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Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

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 of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Murphy: Don't Expect More Easing of Restrictions with COVID Variants on the Rise

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing on Monday that he doesn't expect to loosen any more COVID-19 restrictions because of the recent rise in variant strains of the disease.

On March 19, the state of New Jersey expanded capacity at indoor businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, but the governor said that is unlikely to allow any further increases in ...

New Jersey Public Schools Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report

NEW JERSEY -- In its new rankings of public schools nationwide, U.S. News & World Report said New Jersey is the state with the country’s top education system and is number one in pre-school enrollment.       

“Investments in our students are investments in the future of our state, and I am incredibly proud that our schools have been ranked number one in the ...

NJ Officials, Who Once Feared Vaccine Hesitancy, Nowhere Near Meeting Demand for COVID-19 Immunization

Patchwork registration and sign-up systems, already inadequate, must deal with tens of thousands of newly eligible residents.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

When New Jersey officials began planning the state’s ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

Treacherous Roads Loom as Winter Storms Approach Essex County This Week

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — For those waiting for the big snowstorm we have been deprived of over the past couple of years, the wait will need to continue. 

Two storm systems developing this week will provide some white winter weather for a good part of New Jersey, but neither storm is showing much inclination to develop into a bigger deal. 

The first system is a quick and light ...

NJ Surpasses 500,000 Vaccine Doses Distributed

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that New Jersey has distributed more than a half-million doses of the COVID vaccine.

The governor said that 500,222 doses have now been administered statewide – including 65,583 long-term care facility residents and staff. He added that last Wednesday, the number was just over 250,000 and explained that there are two ...

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Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

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 of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

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Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center to Start Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program

May 14, 2021

Mountainside Medical Center will begin a new Post-COVID exercise program individually designed for those who have had COVID-19 to improve their strength, flexibility, endurance and activities of daily living.  The goal of the program is to improve quality of life and promote positive lifestyle changes through education and exercise.

This program is medically supervised by the Mountainside ...

Seton Hall Requiring Vaccines for Fall Semester

May 14, 2021

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 in our University population is an important factor in achieving the ...

Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

Support for Jack McEvoy

May 9, 2021

As retired Verona School System teachers and importantly, as seniors, we are often left out of the discussion and forgotten even though we remain an active and vocal part of the community.  Seniors participate as volunteers, attend fundraisers for VFEE, among others, attend Rescue Squad and Fire Department pancake breakfasts and take an active role at various meetings.  Even though ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...