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NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

$1.2 Billion for Schools to Address Educational and Mental Health Needs

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and ...

Get Ready to Work Out: Gyms to Reopen Sept. 1 with Limited Capacity

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order for New Jersey's gyms to reopen Sept. 1 with a capacity level of 25 percent and a strong adherence to sanitary precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Masks must be worn at all times during workouts.

New Jersey's gyms have been closed for six months except for personal, individualized ...

Murphy Urges Residents to 'Take the Damn Call' from Contact Tracers; Bucco Says Restaurants are Dying

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday pleaded with New Jersey residents to cooperate with the state's COVID-19 contact tracers, noting that more than half the people being reached by the tracers are refusing to cooperate.

"This is highly disturbing to say the least," Murphy said. "Our contact tracers only care about protecting public health. They care about ...

A Tearful Plea from District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Murphy Defends MVC, Updates Travel Advisory, Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on July 29.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was updated. There are now ...

Murphy Grants MVC Extensions, Acknowledges Unhappy Customers

NEW JERSEY — While asking New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers not to crowd or hunker down overnight at local agencies, Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a set of extensions Friday during his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

Expiration dates have been lengthened for driver’s licenses, non-driver identification, vehicle registrations, inspections and temporary tags. Any ...

In Addition to Nixing Freeholder, Murphy Says ‘We’re Constantly Thinking Through’ Other Name Changes 

NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist.

The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the subject with Gov. Phil Murphy and State Senate President Stephen ...

Murphy: Masks to Be Worn Outdoors When Distancing Not Possible

TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference.

The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor dining establishment and when wearing a mask would inhibit health or safety.

The ...


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IRS Scams Can Target Seniors . . . What Family Caregivers Can Do

At first, 82-year-old Steve was alarmed by the message he discovered on his voice mail. “The caller said the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) was filing a lawsuit against me. I called the number back and they asked for my account number. I said they never gave me one so the man asked for my Social Security number, and I said I would never give that over the phone. He hung up on me. So, I ...

What Are the Tax Benefits of Charitable Trusts?

Americans give freely to support the causes they value, from churches, education and the arts to medical research. Fortunately, current tax laws encourage and even reward philanthropy.

Beyond the basic tax deductions for charitable giving, setting up one or both of the following types of trusts could provide financial advantages in addition to the personal satisfaction that comes from ...

Timeless Subway Tile Flooring, Backsplashes & Patterns

When it comes to home renovation, many trends have a fairly short shelf life. Eventually what was once popular begins to fade and make way for the newest designs and subway tile colors. kitchen, and bathroom subway tile patterns, however, do not fall victim to that cycle. Its popularity stays constant and the tile itself remains timeless.

Ubiquitous, classic and easy to work with, colored ...

Atlantic Health System Oncologist Explores Role of Vitamin D in Treating Colorectal Cancer

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise.

Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants ...

Tropical Storm Isaias Update

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utilities continue restoration efforts for customers of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) who lost power as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. Service has been restored to approximately 566,000 JCP&L customers – more than 72% of the 788,000 customers impacted by the storm.

More than 8,000 utility personnel from JCP&L, other ...

Roxbury High's January Students of the Month

March 13, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Eighteen students from Roxbury High School were named Students of the Month for January.

Teachers nominate students for their performance in any of the eleven departments: Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, World Languages, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Engineering Design and Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Health/Physical ...

URI Students From Roxbury Area Named to Fall 2020 Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ -- The University of Rhode Island announced that 11 students from the Roxbury area made its Fall 2020 Dean's List.

Alexis Amendolaro of Flanders 

Ellie DeVos of Flanders 

Bridget Doherty of Succasunna 

Allie Kifyak of Flanders

Meghan Lance of Wharton 

Carly Longtine of Mt Arlington 

Jack Malczynski of Flanders

Ashley Pizza of ...

St Therese K of C Donates $2000 to Roxbury Social Services

April 9, 2021

Dear Editor,

When the COVID-19 crisis started to take its toll on employment in New Jersey in April 2020, St Therese K of C Council 6320 began to search for ways to help its neighbors.

Most of the food panties in the state were reporting record demands on non-perishable food and toiletry items. The Council began with joining the Diocese of Paterson Food Drive program, collecting from ...

From Civil War to Black Lives Matter: Roxbury Library Welcomes Lecturer on Black History

April 14, 2021

As we look for updates on the Derek Chauvin trial, the Roxbury Public Library will give us an opportunity on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. to understand the ways Black people and their allies have organized and fought for freedom, racial equality, and social justice from the periods of enslavement and Reconstruction to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.

Partnering with Roxbury ...