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More on Day Care, Camps and Pools Reopening from Murphy

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Day care centers for the children of essential workers have been opened throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday, they reopen to other parents on June 15.  Within the next few weeks, non-contact sports activities and youth day camps also may open up. What does all this mean? What about pools?

Commissioner of the Department of Children ...

Murphy Announces Opening Dates for Daycare Centers, Youth Sports, and Summer Camps

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference today announced reopening dates for 

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6) 

These activities are allowed to resume over the next several weeks, if they follow health and safety safeguards, the ...

Warren Welcomes New Recycling Totes

WARREN, NJ - Exclamations of excitement were heard in parts of Warren Township Thursday morning when Somerset County began delivering new 65 gallon recycling totes to Warren residents.

The Somerset County Recycling Division will be implementing its Dual Stream Program in Warren Township.

Residents will be provided with two 65-gallon, wheeled recycling totes. Each tote has a different ...

Bridgewater Juvenile Fatally Struck by Train

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater juvenile has been identified as the man fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Monday at around 4:20 p.m. just west of the Bridgewater station, according to Lisa Torbic, of NJ Transit.

Torbic said the eastbound Raritan Valley Line train 5526, which left from Raritan at 4:16 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Newark Penn Station at 5:15 p.m. struck the juvenile ...

Warren Remembers the Fallen on Memorial Day 2020

WARREN, NJ - Memorial Day 2020 is unlike any in the recent past. Due to the pandemic, parades were canceled, streets were empty, and no bands played.

But some things remain the same. Socially distanced outdoor gatherings of 25 are now permitted and Warren Township held a ceremony on Memorial Day at 10 am to present a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in the municipal courtyard to honor ...

When the Economy Opens Back-Up, How will You Tell your Come Back Story?

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The return to the new normal will happen faster than you think, and businesses who get out in front of the people in their community will have a significant advantage. 

How will you tell people you are open? How will you tell people you are compliant with new government regulations? Furthermore, how will you let everyone know what type of special ...

Green Brook Middle School Celebrates 8th Grade Class of 2020

GREEN BROOK, NJ - Green Brook Middle School staff launched graduation activities with cap & gown and personalized yard sign distribution this week.

The  8th graders and their parents arrived at the school to pick up their cap and gown as well as their congratulatory yard sign, and they were met by a huge banner of congratulations.

Advisor Cathy Yanes said,”We have a banner up ...

Historic Tour of Somerville Canceled; Plans Ongoing for 2021 Race

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- For only the second time in a storied history dating back to 1940, the Tour of Somerville bicycle races will not be held this Memorial Day weekend. World War II stopped it first, now an international conflict of a different kind, the Covid-19 pandemic, will put the brakes on America’s oldest competitive cycling event until next year.

Despite the setback, race organizers ...

Rutgers Expert Explains How to Care For Your Pets During the Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic shifted many veterinary clinics from routine to emergency-only appointments – leaving pet owners to address minor injuries and basic grooming issues normally resolved by professionals.

Veronica Jones, D.V.M., an emergency medicine veterinarian at NorthStar VETS in Robbinsvile and a 2009 graduate of the School of Environmental and Biological ...

Overwhelming Response for Belmar Beach Badge Sales

BELMAR, NJ — A swell of people, stretching blocks along Belmar's boardwalk, turned out to buy seasonal beach badges on the first day of sales at Taylor Pavilion.

Advance badge sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days of week, as beaches will officially open on Memorial Day weekend — under capacity and social distancing restrictions that will be ...

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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 ...

Mothering in the Age of Corona

Here’s a snapshot of my own mothering in the age of corona:

Today I’ve got a webinar pulled up on my laptop,  my phone is dinging as answers to my questions about property tax grace periods roll in, there’s at least one call of “I’m hungry” from the next room and I’m cutting up construction paper so my kids can make  yoda project when this ...

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

June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON – 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 taxpayers ...

Warren Township Offices Phase into Reopening

The Warren Township offices have been closed to the public since March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19. The Township staff has continued to serve the needs of the residents since that date, although at times at reduced staffing levels. The Town Hall staff has now returned to normal staffing levels as we continue with incremental steps to return to normal.

The next phase in our plan is to open ...

Economic Impact Payments being sent by prepaid debit cards, arrive in plain envelope; IRS.gov answers frequently asked questions

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

Chen Launches Local ‘Porch Project’

Local resident and small business owner Linda Chen of The Primrose School of Warren and Paris Baguette Bridgewater has launched her contribution to the nationwide "Front Porch Project" movement. The Front Porch Project is a program where photographers donate their time for photo session during the pandemic in return for donations to various charities. The ...

Warren Joins Mayors for “Main Street” Alliance

 

 

Mayor Mick Marion is pleased to join in the “Mayors on Main Street” initiative representing the following Mayors and communities:

 

• Mayor Zachery Bray, Raritan Borough, Somerset County

• Mayor Richard Onderko, Manville Borough, Somerset County

• Mayor Doug Tomson, Hillsborough Township, ...

IRS.gov helps taxpayers get tax information they need; find tools for filing, paying, checking accounts and answering questions

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers today about several online tools available to help them get the tax information they need as the IRS has limited operations due to the coronavirus.  

More taxpayers are using IRS.gov than ever before; as of May 8, the agency’s website had been visited a record 1 billion times, up 141% compared to the same time last ...

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 Health & 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 ...

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

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

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, ...

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. Dr.

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

June 1, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

In ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

Are Introverts more Suited to Remote Work?

A recent poll on Twitter found that 44% of respondents would take a 10% pay cut in order to work from home permanently. That is interesting, but as interesting, is the fact that 56% said they would not. These statistics line up nicely with the suggested introvert/extrovert divide.

Are introverts really more suited to remote work? With my small Instagram following, I asked that very question.

Quick Response to Stroke Symptoms Must Trump COVID-19 Anxiety; May is Stroke Awareness Month

As a vascular neurologist, I’m concerned that people’s fear of catching COVID-19 is stopping them from seeking health care, even those who may be gravely ill. Having a stroke is a major emergency that requires immediate medical intervention, yet people with symptoms erroneously believe the risk of coronavirus infection is a greater threat.

I assure you it is not.

Anyone who ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

A Growing Victory

I have recently become intrigued with the idea of starting a garden. Becoming self-sufficient. Living off the land. Wearing overalls and holding a pitchfork. Getting up before dawn to tend to the chores.

Except for the getting up before dawn part, it sounds kind of appealing. doesn’t it?

It is a romantic notion, tending a garden.

Inspired by noteable farmers before me, I imagine ...

Statement from Morris Township Police Chief Regarding Last Night Procession and Vigil

June 1, 2020

Community members,

Last night, there was a vehicle procession and vigil organized by Black Lives Matter Morristown and Wind of Spirits in regards to the horrific death of George Floyd. The event began in Morristown and continued at the Morris Township Municipal Building and Police Department. I am extremely impressed by the leadership of the event coordinators. The event was meaningful, ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

Obituaries

Linda B. Auman, 74, of Warren, NJ passed away at JFK Medical Center on Thursday, April 16, 2020 as ...
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Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

May 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Watchung Hills’ Jewett Named Superintendent of Year by Somerset County Association of School Administrators

WARREN, NJ - Elizabeth C. Jewett, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District, has been named the Somerset County Superintendent of the Year by the Somerset County Association of School Administrators.

Watchung Hills Board of Education President Rita Barone  made the announcement at the May 19 virtual meeting of the board.

"Being ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

May 31, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

Farmers Against Hunger: More Heroes in the Pandemic

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Farmers are a demographic that many may not have thought of as being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Jersey-centered organization Farmers Against Hunger has been helping local farmers as well as people in need during this difficult time. Since the pandemic started ten weeks ago, Farmers Against Hunger has donated 300,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Saturday Night Car Fire on Route 78

UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters and the scene was turned over to New Jersey State Police and the Department of ...

Nashville Singer, Songwriter Rob Snyder Writes Song "Jersey" About His Time on LBI

NASHVILLE, TN — There's no doubt that Long Beach Island brings out a sense of nostalgia in so many. Rob Snyder, Singer and Songwriter, originally from West Chester, PA recalls his times on LBI in his new single "Jersey."

"My parents met on LBI and it is just home to me. Always has been and always will be," Snyder said. "It is where I first ...