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Local Grocery Stores Issue Recall on Healthy Choice Power Bowls

May 23, 2020

SUSSEX, NJ – Supermarkets Stop and Shop and Weis Markets have issued recalls on Healthy Choice Power Bowl 9.5 ounce Chicken Feta and Farro.  The United States Department of Agriculture have issues a warning that expands on a recall issued on April 10, 2020.

Conagra Brands, Inc. or Russellville, Arkansas and Marshall, Missouri recalled approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready to eat ...

New Jerseyans Are Well Informed About COVID-19, Majority Taking Appropriate Actions: Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- New Jerseyans are well informed about COVID-19, including how it is transmitted, its major symptoms, what to do if infected, which populations are most at risk, and how to take preventative action, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

 

Most New Jerseyans are well aware of how the virus is transmitted: 97% correctly answer that being in close ...

Service Organization Xi Beta Rho Donates to Sparta Police Department

SPARTA, NJ- The Xi Beta Rho Sorority members of the local Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International donated a temporal thermometer to the Sparta Police Department on Monday.  Police Chief Neil Spidaletto and Lt. John Lamon met Marjorie Strohsahl and Kathie Maske outside the police department headquarters to accept the donation.

“We appreciate the work the Sparta Police Department does ...

Murphy: New Public Portal to Aid State's Long-Term Care Facility Investigation

TRENTON, NJ - A new portal for the public to report any evidence of misconduct at long term care facilities or nursing homes was announced at the daily COVID-19 briefing by Governor Phil Murphy and his executive leadership team.  The Governor said the new portal was established as a complement to an ongoing investigation by Office of the Attorney General into the responsive actions taken at ...

Gov. Murphy’s Daily Update: 'Today’s COVID Numbers are Suspect'

TRENTON, NJ – During his May 4 COVID-19 daily briefing, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated that the low number of new positive cases and recorded deaths reported today were “suspect.”

“The numbers may be low as a result of a network outage we had yesterday. This may have prevented all cases from being processed,” said Murphy.

New positive cases reported: ...

Spart Elks Lodge Continues Helping the Community During COVID-19 Health Crisis

SPARTA, NJ - Despite closing their physical doors in March, Sparta Elks Lodge 2356 has been active giving back to the community.  This past weekend several of lodge members were able to fill a much needed void by delivering N95 Masks to three local Rescue Squads in Sparta, Lakeland and Newton, as well as the Sparta Police Department and the Karen Ann Quinlan ...

First COVID-19 Saliva Test in US Launched by South Plainfield-Based Accurate Diagnostic Labs and Rutgers University Cell & DNA Repository

SOUTH PLAINFIELD –South Plainfield-based laboratory, Accurate Diagnostic Labs, partnered with Rutgers University Cell & DNA Repository (RUCDR) Infinite Biologics and Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Barnabas Health, to design, deploy and analyze the new COVID-19 saliva test, the first of its kind in the country.  The team will be working with the White House ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates Major Milestone; Announces Number of COVID-19 Patients Discharged

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Daily life has changed these past months. People are staying home, avoiding crowds and only going out for necessary trips. People are scared, anxious, stressed and overwhelmed. The daily messages of increasing number of new cases and the rise in deaths from COVID-19 are daunting.

But tonight, as the sun was setting, the staff at Atlantic Health System ...

Sussex County COVID-19 April 16

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County has 32 additional coronavirus patients and two additional deaths from COVID-19. 

An 84-year-old woman from Andover and a 97-year-old man from Frankford Township have passed away from coronavirus.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 41.

The Sussex County Sheriff issued a statement about the 57 deaths at the Andover ...

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Sussex County YMCA blood drive nets 28 pints of life-saving blood

May 22, 2020

HARDYSTON, NJ - The Sussex County YMCA collected 28 pints of blood during a blood drive on May 6 in partnership with Vitalant. That amount of blood could save as many as 84 lives.

The Y has joined a slew of Ys across the country that are helping to address an urgent, ongoing need for blood donations. Thirty-six people signed up to give blood on May 6 at a time when organizations like Vitalant ...

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Sparta Township Council Recognizes Police Appreciation Week, Town Named Ninth Safest

May 14, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – In recognition for Police Appreciation Week, the township council had a proclamation in support of the local officers.

Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith read the proclamation into the record. She said, in part, “The Township of Sparta has always been proud of their police department for their unwavering dedication to service for our community…We express our unending ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Here We Are

May 25, 2020

On March 13, 2020, teaching and learning, as I knew it, changed forever.  Students were given the day “off” on this, Friday, the 13th, and teachers feverishly prepared for two weeks of work- although, I believe they all knew it would be much longer… and here we are.

 

I am not superstitious- but there were certainly strange things afoot at Sparta High ...

Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID-19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

 

In addition to the relief for employees, ...

Career Help, Support Groups, Kids Activities Available Online through Project Self-Sufficiency

Virtual has become the new reality at Project Self-Sufficiency in Newton as the non-profit agency has pivoted to serving clients via video chat platforms and over the telephone due to the ongoing public health crisis.  In addition to distributing record amounts of food to local families, the agency is now hosting support groups, career workshops, parenting forums, and other helpful ...

Representatives Sherrill, Panetta, and King Introduce Bill to Ensure Benefits for National Guard Members Deployed During COVID-19

Parsippany, NJ – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) joined Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Representative Peter King (NY-02), and 36 of their colleagues to introduce the bipartisan National Guard COVID-19 Earned Benefits Guarantee Act.

According to recent reporting, the Administration is considering cutting off most National Guard COVID-19 activations one day short of the ...

Representatives Sherrill, Panetta, and King Introduce Bill to Ensure Benefits for National Guard Members Deployed During COVID-19

Parsippany, NJ – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) joined Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Representative Peter King (NY-02), and 36 of their colleagues to introduce the bipartisan National Guard COVID-19 Earned Benefits Guarantee Act.

According to recent reporting, the Administration is considering cutting off most National Guard COVID-19 activations one day short of the ...

Car Auction, Junk Yard at Airport Site on the Agenda in Andover

May 18, 2020

ANDOVER, NJ- Thousands of disabled cars could end up in Andover if the Land Use Board approves a request for a variance made by BHT Properties Group. On Tuesday, May 19, the Land Use Board is set to hear the variance application for the old airport on Stickles Pond Road.

Residents have spoken out against the proposal spearheaded by Eileen Ibranyi saying it will “completely ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Economic Recovery Should Begin Second Half Of The Year

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year

 

 

One of the biggest questions we all seem to be asking these days is: When are we going to start to see an economic recovery? As the country begins to slowly reopen, moving forward in strategic phases, business activity will help bring our nation back to life. Many economists ...

The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 13, 2020 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ -  The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 13, 2020 meeting video.