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May 15, 2021

This week in Maplewood and South Orange: Vaccination data is now available by town. Mayor Frank said masks stay on in public spaces. A new mixed used building was approved to replace the Verjus building on Springfield Avenue. At SHU, being vaccined will be required for the university ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — It was a perfect day in East Orange. The parking lot of the ShopRite shopping center (Roberto’s Pizza side) was full of excitement. Smiling eyes could be seen behind the masks everywhere.  Black cars pulled-up, and out popped Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy. He was ...

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Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers. Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation care easier.

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is not yet lifting its masking guidelines. Mayor Frank Mc Gehee issued an email to residents this evening saying that while "We are encouraged regarding the recent statement provided by the CDC," the current directives for the township and "regulations related to Covid ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester.  The school sent an email this week to the school community communicating the University's Executive Cabinet decision.  “We know that reaching a high vaccination level ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly. While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana were among 29 New Jersey residents named by Governor Phil Murphy to the New Jersey Puerto Rican Commission. The commission, which was established under legislation signed into law by Governor Murphy in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year.  The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism ...

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Containers of 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder Natural Vanilla Flavor due to the potential of an undeclared soy allergen, announced Arizona Nutritional Supplements.  The containers of the protein powder were mistakenly packaged with Soy Protein Powder, the company stated.  The product ...

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NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again.  “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000. “With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all ...

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VERONA, NJ — The Verona girls lacrosse team had a double dose of success on Thursday after a 16-7 victory gives the squad a win on ‘Senior Night’ while simultaneously advancing in the Essex County Tournament.  “It’s hard to do the senior night and play a big game, there’s a lot of ebbs and flows ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12-15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said. The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Joetta Clark, a 1980 graduate of Columbia High School, has been selected as part of the NJSIAA Gallagher/Bollinger Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.  All inductees were selected by a statewide committee of journalists and both active and retired school administrators. A four-time ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seniors from JCC MetroWest, Bnai Shalom’s Adult Hazak Group and local clients of Homewatch CareGivers were engaged and entertained at an outdoor concert celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), held Friday, May 7. Having spent months indoors without in-person activities, the ...

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WAYNE, NJ — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 have ...

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The Mayor of Kenilworth and Merck have announced the official sale of the Merck Kenilworth campus. The Kenilworth Mayor and Merck are joining efforts to find a new owner for this unique location. This announcement follows Merck’s April 28, 2020 announcement of its intention to consolidate the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation.  Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and ...

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EVANSTON, IL — Two local high school seniors have won National Merit® $2500 Scholarships. Kenneth Y. Huang of Maplewood, a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, and Julia A. Vitale of South Orange, a senior at Columbia High School, Maplewood are part of 2,500 Merit Scholar ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Planning Board has approved construction of a three-story mixed-use apartment-and-restaurant building at the site of the former Verjus restaurant on Springfield Ave. The project by WDC Investments at 1782-1792 Springfield Ave. was approved unanimously on Tuesday ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Lt. Adrian Acevedo, of the South Orange Police Department, Special Operations Bureau issued the following information regarding milling and paving of certain sections of South Orange Avenue and North Ridgewood Road: Starting on Wednesday, May 12th and running through Thursday, ...

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STAFFORD, NJ — Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With only unofficial results available, it is expected that Karen Hartshorn Hilton has won reelection to the Board of Trustees, bringing her slate mates along with her — Braynard “Bobby” Brown and William Haskins look to have earned their first term on the BOT. Their slate was ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Guaranteed Income Pilot Program that is planned to help Newark residents stave off economic insecurity by putting money directly into their hands with no strings attached may soon come to fruition starting with a group of selected individuals.  First broached by Newark Mayor Ras ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ - Sophomore right-hander Nick Williams pitched six strong innings and the Columbia baseball team defeated Belleville, 10-3, on Tuesday. The only run Williams allowed was unearned, he struck out five batters, walked none and gave up five hits. Ryan Helfenstein, Luke Nomura and ...

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The South Orange Board of Trustees met for its regular board meeting Monday night to recognize several groups, name Villager of the Month, to honor Nikhil Badlani, and to consider various ordinances and resolutions.  Village President, Sheena Collum, stressed the importance of the community to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Citing urgency as the school year winds down, over 20 parents of students in South Orange-Maplewood schools asked the school board to make schools full time and in-person for all grades before the school year ends. In comments at the South Orange-Maplewood School Board on Monday ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused ...

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