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Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

May 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

New Jersey Senators Propose 'Parents Bill of Rights'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons.

Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education was cleared by the Senate ...

New Jersey Abortion Access Would Expand Under Gov. Murphy's Proposal, Republicans React to Plan

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his support to expand the pool of abortion providers to include ...

New Jersey Plastic Bag Ban, One Week Later

NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores. 

As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use plastic or paper bags. There are some exceptions to the new rule, including ...

Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson Spotted Filming in NJ During TV and Movie Industry Boom

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is seeing a lot of action! The state has become one of the biggest places for movie and tv productions, and the demand is increasing to historic levels, according to the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission. 

"New Jersey's film production industry is experiencing a renaissance, due to the Film and Digital Media Tax credit ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Small Business Loans, State-Backed Certification Program for LGBTQ+ Businesses

NEW JERSEY — More financial help is being offered for small business owners.

Gov. Phil Murphy, along with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)  announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available through the Main Street Recovery Program. Nearly $5.5 million in grants ...

Murphy Administration Announces Investments in More Flood Protection

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — “Ida was no fluke,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.

In an effort to combat further flooding catastrophes in the state, Murphy announced at a news conference new investments in flood protection. It includes $50 million in the Blue Acres Buyout Program for Ida-impacted communities and $10 million in community stormwater assistance ...

Attorney General Reverses Decision on Police Pursuits Due to Rising Car Thefts

MARLBORO, NJ — A policy put in place just five months ago is being thrown into reverse.

At the beginning of the year, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (NJOAG) updated guidelines on the state’s use-of-force policy went into effect, which did not allow police pursuits over car thefts. It was only allowed if chase vehicles were involved in more ...

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If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a limited number of homes for sale, which is creating competition among buyers. Right now, homebuyers want three things:

To be the winning bid on their dream home
To buy ...

Some Facts About Sodexo - Serving Sparta Schools for 28 Years

May 17, 2022

Hello, an actual Sodexo employee here! I was disappointed to read the Letter to the Editor from May 16 titled “The Untold Truth about Sodexo School Lunch”. First, I refer you to stateofchildhoodobesity.com for current statistics. Poor mental health over the last year cannot be contributed to Sodexo’s food, it can however be contributed to the effects of a global ...

Honoring Our Heroes at the Memorial Day Parade

May 17, 2022

The Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that its traditional Memorial Day Parade returns to Newton this year. The parade, which begins at Lower Spring Street and proceeds down Spring and Moran Streets to Memory Park, kicks off at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 30.

 

Hosted by The Town of Newton, the parade aims to honor our service men and women while paying tribute to ...

Sparta Public Library offering new Storytimes

New Storytimes for all ages are being offered through the Sparta Public Library.  Beginning in May, we will offer Lapsit Storytime on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. for our youngest patrons and their caregivers.  Registration is required online at www.spartalibrary.com. This program is intended to serve those under 2 years old. On Fridays at 11:45 a.m., join Miss Gina in the Youth Services ...

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Happy Birthday to Newton's 105-Year-Old Jennie Switzer

May 11, 2022

NEWTON, NJ – About 100 people gathered on Monday to celebrate Jennie Switzer’s 105th birthday.  Family members Adam McDavitt and Rob McDavitt, Frank and Bernadett McDavitt and Katherine Switzer were on hand to share cake, cards and hugs with their amazing mother and grandmother.

Rising to address the people at her party Jennie said, “All I can say is thank you ...

Obituaries

May 28, 1945 - Nov 18, 2021
Barbara Renee Goldberg, resident of Roseville, Ca. passed away peacefully at Wayside Care center ...
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Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

May 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...