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Use N.J.’s vaccine appointment finder to see where 12 to 15-year-olds can get vaccinated right now
State of New Jersey

N.J. masking rules are still in place as officials review new CDC recommendation saying fully vaccinated people can forgo masks, social distancing in uncrowded settings

Bloomfield’s walk and bike series continues May 16 with a walk through Bloomfield Center
Bloomfield Public Safety

Bloomfield Animal Shelter hosting free rabies clinic May 22
Bloomfield Animal Shelter

Bloomfield Center’s Dinner Under the Stars outdoor dining event returns on Fridays beginning May 21 through Oct. 8
Bloomfield Center Alliance

Venezia, Mundell to host virtual community meeting for Bloomfield’s 1st Ward residents May 20
Township of Bloomfield

N.J. updates masking rules following new CDC guidance: fully vaccinated people in uncrowded outdoor settings or intimate indoor gatherings can forgo face covering but all should continue wearing masks in public indoors
Point Pleasant Patch

Murphy extends public health emergency for another 30 days, says administration is preparing legislation to end emergency declaration but give governor authority to manage ongoing threat to public health amid pandemic

Most families with children will begin receiving monthly cash payments of up to $300 beginning in July as advance on temporarily expanded child tax credit

You may qualify for a $50 monthly discount with your current Internet provider through a new federal emergency broadband benefit if you’re low-income or have had your finances negatively impacted by the pandemic
Federal Communications Commission

N.J. jury indicts Essex County detective, former Bloomfield police officer for allegedly tracking someone with a GPS without a warrant
Bloomfield Patch

May 18 is the last day to register to vote in the June 8 primary
State of New Jersey

Mail-in ballots for the June 8 Democratic primary election are out, here’s what you should know about the race for Essex County sheriff
Newark Patch

ICYMI: Bloomfield’s 1st ward community meeting will be on Zoom today at 7 p.m.
Township of Bloomfield

Bloomfield police are beginning foot patrols of commercial areas to increase positive officer interactions with community members
Township of Bloomfield

N.J. pandemic capacity restrictions will lift today but indoor masks, socially distancing still required

Local News

Bloomfield releases rendering of water interconnection station planned for corner of West Passaic Ave and East Passaic Ave
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield basketball camp now accepting registrations for 2021 summer for students entering grades 3-9
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield cyclist Mac Hyppolite Jr. continues ride to Memphis to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield resident hosting tricky tray to benefit local cat rescue organization May 15-16
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield Pulse Facebook group to allow anonymous posts from administrator-verified members to allow discussion of more sensitive topics
Bloomfield Pulse

Found a baby bird? Here’s what you should do
Bloomfield Animal Shelter

The rubberized walking track at Watsessing Park was been resurfaced
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

COVID-19: Bloomfield confirmed cumulative cases rise to 5,285, deaths to 119 as of May 13
Essex County

5th annual Music City Festival will take place across Orange May 14-16 with 80 local musicians playing at 10 outdoor venues
University of Orange

Montclair restaurant Ray’s Luncheonette wins historic small restaurant preservation grant

Essex County COVID-19 testing sites for May 18-22 include Newark and Cedar Grove
Essex County

Museums to visit in Essex County
The Montclair Girl

Watsessing HSA seeks volunteers for executive board, events
Watsessing Home and School Association

Bloomfield Buyrite liquor store hiring for multiple positions
Bloomfield Buyrite

Bloomfield Cruisers classic car club is three-quarters of the way to their scholarship fundraiser goal
Bloomfield Cruisers

COVID-19: Bloomfield cases rises to 5,288, deaths to 120 as of May 17
Essex County

June 30 is Bloomfield’s deadline for pet license renewals for owners dogs and cats in the township
Bloomfield Pulse

Author Kaitlyn Greenidge will be at Montclair’s Watchung Booksellers to discuss new book “Libertie” May 19

Revival planned for 100-year-old Bellevue Theatre in Montclair
Montclair Patch

South Orange-Maplewood LGBTQIA+ and allied high school seniors will be honored at Lavender Graduation ceremony June 3
Maplewood Patch

Seton Hall University in South Orange to require COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff returning this fall
South Orange Patch

May 18 virtual family fun night will offer comedy and magic shows between intergenerational discussion of anxiety and depression
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris

Essex County seeks volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence, will offer up to 120 hours of free training
Livingston Patch

Essex County’s COVID-19 vaccination sites begin offering Pfizer vaccine May 17
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

Tickets for Bloomfield High School theatre production of Six Feet Apart are now on sale for shows on May 21-22
Bloomfield High School Thespian Society

More than half of Bloomfield recreation’s summer camp spots for children in grades Pre-K-7 are still available
Bloomfield Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

Community member seeks volunteer sound engineer, production tech and assistant for short film shoot in area May 27-29
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Blood drive planned at Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid on May 19
Bloomfield Patch

Bloomfield High School wrestler places first in Northeast regional tournament, qualifying for nationals in North Dakota
Bloomfield Wrestling

Montclair-based community sustained agriculture program still has produce shares available for the season
Bloomfield-Montclair CSA

Irises at Essex County’s Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair are starting to bloom, peak bloom anticipated in two weeks
Essex County Parks

Webinar will review stroke risk factors and COVID-19 on May 19
Mountainside Medical Center

Whoopi Goldberg visited an East Orange COVID-19 vaccination event last week to promote inoculations in under-vaccinated Essex County communities
West Orange Patch

Woman’s Club of Belleville accepting clothing donations of new or gently used clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, and linens now through May 26
Human Needs Food Pantry

Bloomfield College president Marcheta Evans received the Oranges and Maplewood NAACP president’s award at the chapter’s 108th annual gala
Essex News Daily

Bloomfield’s Express Employment office has a job opening for someone with a background in facility maintenance
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield recreation publishes third installment of its AAPI heritage online exhibit
Bloomfield Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

Brookdale Shoprite in Bloomfield finishes renovations, updates facade, adds self-check out
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield’s Girl Scout Troop 20340 placed memorial bows on town’s veteran memorial streets
Girl Scout Troop 20340

Bloomfield High School held a Memorial Day flag ceremony after students decorate lawn with dozens of miniature flags
Bloomfield Pulse

About 100 people turned out for Montclair’s first Disability Pride parade
Montclair Local

South Orange-Maplewood school district, former teacher face lawsuits over sexual abuse at Columbia High School as recently as 2015

Looking for an online gift card from a local business? Here are a few places you could find them.
The Montclair Girl

North Jersey DSA chapter plans general meeting May 23, welcomes public and members
North N.J. Democratic Socialists of America

Newark Symphony Hall unveils planned $50m redesign, will be completed for concert hall’s centennial in 2025
Jersey Digs

Expanded program in Essex County aims to reduce recidivism among justice-involved youth with education, job training for people 18-24
TAPinto Newark

Other News

Murphy signs bill allowing N.J. municipalities to offer property tax rebates as a shop local rewards program

Further easing of pandemic capacity and gathering limits expected in N.J. next week

Restaurants and bars are having a hard time hiring. Workers say its because they don’t want to go back to working for poverty wages.

More than 3.84m people living or working in N.J. are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as state reports lowest daily single-day case count since Oct. 12, another 750k people await second dose

Murphy lifts all pandemic quarantine rules for incoming out-of-state travelers, orders schools to return to in-person instruction next year
Cinnaminson Patch

N.J. expected to formally end outdoor mask mandate but keep indoor masking rules as N.Y., P.A. adopt CDC guidance saying fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear face coverings, socially distance in most circumstances

4k people gathered in Paterson over the weekend to call for end to Israeli occupation of Palestine amid increased violence sparked by ongoing displacement

N.J. utility moratorium could end. Here’s how to apply for repayment help.

N.J. high school athletics body says masks will no longer will be required for spectators, coaches, officials, or athletes at outdoor events but individual schools can impose stricter rules
Toms River Patch

N.J. temporarily bans camp fires in 10 counties amid ongoing fires in two state forests, heightened fire risk due to warm, dry weather
Brick Patch