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Murphy Cutting Back COVID-19 Press Briefings to 3 Days A Week

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon. 

“Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're going to go to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning ...

Recent COVID-19 Transmission Flare-Up Could Hit Pause on NJ's Reopening

TRENTON, NJ  — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s coronavirus press briefing that the rate of ...

Gov. Murphy Calls on Feds to Mandate Face Coverings

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt.

Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South Carolina during a Sunday morning interview on "Meet the ...

‘Let New Jersey Eat Again:’ MegaBite Events To Hold Empanada Extravaganza Food Truck Festival at Westfield Garden State Plaza July 12

June 19, 2020

PARAMUS, N.J. — For a local promotion company specializing in the organization of some of the most exciting festivals the Garden State has to offer, the start of summer solstice and the muy caliente weather that accompanies it calls for an Empanada Extravaganza!

On Sunday, July 12, MegaBite Events will host the daylong food truck festival in the parking lot of Westfield Garden State ...

Drive N’ Drag To Be Staged At Garden State Plaza On July 17-19 In Paramus

PARAMUS, N.J. — Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win.

Fans of Rupaul’s Drag Race can experience a dozen of their favorite divas from the Emmy Award-winning television show from Acid Betty to Violet Chachki take to the stage outside the Garden State Plaza in Paramus for a live theatrical experience — all from the comfort of your cars. The two-day summer ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Hackensack Sears Poised To Be Next in New Jersey To Shutter

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Sears, the archaic but once iconic department store that has towered over Hackensack’s downtown since the early 1930s — the decade defined by a global economic and political crisis that led up to World War II — is poised to be the second-to-last such department store in New Jersey to shutter. 

While no formal announcement was made confirming ...

The Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union Reopen Its Doors

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union, which has branches in Hackensack, Paramus, and Paterson, have begun accepting customers to its branches.

“Our members have been excellent at understanding and adapting during the last few months,” said Chief Executive Officer Glenn Guinto. “We are thrilled to once again be able to serve our members ...

Rutgers Will Use Remote Instruction For Majority of Classes, Says President Holloway

July 6, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It took Jonathan Holloway less than a week in his position as Rutgers president to make his first major move, announcing at a news conference that the university will be employing remote instruction for the vast majority of its students in the fall.

Students pursuing disciplines that require the use of university facilities – engineering, performing arts, ...

Bergen Community College Enhances Online Presence, Re-Imagines Website Following Online Learning In the Wake of Covid-19

PARAMUS, N.J. — As the COVID-19 pandemic forced Bergen Community College students off campus and into a world of digital education, the institution doubled down on its efforts to provide students with an unparalleled online engagement experience by enhancing its state-leading social media presence, launching new communication vehicles and debuting a completely re-imagined ...

‘My Vision Has Always Been, ‘I’m Starting in Paramus, and I’m Ending in Paramus’: Sean Adams Is Tapped Paramus District’s New Superintendent

PARAMUS, N.J. — Schools Superintendent Dr. Michele Robinson may be departing Paramus’ pre-k through 12 district, but the schools will be delighted to see a familiar face walking the hallways in her place come September.

Assistant Superintendent and longtime Paramus district employee Sean Adams has been promoted to Superintendent effective Wednesday, July 1. According to the ...

Trinity Rehab Expands into Bergen County With New State-of-the-Art Physical Therapy Facility in Paramus

July 2, 2020

PARAMUS, N.J. — Trinity Rehab, an all-inclusive physical therapy and rehabilitation center providing comprehensive treatment for patients of all ages, walks of life and fitness levels, brings its Three T Approach to Paramus. It opened its first of several new Bergen County sites on July 1.

Conveniently located within the Paramus Crossroads at 305 NJ-17 and minutes from the ...

Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

Beachgoers seek normalcy after long lockdown, but not without misgivings about pandemic

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On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the ...

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

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 ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

6 Easy Ways to Enjoy Fresh New Jersey Corn This Summer

For the sweetest corn, eat it as soon as possible after it’s picked. The sugar turns to starch as it ages. Until then, keep it in the husk in the fridge.

Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of these easy ideas:

1. Sprinkle raw kernels over salad to add sweet crunch.

2. Boil the ears, uncovered, for 2 minutes in a big pot of ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

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 ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

July 2, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

SUEZ To Donate $1.75 Million To Charities on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic 

PARAMUS, N.J. — SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions and SUEZ North America will donate $1.75 million to charities on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic including food pantries, health care facilities, United Way, and other Covid-19 emergency response organizations.

SUEZ provides water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize resource ...

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164 Donates $50,000 in PPE To 17 Area Hospitals To Help Them Prepare For Second Wave of Covid-19

PARAMUS, N.J. -- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164, a labor union based in Paramus, donated $50,000 in personal protective equipment to 17 area hospitals to help them prepare for an inevitable second wave of Covid-19.

The donations consisted of KN95 masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, and food.

“On behalf of IBEW ...

New York Driver Faces Money Laundering, Impersonation Charges After Stealing Over $1.4 Million In Federal Tax Checks From Bergen County Business 

June 25, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A personal assistant and driver from Jackson Heights, N.Y. is facing charges of money laundering after a near-yearlong investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York State Police Department ensued following a Bergen County business’s report of the theft of two federal tax reimbursement checks worth over $1.4 million.

Dong ...

‘Be the Change You Want to See:’ Eric Jones of the Harlem Wizards Pays Special Visit To Paramus High School At Black Lives Matter Rally   

PARAMUS, N.J. — While George Floyd was laid to rest Tuesday, about 300 protesters who were gathered in the late afternoon at Paramus High School for its Black Lives Matter rally knelt down on one knee and observed an intense, 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in the blazing, 90-degree heat. 

The idea for the rally, said organizer Harsahej Anand, a senior at Paramus High School, ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

June 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Murphy Announces Plan to Restart Youth Sports Monday

TRENTON, NJ – Low-risk competitive youth sports such as golf and tennis can resume as early as Monday as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to steer the state down the road to re-opening.

Other youth sports that are considered medium or high risks of transmission of COVID-19 will be allowed to start up in the coming weeks, Murphy announced Monday at his daily news conference.

The State ...

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Lakeland Bank Named “Best-In-State Bank” for Second Consecutive Year

July 1, 2020

Oak Ridge, N.J. – June 26, 2020 – Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bancorp, has announced that Lakeland Bank has been named by Forbes and Statista to the “America’s Best-In-State Banks” list for the second consecutive year.

“We are proud to be one of only two banks headquartered in the State to be named a Best-In-State Bank,” said ...

Lawmaker Says NJ Should Pick up Restaurants’ Tab for Indoor Dining Stoppage

July 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The owner of Sweet Waters Steakhouse in Westfield stocked up for the restart of indoor dining in advance of the July Fourth weekend restart. That was before Gov. Phil Murphy announced the cancelation of inside dining two days before its anticipated comeback originally slated for July 2.

Frank DeLillo purchased meat and fish, among other foods, for ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

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

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Life During War Time

I thought the shortage of toilet paper in March was bad. But now I find that soon we may not be able to secure illegal fireworks. What next, a run on citronella candles?

I am stocking up on rolls of Charmin again, which I plan to ignite and launch into the sky from my backyard on the 4th of July.

It is still June, and it seems everywhere fireworks are exploding without explanation.

Do You Know When You’re Happy?

“If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, if you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.”

Thinking about this song brings back joyous memories of dancing around my family room singing it with my children and perhaps, even having it sung ...

Tell Them While You Can

This story was recently shared with me. It is a beautiful example of the power of positive reinforcement.

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the class. She told them to think of the nicest things they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. The students completed the assignment, handed in their papers, and left the room. The ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...