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Murphy dines outdoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost while indoor dining is packed

By Art Gallagher

Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy dining with masks on at Nicholas Barrel and Roost in Middletown on August 26, 2020. photo by Art Gallagher

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy dined outdoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost in Middletown last evening while the indoor Barrel Room was packed with knuckleheads.

Murphy, who seemed aware of my presence, wore a mask at his outdoor table while those dining in the crowded Barrel Room were maskless.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 16 Comments »

May 12 Town By Town COVID-19 Cases in Monmouth County

Monmouth County reported 39 new positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 7,068, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley announced.

The NJ Department of Health reports that 460 Monmouth County residents have succumbed to the virus.

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

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ON MOTHER’S DAY, PLEDGE TO DO MORE TO PROTECT STATE’S ELDERLY

U.S. Army Spc. Jabari Ashanti, a Combat Medic with the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG), checks a resident’s blood pressure at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison, N.J., April 17, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley)

By Randy Bergmann

Many New Jerseyans in today’s COVID-19 world will have to observe Mother’s Day Sunday without their mother – and not just because of social distancing requirements. Coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on elderly moms (and dads).

The state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities for the elderly have accounted for more than half of New Jersey’s 9,116 coronavirus fatalities. Additionally, through Saturday, 26,031 COVID-19 cases have been reported at 515 long-term care facilities across the state, making it impossible for many thousands of Jerseyans to give thanks to their mothers in person.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 9th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

US Justice Dept drops case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

Washington (AFP) – The US Justice Department withdrew its case against former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn Thursday, handing President Donald Trump a major political victory.

The department said in a filing Flynn’s December 2017 guilty plea for lying to the FBI in an interview over his Russia contacts was moot because the lies were not significant.

It said the FBI’s original probe of him had no “legitimate investigative basis.

“The decision by the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Bill Barr, came as Flynn was fighting possible imprisonment, and af… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on US Justice Dept drops case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

NKorea’s Kim makes first appearance in nearly three weeks: KCNA

Seoul (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance since speculation about his health began last month, cutting the ribbon at the opening of a fertilizer factory, KCNA reported Saturday.

Kim “attended the ceremony” on Friday and “all the participants broke into thunderous cheers of ‘hurrah!'” when he appeared, the Korean Central News Agency said.

He also inspected the facility and was “briefed about the production processes,” the report said.Kim “said with deep emotion” that his grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il “would be greatly pleased if they heard… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: | Comments Off on NKorea’s Kim makes first appearance in nearly three weeks: KCNA

Murphy closes child care centers, except for essential workers’ kids

Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order today which requires all New Jersey child care centers to certify that they are serving only the families of essential workers or close.

The certification is due on Friday, March 27. Centers that do not certify that can and will solely care for the children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

As COVID-19 Heats Up, Governor Puts $1B in Planned Spending in Deep Freeze

Social-distancing measures have sent consumer spending into a tailspin, a sharp downturn felt all across the state economy that’s reducing revenues in all sectors

By JOHN REITMEYER , NJ Spotlight

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has put nearly $1 billion in planned spending in reserve in response to ongoing concerns that the coronavirus outbreak could take a huge chunk of revenue out of the state budget.

Among the fiscal year 2020 appropriations that have been sidelined by the administration’s spending freeze is $142 million that was supposed to cover the next installment of the state’s popular Homestead property-tax relief benefits, which was due to be paid out to thousands of New Jersey residents to help offset their sky-high property-tax bills in May.

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Posted: March 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on As COVID-19 Heats Up, Governor Puts $1B in Planned Spending in Deep Freeze

Monmouth COVID-19 cases rise to 207

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

The Monmouth County Health Department reports that there are 207 positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley announced this evening.

“As we see these numbers climb, while anticipated, it reminds us why social distancing is so important,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is critical for everyone to practice social distancing so that we can slow the spread.”

The breakdown by municipality is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 23rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth COVID-19 cases rise to 207

PNC Arts Center Testing Site Opens Today

𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝗡𝗖 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲-𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝟴 𝗮.𝗺.

Photo of PNC Arts Center courtesy of Assemblywomen Serena DiMaso

The much anticipated COVID-19 testing site at the PNC Arts Center is opening today, Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m.  The Arts Center is located a mile 116 on the Garden State Parkway.

The center will be open seven days per week until daily supplies last, Governor Phil Murphy announced. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Individuals will not be permitted to line up along the Garden State Parkway. The PNC commuter parking lot will be closed. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 23rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on PNC Arts Center Testing Site Opens Today

Monmouth County has 156 COVID-19 cases, Golf courses closed

Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley

Monmouth County has 156 positive cases of COVID-19 as of March 22, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley announced. The leaders also announced the closure of the County golf courses, as order by Governor Phil Murphy.

The breakdown by municipality of the COVID-19 cases is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »