wednesday, July 1, at 10 ...

Ferry Street Embarks on its COVID-19 Comeback

July 2, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — On a balmy Thursday evening in the Ironbound, the disaffected echoing of bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto can be heard emanating from the corner of Ferry and Jefferson streets, drawing passersby to a quaint sidewalk dining setup that brings a classic Brazil to mind. 

Luiz Campos, one of the owners of the family-run Sabor Unido, just purchased and arranged the wicker ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed and Casinos Can Reopen with Limits on July 2

TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

On a day when personal care services, such as barber shops and hair ...

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Community Outreach Efforts in Montclair Reach Tens of Thousands of People

July 3, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Community Outreach Program for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has a mission to deliver food donations to ministries within the community and bring food to those who find themselves in a time of need. Eventhough the church building was closed and combined with another parish, volunteers from OLMC still serve the community together. 

The group consists of ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

New Montclair Council Takes Office; Governor Murphy Swears In Mayor Spiller

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The quadrennial reorganization meeting of the Montclair Township Council on July 1, which involved the inauguration of the incoming mayor and council, began fifteen minutes earlier than usual. 

The earlier start time, though, was not the biggest surprise of the meeting.  The big surprise was that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was in attendance to administer the oath ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

After Clashing with Protesters, Allegedly Making Nazi Salute, Mountainside Medical Center Recruiter Relieved of Her Duties

July 4, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A woman has been fired from working at Mountainside Medical Center after videos surfaced of her yelling at Black Lives Matter protesters at a counter-protest in Nutley.

Twitter users reported that Valerie Pastore, of Nutley, NJ Was seen at an anti-Black Lives Matter protest on June 26 screaming at protesters and allegedly making the Nazi salute.

The very tense standoff in ...

Some South Jersey Farmers Won’t Let Seasonal Workers Be Tested for COVID-19

Refusals come just as migrant-worker population starts to rise steeply, with as many as 10,000 laborers per week arriving from states where COVID-19 cases are increasing

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

A roadblock has ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

After Clashing with Protesters, Allegedly Making Nazi Salute, Mountainside Medical Center Recruiter Relieved of Her Duties

July 4, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A woman has been fired from working at Mountainside Medical Center after videos surfaced of her yelling at Black Lives Matter protesters at a counter-protest in Nutley.

Twitter users reported that Valerie Pastore, of Nutley, NJ Was seen at an anti-Black Lives Matter protest on June 26 screaming at protesters and allegedly making the Nazi salute.

The very tense standoff in ...

A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at 12:23 ...

League of Women Voters, NAACP to Rally July 1 in Montclair for Votes Not Counted

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The League of Women Voters and NAACP will host a rally in Montclair to bring awareness that 10% of the votes cast in the Montclair election were not counted and to press for changes to avoid this from occurring again.

The rally will take place outside of the Montclair Municipal Building, located at 205 Claremont Avenue on Wednesday, July 1, at 10 ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

June 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory

June 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY - A joint incoming travel advisory has been announced by New Jersey Governor Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. 

The joint incoming travel advisory states that individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, must quarantine for a 14 day period, the governor's announced in a joint statement.

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The Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event to Take Place in Irvington

July 4, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County's next Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 9, in Orange Park in Irvington to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

July 3, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

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5 Home Renovations with the Highest Return

July 3, 2020

As a homeowner, you know that allocating dollars to the continued upkeep of your property is necessary to maintain its value over the long-term. On the other hand, the enhancements, upgrades or renovations you may want to make are not created equal when it comes to adding value or guaranteeing a high return on investment.

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