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A debate broke out between Bloomfield community members on social media Monday about how to pronounce the name of Holstein’s Ice Cream
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Walk-up COVID-19 testing now available 6 days a week at Montclair YMCA through Apr. 30
Montclair YMCA

Following beatings by guards at state’s women’s prison, N.J. legislative leaders want to create a public advocate role to oversee state-run facilities like prisons, veterans homes, development centers, and psychiatric hospitals
NJ Spotlight News

N.J. announces second phase of small business emergency loan program, pre-registration opens today, Feb. 16
State of New Jersey


Local News


Bloomfield Little League registration is open through Mar. 1 for the 2021 season
Demarest Home and School Association

Nutley police tried to charge BLM protestors with cyber harassment but now face lawsuit alleging it was an attempt to stifle protestors’ speech
NorthJersey.com

Montclair University faces growing pressure from arts community over administrator’s response to Indigenous artist’s request for community outreach, land acknowledgement
Montclair Local

Montclair High School senior is starring in Netflix’s “Vampires vs. the Bronx”
Montclair Local

Chef at Montclair’s MC Hotel is on this season of the reality cooking show “Hell’s Kitchen”
NorthJersey.com

After several false starts in the last few months, South Orange-Maplewood schools to remain remote indefinitely following ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns
Maplewood Patch

Newark airport expands COVID-19 testing to second terminal as negative test result or documentation of recovery from virus required for entry, exit from the U.S.
NJ.com

CPAW NJ, local outdoor cat welfare organization, is hosting a meeting for volunteers Feb. 17 on Zoom
CPAW NJ

NJ.com list of 21 Black-owned restaurants to try in 2021 includes eateries in Montclair, the Oranges, Maplewood, and Newark
NJ.com

Essex County cancels Feb. 18 food distribution due to inclement weather forecast, next distribution to be in Bloomfield Feb. 25
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.


Other News


N.J. relaunches PPE discount program for small businesses today, Feb. 16
ROI NJ

Suicides in N.J. likely fell in 2020, according to state data, defying fears of pandemic-driven increase
NJ.com

N.J. prisons head facing senate and governor’s office investigations, potential assembly impeachment following beatings of women at state prison
Associated Press

N.J. revitalizes commission on human trafficking after five years of neglect
Associated Press

Warmer temperatures from climate change are causing more frequent severe winter weather in Northeast
Gothamist