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Bloomfield schools release plan to return to in-person learning with fully-remote options available, timeline begins after April recess
Bloomfield School District

N.J. attorney general directs prosecutors to drop marijuana cases, police to halt arrests. New rules direct underage alcohol, marijuana users towards rehabilitation instead of jail.

N.J. 2022 budget includes no new taxes, low-income tax relief, increases in funding to healthcare, school aid, and clean energy
NJ Spotlight News

Johnson & Johnson one-dose COVID-19 vaccine deemed safe and effective by FDA, company says it can provide 20m doses in U.S. by April
Associated Press

Local News

Bloomfield High School football coach Chet Parlavecchio to be inducted into Essex County Football Coaches Hall of Fame
TAPinto Bloomfield

Bloomfield opens free drive-thru, walkup COVID-19 testing across from high school on weekends
Township of Bloomfield

Zi Zia Pizzeria in Bloomfield hosting fundraiser for youth soccer club today, Feb. 24
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield College hosting roundtable on diversity, equity, and inclusion in workplaces and social movements on Zoom Feb. 25
Bloomfield College

Bloomfield council commemorated Women’s History Month with proclamation asking residents to honor and recognize women the community
Bloomfield Pulse

Montclair YMCA to host community dialogue on COVID-19 vaccine and health equity for area communities of color Feb. 25
YMCA of Montclair

Montclair planning board, parking deck developer at odds over parking capacity in development planned for north end of downtown
Montclair Patch

Bloomfield Ave-Lower Broadway business association in Newark helped clear streets of snow to improve pedestrian, vehicular access
TAPinto Newark

Newark teachers union wants COVID-19 testing for students, too, as district plans return to in-person learning requiring teachers to test negative
NJ Spotlight News

UCLA report credits Newark’s Community Street Team intervention program with reducing crime, improving trust in city through training, mentorship of young adults age 14-30
TAPinto Newark

Other News

N.J. 2022 budget seeks to modernize state’s unemployment system with $7m, but labor department says overhaul requires $200m investment

Sussex County resident, owner of Pompton Lakes gym Fairlamb Fit, will face 12-count indictment for role in Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Hopatcong-Sparta Patch

Federal government releases guidance allowing states to delay standardized testing or move it online this year as N.J., other states sought waivers

N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment by former adviser, adding to scrutiny over recent conduct
New York Times