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McDonald’s on Brookdale South Garden State Parkway to clos, building will be demolished this spring to make way for a Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Starbucks to open in 2023

Mayor Venezia, Councilman Rockwell release statements opposing the opening of a Chick-fil-A in Bloomfield due the chain’s discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community
TAPinto Bloomfield

Murphy declares new public health emergency in response to COVID Omicron surge to maintain school mask mandates, other pandemic policies after legislature refuses to extend original emergency declaration

9 out of 10 N.J. residents who apply for health insurance on the state’s exchange will receive some sort of subsidy as federal spending expands available assistance, deadline for enrollment is Jan. 31

Local News

Bloomfield postpones Martin Luther King Day hygiene kit assembly event on Jan. 15 due to COVID surge
Martin Luther King Day of Service Committee

Bloomfield College joins growing list of N.J. colleges going virtual, delaying start of spring semester due to increased COVID infections

Bloomfield extends waiver for construction, zoning code permit fees for repairs caused by damage from tropical storm Ida until Mar. 31
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield High School counselor Manuela Gonnella retired after 36 years with the district
Essex News Daily

Berkley HSA to host fundraiser at Town Pub Jan. 12
Berkeley Home and School Association

Montclair Library to host virtual event, Q+A with contributors to “The 1619 Project” on Jan.13
Montclair Local

ICYMI: Newark now requires persons 5 and older to show proof of vaccination to enter businesses, facilities
TAPinto Nutley

Essex County parks department advises visitors not to ice skate in county parks as ice thickness unsafe at less than 5 inches
Essex County Park System

Essex County Environmental Center to host drop-off nature exploration club for kids in Roseland Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10
Essex County Environmental Center

Other News

COVID Omicron variant has much shorter incubation period of 3 days and those infected are more contagious, see symptoms earlier than prior variants, according to CDC

Got COVID and want a booster? CDC says wait until after quarantine if asymptomatic, after full recovery if you showed signs of illness

Fire safety experts recommend checking your building’s fire preparedness after fire Bronx high-rise kills 17, many from smoke inhalation from malfunctioning fire safety systems