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West Orange's COVID-19 Death Tally Reaches 224

April 15, 2021

West Orange, NJ — According to Mayor Robert Parisi’s April 14 COVID-19 update, a 67-year-old West Orange resident passed away on April 9, bringing West Orange’s COVID-19 death tally to 224.

Parisi extended condolences to everyone who’s lost a loved one to COVID-19. “Our sympathies to the families and all those impacted by this virus.” 

There are 19 ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies Tuesday issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

“We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th,” ...

Latest COVID Vaccine Eligibility in New Jersey Beginning on April 5

According to Governor Philip Murphy's office, vaccine eligibility will be expanded on April 5th.

The following groups are eligible:

Age 55+

Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Higher education educators and staff

Librarians and library staff

Additional essential workers

Click HERE for more information.

33 New COVID Cases Today, 4,714 West Orange Cases

According to Mayor Robert Parisi's office, there are no additional COVID-19 related deaths to report today.

The Township's total number of cases stands at 222 of our neighbors who have succumbed to the virus.

There are 33 additional cases since yesterday, bringing the West Orange total intake of cases to 4,714. Five residents are currently hospitalized, but there are ...

Mobile COVID Vaccinations Available Near Washington and Edison Schools on April 7

West Orange, NJ -- West Orange Town Council President Cindy Matute-Brown announced that she has coordinated with Essex County to provide a mobile COVID-19 virus vaccination site on April 7.

Residents near Washington and Edison schools who would like an appointment can click this link to register and will receive an email confirmation of their appointment time.

Adults must be ...

Rutgers To Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Rutgers University will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students who are enrolled for the 2021 fall semester.

Assurances from the federal government that vaccines will be available for all Americans by the end of May and assessments by public health experts prompted university leaders to adjust the vaccine requirements for the fall semester, according to a ...

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 ...


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Newark Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting 8 Year Old

April 14, 2021

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Diego Ayala, 35, of Newark, was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl and filming the crime.

The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Christopher S. Romanyshyn, Judge of the Superior Court.  Under the terms of a plea ...

NJ Human Services Delivers Extra Food Assistance Benefits to 231,000 Households

USDA Change Allows New Jersey to Send Extra April Food Assistance by Bolstering Emergency Allotments During Pandemic


April 13, 2021


(TRENTON) –  The Department of Human Services today announced 231,000 New Jersey households who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) have received extra benefits ...

Write on Sports 2021 Online Camp Registration is Open!

Write on Sports (WoS) Summer Camp will be virtual 2021 and will run for four weeks in July. Students who are currently in grades 6-10 are eligible to apply.  We expect students to participate in classes for one or two hours a day, four days a week. During scheduled meetings, students will get support and feedback on their chosen projects (e.g., feature stories, videos, podcasts, fiction ...

Essex County Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day on May 1

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County will host its annual Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Essex County residents may drop off their items that day at the Essex County Public Works ...

Next Essex County Coronavirus Testing April 6 and 10

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Here is the upcoming schedule of Coronavirus testing sites sponsored by Essex County; the tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit or call 973-877-8456.

Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Essex County Hall of Records Complex, Employee Parking Deck, 50 West Market ...

Essex County Residents Encouraged to Visit Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossoms

NEWARK, NJ — The trees are beginning to bloom at Essex County’s Branch Brook Park just in time for the 43rd annual Cherry Blossom Festival—an Essex County tradition that highlights the blooming season of the 5,000 Cherry Blossom trees.

“We have the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States; we have more than Washington D.C.,” said ...

Help Us Get the Clean Energy Equity Act Out of Committee!

March 26, 2021

As a young person concerned about the environment, I’ve been raised aware of two popular narratives. The first is that clean energy will be saves us from climate change. The second is that environmentalists care more about saving trees and polar bears than we do about making sure our own people have jobs and a healthy economy.

Neither of these are true, and it’s time for us to ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Atlantic Health System Vaccinates More Than 11,000 Teachers Against COVID-19

In an effort to help local school districts safely resume in-person instruction, Atlantic Health System has partnered with more than 120 school districts and individual schools to administer COVID-19 vaccine to more than 11,000 of their faculty and essential support staff. The vaccination appointments for teachers and staff are just part of the more than 280,000 doses administered by Atlantic ...

Atlantic Health System Oncologist Explores Role of Vitamin D in Treating Colorectal Cancer

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise.

Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants ...

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