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Bloomfield township administrator Matt Watkins to retire with no plans announced for filling key administrative role
TAPinto Bloomfield

Public health experts are warning that loosening restrictions on indoor dining, other activities may allow more contagious COVID-19 variants to spread exponentially
ProPublica

N.J. relaxes pandemic rules for spectators at indoor youth sporting event citing increased hospital capacity and decreasing COVID-19 transmission rate
Manchester Patch

CDC offers tips to make masks more protective as more infectious COVID-19 circulating in U.S.
Business Insider


Local News


Bloomfield High School class of 1975 has a scholarship available for 2021 graduates, students should inquire with counselors
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

COVID-19: Bloomfield confirmed total cases rises to 3,889, deaths to 96 as of Feb. 11
Essex County

Jalapeno Cycling in Bloomfield marks four year anniversary
Community submission on Bloomfield Pulse

Essex County Superior Court judge won’t force Montclair teachers to return to in-person classes right away, citing COVID-19 safety concerns
Montclair Local

Glen Ridge Women’s Club to begin bi-monthly food drive in Feb. 14
Glen Ridge Women’s Club

Belleville Kmart, one of four remaining in state, slated for closure this spring
Belleville-Nutley Patch

West Orange school district is seeking substitute teachers and paraprofessionals
West Orange Patch

Former steel mill turned vertical farm in Newark grows produce for area grocers, restaurants, seeks to expand
Newark Patch

Essex County COVID-19 testing sites for Feb. 16-20 include Newark, Cedar Grove, West Orange
Essex County

Local mental health association say its trained more than 2,300 people in suicide prevention in 2020
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris

Having trouble getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Essex County? Here’s an updated list of facilities offering inoculations as of Feb. 12
Livingston Patch

Sustainable Essex Alliance is a coalition of towns seekings to bulk purchase electricity to reduce costs, increase access to renewable energy
Montclair Patch


Other News


Black N.J. residents were twice as likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than white residents, new state data shows
NJ Spotlight News

PSE&G bills to increase by a few dollars this summer after 20th annual N.J. power auction
NJ Spotlight News