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Cannabis legalization bill delayed by Murphy, leaving Jan. 1 legalization without legislative framework
Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch

Bloomfield town council hosting special meeting Dec. 29 to make changes to 2020 budget appropriations
Township of Bloomfield

ICYMI: Recapping Bloomfield’s COVID-19 vaccine town hall
Bloomfield Information Project

After delay, President Trumps signs COVID-19 relief bill extending unemployment benefits, providing direct payments, aid to some
Gothamist


Local News


Garbage, recycling won’t be collected in Bloomfield on New Year’s Day, recycling depot extends hours Jan. 2
Bloomfield Public Works and Park Maintenance

New parking deck planned for intersection of Glen Ridge Ave and North Willow St in Montclair
Montclair Local

Active shooter false alarm triggered Montclair police response on Christmas Eve, shutting down parts of Bloomfield Ave
Montclair Local

Turtle Back Zoo to close for January in anticipation of COVID-19 activity increase after holidays
Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo Sea Turtle Recovery center received 16 new patients from the New England Aquarium this year after cold weather prevented migration
TAPinto West Orange

Newark public safety director receives COVID-19 vaccine, calls on all emergency responders to do the same amid hesitation among police officers
Newark Patch

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka joining Stacey Abrams to promote phone banking to encourage voter turnout for U.S. Senate race in Georgia
Essex County Democratic Committee

United travelers flying into Newark from the U.K. will need to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test after new, more infectious variant identified
NorthJersey.com

Essex County began COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday
CBS New York

COVID-19: Bloomfield confirmed cases rise to 2,901, deaths to 90 as of Dec. 28
Essex County


Other News


Another dead whale washes ashore in N.J. amid years-long rise in whale deaths in waters off Northeastern U.S.
NJ.com

New York Penn Station will double in size when expansion into old post office building opens in January
Gothamist

Hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen sharply amid anti-Chinese sentiment tied to COVID-19 misinformation
Gothamist

Nearly 1.3m people traveled through U.S. airports Sunday, setting new pandemic record despite CDC calls for self-imposed travel limitations
USA Today