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Bloomfield Environmental Commission seeks two new members to join board overseeing township environmental initiatives
Bloomfield Pulse

Montclair school board’s lawsuit against teachers union says its conducting an illegal strike by not returning to classrooms over COVID-19 safety concerns but classes are continuing to remotely
Montclair Local

Essex Ed, Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, did not see his shadow Monday, predicting an early end to winter
Essex County

Murphy cites declining COVID-19 metrics in easing pandemic restrictions for restaurants, gyms, salons rises to allow up to 35% capacity
NJ.com


Local News


Brookdale Home and School Association hosting fundraiser today with Blue Steel Pizza
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield’s Anthony’s Cheesecake hosting annual Super Bowl fundraiser to support area animal welfare organizations
Anthony’s Cheesecake

Bloomfield recreation to illuminate Pulaski Park in evenings to allow for sledding through Feb. 7
Bloomfield Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

Need somewhere to stay warm during the day? Montclair’s Salvation Army and Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be open during daytime hours through March 31, seven days a week
Montclair Patch

Montclair school board release details of COVID-19 safety upgrade but review finds inconsistencies
Montclair Local

West Orange CVS to join other pharmacies across the states administering COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as Feb. 11
Toms River Patch

Newark’s economic development corporation launches land bank to purchase, repurpose city’s vacant or neglected properties
New York Times

OSHA to investigate deadly fall of HVAC worker in Newark’s Prudential Center
NJ.com

Area hospitals see declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations
Bloomfield Patch

Prevent Child Abuse NJ wins $100k grant Impact100 Essex to implement children’s wellness initiative in 5 schools in county
West Orange Patch

Free tax preparation available from NJ Citizen Action for households making less than $60k per year
New Jersey Citizen Action


Other News


Structural racism in wealth, education, Internet access is driving COVID-19 mortality racial disparities, Rutgers study finds
Newark Patch

N.J. native and Capitol Police officer who died in Jan. 6 Capitol attack lied in honor in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday
USA Today

Recent storm may have broke New Jersey’s 122-year old snowfall record
Associated Press