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Newark Public Schools Closes Digital Divide at Roberto Clemente Elementary School

September 25, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Newark took another step toward pairing every student with a remote learning device thanks to a donation from the WeLoveU Foundation, an international disaster relief charity. 

The organization delivered 100 Chromebooks and tablets to Roberto Clemente Elementary School on Thursday, closing the gap of remaining students at Roberto Clemente without a device, according to ...

Charter School Challenges 8th Graders to Combat Voter Suppression

NEWARK, NJ — Though the 13- and 14-year-old students of Philip’s Academy Charter School may be a ways away from casting ballots, teachers and administrators weren’t about to let them kick up their feet this election season. 

Students returned to school for the first time since last march on Thursday to write and send postcards to 500 unregistered voters in North Carolina ...

Fine Print: Teacher evaluation in the COVID era

State releases latest guidance on how teachers will be evaluated, including those working online only

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What it is: The state Department of Education this week provided the ...

Newark’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program Nearing Finish Line

September 21, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark lead service line replacement program is now in its final stage, the city announced Monday, just two months after it declared its lead levels below the federal safety standard of 15.4 parts per billion (ppb).

Mayor Ras Baraka, whose line at his South Ward home has already been replaced, went through the waiting and testing period following installation. He said he ...

Murphy Signs New Jersey's FY 2021 Budget

September 30, 2020

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Appropriations Act into law. The governor said the revised spending plan manages to protect core priorities and deliver middle-class tax relief during the historic fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget plan also fully reestablishes the millionaires tax that expired in 2010, instituting ...

Murphy Says Reopening Has Been Smooth Despite 11 Outbreaks; Lakewood Remains an Area of Concern

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by reporting on the successful reopening of schools overall in the state, despite 11 "outbreaks" of schools with two or more cases. 

“Our overarching aim remains ensuring that our schools do not become the epicenter of new outbreaks,” Murphy added. “We have ...

Governor Murphy Removes Two States From the Travel Advisory List

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy has updated the travel advisory. As of Tuesday, September 29, the Governor removed Arizona and Virginia. Currently, there are 34 states and territories are the travel advisory list. 

Visitors coming from AL, AK, AR, CO, DE, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NC, ND, OK, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV, WI, WY need to ...

Murphy says rapid COVID tests for NJ ‘could be a game changer.’ Results in 15 minutes

September 30, 2020

White House to send first batch within couple of weeks. News comes as state announces hundreds of new cases, 40% in Ocean County.

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New Jersey could nearly double its daily coronavirus ...

Rutgers researchers: Job Satisfaction, Productivity Rise for Working Parents during COVID-19

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Juggling diaper changes and Zoom meetings might be a good combination for some Americans.

A new survey by researchers at Rutgers University reveals that working parents are happier with their job, and they are getting more done, than people without children.

Researchers attribute the surprising results to a sharp increase in the number of men helping with childcare and ...

Vaccine opponents fear ‘twindemic’ of COVID and flu will prompt mandates

Some NJ legislators want a law requiring flu vaccines for students. Activists say COVID precautions are enough

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Concern about a potential autumn “twindemic” of COVID-19 and ...

Newark Says Farewell to Retiring Police Chief Darnell Henry

October 1, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Brass from Newark, greater Essex County and the state gathered at the city’s 5th Precinct on Wednesday to bid ado to Darnell Henry, the Chief of Newark Police Division who helped implement trailblazing policing strategies during his tenure. 
 
Appointed as chief by Mayor Ras Baraka in 2016, Henry departs from NPD after a 26-year record of service to spend more ...

Newark’s $100M FAM Fund Wants to Turn the Tide for Black, Latinx Business Owners

September 28, 2020

NEWARK, NJ —  Following the Civil War, freed Black slaves in the United States were denied the “40 acres and a mule” promised to them under the Special Field Orders No. 15, a barrier to capital that set the tone for today’s economic disparities. 

Newark is now repurposing the proclamation as a rallying cry for a $100 million investment fund that ...

Workers fear losing full-time jobs, no training, corporate surveillance

Task force considers benefit reforms, training and more to help workers

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State tax credits to encourage companies to offer worker training, 401(k)-style accounts to help people pay to ...

Newark’s Own Etsy Platform Uplifts Local Entrepreneurs With Built-in Business Support

NEWARK, NJ — In the days before everyone’s established way of life came to a crashing halt, Newark resident Monifa Kincaid was just getting into her groove as a working artist, “pumping it up” to hit upcoming pop-up events and make more connections. 

But as the story goes, the dream-crusher COVID-19 came, and Kincaid, a former choreographer and dance teacher who ...

NJ Election 2020: Ballot question asks voters if they want to extend property-tax relief for military veterans

September 30, 2020

There are two parts to Public Question No. 2. Here are the details, who would benefit and what it could cost.

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Editor’s note: NJ Spotlight News plans a look at each of the three ...

Hundreds of Moms Marched in Montclair to Raise Awareness on Voting in this Election

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly four hundred Montclair residents gathered and marched on Saturday afternoon in Rand Park calling for people to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. 

A group of women calling themselves Suburban Moms Against Re-Electing Trump (S.M.A.R.T.), organized the rally that included speakers like NJ Senator Nia ...

Newark Protestors Demand Resignation of Kentucky AG at March for Breonna Taylor

September 25, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — More than 100 people outraged by the grand jury decision not to indict the officers in Louisville, Kentucky who shot 26-year-old Breonna Taylor convened at Essex County courthouse on Thursday for a rally, where organizers and officials pushed next steps for the fight against police brutality in their corner of the ring. 

Larry Hamm, Newark’s most prominent ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died today after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice movement.

Ginsberg had graduated ...

With Hard-Fought Environmental Justice Bill Signed in Newark, Activists Look Toward Work Ahead

NEWARK, NJ — When Maria Lopez-Nunez, director of environmental justice and community development for Ironbound Community Corporation, rattles off all the industrial entities impacting the quality of life for residents in her community, she needs both hands to count. 

Among the culprits: a garbage incinerator, the largest sewage waste treatment plant in New Jersey, two power ...

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Hundreds of Moms Marched in Montclair to Raise Awareness on Voting in this Election

September 30, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly four hundred Montclair residents gathered and marched on Saturday afternoon in Rand Park calling for people to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. 

A group of women calling themselves Suburban Moms Against Re-Electing Trump (S.M.A.R.T.), organized the rally that included speakers like NJ Senator Nia ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

Landlords’ troubles deepen as state evictions ban protects nonpaying tenants

September 28, 2020

Some renters are forced out anyway by owners desperate for income in pandemic.

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In New Jersey’s pandemic-driven apartment housing crisis, there are no winners.

Tenants, unable to ...

School-Based Youth Services Program in New Jersey Must be Refunded

September 9, 2020

Dear Editor:

I am proud of the fact that three school-based youth services programs have supported children in the 20th Legislative District – two at Elizabeth High School and one at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle.

These School-Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP) have provided crucial services to children with complex emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, ...

OPINION: Illicit Budget Raid of Clean Communities Fund Will Gut Litter Clean Up Programs in NJ

September 18, 2020

In my 40 years in Trenton as a business executive and President of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), I recognize that these are difficult times for government leaders desperate to find revenue to plug state budget holes. 

But responsible revenue policy must stay within the legal boundaries of state law. 

Case in point: the recent proposal by the state Department of ...

Every Successful Business Starts with a Great Idea: NJ Attorney Advises Startups and Entrepreneurs

September 30, 2020

NEW YORK, NY -- TAPintoTV looks back at our 2019 conversation with Millburn, NJ Attorney Jonathan Goodgold, of the law firm Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett at TechDay New York. TechDayNY is the largest event for startups in the United States, and TechDay produces events to connect the startup community and highlight the unique and innovative products currently in ...