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Paddle Boats Reopen at South Mountain Recreation Complex

June 3, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Paddle boating at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex will reopen on Friday with new procedures for sanitation and to promote social distancing.  

“With the weather getting warmer and people looking for things to do outside, we are pleased to be able to reopen paddle boating for the Memorial Day weekend,” County Executive ...

LGBT Pride Month Celebrated in Lights on Nutley Town Hall

NUTLEY, NJ  - Town hall was lit up with the colors of the rainbow flag Monday night in honor of Pride Month.

June is Pride Month in the United States. The month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riot in 1969.

Two American presidents have formally acknowledged Pride month with proclamations while in office: William J. Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2019, Donald J. Trump marked Pride ...

Junior League of Montclair-Newark’s 2020 Walnut Street Fair is Going Virtual

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Junior League of Montclair-Newark (JLMN) announced it is hosting their annual spring street fair online this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual event will take place over a three day period from June 1st  - June 3rd  2020 and will feature social media postings promoting the event sponsors, ­­­many local artists and ...

Montclair Burger Restaurant Raises Funds For Minnesota Freedom Fund

June 2, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Local Montclair eatery, Stuffed Grassfed Burgers, has raised funds to support the Minnesota Freedom Fund. All profit made on May 30 was donated to support the cause of justice, organizers wrote on Facebook. 

This was in response to national outrage over the killing of an African-American man in Minneapolis. George Floyd was handcuffed while police officers ...

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's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels.

Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3% - the highest level since the state first started recording the ...

Montclair Leaders to Discuss Racism in America with Police Department, Launch Week of Action

June 2, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Several groups in Montclair are collaborating to host activities and virtual discussions on race relations in America, according to officials.

In response to national outrage over the killing of a man in Minneapolis, protests and civil unrest has sparked across the nation. George Floyd was handcuffed while police officers kneeled on his body, including his neck for nearly ...

Rutgers Virtual University Commencement Schedule; Judith Persichelli Addresses Camden Class

NEW JERSEY - An estimated 18,967 graduates will receive degrees from Rutgers this year (13,057 degrees and one artistic diploma from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, 4,090 from Rutgers University-Newark, and 1,819 from Rutgers University-Camden). They include approximately 12,304 baccalaureate degrees, 4,688 master’s ...

NJ Education Officials: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests for Fevers

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education (DOH).

The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-thru/drive-in and ...

Township of Nutley Mayor Mauro Tucci Reflects on the May 12 election

May 27, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ  - In a historic election, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci recently tied with Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli for mayor. This election was unique due to both the tie and also the first to have totally mailed in ballots.

The results of 4,586 for both Tucci and Scarpelli, and Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco not far behind with ...

Former and Late East Orange Mayor Thomas H. Cooke Jr.: A Legacy Remembered

(EAST ORANGE, NJ) - Former East Orange Mayor, Thomas H. Cooke, Jr. passed away the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Mayor Cooke was a trailblazer and the City's second African American-elected Mayor from 1978 to 1986.

Most recently, Mayor Cooke was honored posthumously at the 2020 East Orange Memorial Day Celebration. In 2019, he was also awarded the Lifetime Citizens ...

Montclair YMCA to Distribute Fresh Produce Every Friday in June

June 4, 2020

 MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair YMCA will be distributing boxes of produce to families on Friday, June 5, officials have announced.

150 boxes of fresh produce will be available on a first come, first served basis and no registration is necessary. The distribution will take place from 9am-11am, until the food is exhausted. They will be giving away food every Friday morning for the month ...

Essex County Distributed 1100 Meals to Families in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A food distribution event was held in Montclair on Thursday. 

According to Essex County officials, 1100 boxes of food were given to families in need.

Held at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair, the event is designed to help families who were negatively impacted by coronavirus. The boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have ...

Montclair YMCA to Distribute Fresh Produce Every Friday in June

June 4, 2020

 MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair YMCA will be distributing boxes of produce to families on Friday, June 5, officials have announced.

150 boxes of fresh produce will be available on a first come, first served basis and no registration is necessary. The distribution will take place from 9am-11am, until the food is exhausted. They will be giving away food every Friday morning for the month ...

June 4 Set for Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event

EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Event is Thursday, June 4th at Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange

 

Essex County, NJ – One thousand boxes of food will be distributed Thursday, June 4that Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The program is meant to ...

Essex County Distributed 1100 Meals to Families in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A food distribution event was held in Montclair on Thursday. 

According to Essex County officials, 1100 boxes of food were given to families in need.

Held at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair, the event is designed to help families who were negatively impacted by coronavirus. The boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have ...

Sarlo-Ruiz "Bridge Year" Bill for HS Juniors and Seniors Passes NJ State Senate

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - A bill that would give current high school sophomores and juniors an optional “bridge year” passed the New Jersey State Senate by a 39-0 vote and will go on to the New Jersey State Assembly for vote on June 15, where it is expected to pass. It also has the support of the Governor’s office and the New Jersey Department of Education.  

The ...

Gov. Murphy Commends How NJ Continues to Peacefully Protest for George Floyd

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Reports: Health Dept. Workers Say Deaths of NJ's Elderly Were Preventable in Letter to State Lawmakers

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Claiming that Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli could have done more to save the lives of the elderly, a group Health Dept. workers wrote to state lawmakers to say they "have no idea what specific data points the governor uses to make decisions, because he rarely consults with them," according to reports by News 12 NJ and ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back diners at 6 a.m. on June 15.

When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be ...

Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Scores of Local Students Join Black Lives Matter Rally in Nutley Center

June 5, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ - Scores of Nutley students gathered on the corners of Franklin Ave. and Centre St. Thursday to declare 'Black Lives Matter.'

What started out as a group of about 20 youth at 4 p.m., grew over the next two hours to nearly 100 people. Virtually all were dressed in all black to mourn lost black lives. 

The grassroots nature of the event was most clearly evident in ...

Peaceful Protest to be Held in Montclair, June 6

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A peaceful protest is being planned in Montclair for this Saturday, June 6.

Nearly five days following the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill to a merchant, Montclair Township community leaders have decided to gather on the matter.

Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota ...

Montclair Leaders to Discuss Racism in America with Police Department, Launch Week of Action

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Several groups in Montclair are collaborating to host activities and virtual discussions on race relations in America, according to officials.

In response to national outrage over the killing of a man in Minneapolis, protests and civil unrest has sparked across the nation. George Floyd was handcuffed while police officers kneeled on his body, including his neck for nearly ...

Peaceful Protest to be Held in Montclair, June 6

June 3, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A peaceful protest is being planned in Montclair for this Saturday, June 6.

Nearly five days following the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill to a merchant, Montclair Township community leaders have decided to gather on the matter.

Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota ...

Montclair Police Chief and Township Officials Speak Out on George Floyd Killing

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly five days following the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill to a merchant, Montclair Township Police Chief and officials have issued an announcement on the matter.

Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. His death has sparked protests across the nation ...

Amid Outrage Over George Floyd Killing, Organizers Advocate for Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an opportunity to call attention to Newark's own struggle for officer accountability, ...

When Will Pools Reopen in NJ? Competitive Swimmers Push for Reopening

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- While parents and students of New Jersey high schools rejoiced in finally getting guidance on graduations at Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference on Tuesday, questions regarding whether area pools will open this summer remain unanswered.

"I will just comment that outdoor pools are still on the list of, they're a little bit more complicated," Murphy said.

Van Vleck Gardens 2020 Online Bulb Sale

May 28, 2020

Plant it forward!

Our horticulturalist at Van Vleck Gardens has curated a collection of hard to find and exquisite plants to plant this fall and enjoy next spring. The order form will be live at 9AM on Monday, June 1st and be active through June 14th at 9PM. Check out the photos of unique flowers that will make your garden even more beautiful next ...

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Scores of Local Students Join Black Lives Matter Rally in Nutley Center

June 5, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ - Scores of Nutley students gathered on the corners of Franklin Ave. and Centre St. Thursday to declare 'Black Lives Matter.'

What started out as a group of about 20 youth at 4 p.m., grew over the next two hours to nearly 100 people. Virtually all were dressed in all black to mourn lost black lives. 

The grassroots nature of the event was most clearly evident in ...

Outdoor Dining in NJ Can Return June 15, With Rules For Establishments to Expand Footprint

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he didn’t say where.

“I hope folks with some confidence feel they can get ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Packages Stolen, Parked Vehicles Entered, and More

May 30, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was issued by the Montclair Police Department for the dates of May 19, 2020 – May 26, 2020:

 

Theft from Motor Vehicle

May 20, 2020 (Park Street): The complainant reported that his vehicle was entered and rummaged through.  The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked.  The suspect removed an unknown amount of ...

159 million Economic Impact Payments processed

June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – With  159 million Economic Impact Payments processed, the Internal Revenue Service reminds many low-income Americans who don’t usually file tax returns to register for a payment by Oct. 15.

Millions of low-income people and others who aren’t required to file a tax return may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and can easily register for a ...