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NJ unemployment: Extra $300 benefits have been processed, Labor Department says

NJ unemployment: Extra $300 benefits have been processed, Labor Department says

NorthJersey.com The New Jersey Labor Department said it "successfully processed" the additional $300 a week in federal jobless benefits on Thursday.Eligible workers should expect to see a payment "over the next couple of days" depending on their bank, an agency spokesperson said. On Wednesday, the state agency said processing the supplemental unemployment, and it took down the state's unemployment certifying application to "consolidate resources into making the $300 payments," spokesperson Angela Delli Santi said.By Thursday morning, New Jersey transmitted the file of $1.2 billion worth of...

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Gov. Murphy was eating, drinking, not wearing mask at event where he was exposed to COVID

Gov. Murphy was eating, drinking, not wearing mask at event where he was exposed to COVID

Trenton Bureau Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged Thursday that he did not wear a mask — because he was eating and drinking — at an event where he came into contact with a senior staff member who later tested positive for COVID-19, . But Murphy has tested negative twice since the encounter and has shown no symptoms, he said. "I feel like a million bucks," Murphy said in an interview on the radio station 1010 WINS. Murphy offered a few more details about the circumstances leading up to his abrupt decision to leave an event Wednesday in Camden County to quarantine. But there are other unanswered...

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In Northvale council race, dueling flyers target candidates over arrest, extremism

In Northvale council race, dueling flyers target candidates over arrest, extremism

NorthJersey.com The tiny borough of Northvale is enduring a heated campaign season, with flyers targeting candidates running for seats on the Borough Council.A postcard mailed to Northvale homes urges residents not to vote for Democrat John M. Hogan, who is running to fill the seat currently held by Ken Sheppard, because Hogan was named in a lawsuit filed by a former Ramapo College student who was sexually assaulted in his dorm room in 2014. It also notes he was arrested in 2016 by Waldwick police on charges including driving under the influence of alcohol.And a flyer that went out to...

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Mendham GOP tells voters they can't vote in person. That's not true

Mendham GOP tells voters they can't vote in person. That's not true

NorthJersey.com MENDHAM BOROUGH — Republicans in this Morris County town are telling voters they will not be able to vote in person on Nov. 3 unless they are visually impaired, a statement at odds with New Jersey’s policy on in-person voting during the coronavirus outbreak.A letter sent to voters last week, signed by members of the Mendham Borough Republican Committee, trashes Murphy for "usurping your American rights for his political gain" and barring voters from casting ballots in-person. It acknowledges that voters who go to polling places on Nov. 3 can vote using provisional ballots,...

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Twin hit of abuse claims and pandemic could push NJ Catholic dioceses toward bankruptcy

Twin hit of abuse claims and pandemic could push NJ Catholic dioceses toward bankruptcy

NorthJersey.com For Catholic churches around the country, it has become a familiar refrain: After shelling out millions of dollars in settlements to survivors of clergy abuse, a diocese says it's broke and declares bankruptcy. The Diocese of Camden, representing a half-million Catholics in 62 South Jersey parishes, became the on Oct. 1 — 10 months after a new state law .It's unlikely to be the last. If history is any guide, bankruptcy experts say, when one diocese in a state files for Chapter 11, others often follow. In North Jersey, the dioceses of Newark and Paterson, representing some...

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Oct 19
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Cresskill eyes recently closed Catholic school for more space during COVID-19 pandemic

Cresskill eyes recently closed Catholic school for more space during COVID-19 pandemic

NorthJersey.com The Cresskill school district is looking at a recently closed Catholic school for more classroom space.Cresskill Schools Superintendent Michael Burke said the Cresskill Board of Education and the Archdiocese of Newark are in talks to rent space in nearby Academy of St. Therese of Lisieux, .The Catholic school, on Jefferson Avenue, is right next door to the Cresskill Board of Education headquarters and shares a parking lot."We are looking to rent it because we’re a small district and we’re growing. We seem to be one of the few school districts growing in Bergen County. So if...

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Movers and Shakers: Frelinghuysen donates to NJ GOP campaigns from his war chest | Stile

Movers and Shakers: Frelinghuysen donates to NJ GOP campaigns from his war chest | Stile

NorthJersey.com Former Congressman — and now lobbyist — Rodney Frelinghuysen remains an active force in Morris County Republican politics this election season.And the mild-mannered scion of one of New Jersey's founding families is making his presence known by dipping into his old campaign war chest to dole out some spoils.Frelinghuysen, who represented the Morris County-centric 11th Congressional District for 24 years until he decided not to run for reelection in 2018, departed Congress with $424,000 in his campaign account. He has since drawn that down by making campaign contributions to...

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Paterson sees four shootings in four days in same 4th Ward neighborhood

Paterson sees four shootings in four days in same 4th Ward neighborhood

Joe MalinconicoPaterson Press PATERSON – A 23-year-old man from Passaic and a 36-year-old from Prospect Park suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds Wednesday night in the fourth shooting in four days in a violence-plagued, four-block section of Paterson’s 4th Ward, authorities said.Authorities have not revealed whether they think there’s any connection among the four shootings. As of Thursday afternoon, no arrests had been announced. But detectives investigating one of the shootings did arrest a 21-year-old Paterson man on gun possession charges, according to Public Safety Director Jerry...

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Chris Christie had a chance to criticize Trump on COVID-19 response. He failed | Stile

Chris Christie had a chance to criticize Trump on COVID-19 response. He failed | Stile

NorthJersey.com Not long after his harrowing journey from the "safe zone" of the White House to the intensive care unit at Morristown Medical Center, COVID-19 survivor Chris Christie reappeared on television, preaching "We need to be honest with the American people and say directly to them, ‘We don’t know everything we need to know about this disease ... but we do know is that masks can certainly help,'' ' the former New Jersey governor told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Friday.But Christie, the reknowned truth-teller who has his own crass-but-effective style of making public...

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Tenafly teen tackles COVID with free masking stations around town

Tenafly teen tackles COVID with free masking stations around town

NorthJersey.com TENAFLY — Taking a walk around the borough, one innovation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is now obvious – the masking stations. The black metal mailboxes were installed at four locations around town this month. They're stocked with protective masks, offering passers by a grab-and-go option if they forget to bring one of their own or need an extra. The boxes are the brainchild of Tenafly High School junior Cate Bosco, who said the idea came to her on a trip this summer to Bar Harbor, Maine, where she saw similar masking stations.“Everybody was able to use the masks...

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Bear wanders NJ's most densely populated towns, climbs on roof as police try and catch it

Bear wanders NJ's most densely populated towns, climbs on roof as police try and catch it

NorthJersey.com On the eve of the bow hunt, a black bear has been spotted wandering through Kearny and Harrison – two of the most densely populated towns in the state. "It was a real bear," said Lt. Charles Schimpf of the Harrison Police Department. "In my 24 years on the job, I've had iguanas, I've had foxes, and I've had wolves," in Harrison, he said. "I never had a bear sighting." Until Saturday afternoon. The bear was first spotted around 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wal Mart near the Kearny-Harrison line, Schimpf said. Then around 10:30 p.m., police received calls from residents that the...

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Tenafly suspends recreation programs after new COVID-19 cases, middle school goes virtual

Tenafly suspends recreation programs after new COVID-19 cases, middle school goes virtual

NorthJersey.com Tenafly has suspended the borough's recreation programs, and the district’s middle school has gone to all-virtual instruction after new coronavirus cases.Mayor Mark Zinna said the two-week suspension started on Thursday after the borough was notified that two teens who participate in recreation programs and attend Tenafly Middle School had tested positive for COVID-19. Also, the borough’s basketball courts, Soccer Cage and skate park are closed for two weeks.“We did that just to be cautious because obviously the kids in school are in the recreation programs, and we didn’t...

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When gym class goes virtual, NJ phys ed teachers have to get creative

When gym class goes virtual, NJ phys ed teachers have to get creative

NorthJersey.com Meghan Radimer had to get creative. Radimer teaches physical education, and the COVID pandemic has made that particularly challenging since her school's classes are online.So Radimer has asked her students in the Stillwater Township School District to use household items in their workouts. She had them play golf with a laundry basket and a pair of rolled up socks. There was also the day she orchestrated a rainbow scavenger hunt: depending on what color item her students found, they would do a different workout. Another fitness challenge asked students to build a shoe tower —...

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Will Van Drew's pledge to Trump be his undoing? Kennedy is banking heavily on it | Stile

Will Van Drew's pledge to Trump be his undoing? Kennedy is banking heavily on it | Stile

NorthJersey.com Rep. Jeff Van Drew dispensed with any subtlety last December when he sat next to President Donald Trump in the White House as ."You have my undying support — always,'' he told Trump, extending his hand to shake the president's.That moment and Van Drew's defection from the Democratic Party thrust a sleepy swing district in South Jersey into the national spotlight on the eve of Trump's impeachment.As Trump Republicans cheered, Van Drew was a refugee from Democratic extremism and a sign of broader, bipartisan misgivings about the impeachment crusade. It was a move, he argued,...

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Election flyer accuses NJ school board candidate of being a racist, bullying kids

Election flyer accuses NJ school board candidate of being a racist, bullying kids

NorthJersey.com An incumbent running for a seat on the Northern Valley Regional High School District Board of Education is being targeted by a flyer accusing him of being a racist and "disrespectful" to students, among other things.The flyer goes after Joseph Argenziano, a Closter resident who has served for the past six years on the school board, including four as president. Argenziano is running against Elaine Lim, who also resides in Closter, for another three-year term.At the top of the mailer that arrived at Closter homes on Monday is text reading, “Closter Residents Must Say No...

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Companies developing COVID vaccines need clinical trial volunteers in New Jersey

Companies developing COVID vaccines need clinical trial volunteers in New Jersey

NorthJersey.com Coming Oct. 8 only for subscribers: NorthJersey.com health care reporter Lindy Washburn shares what it's like being a volunteer in a COVID vaccine trial. She's already received her first shot.More than 100,000 vaccine volunteers will be needed nationwide over the next few months in the race to develop a shot that prevents COVID-19.Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, developed with the National Institutes of Health, is one of three vaccine candidates currently being tested through clinical trials in the United States, with many more in the pipeline.And a fourth trial — by AstraZeneca...

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Two NJ MVC locations closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

Two NJ MVC locations closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

NorthJersey.com Two New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency locations will be closed for several days due to employees testing positive for COVID-19.The Newark regional/licensing center will be closed until Friday, Oct. 16 and the North Bergen licensing center will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 20.The infected North Bergen employee was last in the agency on Oct. 5 , said William Connolly, a spokesperson for the agency.The Newark location has been closed since Friday and the infected employee was last there on Oct. 1, Connolly said. That employee tested positive after hours.The locations...

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'I'll go to jail if I have to': Cuban Pete's owner says he'll continue to allow indoor dining

'I'll go to jail if I have to': Cuban Pete's owner says he'll continue to allow indoor dining

NorthJersey.com Dominick Restaino, owner of Cuban Pete's in Montclair, said he is prepared to go to jail.Restaino, a Montville resident, who on Oct. 3 for exceeding the 25% capacity limit on indoor dining, said he will continue to defy Gov. Phi Murphy's executive order. The order has been in effect throughout New Jersey since June 15."If I have to," he said, "I will go to jail."The reason, he said, he's defying the order is simple: He can't make money when his dining room is limited but fully staffed. He has 48 employees."If you want to do it right, you need a full staff," he said. "It's...

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Ridgewood ballot question would move school board, council elections to November

Ridgewood ballot question would move school board, council elections to November

NorthJersey.com RIDGEWOOD — Village residents will have the chance to vote on when future elections will be held for local offices.On the ballot is a public question calling for the Board of Education election and the Village Council election to be held in November, concurrently with the general election. The municipal election is now held bi-annually in May, and the school board election is held yearly in April. A "yes" vote on the ballot question would move those elections.The village previously held school board elections in November during the years 2014 to 2018. The back to April in...

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NJ restaurant workers forced to also become tech support, health screeners amid COVID-19

NJ restaurant workers forced to also become tech support, health screeners amid COVID-19

NorthJersey.com Dining in restaurants has changed drastically during COVID-19. And for the folks who own and work at those restaurants, their jobs have changed drastically, as well.They still take food orders, carry trays stacked with plates and glasses, print bills and wipe down tables. But today, they're also performing the duties of IT support, security guards, health monitors and "Karen" wranglers.What’s a “Karen”? Allow us to explain by way of an anecdote.A woman and her daughter recently stopped by Kara Kakes in Franklin Lakes. The colorful cupcake shop is inviting; little hands often...

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Loved and Lost: Ramon Ramirez Lucas was a painter on construction projects with a bright spirit

Loved and Lost: Ramon Ramirez Lucas was a painter on construction projects with a bright spirit

NorthJersey.com , a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit.Ramon Ramirez Lucas was a “bright spirit” who worked hard to provide for his extended family.“He was funny, very comedic, cracked a lot of jokes,” his daughter, Beatriz Ramirez, said. “He was always friendly, he always had an upbeat bright spirit.” The Passaic resident put in long hours as a painter on large-scale construction projects, including apartment complexes, in the metropolitan area. But...

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New models show drastically different futures for NJ coronavirus second wave

New models show drastically different futures for NJ coronavirus second wave

NorthJersey.com The latest models show two drastically different possible futures for how dramatically the coronavirus could impact New Jerseyans.In a worst-case scenario, New Jersey could see a second wave that peaks next March with even higher case numbers than we saw this spring. More than 12,000 people could be hospitalized at once — not a good sign, especially as experts warn of a "twindemic" colliding with flu season. Close to 9,000 new COVID-19 cases could be announced each day. By the end of next September, more than 1 million New Jerseyans may have had the virus. There's another...

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Oct 2
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Man killed after being struck by NJ Transit train in Hackensack

Man killed after being struck by NJ Transit train in Hackensack

NorthJersey.com A man was fatally struck by a NJ Transit train in Hackensack on Saturday, according to a NJ Transit representative.NJ Transit spokesperson Paul Milo said the train struck the pedestrian in the vicinity of Passaic Street at approximately 2:45 p.m.Milo said the man was taken to the Hackensack University Medical Center after the incident occurred. None of the 50 passengers and crew on the train were injured, Milo said.The train had left from Hoboken around 2:13 p.m. going to Spring Valley on the Pascack Valley Line. Milo said service on the line in both directions was...

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Oct 3
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For Chris Christie, entry to Trump World comes with a steep price — COVID-19 | Stile

For Chris Christie, entry to Trump World comes with a steep price — COVID-19 | Stile

NorthJersey.com In August, former Gov. Chris Christie championed the wearing of masks to ward off the silent and deadly coronavirus."I believe that it's the right example to set to be wearing a mask," he told But in the last week, Christie found himself roaming around without a mask as one of the trusted and chosen few within Trump World, billed — falsely, — as a safe zone hermetically sealed off from the silent pathogen that has infected more than .It's also a world guided by peer pressure to please an image-obsessed president who as a sign of nanny-state weakness. And it's a world where...

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Trump in NJ with supporters hours before positive COVID test

Trump in NJ with supporters hours before positive COVID test

Trenton Bureau President Donald Trump when he likely had COVID-19, possibly exposing others to the deadly disease. Trump announced early Friday morning that he and his wife, Melania,. It's unclear when he contracted it, but Trump was presumably exposed through contact with his aide, Hope Hicks. She appears to have been diagnosed on Wednesday evening. with former Vice President Joe Biden. Christie was also near Hicks, he said on ABC's "Good Morning America." No one was wearing masks during debate prep, Christie said. Christie said he was last tested for the coronavirus Tuesday morning and...

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