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Amid hunger strikes in area jails, a bill introduced in Trenton would bar Essex County, others from contracting with ICE to detain immigrants

Video: Take a look inside Essex County’s COVID-19 vaccination sites and logistical challenges
NJ Spotlight News

N.J. predictive model expects COVID-19 peak Jan. 24, beginning of months-long decline in new cases but vaccine supply unpredictable
NJ Spotlight News

Murphy says N.J. won’t require high school seniors to pass tests to graduate and their teachers won’t be rated on student’s academic progress as pandemic disruptions continue
Chalkbeat Newark

Local News

Bloomfield High School 2021 yearbook accepting student recognition ads through Feb. 1
Bloomfield School District

Belleville veterans’ association raises $1k for housing for families of military members, veterans receiving long term medical treatment
Belleville-Nutley Patch

All Montclair firehouses accepting donations for Toni’s Kitchen food drive through Feb. 12
FMBA Local 20

Montclair elementary schools open doors for hybrid learning as teachers union calls for training and transparency in facilities’ COVID-19 readiness

U.S. Olympic skateboarder Alexis Sablone visited Montclair’s new skate park, involved in design of park’s skateable sculptures
Montclair TV

Montclair school board is one of 11 in N.J. that is appointed by mayor, a local group called Vote Montclair wants to run an petition and referendum campaign to change that
Montclair Local

Newark coalition prepares for eventual end to state’s eviction moratorium with housing waitlist, temporary housing expansions

Fairfield woman with alleged ties to white nationalist group charged by FBI for involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol attack
TAPinto West Essex

Local mental health association hosting virtual conversation for parents, caregivers on children’s emotional health Jan. 28
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris

Essex County is averaging approximately 1k COVID-19 vaccinations per day as growth of county’s vaccine program held back by limited federal supply
Montclair Local

Other News

Biden’s first day executive orders’ impact on N.J.: DACA protections for 16k, accurate Census representation, lifted travel restrictions on Muslim community

N.J. Supreme Court to hear call for temporary release of people imprisoned in state without convictions as juries are unable to meet amid pandemic

Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial results expected, would allow N.J. to speed up vaccination campaign

Workers at a market handling 60% of produce in NYC are striking for $1 hourly wage increase