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Bloomfield town council to meet virtually tonight, Feb. 22, agenda includes recreation financial assistance program, cultural preservation body, numerous legal and financial items
Bloomfield Pulse

Essex County may see up to 4 inches of snow in quick-onset storm today, Feb. 22

Help local restaurants win New Jersey Monthly’s 2021 reader’s choice poll
New Jersey Monthly

First case of more vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant from South Africa confirmed in New York, likely already circulating in N.J.

Local News

COVID-19: Bloomfield cases rises to 4,051, deaths to 99 as of Feb. 22
Essex County

Councilmen Venezia, Joanow, county commissioner Pomares joined Congresswoman Sherril in touring three Black-owned businesses in Bloomfield
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

Bloomfield’s Boy Scout Troop 23 hosting fundraiser with Wendy’s in Belleville Feb. 23
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Restaurants in Bloomfield, Montclair adapt to outdoor winter dining amid pandemic with heated bubbles and greenhouses

Executive board of Bloomfield’s historical society was recognized by the governor’s office for volunteerism and public service
Bloomfield Pulse

Local government watchdog group calls out Belleville mayor’s $3k monthly rental agreement with town’s Board of Education, citing mayor political ties to school board trustees
Belleville Watch

Conversation with author Deesha Philyaw to kickoff annual Montclair Literary Festival Feb. 24
Montclair Patch

Newark, Orange, Irvington mayors among coalition advising launch of investment fund seeking to help state’s Black and Latinx businesses access capital
TAPinto East Orange/Orange

Appointments for first shots of COVID-19 vaccine at Essex County sites canceled for Sunday, Monday following supply delays
TAPinto Bloomfield

Local animal welfare group shares tips for keeping community cats warm amid freezing temperatures, snow

This week’s Essex County food distribution will be at the Bloomfield library on Feb. 25
Essex County

Other News

N.J. is seeking proposals from companies to improve rail transit between Secaucus Junction and MetLife Stadium, American Dream mall
Associated Press

Trump-era rule funding rule rescinded, bringing new Hudson River rail tunnel closer to final approval
Associated Press

N.J. files asks judge to force gun manufacturer to disclose advertising practices in state, amid lawsuit seeking to keep records private

N.J. extends pandemic child care assistance program to June
Insider NJ

Jersey City council to introduce ordinance creating civilian police oversight board, await state legislation proceedings in Trenton

N.J. says it will implement at $1.2b grant program to help state’s school district deal with pandemic, including addressing learning loss, mental health
Parsippany Patch

Deathbed confession of former NYPD officer raises questions about assassination of Malcolm X

End of this 2021 will have “significant degree of normality” but mask wearing may still be advised, Fauci says