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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 ...

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 ...

Essex County Reports 398 Positive Coronavirus Cases in Montclair, 42 Deaths as of May 23

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Office of Information has issued the following charts delineating coronavirus cases in the county, updating through the morning of Saturday, May 23. This data will not match any other report since cases are continually entering the system and local health departments may reassign place of residence as appropriate during their ...

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 ...

Cedar Grove Says the Show Will Go On: Fireworks Show is a Go

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove's annual fireworks display will go on as scheduled, but with a few modifications due to COVID-19.  The show is scheduled for July 2 (rain date July 3) and fireworks will be shot off from LRP/Panther Park as in years prior.

Unlike previous years, residents will not be allowed on the Turf Field to view the display.  Instead, Panther Park's parking ...

Paddle Boating at South Mountain Recreation Complex to Reopen

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Paddle boating at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex reopens today, May 22, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Procedures have been put in place to promote social distancing among visitors and sanitize all equipment.

“With the weather getting warmer and people looking for things to do outside, we are pleased to be able to reopen paddle ...

Army Medical Brigade Departs from University Hospital Amid Declining COVID-19 Cases

NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Defense health care providers who touched down to provide relief to an overwhelmed University Hospital in April bid Newark adieu on Wednesday, marking an end to the peak that crushed the city’s hospital system last month. 
 
The U.S. Army North mobilized 10 Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the heavy-hit East Coast to bring relief to ...

South Orange Police Department Holds Moment of Silence for Police Week

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Although full Police Week ceremonies are among the numerous events canceled by coronavirus quarantine, the South Orange Police Department participated in a moment of silence today for New Jersey police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and were added to the Police Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. 

“During Police Week, it’s ...

Newark Breaks 500 COVID-19 Deaths, Here’s Who We’ve Lost

NEWARK, NJ — The COVID-19-related death-toll surpassed the 500 mark on Wednesday in Newark, the most affected municipality in the state, and while new cases continue to decline, the number is grim reminder of how the virus has left a trail of tears across New Jersey's largest city. 

It’s hard to believe the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus has taken just under ...

Furloughs Likely Coming to Newark in Early Summer, Mayor Says

NEWARK, NJ — Three weeks after announcing the city was in danger of a $143 million budget deficit without federal funding, Newark’s mayor is reporting that his administration is anticipating furloughs for city employees as soon as June as a result of the coronavirus’ financial impact. 

While Mayor Ras Barka said the city’s revenue shortfall isn’t yet as dire ...

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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 Medical Director On ‘Mask Droop Syndrome,’ COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slightly Up for 2nd Day

May 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.”

“We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with glasses fogging up [and] that it is difficult ...

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Van Vleck Gardens 2020 Online Bulb Sale

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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 Blotter: Neo-Nazi Stickers on Park Poles, Cars Rummaged Through, Theft and More

May 20, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was published by the Montclair Police Department on May 19, 2020: 

Thefts
May 14, 2020 (Mission Street): The victim reports that packages containing over
$600 in merchandise were stolen from the front of his residence.

May 15, 2020 (Park Street): Police responded on a report of three motor vehicles
having been rummaged through. Eight dollars ...

NJ Human Services Announces Availability of Up to $20 Million in Health and Safety Grants for Child Care Centers and Youth Camps

May 29, 2020

$5k and $2k Grants Available; Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to Continue through June 30th

 

TRENTON –  New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Child care ...