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Rich Ideas: How do we recover freedom in a COVID reality?

Gary Rich Sr.

By Gary Rich, Sr

After over 40 years observing, studying and serving on the political stage I am disturbed by what I see going on in politics today. Back in 1980 when first elected in South Belmar (now Lake Como) I can’t remember the intrusion of politicians (Federal, State or County) in our day to day lives like I see today.

What bothers me most about today seems to be a lack of understanding from citizens of how politics really work.  Real politics, not fantasy promises. 

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 17th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Gary Rich, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Using COVID Fear to Divide and Rule

Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

In the 1960s anti-war activists adopted songs like the Eve of Destruction and For What It’s Worth as their anthems. Disenchanted youth feared that the world was on the verge of collapse; we were nearing the end of days. Concurrently, the civil rights activists were singing the hopeful “We Shall Overcome.” (Black folks singing an upbeat and emboldening song written by a white guy would be frowned upon today.) Both groups were buoyed by the blessing of free speech. Their voices were heard. Attempts at silencing them only made their voices louder and more widespread. Even people on the sidelines began to pay attention.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 16th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Report: Murphy to relax indoor dining restrictions in time for Super Bowl

New Jersey Governor Phil MurphyÕs daily press briefing at the the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ on April 24, 2020, regarding updates on the corona virus.

Governor Phil Murphy will announce that he is lifting restrictions on indoor dining from 25% capacity to 35% and that he will lift the 10 pm curfew on the establishments, according to a report at NorthJersey.com

Municipal officials with political death wishes will be allowed to impose their own curfews.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 3rd, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

O’Scanlon & Bucco Launch Petition Urging Murphy to Lift 10 PM Bar/Restaurant Curfew for Super Bowl


Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Tony Bucco launched an online petition urging Gov. Phil Murphy to lift his 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants for the Super Bowl. (©iStock)

State Senators Declan O’Scanlon and Anthony Bucco launched an online petition today urging Governor Phil Murphy to allow New Jersey’s bars and restaurants to stay open for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Murphy has mandated that eateries close at 10pm, despite the fact that there is no evidence of greater COVID-19 transmission after 10. With the Super Bowl scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, it is likely that the game will extend beyond 10 pm and forcing the establishments to send their customers home before the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 1st, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Rutgers professor who helped create coronavirus saliva test dies

A Rutgers research professor whose work led to the creation of the first coronavirus saliva-based test died unexpectedly on Saturday, the university announced Tuesday.

The cause of death for Andrew Brooks, 51, who was a research professor in Rutgers-New Brunswick’s School of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Genetics, was not released by the university.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 26th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Smith applauds Fed grant to support NJ vaccination sites

Congressman Chris Smith

Federal dollars flow from legislation he supported

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) applauded this week’s announcement that the federal government is sending $216,000,000 to New Jersey to reimburse the state for vaccination efforts against COVID-19.

“I greatly welcome this important federal reimbursement to assist New Jersey’s six mega sites in the distribution of vaccines,” said Congressman Smith.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 26th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

This…is what our vaccine dose delivery system will have to ramp up to in order to get us to 70% by the end of June.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr

Goals are endpoints. Missions are plans/strategies to achieve goals. Our “goal”, and it’s one we should shoot for, is to get 70% of the adult NJ population vaccinated by the end of June. We need to understand the mission we’ll need to accomplish to achieve our goal.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 25th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , | 7 Comments »

Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants

(Reuters) – Moderna said on Monday it believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant after concluding that the antibody response could be diminished.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 25th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , | Comments Off on Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants

Officials expect to reduce New Jersey’s prison population 35% since the start of the pandemic by March

Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq.

By Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq

On November 4, 2020, prisons in the State of New Jersey started releasing over two thousand (2,000) inmates nearing the end of their sentences as part of New Jersey’s effort to address coronavirus transmissions in crowded prison facilities. The early release of eligible prisoners is in line with Senate Bill No. 2519 (S2519) which was enacted and signed into law on October 19, 2020. The legislation provides for the grant of “public health emergency credits” to certain inmates and parolees during public health emergencies. It further prohibits contact with victims upon release of inmate awarded credits.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 13th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Vaccine updates for Monmouth County

Dr. Steven Landers, MD, CEO of VNA Health Group, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Terry Shlimbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the VNA Community Health Centers on Saturday, Jan 2 at the Asbury Park Community Health Center

Over 700 healthcare workers in Monmouth County received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the holiday break as public health officials scrambled to ramp up their infrastructure to widely administer the shots as they become available.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 4th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Vaccine updates for Monmouth County