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Second Ward community meeting reviewed status of Lion Gate Project, the new 18.5 acre park off Broad St, discussed COVID-19, vacant properties
TAPinto Bloomfield

N.J. will see 500k dose increase in next week’s COVID-19 vaccine supply as state’s inoculation program has fully vaccinated 1.29m people, 18% of adult residents

Murphy says all N.J. K-12 schools will need to return to in-person classes for the 2021-2022 school year, no virtual learning options will be allowed

New COVID-19 cases in N.J. are rising in part because of vaccine access disparity between state’s white and BIPOC communities

Local News

Toni’s Kitchen seeks volunteers for its food pantry garden
Toni’s Kitchen

Pop-up girl scout cookie booth will be at Hot Bagels Abroad in Bloomfield Mar. 27
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Montclair’s mayor will be named president of state teachers union for 2021-2023 term
Montclair Local

Montclair Mutual Aid’s art auction fundraiser ends Mar. 28
Montclair Mutual Aid

Newark cafe opens with focus on serving deaf community

Maplewood man allegedly helped tear down Confederate statues in North Carolina during 2020 Juneteenth commemoration
Maplewood Patch

Rutgers says it will require all students returning to campus to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination
New Brunswick Patch

Local mental health association presenting traditional Chinese tea ceremony with Boonton tea shop Mar. 29
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris

Other News

Murphy signs order exempting stimulus payments from garnishment by creditors or other debt collectors

Murphy replaces Cannabis Regulatory Commission member after NJ. NAACP called for Black men to be represented on board
Politico New Jersey

NYC officials are calling for pause on lifting state’s pandemic restrictions, citing fear in surge of COVID-19 variants

The number of N.J. residents charged in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has increased to 15, some with known ties to white supremacist groups
NJ Spotlight News

100s of thousands of cicadas will emerge in N.J. soon to noisily mate for a few weeks before burrowing back into the ground for 17 years