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Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

May 30, 2020

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 Property Owners: Issue Statement on Launching Online Petition to Repeal Rent Control

Montclair, NJ – At Tuesday’s Montclair Council meeting a freeze on rent increases was adopted from May 1 to August 1, which is unenforceable and unconstitutional because it is retroactive, despite that The Montclair Property Owners Association pledged to not raise rents during the Pandemic 50 days ago on April 7th.   

According to the release, the Committee says this ...

Montclair Planning Board Approves Wall and Fence for Fullerton Condo

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board had a very light agenda at its virtual meeting on May 18, devoting the bulk of the time to continuing and concluding the application for a wall and a fence along the edges of the green space behind the Fullerton condominium apartment building. 

The Fullerton Condominium Association, which owns the green space, had originally envisioned a ...

'NJ Is Performing Better Than Most States,' Labor Dept. Reports; But Local Residents Say They Can't Get Through

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- NJ Labor Department today announced that 800,000 unemployed and underemployed workers are now receiving state and federal benefits. ("That’s more people than the number of people who live in 5 US states," the Labor Dept. boasted on it Twitter page).

Recognizing that many people have been unable to claim their benefits, the agency also ...

Maplewood Entrepreneur Wins Top 'Mompreneur' for NJ

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — New Jersey Family magazine has named Deanna Taylor-Heacock, owner of Good Bottle Refill Shop, its first Mompreneur of the Year.

"This is such an honor to me because it means people are embracing change in order to improve the environment and lower their waste,” Taylor-Heacock told TAPinto SOMA. Her shop is NJ’s first zero waste refill ...

Murphy Order Puts Some Non-Essential Businesses Back to Work

TRENTON, NJ – Amid the pandemic, New Jersey’s shut down of non-essential businesses resulted in over a million unemployment claims. Today, Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement will put some of the claimants back to work as non-essential construction resumes. Non-essential retail stores may also begin offering curbside pickup.

Murphy’s order becomes effective Monday, May ...

Don't Be a Knucklehead, Be a Bobblehead! Company Unveils Gov. Murphy Bobblehead

MILWAUKEE – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced plans to make a bobblehead of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy. 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every Gov. Murphy Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes fund in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge, the same cause that the ...

Exclusive: Rep. Tom Malinowski Disappointed by the Failure of the CARES Act to Help Small Businesses

NEW JERSEY (7th District) -- The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 27, created the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) designed to help small businesses pay their workers and keep their operations running. Less than two weeks later, the funding pool was depleted.

It came to light over the weekend that the money ran out not only because a huge ...

COVID-19 Stories: Montclair Restaurant Owner Once Stranded in Cambodia, Now Struggles to Save His Business

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A notable Montclair restaurant owner became stranded in a foreign country amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has returned to a statewide lockdown and now struggles to keep his business afloat while also helping others at the same time.

Ilson Goncalves, owner of Samba Montclair, a local Brazilian Restaurant, set off on a culinary expedition in March. His plan was to take cooking ...

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Economic Impact Payments being sent by prepaid debit cards, arrive in plain envelope; IRS.gov answers frequently asked questions

May 28, 2020

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

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NJ FMBA and PBA Decry the Pay Freeze Asked of South Orange First Responders in the 2020 Municipal Budget

May 28, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The state associations representing South Orange police officers and fire fighters have issued a joint statement today denouncing the intention of the South Orange Board of Trustees — and Village President Sheena Collum in specific — to freeze their pay for the next two budget years.

“The Village President of South Orange, Sheena C. Collum has again ...

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

OPINION: A Pandemic Doesn’t Stop the Dedication to Newark

May 20, 2020

When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look out for one another as their days got busier and the world around them became more ...

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 ...

Gill: Rape Is Not a Penalty for Any Crime, The Department of Corrections Must Be Held Accountable

May 30, 2020

In February of 2018, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee heard testimony concerning allegations of rape and sexual abuse at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The Department of Corrections declined to appear at the hearing. Women from Edna Mahan testified they were subjected to rapes and sexual assaults by guards. Expert testimony was produced regarding the failure of the ...