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Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

May 7, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Montclair Council Hears Heated Commentary About 2021 Budget: Library, Police, Transparency Issues

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council's May 4 meeting was expected to be long, due to controversial decisions made for the 2021 municipal budget that would attract dozens of residents to the public comment part, and it was.  Concerns from councilors over items up for a vote made the meeting even longer.

Mayor Sean Spiller announced a few amendments to the 2021 budget, set at ...

Montclair Planning Board: Orange Road Deck Extension Approved, Affordable Housing Discussion, Master Plan Review

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board finally resolved the issue of the Orange Road parking deck at its May 3 meeting. The final approval for Montclair Acquisition Partners (MAP) to extend the floors on the parking deck in place of a lift-and-slide system was passed after negotiations on a deal between board attorney Arthur Neiss and MAP attorney Tom Trautner had failed to produce an ...

Essex-Hudson Greenway, Parks Discussed at Montclair Fourth Ward Meeting

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The leading issue at Tuesday's Fourth Ward community meeting, was the proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway project that would transform a retired railway line from Montclair to Hoboken into a linear green space for walking, cycling, conservation and passive recreation.

Hosted by Fourth Ward Councilor David Cummings, this was his second virtual community ...

Montclair Planning Board Approves Retractable Enclosure for Faubourg Patio

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board met on April 26 with the intention of wrapping up the controversial application by Montclair Acquisition Partners to extend the floor space of the Orange Road parking deck, but that application had to be carried over to the next meeting pending a final agreement to be completed.  Board attorney Arthur Neiss and applicant attorney Tom Trautner are ...

NJ Licenses Now Offer a Gender "X" Option

TRENTON – Motorists are now have a new option for their drivers license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered alongside the existing “M” (male) and “F” (female) gender options on ...

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

Montclair Council Reviews: Skateboard Park Ordinance, Budget Issues, School Board, Infrastructure

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had a routine remote meeting on April 20, with far less consternation than the budget discussions of the April 6 meeting.  But there was some grousing in public comment about a few issues, both new and ongoing.

One new issue that caused some discussion was a first-reading ordinance up for a vote involving the temporary skateboard park at the ...

Fourth Ward Community Meeting, April 27

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Fourth Ward Councilor David Cummings will host a commuitiy meeting on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. The virtual meeting will focus on the following:

The Impact of the Essex-Hudson Greenway
Nishuane Park/Canterbury Park Update
Glenfield Park/Glenfield Conservancy
South End Business District Update

Councilor Cummings will be joined by Essex County ...

Montclair Planning Board: Orange Road Deck Hearing Drags On; Conversions Approved for Lorraine Ave Building

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board looked to resolve once and for all the application for allowing Montclair Acquisition Partners (MAP) to add floor plates on the Orange Road parking deck for the Western Gateway redevelopment area in place of an aborted lift-and-slide system.  Another meeting will be needed to finalize the application.

 

Attorney Tom Trautner, ...

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NJ TRANSIT Launches Partnership to Offer Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

May 7, 2021

NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT has announced a new partnership in a statement on May 4 to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership called VAXRide should help approximately 11,000 residents get free rides to both public and private vaccination destinations. 

Novartis, a NJ based healthcare company, is the program’s lead sponsor with a commitment of $120,000 for the ...

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Newark Symphony Hall to Join Leading Arts Organizations in Support of Artists of Color

May 17, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – The Newark Symphony Hall will be joining New Jersey’s leading arts organizations to support New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color, a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the state’s arts community.

Founded in 2019 as a ...

Memorial Day Travel Expected to Rebound in 2021

May 17, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — AAA expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The anticipated strong increase in demand ...

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Survey tabs Kearny Bank as a New Jersey leader in pandemic response

May 17, 2021

The latest Rivel Banking Benchmarks online survey identifies Kearny Bank as a leader among New Jersey-based banks in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rivel’s poll of bank customers and prospects is the largest of its kind in the world.

As reported in the March 2021 issue of Banking Northeast, the Rivel survey ranks Kearny Bank’s overall response fourth among all New ...

Newark Symphony Hall to Join Leading Arts Organizations in Support of Artists of Color

May 17, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – The Newark Symphony Hall will be joining New Jersey’s leading arts organizations to support New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color, a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the state’s arts community.

Founded in 2019 as a ...

Montclair Legislators Spend A Day with Whoopi Goldberg Encouraging Vaccinations

EAST ORANGE, NJ — It was a perfect day in East Orange. The parking lot of the ShopRite shopping center (Roberto’s Pizza side) was full of excitement. Smiling eyes could be seen behind the masks everywhere.  Black cars pulled-up, and out popped Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy. He was joined by Whoopi Goldberg, the Lt. Governor, County Executive Joseph ...

Memorial Day Travel Expected to Rebound in 2021

WAYNE, NJ — AAA expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The anticipated strong increase in demand ...

Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

CDC Recommends Mask Usage in K-12 Schools for Remainder of 2020-2021 School Year

WASHINGTON, DC — K-12 schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the remainder of 2020-2021 academic year as all students will not be vaccinated yet, this according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance issued Sat. May 15. 

In the latest update, the CDC reported that "evidence suggests that many K-12 schools that have ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...