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County Brings Testing to Ironbound in Effort to Reach Newark’s Immigrant Population

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Recognizing its status as one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus. Essex County expanded its testing to some of Newark’s more hard-to-serve populations this week, including the Ironbound’s immigrant community. 

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), who was part of the team that set up a pop-up site in the parking lot of the Seabra ...

Essex County Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Canceled

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced today that the 2020 Essex County Summer Music Concert Series and Fireworks displays have been canceled because of the Coronavirus.

“Our Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Spectaculars are much anticipated events that attract spectators from throughout Essex County and beyond. They are an ...

Both SOMA Mayors and the Essex County Executive Support Governor's Borrowing Plan

Essex County, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced his support of Governor Phil Murphy's proposal to borrow $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to balance the State Budget. On Friday, May 29th, DiVincenzo sent a letter of support to the Governor; the letter was also signed by 17 of the Mayors in Essex County, including Sheena Collum of South Orange and ...

Former and Late East Orange Mayor Thomas H. Cooke Jr.: A Legacy Remembered

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Former East Orange Mayor, Thomas H. Cooke, Jr. passed away the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Mayor Cooke was a trailblazer and the city's second African American-elected Mayor from 1978 to 1986.

Mayor Cooke was honored posthumously at the 2020 East Orange Memorial Day Celebration. In 2019, he was awarded the Lifetime Citizens Award.

A ...

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

Coronavirus Cases in Essex County as of May 23

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Office of Information has issued the following charts delineating coronavirus cases in the county, updating through the morning of Saturday, May 23. This data will not match any other report since cases are continually entering the system and local health departments may reassign place of residence as appropriate during their ...

Army Medical Brigade Departs from University Hospital Amid Declining COVID-19 Cases

NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Defense health care providers who touched down to provide relief to an overwhelmed University Hospital in April bid Newark adieu on Wednesday, marking an end to the peak that crushed the city’s hospital system last month. 
 
The U.S. Army North mobilized 10 Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the heavy-hit East Coast to bring relief to ...

Paddle Boating at South Mountain Recreation Complex to Reopen

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Paddle boating at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex reopens today, May 22, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Procedures have been put in place to promote social distancing among visitors and sanitize all equipment.

“With the weather getting warmer and people looking for things to do outside, we are pleased to be able to reopen paddle ...

Bear 832 Visits Short Hills: A Story in Photos

MILLBURN, NJ — Bear 832 strolled around Short Hills on Monday, climbing a tree and hanging out for the day before socially distancing himself from humans. He checked out the bear trap set by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife but decided not to check in.

The black bear was photographed enjoying his day in the suburbs by Millburn resident ...

What COVID-19 Funding Cuts Would Mean for Newark Public Schools

NEWARK, NJ — Newly drafted 2020-2021 school budgets based on the state’s projections didn’t even have a chance to cool before COVID-19 came and upended the public sector. 

Newark Public Schools, which presented its budget hearing remotely in March, and other urban districts are adrift in a sea of unknowns as the state reassesses what it will allocate to schools. Many are ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

Community Conversations: Guiding Patients with Cancer

Join Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Cancer Care for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will share guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.

Community Conversations: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe this Summer

Join Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Medical Director for Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will answer your questions about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

Milestones

Talia Ramer, Tulane Class of 2020

May 21, 2020

Talia Ramer, daughter of Alia Covel of South Orange and Daniel Ramer of West Orange, graduated cum laude from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, on May 16. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in business management. She was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and held internships working in television production at Wonderama in New York City ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health is Greater than We Know 

May 27, 2020

While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from clients now experiencing new feelings of depression, anxiety and social isolation. We are also ...

OPINION: A Pandemic Doesn’t Stop the Dedication to Newark

When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look out for one another as their days got busier and the world around them became more ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, May 1-13

May 26, 2020

May 1, 2020; Possession of Stolen vehicle Arrests; At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 66 Gas Station. With the assistance of Union PD, a vehicle stolen out of Irvington was recovered and three individuals were arrested for being in possession of it.  Nineteen-year-old Anaia Staton of Montclair, eighteen-year-old Kamryn Coates of Maplewood and a sixteen-year-old ...

South Orange Police Blotter, May 18-22

Burglary to Auto — A West Montrose Avenue resident reports between May 15th and 16th during the overnight hours unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway, and ransacked the inside.  Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

Shoplifting — On May 16, 2020 the manager at Ashley Market notified South Orange Police of a ...

Police Chief Jim DeVaul Issues Statement Regarding Tragic Death of George Floyd

June 3, 2020

 

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following letter to the community from Maplewood Chief of Police Jim DeVaul has been submitted for publication. Chief DeVaul not only address the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, but continues on to address past issues in Maplewood and the current goals and objectives to address and correct the past issues. They are in effect and the ...

Maplewood Library Announces Phased-In Reopening Plan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Library has released its multi-phase plan for restoring patron services. The phases will be implemented with the health and safety of the public and staff as top priorities.

Moving from one phase to the next is dependent on local and state assessment of risk. Under an Executive Order by Governor Murphy, libraries are to remain closed to the public until at ...

County Brings Testing to Ironbound in Effort to Reach Newark’s Immigrant Population

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Recognizing its status as one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus. Essex County expanded its testing to some of Newark’s more hard-to-serve populations this week, including the Ironbound’s immigrant community. 

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), who was part of the team that set up a pop-up site in the parking lot of the Seabra ...

Essex County Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Canceled

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced today that the 2020 Essex County Summer Music Concert Series and Fireworks displays have been canceled because of the Coronavirus.

“Our Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Spectaculars are much anticipated events that attract spectators from throughout Essex County and beyond. They are an ...

At Rutgers Virtual University Commencement, Judith Persichelli Addressed Camden Class

June 1, 2020

NEW JERSEY — An estimated 18,967 graduates will receive degrees from Rutgers this year (13,057 degrees and one artistic diploma from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, 4,090 from Rutgers University-Newark, and 1,819 from Rutgers University-Camden). They include approximately 12,304 baccalaureate degrees, 4,688 master’s ...

Changes Coming to Route 22 ShopRite / Best Buy Shopping Center

UNION, NJ - The Union Planning Board heard testimony at Thursday night’s virtual public meeting of plans to modify existing structures and construct new buildings at the ShopRite/Best Buy shopping Center on Route 22 west.

Representatives for the Robbins Agency presented proposed plans for the site in several parts, including the vacant, standalone Pizza Hut and gas ...

Broadway Celebrates Rising Stars of Paper Mill Playhouse

June 3, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — This past Monday night, Paper Mill Playhouse streamed the Rising Star Honors presented by The Investors Foundation, drawing more than 10,000 views on Facebook and YouTube as it premiered. The virtual show celebrated the nearly 100 New Jersey high schools participating in the annual Rising Star Awards, which was canceled due to the current ...

IRS reminder: June 15 tax deadline postponed to July 15 for taxpayers who live and work abroad

WASHINGTON, DC — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people who live and work abroad that they have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The usual deadline is June 15.

The additional time was included in a wide range of Coronavirus-related relief announced in early April. The postponement generally applies to all ...

YMCA Partners with The Bridge to Support Children and Families

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is partnering with behavioral healthcare nonprofit, The Bridge to provide support to children and families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Established in 1971, The Bridge offers mental health and substance use treatment services to individuals, couples, and children through a variety of outpatient programs and school-based ...