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News Around New Jersey

December 1, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt. Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court. State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement. Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release. More than 35,000 people in New ...

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PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays. The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt. Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state. From January to October 2022, compared ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's single-use bag ban has been in place for more than six months and JoAnn Gemenden says what's happened since May is "astronomical." Gemenden, the Executive Director at New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), said an estimated 1 billion single-use plastic bags have ...

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NEW JERSEY — The IRS is taking notice of the impact inflation is having on taxpayers. As a result, your take-home pay may go up next year, and you may be able to set aside more for retirement. The IRS has boosted the thresholds for all seven federal income tax brackets, applying to tax year 2023 ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Dr. Rebecca Yang has three words she wants all women to hear especially in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Get a mammogram." Yang is the medical director of Breast Surgery at Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center. She said breast cancer is the most ...

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NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Forest Service says foliage in all but one of the state parks are either at peak or near peak right now. If you're thinking about heading out this weekend to take some colorful pictures, you picked the right time. TAPinto Nutley reports on why the foliage is peaking ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has five different tax relief programs for homeowners and renters. Ellen Steinberg is the chairperson of the NJ Senior Council. She said it's important all New Jersey residents know about the programs, and there's one major reason why. "Because it's their money," ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Transportation (NJDOT) say drivers should be extra careful this time of year, as fall mating season for white-tailed deer begins and daylight is limited during peak commuting hours. DEP and NJDOT says the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — This year's flu season will likely be busy, according to Dr. Brittany Dee Mueller. "We usually look to the Southern Hemisphere because they tend to have an earlier flu season than we do," Mueller, a primary care doctor at Atlantic Medical Group, told TAPinto. "We know that flu in ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before. "Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'" Sikoutris Di Iorio is a ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids. "It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic." At ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — When discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of New Jersey's residents, Carolyn Beauchamp is concerned and wants to take action. "We don't have a big enough system of care. We don't have enough centers, clinics, we don't have enough understanding of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm. Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island. "Our hearts and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations. A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once. As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has launched a new, searchable database about police agencies’ internal affairs investigations around the state. Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin's office says in a news release that it's thought to be the most comprehensive ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Most students around the state head back to school this week and they'll soon learn about climate change. New Jersey is the first state in the nation to implement climate change education in grades K-12. "I cannot be more thrilled about the future for our students and for our ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ — Former Governor Jim McGreevey’s political star fell to earth 18 years ago, but he remains a shining light to thousands of prisoners each year looking to work their way back into society and keep out of the clink. Since resigning in political disgrace over a sexual affair with a ...

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MARTINSVILLE, NJ — Years before Chris Brown earned his license, his real estate career began at the family dinner table, listening to stories from his father. “We would hear about his exploits of the day,” Brown said. “So, I feel like it’s been in my blood for a long time.” In 1982, new ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jerseyans will soon be able to have alcoholic beverages — including to-go drinks from restaurants — delivered to them by third-party services like DoorDash, Instacart and Amazon Flex. “This is a game changer for New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage industry and a tremendous ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's back-to-school sales tax holiday begins Saturday, August 27 and runs through Monday, September 5, 2022. The state's 6.625% sales tax will be waived on selected items purchased both in-store and online during the 10-day period. “For many families and educators, there ...

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HAMILTON, NJ — New Jersey's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) has updated its disinformation portal to include information about monkeypox. The NJOHSP says it now includes information that is causing confusion among New Jerseyans, including misleading videos and conspiracy ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers, and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing. Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings ...

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TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Former Governors of New Jersey have a tendency to mimic what General Douglas MacArthur said in his farewell address, that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” The New Jersey State Constitution doesn’t allow Governors to be elected forever, limiting them to ...

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PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school. "I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three ...

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