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Paddle Boating at South Mountain Recreation Complex to Reopen

May 22, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Paddle boating at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex reopens today, May 22, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Procedures have been put in place to promote social distancing among visitors and sanitize all equipment.

“With the weather getting warmer and people looking for things to do outside, we are pleased to be able to reopen paddle ...

Six Flags Great Adventure Safari to Bring Drive-thru Experience to Families

JACKSON, NJ --  Six Flags Great Adventure announced on Thursday that it will soon open its Safari adventure as a drive-through experience. This announcement comes one day after Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order permitting drive-through events while maintaining social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

Between 1974 and ...

Jersey Shore Towns Begin to Open Up — Cautiously: How Ready Are They?

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For the bulk of the 41 municipalities stitched up and down the Atlantic coast, from Sea Bright to Cape May Point, the 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day are ...

Gov. Murphy: Shore Towns Can Expect State’s Guidance on Opening Beaches in ‘Next Week or So’

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy said that the state will be “giving guidance” to Jersey Shore beach towns in the “next week or so” as local officials continue to plan for the opening of their summer season on Memorial Day weekend.

Responding to a reporter's question during his May 8 press briefing, Murphy said, “We’re trying to come up with a ...

Asbury Park, Seaside Heights Close Beaches and Boardwalks

ASBURY PARK/SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - John Moor, the Mayor of Asbury Park has closed the boardwalk due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 infection.  There will still be several points of open access to the beach, but the boardwalk will not be open for walking or congregating.  Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Vaz, the Mayor of Seaside Heights, closed the ocean and bay beaches ...

Legendary Hand's Store on Long Beach Island to Remain Open Under New Ownership

NORTH BEACH HAVEN, NJ - After nearly 70 years in business, the Hand's owners decided it was time to retire.

News got out at the beginning of the month that this Long Beach Island staple recently sold sending locals and tourists on social media in hysterics. It was unknown until now what Hand's would become. 

Would it be another business torn down and replaced with ...


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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 ...