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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 ...

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 ...

Murphy: Groups of 25 Can Now Gather Outdoors

NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols. 

“So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout you may do so, so long as social distance and ...

Local Grocery Stores Issue Recall on Healthy Choice Power Bowls

SUSSEX, NJ – Supermarkets Stop and Shop and Weis Markets have issued recalls on Healthy Choice Power Bowl 9.5 ounce Chicken Feta and Farro.  The United States Department of Agriculture have issues a warning that expands on a recall issued on April 10, 2020.

Conagra Brands, Inc. or Russellville, Arkansas and Marshall, Missouri recalled approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready to eat ...

New Jerseyans Are Well Informed About COVID-19, Majority Taking Appropriate Actions: Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- New Jerseyans are well informed about COVID-19, including how it is transmitted, its major symptoms, what to do if infected, which populations are most at risk, and how to take preventative action, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

 

Most New Jerseyans are well aware of how the virus is transmitted: 97% correctly answer that being in close ...

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 ...

Murphy Announces Testing Partnership with Wal*Mart, Reports Latest COVID-19 Figures

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today at his daily COVID-19 press conference that beginning Friday, May 22, New Jerseyans will be able to take a self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 test at seven Wal*Mart locations across the state in Burlington, Flemington, Garfield, Howell, Kearney, Mount Laurel, North Bergen. These drive-up locations will be open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Former Mountainside Medical Center Patient Shares Her Experience and Concerns After Battling COVID-19

NUTLEY, NJ - Jennifer McCusker, Nutley resident and a single mother, tells of her battle with COVID-19. McCusker was sick in early March and hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. She believes she was the fifth person admitted at a time when the virus was just hitting the area. It has been a rough road and a long recovery for McCusker as she has multiple ...

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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 ...