Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

Essex County to offer COVID-19 booster shots to residents with compromised immune systems

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 13 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are recommending that residents with compromised immune systems receive a third dose, or booster shot, of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Essex County will administer the […]

Judiciary employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19

Judiciary employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Judiciary is requiring all staff and state court judges either to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit results of a weekly COVID-19 test, according to an Aug. 6 press release from the Judiciary. The new policy is being implemented to support a safe […]

Murphy signs sweeping housing eviction prevention and utility assistance bill

Murphy signs sweeping housing eviction prevention and utility assistance bill

UNION CITY, NJ — On Aug. 4, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that will provide comprehensive housing eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, S-3691, appropriates an additional $500 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and $250 million for utility assistance, both […]

Mental Health Association of NJ offers online support, skills groups

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Mental Health Association in New Jersey is providing a new virtual wellness center that offers no-cost groups and workshops statewide to individuals interested in day-to-day wellness, support for substance use disorder and strategies for improving mental health.  Called United by Wellness, the center can be accessed online or by call-in. More […]

New Jersey State Council on the Arts approves more than $35.6M in grants

New Jersey State Council on the Arts approves more than $35.6M in grants

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently awarded more than $35.6 million in grants to support more than 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. The grants were approved at the Arts Council’s 55th annual meeting, held virtually. The awards are part of the largest state appropriation the […]

Defrocked and disgraced, McCarrick criminally charged for molestation in Massachusetts

Defrocked and disgraced, McCarrick criminally charged for molestation in Massachusetts

NORFOLK COUNTY, MA — A criminal complaint was filed July 28 against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Dedham District Court in Massachusetts. The alleged abuse occurred in the 1970s during a wedding reception at Wellesley College, located in Wellesley, Mass. At the time of the alleged abuse, McCarrick was assigned to and living in the […]

Acting AG announces settlement with EPA to protect NJ from air pollution

Acting AG announces settlement with EPA to protect NJ from air pollution

TRENTON, NJ — Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced July 29 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to take action on air pollution reduction plans submitted by certain “upwind” states as part of a settlement reached between EPA and “downwind” states New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Massachusetts, as well as […]

Essex County to receive $9.8M in state funding for infrastructure improvements

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced July 30 the release of $161.25 million in fiscal year 2022 County Aid to help make infrastructure improvements on the local level. The program, which is funded through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, will give $9,801,233 to Essex County. “Providing state […]

RWJBarnabas Health mandates COVID vaccination for all employees

RWJBarnabas Health mandates COVID vaccination for all employees

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health is extending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to all RWJBarnabas Health employees, according to a July 26 press release. The deadline for full vaccination is Oct. 15.  RWJBarnabas Health recently mandated vaccination for staff at the supervisor level and higher; as a result, the vast majority of the management team […]