Free business workshop on state contracts and competitive purchasing

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Local business owners are invited to attend a free workshop on state contracts and competitive purchasing on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane in West Orange. This workshop is hosted by County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., the Board of the Chosen Freeholders, and […]

9th annual Back 2 School Store is huge success

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section received a generous donation from a local ad-hoc group of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells to support this year’s ninth annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store, which took place on Sunday, July 30. The group of three local women, who call themselves […]

CDC reminds international travelers to protect themselves against measles

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease. More than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016, according […]

New law to improve safety training for school administrators

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley, Mila Jasey and Angela McKnight sponsored to enhance security in New Jersey’s schools and better protect students and teachers from potential threats was recently signed into law. “We’ve learned some hard lessons over the years about the dangers facing our schools and our students,” Holley, who represents […]

New law encourages mental health physicians to work in underserved areas

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, John McKeon and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to reimburse tuition for psychiatrists who work in underserved areas of the state has been signed into law. “The reimbursement program will only be available to physicians who engage in the full-time practice of psychiatry in an area of […]

State enacts laws to protect transgender individuals

TRENTON, NJ — On July 21, two bills designed to protect the rights of transgender persons became law. Legislation sponsored by state senators M. Teresa Ruiz and Joseph Vitale requiring the commissioner of education to develop guidelines for school districts to protect transgender students was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. “We must ensure […]

New law ensures stiffer penalties for drunken drivers who commit vehicle homicide

TRENTON, NJ — Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure stiff penalties for anyone who commits vehicular homicide while driving drunk is now law. The new law, A-3686, known as “Ralph and David’s Law,” establishes a new crime of “strict liability vehicular homicide” for killing a […]

Several bills signed into law in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, John Burzichelli, Troy Singleton and Marlene Caride to help protect sensitive taxpayer information is now law. The new law, A-4994, requires certain state and local government agency employees with access to federal tax information to undergo criminal history background checks. The measure enables New Jersey […]

Bill to raise minimum smoking age now law

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by state senators Richard J. Codey and Joseph F. Vitale raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21 years of age in New Jersey was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on July 21. “The governor and I have finally found […]

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