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In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

May 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

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NJ Assemblyman Seeks to Criminalize Falsifying COVID Vaccine Cards

BAYONNE, NJ - National disasters don’t always bring out the best in people. Often, unscrupulous characters seek to take advantage of people during tough times. As more people across the United States and the State of New Jersey are rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves against COVID-19, the risk of scammers selling fraudulent vaccination cards is now higher than ever, ...

Passaic County Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a Wayne couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi (63), who ...

5 Artists Submit Designs for Newark's Harriet Tubman Monument. What do you think?

NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are calling on residents to submit their feedback on proposed designs for a Harriet Tubman monument to be constructed in Washington Park. 

After five local, critically acclaimed artists were selected by city officials earlier this year to propose preliminary designs for the monument which will honor the heroic abolitionist, a website has now been ...

Out Montclair Hosts its First Event Tonight: Gender & Pronoun Terminology in 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Local Montclair leaders will be hosting a virtual event tonight to discuss gender and pronoun terminology.

The event takes place on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30pm and is open to anyone. You can Register Here: https://outmontclair.org/events/gender-and-pronoun-terminology-explained. (Zoom link sent out to registrants).

Organization partners with the Trans Affirming Alliance, ...

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 ...

Re-envisioning Community: Exploring Restorative Justice

 Join the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair for a series of conversations with New Jersey Advocates for Restorative Justice starting April 29 for six Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 via Zoom. 

Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices based on the values of respect and accountability. These practices, with roots in Indigenous societies, are used to ...

Roseland Police Officer Arrested on 21 Charges

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello announced today that a Roseland police officer has been arrested on twenty-one (21) charges including Aggravated Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Witness Tampering. 

Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, N.J., was taken into ...

State Kicks Off 'Take Control of Your Destiny' Distracted Driving Campaign

TRENTON, NJ  – As distracted driving continues to claim more lives on New Jersey roadways than any other risky driving behavior, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (“HTS”) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at providing motorists with good reasons to give the road their undivided ...

Essex County Commissioners Honor Montclair Legislator for Women's History Month

Newark, NJ – On March 31, 2021, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners virtually held its 2021 Women’s History Month Celebration via Zoom teleconference. The ceremony commemorated the spirit and accomplishments of women everywhere and acknowledged the contributions of multiple esteemed women of Essex County.  

 

Commissioner President Wayne L.

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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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Tue, May 18, 6:30 PM

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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 ...