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Restaurant Owners Plea To Open

Clad is masks and keeping their distance, about 60 restaurant owners from throughout New Jersey gathered in Sea Bright this morning for a press conference during which they pleaded with Governor Phil Murphy to approve their plan to reopen their businesses safely.

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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.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

Remembering my father’s public service

Arthur V. Gallagher in the 1970’s

By Art Gallagher

As a blogger and political strategist I’ve been credited with writing, in real time, the political obituaries, of many candidates and office holders, Democrats and some Republicans, in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

This weekend I am sadly tasked with writing the real obituary for my father, Arthur V. Gallagher, from whom I inherited many traits, including the love for writing, politics and the conviction that government should be run efficiently to serve the people. Dad passed away peacefully last night at the age of 88, from non-COVID-19 related natural causes.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 23rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 6 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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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 »

Murphy says he’ll ‘‘pull back” N.J. beaches if coronavirus cases start to spike. ‘We’ll have no choice.’

Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday night he’s taking a “big step” by allowing New Jersey beaches to be open this summer, with restrictions, as signs continue to show the coronavirus pandemic is slowing in the state.

But, Murphy stressed during an interview with CNN’s Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo, he’d be forced to “pull back” if cases spike again after people begin to gather en masse at the Jersey Shore.

“We’ll have no choice,” he said.

And that, Murphy said, goes for any of the “baby steps” the state is taking as he begins to slowly and gradually life the restrictions he’s put in place over the last two months to the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Coronavirus patients at N.J. hospitals down by half since peak with steady declines of 1,000 a week

New Jersey’s hospitals reported fewer than 4,000 coronavirus patients for the first time in six weeks, down by half since the state hit a peak in mid-April for a key number Gov. Phil Murphy has said will influence his reopening timeline.

The state’s 71 hospitals had 3,958 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases as of Wednesday night, according to state data. That’s the lowest number since the state began publicly tracking hospitalizations on April 4 and follows four straight weekly declines averaging more than 1,000 patients.The state hit a peak height with 8,084 hospitalizations o… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , | Comments Off on Coronavirus patients at N.J. hospitals down by half since peak with steady declines of 1,000 a week