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Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits in NJ Ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning Nov.

Murphy Reports NJ's Worst COVID Numbers Since Pandemic's Height in the Spring

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March.

Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which brings New Jersey's cumulative total to 
279,274 and 18 new confirmed deaths, which brings the state's total to 4,765 total ...

Trinitas Health Foundation Raises Funds and Awareness with Virtual Event Featuring Zak Williams and Jack Ford

November 16, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Trinitas Health Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual “Peace of Mind” Event. While guests were not able to gather in person this year, all guests gathered virtually on Zoom for a discussion on easing the behavioral health stigma. Special guests included Mental Health Advocate, Zak Williams (son of actor and comedian Robin Williams) and Award ...

Roselle Mayor and Council will Hand Out Health Protection Kits Saturday Morning

ROSELLE, NJ — Free Health Protection Kits will be distributed at Columbia Bank on Chestnut Street Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m.

The event, called Mask Up Roselle, is a collaboration between Mayor Reginald Atkins, Borough Council, Freeholder Andrea Staten and Columbia Bank. The kits will include a free mask and hand sanitizer.

The goal of Mask Up Roselle is to spread awareness ...

Definitive Agreement Reached by RWJBarnabas Health and Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health on Wednesday entered into a definitive agreement whereby Trinitas and its affiliates will become a part of the RWJBH system. The agreement follows the October 2019 signing by both institutions of a Letter of Intent to explore a potential transaction. 


“Our discussions during this past ...

Harrison Elementary’s Scholastic Book Fair is Virtual

November 11, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — This year, the Scholastic Book Fair at Harrison Elementary is all virtual.  The book fair began Monday and will be running until November 22.

To check out the different books available, there are two methods to ship at the fair this year.

The first is through the Scholastic Store. During the fair each purchase earns 25% in rewards for Harrison Elementary. Every ...

Roselle Offers Genesis and Schoology Training for ACHS Parents

ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Public Schools are holding a series of virtual training sessions for Abraham Clark parents on how to use the parent portals of Genesis and Schoology.

Beginning today and ending Friday, the district is holding six events in total, one for Genesis and one for Schoology in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Parents will be able to learn how to check their ...

Roselle Public Library Gets $5.5 Million from State Grant

November 19, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act has passed both houses of the state legislature, allocating over $87 million to libraries across the state, $5.5 million of which will be going to the Roselle Public Library (RPL) for renovations and a new addition.

“We’re so excited at the thought of having money for community programming,” said Roselle Public ...

Roselle Secures $5.5 Million for New Community Resource Center

ROSELLE, NJ — The Borough of Roselle was awarded a New Jersey Library Construction Bond Grant of $5.5 million for a community resource center.

The grant money will be used to renovate the 83-year-old Roselle Public Library building and to build a new two-story 15,400 square-foot resource center addition to the library. 

Mayor Reginald Atkins congratulated former Mayor Christine ...

Roselle Park Police Raise Awareness for Mental Health in Memory of Coworker

November 13, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - “In January it will be the one-year anniversary of when our Police Department changed forever,” said Roselle Park Police Chief Daniel J. McCaffery.  “We lost a friend and coworker. Having to tell the people that work for me that we lost one of our own was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.” 


In the aftermath of that ...

Casano Center will Help Residents Apply for Union County Financial Assistance

November 14, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The Casano Community Center is going to be helping Roselle Park residents apply for emergency financial assistance this Monday.

The Casano Center is scheduling appointments by phone (908-353-7171 ext. 115) from 3-7 p.m. on Monday. Residents will have to bring their completed applications and documents to their appointment.

Applications can be picked up at the Casano ...

Rent Assistance is Available in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ - Are you a Union County resident in danger of eviction because you are struggling to meet your rent payments? You may be eligible for rent assistance through Community Access Unlimited.

People who have fallen behind on their rent payments may be eligible for up to three months of back rent assistance. Applicants must already be at least one month behind on their rent ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

November 19, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Murphy and Six Other Governors Jointly Call for Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey Games

NEW JERSEY -- In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined with fellow governors, Janet Mills (Maine), Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Phil Scott (Vermont), Ned Lamont (Connecticut), and Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) in calling for suspension of interstate hockey ...

Union County Among Last in NJ Still Tallying Ballots, Clerk Says

November 14, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you filled out a paper ballot at a polling place in Union County, your vote will be counted — starting Monday, the administrator of the Board of Elections said.

Elections workers will begin counting the paper ballots, also called provisional ballots, cast at polling places beginning Monday — 13 days after election day — at which time they will ...

Community Access Unlimited Celebrates Perseverance and Blessings this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - When Barshay Stinson became part of the Transitional Opportunities Program at Community Access Unlimited five years ago, he was an 18-year-old looking to leave the foster care system who had rarely been able to leave Jersey City. 

Today he has a job he enjoys and is thrilled to move in with his fiancé and baby girl in January. He realizes he has ...

After Lockdown, A Dream Come True Wedding for Couple with Disabilities

ELIZABETH, NJ - After six months of physical separation during COVID-19 lockdown, Megan and Maurice Stephens could not wait to be together and say their vows. 

“COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop our wedding,” Megan said. It was meant to be, according to Maurice.

From the time they met at a Halloween party held by Community Access Unlimited, the two instantly ...

Roselle Park Police Raise Awareness for Mental Health in Memory of Coworker

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - “In January it will be the one-year anniversary of when our Police Department changed forever,” said Roselle Park Police Chief Daniel J. McCaffery.  “We lost a friend and coworker. Having to tell the people that work for me that we lost one of our own was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.” 


In the aftermath of that ...

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Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Union County Freeholders, Union County Improvement Authority Cut Ribbon on New Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field

November 23, 2020

New field includes top-notch Olympic running track, soccer and lacrosse field, field house with lockers and concession, bleachers, press box and track and field amenities

The Union County Freeholders today joined with members of the Union County Improvement Authority, Union County College, Clark residents and officials today in cutting the ribbon at the new Oak Ridge Park Athletic ...

Area Teen Brings Thanksgiving Meals to Families Battling Homelessness

November 21, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - As a way of giving thanks and giving back, area teen Sebastian Nativo is helping to ensure that 16 families have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious mean this Thanksgiving holiday.

Working with Family Promise Union County in Elizabeth, the seventh grader from Rahway has been collecting donations to fill holiday boxes with a cornucopia of ingredients to prepare a ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

November 18, 2020

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

Roselle Park Police Blotter: Keep Vehicles Locked to Avoid Auto Theft

November 20, 2020

On 11/14/20 at 6:44 pm, Patrolman Anthony Calello and Patrolman Louis Plock, responded to the 500 block of Locust Street to check on the welfare of a motorist that was reported to be asleep in a motor vehicle.

Through an investigation, Glenn Miller, 63, of Union Township, was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. He also exhibited signs of being ...

Join the NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance to Boost Our Economy

November 13, 2020

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation. Our liquor license laws (over 60 years old) are holding back our state economy and efforts to revitalize downtowns across our state. Utah is the only other state that has liquor license laws like New Jersey.  

The current liquor license formula caps liquor licenses based on ...

The Answer Man

Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

And I no doubt would be more ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...