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Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 24, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Hawthorne Pride Alliance Clothing Collection Highlights Lack of LGBT-Safe Shelters in Passaic County

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Pride Alliance concluded a successful clothing drive Saturday, acquiring dozens of donated packages destined for the Essex county-based Reaching Adolescents in Need Foundation (RAIN) which provides a shelter for displaced and homeless LGBT youth, many of whom have been rejected by their own families with nowhere else to go.  The Pride Alliance noted that ...

In Major Hit to NJ’s Credit Rating, Wall Street Agency Lowers State’s Bond Grade

S&P Global Ratings concerned about state’s ‘significant structural deficits’ as it prepares to borrow more than $4 billion.

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.

New Jersey’s credit rating has ...

Murphy Orders COVID-19 Curfew on Indoor Dining in NJ Under New Restrictions

NEW JERSEY — A significant set of COVID-19 rollbacks will take effect in New Jersey starting Thursday in the form of indoor dining curfews and ban on interstate indoor youth sports travel.

After weeks of high case figures, Gov. Phil Murphy affirmed Monday that “the second wave is here.”

The following must be implemented Thursday:

All restaurants, bars, ...

Will New Jersey MVC Centers Keep Pandemic Systems Post-Crisis?

NEW JERSEY — Would you rather be online or on line?

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) chief administrator Sue Fulton said that the agency is considering keeping some systems put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic once the health crisis subsides - namely minimizing the need to show up in person. 

“Some of these steps we’re going to keep because they just ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Appointments to Cannabis Regulatory Commission

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy announced his appointments of Dianna Houenou as Chair of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, and Jeff Brown will serve as Executive Director of the Commission. The Governor will also appoint Krista Nash as a member of the Commission, upon the recommendation of Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“Dianna has been a critical voice for social justice and ...

NJ State Police See Mostly Halloween Compliance, Could Fine Some Parkway Protestors  

NEW JERSEY — Halloween weekend saw mostly compliance with coronavirus restrictions across the state with a few notables outliers, according to New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan on Monday.

“I thank the overwhelming majority of you who celebrated safely and especially those of you who took extra precautions to keep trick or treaters and their families ...

From Rebates to PPE to Broadband Access, Lawmakers Offer COVID-19 Help

Assembly clears a 10-bill package sponsors say would offer relief to residents and businesses alike

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.

A package of COVID-19 recovery bills aimed at helping New Jersey’s residents and ...

Murphy Says He's 'Back on the Field' as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Soar

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy declared Thursday that he’s “back on the field” and ready to resume in-person events after a self-imposed quarantine.

The surge of COVID-19 cases, however, also appears to be back.

In his COVID-19 media briefing, Murphy all but declared that the long-anticipated second wave of coronavirus cases had arrived.

“(The numbers) ...

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Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 24, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Hawthorne Pride Alliance Clothing Collection Highlights Lack of LGBT-Safe Shelters in Passaic County

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Pride Alliance concluded a successful clothing drive Saturday, acquiring dozens of donated packages destined for the Essex county-based Reaching Adolescents in Need Foundation (RAIN) which provides a shelter for displaced and homeless LGBT youth, many of whom have been rejected by their own families with nowhere else to go.  The Pride Alliance noted that ...

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Working from Home? 5 Tips to Get Moving When You Can’t Go Anywhere

For now, working from home has become a standard way of doing business for employees across the United States. Your home office may have you feeling stuck in more ways than one – mentally, physically, and within the radius of your home. With a new routine that may include rolling out of bed five minutes before you ‘clock in’ and starting the workday in your pajamas, it is ...

Congratulations Carol Occhiuzzi!

Congratulations to Carol Occhiuzzi from James Fallon Elementary School for winning the PCEA Educational Support Professional of the Year award!!

We are so proud of you!

 

Consider These Year-end Financial Moves

We’re nearing the end of 2020 – and for many of us, it will be a relief to turn the calendar page on this challenging year. However, we’ve still got a few weeks left, which means you have time to make some year-end financial moves that may work in your favor.

Here are a few suggestions:

Add to your IRA.  For the 2020 tax year, you can put in up to $6,000 to your ...

Your Health

Hosting Thanksgiving Safely

As we prepare to celebrate another holiday amid a global pandemic, many families are struggling with the idea of not seeing their loved ones in person this Thanksgiving. But, as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in our area and across the country, healthcare workers are urging people to say home. 

As testing becomes readily available, it is becoming more and more apparent that a large ...

Live-In Care Might be Better for Your Elderly Parent

Many of us have elderly parents who choose to remain in their own home despite needing assistance (aging in place).  For your own peace of mind and for their safety it’s important to make sure that they have the right level of assistance to ensure they are cared for properly, to minimize the risk of unforeseen accidents, and to properly handle any emergencies that may occur.  As ...

Art For The Holidays

American writer E.B. White wrote, "If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most."

His essay, "The sea and the wind that blows" is a sublime homage to sailing, which he descrived as: "Always voyaging into unreality, driven by imaginary breezes."

Like Mr. White, I have my magnificent obsession ...

PCCC Update

Passaic County Community College Holds Virtual Open House November 19

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) invites all future, returning, and visiting students to the PCCC
Snapshot: A Virtual Open House on Thursday November 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Zoom. Come and enjoy an overview of all that PCCC can offer: Academic excellence, affordable tuition, over 70 degree and certificate programs, and convenient online and in-person classes.

Attendees can ...

Help Your Teens Find Their Own Solutions

Do you find yourself fighting the urge to say to your teen,  “Been there, done that.  Let me show you how it’s done”?  I do, too… although looking back to my younger days, I can honestly say that I learned the most when I had to solve things myself.

On a personal note, my children were amazed to hear that when I studied in France for my junior year ...

2020 Totowa / West Paterson Fire Dept. Holiday Lights Parade Canceled due to COVID-19

November 22, 2020

TOTOWA, NJ - Due to the sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Totowa and West Paterson Fire Departments made the decision to cancel the 2020 Holiday Lights Parade for the safety of the community and the first responders who organize and participate in the event. 

Organizers of the parade considered multiple options as a substitute for the parade, but could not find a ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 24, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Wayne Police Benevolent Association Announces Toy Drive

November 24, 2020

It’s that time of year again and the Wayne PBA local 136 would like to announce that we will be collecting toys for the US Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. 

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate ...

ABLE accounts are a valuable benefit for taxpayers with disabilities

Living with a disability can come with additional expenses. Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts are authorized tax-advantaged 529A accounts that help disabled people pay qualified disability-related expenses. 

Here are some key things people should know about these accounts.

Annual contribution limit

The limit remains $15,000 in 2020.
Certain employed ABLE account ...

Metro YMCAs Celebrate GivingTuesday

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will inspire generosity this GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. 

GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on Dec. 1, 2020, and throughout the year.

The Metro YMCA of the ...

Creativity Inspired by Covid

November 23, 2020

The saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” sparked me to commission an artist and create my own private patio garden with Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Hopper, Monet, Van Gogh,and Warhol. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working from home since Covid, I noted, more than ever, my outdoor space, plants, trees, ...

Wayne Affordable Housing Ruling

To the editor:

At the last public meeting on Wayne's affordable housing dispute with the court, I asked if, because of our continued failure to comply, we were in jeopardy of losing Builders Remedy Immunity. Myself and the general public were in the dark because negotiations were confidential. I was worried that the court could summarily rule that we were playing games in an attempt to not ...

Obituaries

Nov 17, 1934 - Sep 22, 2020
Alan Robin, age 85 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22. 2020 surrounded by his ...
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Oct 7, 1940 - Aug 13, 2020
MARLBOROUGH, MA– Carol Ann Heath Olsen, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 13, ...
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