HUD award more than $75M in CARES Act relief funds to New Jersey

HUD award more than $75M in CARES Act relief funds to New Jersey

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced the allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, according to a Sept. 21 press release. The allocation focuses funds toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. To […]

Murphy leads coalition of governors calling to end attacks on USPS

Murphy leads coalition of governors calling to end attacks on USPS

TRENTON, NJ — On Sept. 16, a coalition of 12 Democratic governors, led by DGA Chairperson and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling on them to end their attacks on the United States Postal Service. The governors also urge Congress to deliver […]

Murphy signs legislation designating Juneteenth as a state and public holiday

Murphy signs legislation designating Juneteenth as a state and public holiday

TRENTON, NJ — On Sept. 10,  Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation S19, which designates the third Friday in June as a state and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom. […]

Public hearings scheduled to discuss medical issues at correctional facility

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force has completed its training and has scheduled three public hearings concerning health and medical practices at the correctional facility. During the hearings, testimony about administrative practices and policy, incarcerated persons’ relevant experiences and expert best practices will be gathered. “The Civilian Task Force […]

Freeholders pass resolution supporting health care acts

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 9, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution in support of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 and the Healthcare Emergency Guarantee Act of 2020. The resolution was initiated by Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Freeholder at large Patricia Sebold, sponsored by acclamation, and passed unanimously. […]

‘Essex Remembers’ the many lives lost on 9/11

‘Essex Remembers’ the many lives lost on 9/11

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County’s “Essex Remembers” ceremony couldn’t draw the crowd it normally draws to the Eagle Rock Reservation this Sept. 11 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the county was still able to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. A livestream allowed those who normally […]

Bat tick found for the first time in New Jersey

Bat tick found for the first time in New Jersey

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A tick species associated with bats has been reported for the first time in New Jersey and could pose health risks to people, pets and livestock, according to a Rutgers-led study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This species, Carios kelleyi, is a “soft” tick. Deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease, […]

JFS pilots Selfhelp Community Services’ Virtual Senior Center

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ will pilot a five-month program to combat social isolation utilizing Selfhelp Community Services’ Virtual Senior Center. Launched in 2010, the VSC engages homebound older adults in live and interactive classes on a range of topics and activities. The program has been shown to break down […]

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