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Bloomfield’s elementary schools to welcome students back for hybrid learning Apr. 19 for first time since pandemic began, teachers to return Apr. 12
Bloomfield School District

Looking for somewhere to dine outdoors? Check out Montclair Girl’s guide to outdoor dining in our area
The Montclair Girl

N.J. issues new pandemic quarantine guidelines: fully vaccinated and those recently recovered from COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine if they come in contact with someone who has the virus as long as they’re asymptomatic
Wayne Patch

N.J. expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals over 55, people with developmental disabilities, wide range of essential worker groups
Holmdel-Hazlet Patch

Local News

Bloomfield library cookbook club to meet virtually Mar. 27
Bloomfield Public Library

Bloomfield-based Partners for Women and Justice win $25k grant to provide free legal assistance to low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence
Bloomfield Patch

Bloomfield High School’s basketball and cheerleading program receive North Jersey sportsmanship award
Essex News Daily

COVID-19: Bloomfield’s confirmed cumulative cases rise to 4,674, deaths to 112 as of Mar. 26
Essex County

Jordan Tassy, Montclair man for whom community raised $45k to support COVID-19 treatment, has died
Montclair Local

Virtual run-walk race planned Apr. 23-30 to raise money for memorial scholarship fund for Montclair High School seniors
Toni’s Kitchen

Nutley volunteer emergency squad will be absorbed into town’s public safety department following fraud investigation
TAPinto Nutley

Newark joins national association seeking to develop public health-based violence, crime prevention programs
TAPinto Newark

Local mental health association reaches out to Asian American, Pacific Islander community in face of increased hate speech and violence, offers support services
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris

Other News

Murphy urges N.J. residents to keep Easter, Passover gatherings to close family, friends as COVID-19 variants circulate, community spread keeping hospitalizations from declining
Basking Ridge Patch

Profit-motive may have driven COVID-19 infections and fatalities in N.J. nursing homes owned by private equity firms

Coalition of N.J. social justice organizations call for state assembly, senate bills to shut down immigrant detention programs, not just ban future ICE contracts
Newark Patch

U.S. transportation secretary says new Hudson River tunnel is a priority, plans to complete environmental impact statement by July