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Newark’s Ironbound Community Corp joins environmental groups in opposing state’s subsidies to garbage incinerators in area communities
TAPinto Newark

N.J. pilot program providing free tuition to county college students from low-income households to become permanent, receives $27m in state’s 2021 budget
Montclair Patch

N.J. to begin allowing indoor nursing home visits in 7 counties, none in North Jersey, where COVID-19 activity remains too high

CDC urges stricter COVID-19 precautions in gyms, fitness studios, linking outbreaks to facilities that practiced social distancing but did not require mask-wearing at all times
New York Times

Local News

Bloomfield recreation releases third in series of virtual Black History Month exhibits, showcases Black and African American innovators
Bloomfield, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

Last abandoned dog taken in by Bloomfield shelter in 2020 has been adopted
Bloomfield Animal Shelter

Bloomfield High School seniors seeking higher education are encouraged to review local, national scholarships through Naviance
Bloomfield Pulse

Area resident launches virtual game nights for people 55+
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Montclair temporarily suspends curbside recycling pickup, limits operations after “unprecedented” staff shortage linked to COVID-19
Montclair Patch

A group of Montclair parents are suing the town’s school district to return students, teachers back to classes full-time amid pandemic

Rutgers Newark, other campuses to host 2021 commencement ceremonies virtually citing pandemic

Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo is hiring staff for 2021 season
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

Other News

Murphy says pandemic indoor dining rules would allow 50% capacity but COVID-19 variants are holding state back from easing restrictions
Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch

New federal grant program aims to improve access to higher education for historically underserved populations in the state
TAPinto Camden

New poll finds number of N.J. voters willing to receive COVID-19 increases to nearly three-quarters, largest gains among Hispanic voters

N.J. 2021 budget sees no fare increases for NJ Transit riders, but leaves agency without dedicated funding stream needed for long-term growth, improvements

N.J. residents bought more alcohol and tobacco products in 2020, bringing in $68m of unexpected revenue through state’s sales tax