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New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Essex County Returns to Only Dispensing Moderna

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Essex County Officials Partner With Latino Clergy Members to Step Up Vaccine Rollout

NEWARK, NJ — Latino clergy members in Newark this week were joined by Essex County officials to commence a partnership aimed to promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in minority communities. 

The partnership follows suit with recent efforts Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has undertaken to ensure the vaccine’s safety in Black and brown communities that ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Medical Professionals From NJ's Asian American Communities Address Vaccine Fears in DOH Virtual Town Hall

NEW JERSEY — As part of its streaming series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a free public town hall discussion led by medical professionals from NJ’s Asian American communities; the April 20, 7 p.m. event will address facts, fears, and myths concerning the vaccine.

“Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

Over 337K Doses of the Covid Vaccines Administered as of April 5; NJ Allowing all New Jerseyans Over Age 16 to Get Vaccinated Effective April 19

NEW JERSEY — As of yesterday evening, New Jersey has administered more than 4,701,725 vaccine doses, (3,013,713 with at least one dose and 1,796,798 fully vaccinated people).  In Essex County, the NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard is showing that as of 10:30 p.m. last night, 360,877 doses of vaccines have been administered. 

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The Slow Rollout of NJ’s Vaccine Vans

Health department ordered three specialized vans in November. They were delivered in March. It could be weeks before they’re on the road.

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Maplewood Restarts COVID-19 Testing in Town as Cases Continue to Rise

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township will be renewing the free COVID-19 testing they instituted last year at a different location. 

Health Officer Candice Davenport said that the COVID testing is beginning today and running through April 30, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This would be particularly relevant to anyone who has traveled over spring ...

South Orange Crosses 850 Cases as Eligibility for Vaccine Opens Further

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Office of Emergency Management sent out an email to residents on Easter Sunday informing them of the latest case numbers.

“As of 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, 12,324 South Orange residents have received access to COVID-19 testing and of that number, 857 tests have returned positive,” the email stated. “Based on the last ...

State’s Largest Vaccination Site Surpasses 6,000 Vaccines Administered on Opening Day

NEWARK, NJ — When Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week the launch of the New Jersey Institute of Technology vaccination site in Newark, it was originally planned to deploy 6,000 doses per day.

On opening day, the site surpassed that mark with nearly 6,200 doses administered. 

“They will be pounding [doses] away,” Murphy said during a press conference outside the ...

Murphy Reports 4 Million Vaccines Administered, Expandes Eligibility, Rolls Back Restrictions on Group Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy proudly announced that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the State’s evolving COVID-19 measures as well as other relevant statewide news and happenings.

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10 No-Fuss Cocktails to Make at Home with 3 Ingredients or Less

April 15, 2021

A tropical drink with three types of rum, two kinds of freshly squeezed juice and a garnish that resembles a fruit salad? That’s great if a bartender is making it for us.

When it comes to a cocktail in the comfort of our own home, sometimes we just want something simple. Something that doesn’t require washing out the blender when we’re done.

With that in mind, here are 10 ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Celebrating Donate Life Month

April 8, 2021

Springtime has now brought us a renewed spirit and hope as we look forward to the months ahead when we will begin to see each other again in person for community events and activities. Throughout the month of April, we are celebrating National Donate Life Month! This is our time to encourage family, friends and neighbors to register as organ and tissue donors and to honor those who have given the ...

Arrests are Made for Thefts in South Orange

April 13, 2021

Update, Theft Arrest: On October 18, 2020, a Seton Hall Student reported his cell phone and wallet stolen from his apartment. Prince Nesbitt-Hall was identified as the suspect and was apprehended on March 18, 2021. Nesbitt-Hall, an 18-year-old Newark resident, was also charged with possession of a stolen auto stemming from an incident on October 23, 2020 where he was observed ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, March 30 Through April 7

April 4, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 9:45 p.m. an unsecured vehicle left running at 7-11 on Irvington Avenue was stolen.

April 6, 2021; Recovered Stolen Vehicle; At approximately 2 a.m. a vehicle stolen out of Elizabeth was located by patrols on Wellesley Road.

April 7, 2021; Recovered Stolen Motorcycle; During the afternoon, a stolen motorcycle equipped with Lojack was ...

Support Karen Hilton and Her Team for Village Trustee

April 16, 2021

Dear Editor, 

We are writing to encourage our fellow South Orange residents to join us in voting on May 11 to re-elect Karen Hilton and elect her running mates Bill Haskins and Bobby Brown as Village Trustees.  

We have been fortunate to know Karen for nearly 20 years, as a friend and fellow volunteer. She is a tremendous asset to our community. While committed to working ...

Port Authority Commences $84M Renovation Project at Newark Liberty Airport 

April 18, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kicked off an $84.2 million capital project this week to renovate and upgrade one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s major runways. 

The project is planned to generate more than $144 million in economic activity for the region and create 783 total jobs. The revamped 4R-22L runway at Newark Liberty will feature ...

New Redeveloper Will Head Project in Central Ward at Former Newark Bears Stadium Site

NEWARK, NJ – A project previously approved to spur redevelopment in the Central Ward will expand even further after the Newark City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to designate a new developer for properties on Broad and Division streets. 

The developer, May Newark, LLC, plans to construct a mixed-use development in nine phases. The project will consist of approximately ...

What Do You Think of the New Jersey Bear Hunt?

April 17, 2021

Governor Murphy has declared that the bear hunt is over. Many representatives in the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly disagree with his position. Where does the public stand on the issue?

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — In 2014 Pedals the black bear became famous for sauntering upright through suburbs in northwest New Jersey.  Occasionally seen dipping down to rest or ducking into ...

Family Looking for Answers in Barnegat Boy’s Death

BARNEGAT, NJ — The sudden passing of six-year-old Corey Micciolo, a Collin School first-grader, has his family looking for answers.

Corey’s parents, Breana Micciolo of Englishtown and Christopher Gregor of Barnegat, shared custody of the young child.

According to Corey’s obituary, he died Friday, April 2 at Southern Ocean County Medical Center.

The Barnegat Police ...

St. James' Gate Announces Day Game and Vaccination Specials

April 16, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Since the Boys of Summer are back, and vaccinations are widening, St. James' Gate on Maplewood Avenue is celebrating both with special prices and a reward:

There is nothing like a dog and pint to enjoy the game with, so every time the Mets or the Yanks play a day game, a hot dog and Bud Light draft are only $5. Feel like you're at an afternoon game even if you ...

Overlook Medical Center marks 2,000th COVID inpatient discharged

SUMMIT, NJ – APRIL 16, 2021 – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, this week discharged its 2,000th inpatient treated for COVID-19 back to recovery, marking a significant milestone after more than a year of the global pandemic.

For Overlook officials, the discharge, which occurred on Tuesday, April 13, helped to highlight the hospital’s journey throughout ...

'Pete 'n Keely' Streaming This Weekend From Paper Mill Playhouse

MILLBURN, NJ — A fully staged, reimagined, digitally captured production of Pete 'N' Keely continues Paper Mill Playhouse's 2020-2021 season. Pete ’n’ Keely is a musical comedy about a divorced singing duo who reunite for a television special in 1968, packed with jazzy standards, torch songs, comedic showpieces, and tender sentiment.

 Like the ...