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At school board meeting, Bloomfield schools superintendent says hybrid learning is inconsistent and disruptive where it is practiced, district is prioritizing consistency in keeping class fully remote during pandemic
Bloomfield School District

Montclair teachers union says school district plans to sue after they boycotted return to school over unmitigated COVID-19 safety concerns
Montclair Local

A more contagious variant of COVID-19 first identified in U.K. is now confirmed in Essex County
NJ.com

Federal government says it will expand COVID-19 vaccine supply by millions next week as N.J. inoculation program experiences shortages
ROI-NJ


Local News


Bloomfield’s APEM Creamery nominated for New Jersey Monthly’s reader’s choice award for best ice cream in the state, asks community to vote to help secure win
APEM Creamery

Owner of Bloomfield’s Bella Napoli plans to donate 900 dinners through town schools in February
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield College professor Paul La Torre nominated for Pushcart Prize in poetry
Bloomfield College

Fifth bell in from set made from historic Brookdale Reformed Church bell lost to fire in 1910 returns to Bloomfield
Essex News Daily

Bloomfield library can provide printed tax forms, tax prep info to those who request it
Bloomfield Public Library

Bloomfield’s newly created farmer’s market committee meets for first time
Councilwoman Jenny Mundell

Bloomfield Little League registration to go online to reduce in-person gatherings amid pandemic
Bloomfield Little League

Stroke and aneurysm support group hosted by Mountainside Medical Center to meet virtually Feb. 2
Mountainside Medical Center

Drive of a garbage truck hit and killed a pedestrian in Belleville Wednesday,
Belleville-Nutley Patch

West Orange schools among Essex County districts who expanded their free meal program amid pandemic
West Orange Patch

South Orange Maplewood school district agrees to hybrid learning plan after teachers raise workplace COVID-19 safety concerns
NJ.com

Federal government reclassifies Essex County COVID-19 status to orange, indicating community is experiencing less than 100 new cases per 100k residents
Bloomfield Patch


Other News


N.J. highway rockfall mitigation project under review following rising costs, little evidence for need
NorthJersey.com

Murphy orders independent investigation into alleged beatings at N.J. women’s prison as more lawmakers call for head of state’s prisons to step down
NJ.com