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Just 35% of Bloomfield police officers say they’re totally onboard with getting COVID-19 vaccine

Essex County COVID-19 vaccination centers to begin incolcations Dec. 26
The Progress

New N.J. policy requires police to de-escalate, use force as last resort, bans shooting at moving vehicles

New COVID-19 variant identified in U.K. is more infectious, likely already in the NYC metro region

Local News

Park United Methodist Church is temporarily changing their Thursday food bank hours to Wednesdays through December
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Aspiring college students can enter to win a pair of Apple airpods for meeting with a college access coach, completing financial aid applications
Make the Road New Jersey

Deadline approaches for Bloomfield’s Green Challenge pledge
Township of Bloomfield

Brookdale Home and School Association hosting fundraiser with The Brookdale Dec. 22
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield town council meeting schedule for 2021 released
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield animal welfare advocates focus social media posts on saving animals in nearby high-kill shelters as few in-town adoptions available
Bloomfield Animal Shelter

After nearly 100 years in operation, Montclair’s Watchung Deli closes

Former Montclair residents, inventors of the sports bra, was honored this year at Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institute

J.T. Murdoch Shoes wins Bloomfield Center holiday window design competition
Bloomfield Center Alliance

Other News

Heavy precipitation, winds forecast for Christmas day in N.J. with overnight temperatures dropping below freezing, potentially causing black ice to form
Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch

ACLU, NAACP, other groups call on Murphy to pardon people criminalized by drug laws as N.J. plans cannabis legalization

Murphy extends public health emergency again as COVID-19 pandemic approaches 10th month
Point Pleasant Patch

N.J. passes $14b in corporate tax breaks after just one week of consideration
New York Times

N.J. resident owe hundreds of millions of dollars in overdue utility bills amid economic fallout from ongoing pandemic
Asbury Park Press