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Dates Set for Continued Coronavirus Screenings in Weequahic Park during May

May 11, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Testing for the COVID-19 will continue in Essex Weequahic Park throughout the month of May.

The additional dates for May are Mondays, May 11 & 18 (no testing on Memorial Day, May 25); Wednesdays, May 13, 20 & 27; and Fridays, May 15, 22, and 29. Screenings are for Essex County residents and are by appointment only. Residents can exhibit ...

Heroes Salute Heroes: First Responders Give Thanks to Mountainside Medical Center Staff

MONTCLAIR, NJ - In a grand display of gratitude, police, fire departments and EMTs from across Essex County recognized the staff of Hackensack Meridian Health - Mountainside Medical Center for their hard work and bravery. On Friday, the Montclair Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Police Department, led a procession of more than 50 police, fire and ...

ICE Orders Essex County to Stop Reporting Detainee Release Information, Test Results

NEWARK, NJ — Just two weeks after Essex County Correctional Facility became one of the first jails in the United States to test all ICE detainees for the coronavirus, U.S. Immigration and Customs officials are blocking Essex County Officials from reporting the results to the public. 

Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, who oversees the ICE detention program for the ...

Seton Hall's Executive Cabinet, President Take a Pay Cut Facing Revenue Lost to Coronavirus

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As Seton Hall University is confronted by potentially more than a hundred million of dollars in lost revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, University President Joseph Nyre and the University’s Executive Cabinet have volunteered to reduce their salary.

"Seton Hall’s Executive Cabinet announced Thursday that it would ...

Law Enforcement and First Responders to Salute Medical Workers

NEWARK — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, is spearheading a salute to health care workers with support from Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz, who organized a similar event for health care workers, and other local police departments.

The show of support for medical workers is scheduled for ...

Weequahic Park Coronavirus Screenings to Continue

NEWARK, NJ — Testing for the novel coronavirus will continue in Weequahic Park.

Three additional dates have been scheduled for Monday, April 20, Wednesday, April 22, and Friday, April 24. The screenings are for Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of the coronavirus and are by appointment only. They will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon; 250 ...

Hillside Democratic Chairman Anthony Salters Charged With Filing False Tax Return

HILLSIDE, NJ - Hillside Democratic Committee Chairman Anthony Salters was charged today with allegedly filing a false tax return for tax year 2013, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Salters, 57, of Hillside, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with subscribing to a false tax return. A summons was issued for Salters to appear in Newark federal court at a time to be scheduled by U.S.

Essex County First Responders Parade for Saint Barnabas Staff

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In an effort to recognize the hard work and bravery of medical staff battling the coronavirus at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), the Livingston Police Department (LPD) led a procession of more than 50 police, fire and first aid vehicles from more than 20 municipalities in a “Heroes Salute Parade” outside the emergency department on Tuesday ...

Easter Bunny and Cherry Blossom Caravan Fosters Community Spirit

BELLEVILLE - Hundreds of children of all ages got a chance to wave hello to the Easter Bunny and take in some of the cherry blossoms.

Saturday’s Eastern Bunny and Cherry Blossom Caravan pop-up event was a huge success, with dozens of cars slowly making their way down charming tree-lined streets on a sunny spring day. 

Mayor Michael Melham said that in the midst of the COVID-19 ...

Essex County Correctional Facility to Test Inmates, ICE Detainees for COVID-19

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County announced Monday that inmates and ICE detainees being housed at its correctional facility on Doremus Avenue will be screened for the coronavirus, making it one of the first jails in the United States to utilize the recently approved antibody rapid blood test to screen every inmate and detainee. 

Officials said the test will help its health provider, CFG ...


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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Opinion: Want to reopen schools? Consult the village.

May 26, 2020

Schools are closed. Kids, families, and teachers are stressed. As I work tirelessly, as a veteran teacher and community organizer, with kids and families to adjust, the most common question I get is: “Mr. Luna, when can we go back to school?”

As a teacher, the answer is a quick “when it’s safe.” As an organizer with Newark for Educational Equity and Diversity ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 28, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website.

In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

May 31, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

In ...