New law establishes pilot program for later HS start times

TRENTON, NJ — On Aug. 9, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law establishing a four-year pilot program to provide later school start times for high school students in some New Jersey districts.  “Teens are not getting enough sleep, and early school start times are a big part of the problem,” state Sen. Richard Codey, […]

New law requires mental health education in schools

TRENTON, NJ — Mental health education will be integrated into health and physical education classes for all K-12 students in New Jersey under legislation signed into law Aug. 9 by Gov. Phil Murphy. “It’s incredibly important that students understand the many dimensions of health, from exercise to mental health and wellness,” Assemblyman Gary Schaer, a […]

SOVCA awarded $21.5K grant from Main Street New Jersey

SOVCA awarded $21.5K grant from Main Street New Jersey

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Village Center Alliance has been awarded a $21,500 Transformation Grant from Main Street New Jersey and will use the funds to continue its downtown beautification efforts. The grant money, combined with money raised from the recent Under Cover Music Fest and last year’s PlayDay, will be used to […]

Gov., AG to lead SALT lawsuit

Collum discusses taxes, then introduces Murphy at South Orange firehouse

Gov., AG to lead SALT lawsuit

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal announced at a July 17 press conference at the South Orange Fire Department that New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department, in an attempt to protect state taxpayers from what the Murphy […]

New law expands Address Confidentiality Program

New law expands Address Confidentiality Program

TRENTON, NJ — Seeking more safeguards for victims of stalking and sexual assault, a measure amending current state statute to include such individuals in the Address Confidentiality Program administered by the Division on Women in the Department of Children and Families was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 19.  The new law, […]

NJ bill becomes first-in-the-nation opioid warning label law

NJ bill becomes first-in-the-nation opioid warning label law

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to adopt a permanent law mandating warning labels for prescription opioids. Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle requiring all prescription opioid medications to have a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and […]

Governor signs bill to expand sexual abuse, assault awareness education

Governor signs bill to expand sexual abuse, assault awareness education

TRENTON, NJ — Every New Jersey school district will be required to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention instruction from preschool through 12th grade under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 19. The new law, A-769, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, […]

TBZ, other local projects to see state spending freeze

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On June 30, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act into law. The budget lacked the governor’s long-supported millionaire’s tax, which had been vehemently opposed by N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney. While Murphy seemingly lost the fight for a millionaire’s tax, he hit back with Executive Order No. […]

Towns mourn loss of influential activist

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood and South Orange communities mourned the recent loss of Barbra “Babs” Casbar Siperstein, the Edison woman who crusaded for LGBT rights in New Jersey and nationally. Siperstein died of cancer at age 76 on Feb. 3, just two days after the “Babs Siperstein Law” went into effect; […]

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