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Newark Archdiocese Will Begin Gradual Reopening on Sunday

May 16, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan. 

The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated if social distancing can be maintained and masks are ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools

Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year 

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to ...

"We can't allow that to happen": Governor Murphy says No to Rabbi Aaron Kotler's Plans for Catered Weddings

New Jersey - When Governor Murphy said stay safe and stay home, he meant it. According to a recent Monmouth University Poll, executive orders restricting certain activities in the state are also widely popular. 

Specifically, 'requiring people to maintain six feet of distance (97% approve / 95% aware) and to wear a face covering in public (95% approve / 95% aware), as ...

Matt Axelrod, Cantor of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Lee “Boz” Boswell-May, South Orange Music Booster, Dies at 74

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Lee “Boz” Boswell-May of South Orange, retired hearing officer at New York State Public Service Commission and wife of musician Earl May, has died at age 74. She was a lifelong resident of South Orange, and an advocate for human rights, evidenced when she and her family helped integrate dormitory at Glassboro State, as seen in this biographical ...

Karen Wingfield, Beloved Montclair Public Schools Educator, Passes Away

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Longtime Montclair educator, Karen Wingfield, has passed away, officials announced.

A lifelong resident of Montclair, Wingfield has most recently served as a paraprofessional at Glenfield Middle School, says Montclair Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Nathan Parker.

She was a graduate of Hillside School. After graduating from Montclair High School in ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Livestream Holy Week Liturgies

NEWARK, NJ - Catholics around the world will begin the observance of Holy Week, which begins with Palm (Passion) Sunday, April 5, followed by the Sacred Triduum on Holy Thursday, April 9; Good Friday, April 10; Holy Saturday, April 11; and Easter Sunday, April 12.

Holy Week liturgies in the Archdiocese of Newark will continue to be livestreamed online due to the coronavirus ...

Pope Francis Calls For United Prayer for Wednesday, Announces Urbi et Orbi Blessing for Friday

Pope Francis is inviting Christians around the world to come together in spirit, to pray the Our Father, this Wednesday, March 25th, at noon (Rome time). That will be 7:00 a.m. ET.  Italy's COVID-19 deaths are staggering, with today's number of deaths at 6077. 

With most of the world practicing social distancing, individual prayer, when timed together with ...

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair Invites You To The Virtual Sanctuary for Sunday Services

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair invites the community to the virtual sanctuary for Sunday Services every week at 9:30 a.m.

The congregation moved services online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Those interested in joining the service can find the live streamed Sunday service on the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair ...

Freeholder Gill Talks Guns, Gun Control at Union Baptist Church of Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Essex County Freeholder at-Large and Board of Freeholders President Brendan Gill met with members of the Union Baptist Church on Midland Avenue in Montclair and other members of the community to discuss the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in the country.  The February 13 community meeting was part of the Break the Hate series of conversations hosted by the Rev. Campbell ...

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Former and Late East Orange Mayor Thomas H. Cooke Jr.: A Legacy Remembered

May 27, 2020

(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 ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

May 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

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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 ...

Rep. Sherrill Hosts Food Security Roundtable

May 27, 2020

Parsippany, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) convened a roundtable discussion last week with local food pantries and meal programs to discuss the issue of food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 23 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in homes with children under 12, that number increases to 40.9 percent.

“Food ...