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State Restores Total Local Control to Newark Public Schools After 25 Years

July 1, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Board of Education gave back complete control of Newark Public Schools to the state’s largest district on Wednesday, more than two decades after seizing it in a historical takeover. 

The move toward total local control first started in 2016, when the NJDOE returned control of personnel decisions to Newark and ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

Newark Reports Safe Lead Levels Pending Confirmation from NJDEP

July 2, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka began a Thursday press conference, scheduled as an official announcement that Newark’s lead levels are now below the federal threshold of 15.4 parts per billion, by playing defense. 

“This is not our way of saying it is over, so let’s just get this out first and clear before it is befuddled, convoluted, turned into something we did not ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Explains Indoor Dining Pause

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Assemblyman Jamel Holley Releases Social Justice Toolkit for State Legislatures Across the U.S.

As governing bodies across the nation take a critical look at promoting social justice laws that are fair to all Americans, Assemblyman Jamel Holley has assembled a toolkit of recommended legislation – either introduced or adopted – designed to propel the country forward.

Holley, a vocal leader in the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, organized a team of research volunteers to ...

Long-Term Care Facilities Can Arrange Outdoor Visits in NJ Beginning Father’s Day 

June 20, 2020

NEW JERSEY — On Father’s Day, months of isolation will end for many of New Jersey’s 70,000 residents relegated indoors at long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Friday that such visits must be held outdoors and follow a set of safeguards necessary in light of the devastating impact the virus has had ...

Essex County COVID Testing at Brookdale Park, Tuesday

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Essex County COVID-19 testing will take place at Brookdale Park on Tuesday, June 16 from 4-6PM.

Details are as follows: 

Satellite Site will be at Brookdale Park this Tuesday

Essex County is providing expanded testing for all County residents. The tests are available to all Essex County residents experiencing coronavirus symptoms or not.

Below are testing ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Newark’s Small Business Reopening Application Process At 100% Pass Rate, Director Says

NEWARK, NJ — As New Jersey’s COVID-19 epicenter and a municipality that suffered some of the most disproportionate death rates, Newark set stringent reopening measures for its small business community this past May. 
As reopening progresses, businesses must fill out a six-page application regarding their plans for PPE, social distancing, testing of employees, hygiene and ...

‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted on Halsey Street and MLK Boulevard in Newark

June 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Rain poured down on Newark on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t bother the group of volunteers and spectators who convened on Halsey Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to paint a bright yellow message in giant letters on the street: “ABOLISH WHITE SUPREMACY, ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

They danced and laughed to music with hands stained by ...

Newark Ousts Christopher Columbus From Washington Park In Dark of Night

June 26, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The clamor of djembe drums and laughter danced in the air as a small group gathered in Washington Park late Thursday night. Above them, the source of their joy swung from a crane - Christopher Columbus. 

After years of contention, the statue of the 15th-century explorer, which was dedicated in 1927 as a gift from the Italian-American community, was ...

Newark Parking Authority Employee Pleads Guilty to Dealing Narcotics on the Job

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark Parking Authority employee arrested in November for distributing narcotics on the job pleaded guilty to the charge today, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. 

Aughkay Green, 49, admitted to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute as well as being in felony possession of two firearms. As far back as January 2017, Green was ...

This is How Newark Parents Teach Their Children About Police Brutality

NEWARK, NJ — By now, most people plugged into the Internet have seen the viral clip of 7-year-old Long Islander Wynta-Amor Rogers chanting “No justice, no peace!” alongside protesters, every ounce of her pint-sized body seething with indignation as she marches against police brutality. 

Along with the internet’s support for the impassioned little girl came a wave ...

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A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

July 2, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Road on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...