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O’Scanlon, DiMaso and Scharfenberger demand Murphy allow graduation ceremonies in June, Stop micromanaging

Joy that Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey high schools could hold graduation ceremonies turned to anger for many high school students, their families and the elected officials who represent them this week, when they realized how impractical, cumbersome and expensive Murphy’s rules would make the ceremonies. Murphy effectively announced that graduations could take place and then issued guidelines that prevent them from happening.

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Pandemic-Related Decline in Childhood Vaccines Prompts State Plea to Parents

Department of Health also urges pediatricians to devise new office protocols to keep patients and parents safe from coronavirus, reduce fear factor

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJspotlight

With a dramatic decline in childhood vaccine rates during the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey officials urged parents to ensure their kids are properly immunized to protect them from measles, mumps and other infectious diseases.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Chris Smith, local fishermen, and for-hire boat captains celebrate reopening of delayed fishing season


Rep. Chris Smith, center, stops in at the Reel Seat tackle shop in Brielle, NJ Saturday.  On Instagram, Reel Seat praised Smith for “fighting hard for our right to fish!”

POINT PLEASANT, NJ – After working through the week to win a safe easing of the COVID-19 restrictions on the for-hire fishing boats, Rep. Chris Smith met with captains and customers early Saturday morning as they boarded local vessels and kicked-off the 2020 fluke fishing season.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Press Release | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Why can’t N.J. re-open its motor vehicle agencies like other states already have?

MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton

Drivers who bought vehicles from another person have gotten an unwelcome surprise during the last two months – they can’t get the license plates and registration they need to drive them, due to the coronavirus closing motor vehicle agencies.

Drivers who’ve bought a vehicle from a private owner found out that registering their new ride requires an in-person transaction at motor vehicle agencies. But state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies were closed on March 16 to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

A Budd Lake woman said she is unable to use the truck she bought in March and now fears she might lose he… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, MVC, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

N.J.’s fishing industry has taken a beating from coronavirus. Will easing of restrictions save it?

Dale Parsons is a fifth-generation clammer whose family has owned Parsons Seafood in Tuckerton since 1909. He’s quick to tell you, proudly, that his facility in Little Egg Harbor has both an oyster shell recycling program andthe only restored living oyster reef in New Jersey.

These days, however, things at Parsons Seafood are tight. The coronavirus pandemic, and the wave of restrictions put in place to slow the disease, has pushed his business down about 40%, Parsons said.

That big hit is driven by the loss of restaurant demand — no one eating at restaurants means no one is ordering fish.“We’re d… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

May 19: Monmouth County has had 7,527 positive COVID-19 cases, 520 deaths

Monmouth County reported 79 news positive cases of COVID-19 cases on May 19, bringing the total since March to 7,527. The NJ Department of Health reports that 520 County residents have succumbed to the virus.

The town by town breakdown of positive cases is as follows:

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May 17: Monmouth County has 7,369 positive COVID-19 cases, 508 deaths

Atlantic Highlands Marina. Photo by Art Gallagher

Monmouth County reported 42 new positive COVID-19 cases on May 17, bringing the total to 7,369. The NJ Department of Health reports that 508 County residents have succumbed to the virus.

The town by town breakdown of positive cases is as follows:

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Most beaches across the state are already open. Here’s what the scene was like at the Jersey Shore on Saturday.

Thousands of residents across the state are waiting with bated breath for Memorial Day weekend to arrive, as Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Thursday that beaches and boardwalks will be open for the official start of beach season next week.

Thousands of others decided: Why wait? Awakening to sunny skies and balmy weather Saturday morning, a countless number of New Jersey residents flocked to the many beaches across Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties that are currently open to the public.Local officials are at minimum prohibiting group activities and sports at the beaches to curb the sp… Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese government threatens Chris Smith

The government of China has threatened to inflict pain, including interfering in the upcoming November election, on Congressman Chris Smith and several other Republican lawmakers and officials who are working to hold China responsible for the tragic results of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: China, Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

COVID-19 layoffs are coming for N.J. teachers. How bad will it get?

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended teachers’ lives, banishing them from their classrooms to teach students from home.

Now, as a grueling school year nears its end, some New Jersey teachers are receiving a cruel reward: A pink slip, courtesy of the crushing economic weight of the crisis.

Facing a Friday deadline to notify those teachers who won’t be brought back next year, many districts have already told non-tenured educators they won’t be offered a contract for the fall until schools know just how badly their finances will be hurt by COVID-19, said Richard Bozza, executive director of t… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »