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Reports: Rutgers Infectious Disease Expert, Essex County Resident Dies in India

May 7, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange.

New York’s ABC7, also citing information from The Associated Press, said Kapila died from Covid-19. Cases ...

Newark Police Uniform Policy Will Now Allow Hijabs for Muslim Officers

NEWARK, NJ — Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department will be able to wear a hijab as part of their uniform in what Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara is calling a “slight change, but very impactful.” 

“This change, which allows our Muslim female officers to wear the hijab in uniform, is appropriate and timely,” O’Hara said during a ...

'Coalition' of Catholics Protest Music Format of Seton Hall's WSOU

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The musical choices of the Seton Hall University radio station were protested again yesterday. A crowd of about 35 standing beside the University gateway at South Orange Avenue and Centre Street called for the end of WSOU. 

The press release for an unnamed “growing coalition of New Jersey Catholics” said that their aim was that WSOU, the ...

All US Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff Through Tuesday April 6 to Honor Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police

MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday.

"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol ...

Montclair Area Houses of Worship Talk About Their Challenges One-Year Into the Pandemic

The world as we knew it changed on March 14, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency and everything shut down. We could no longer congregate in groups –first only 25 then 10. For the first time since the Spanish Flu, our houses of worship closed their doors, at the most vulnerable of times. A new world emerged – a virtual one.

A space known for social networking became ...

Livingston Mayor Represents U.S. at International Summit Against Anti-Semitism

LIVINGSTON, NJ — During the German City of Frankfurt am Main’s first-ever Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism—a live virtual event held on Tuesday in conjunction with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) in order to “empower the world’s brightest municipal and local leaders to come together to eradicate prejudice and hatred” in their ...

Members of Bloomfield Police and Many Others Say Final Goodbye to Officer Christiano

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- During the viewing yesterday, hundreds of police officers were seen along Broad Street paying their respects to retired Bloomfield Police Officer, Benedetto “Benny” Christiano, who lost his battle to Covid on March 2, 2021 at the age of 53.

This morning, members of the Bloomfield Police Department along with many other agencies said their final ...

Montclair Pastor, Rep. Sherrill Discuss COVID Impact in Minority Communities

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Pastor Bernadette Glover of St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) on Wednesday.

Sherrill hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with Black community leaders focused on the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The purpose was to discuss how ...

Essex County Officials Partner with Community Religious Leaders to Roll Out Vaccines in Minority Communities

NEWARK, NJ — A day after Gov. Phil Murphy addressed his plan to provide equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Jersey’s minority communities, Essex County officials announced the formation of a partnership with local religious leaders to springboard this effort. 

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., said at Tuesday press conference in ...

Newark Will Hold Annual MLK Day Observance Virtually This Year

NEWARK, NJ — Newark announced it will honor it's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day traditions via remote alternatives this year due to COVID-19 concerns, marking the first time in 33 years that the city has not hosted an in-person audience. 

The city’s Jan. 18 MLK Day observance, normally held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, will feature a keynote address from Reverend ...

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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 ...