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New Jersey News Commons: EPIPENS: SHOULD NJ AUTHORIZE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS?

Last week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would train school bus drivers to carry and administer EpiPens to children in case of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). It will move to the Assembly next. New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut have already passed similar bills. For more information about children's access to emergency epinephrine in schools, check out this map by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. (TAPinto Edison)

MANUFACTURING COMPANY BACKS OUT OF SALEM COUNTY

A Berkeley Township-based cement manufacturing company, Empire Blended Products, is scrapping plans to build a Salem County plant because the move was “contingent upon the completion” of a railroad improvement project (page 18). According to minutes taken at a freeholder meeting, a representative claimed the company "was pulling out of the city because it could not break ground without a viable railroad," Chris Franklin writes.Yet Freeholder Director Benjamin Laury said the work is already done: the port site is now accessible by rail. The company had originally claimed the plant would bring as many as 150 new jobs, though it later modified that estimate to 30 to 50 jobs. (NJ.com)

UNION FREEHOLDERS OK WITH MANAGER'S POLITICAL PR?

On Thursday night, a resident of Berkeley Heights confronted the Union County Freeholders, alleging that its county manager, Ed Oatman, is working in a public role despite a conflict of interest. In 2018, he took home a $150,800 salary while maintaining a partnership with a political consulting firm, which was paid almost that — $150,000, according to campaign finance reports — for "promoting local candidates", Roman Chiarello writes. Some freeholders defended Oatman, though he declined to comment. (TAPinto Cranford)

FIRED GAY COP SUES PALISADES PARK, CLAIMS RETALIATION

Robert DeVito Jr. is a gay police officer who was fired last year accusing a councilman in Palisades Park — and its police chief — of homophobic behavior. He has now filed a lawsuit against the two men and the Bergen County borough's former mayor, James Rotundo. The suit alleges DeVito was harassed and retaliated against after reporting the behavior. DeVito, who now works for the borough as communications manager, says his partner was also terminated as a retaliatory move, and not for budgetary reasons. (The Record)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Cannabis
  • "You may be denied a job if you test positive for marijuana" — plus 15 more things to about legal weed bill (Newark Patch)
  • 1,000 NJ doctors have medical marijuana: A list (Point Pleasant Patch)
  • Legalizing marijuana, justice unites 2020 Democrats (New York Times)
Education
  • Spelling out how school funding needs to be overhauled (NJ Spotlight)
  • Star-Ledger Editorial Board on Murphy-led preschool expansion (NJ.com)
  • Foundation gifts $75,000+ to schools (TAPinto New Providence)
  • Stevens Institute sees most applicants in 149 years (Hoboken Patch)
#Feminism
  • Perfection: Franklin girls basketball finishes 34-0, wins Tournament of Champions (NJ.com)
  • Watchung Hills earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award (TAPinto Warren)
Health
  • 1 Million pounds of pork seized at Port of New York/Newark amid swine fever outbreak (Westfield Patch)
  • 'Suicide is Preventable': American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts "Talk Saves Lives" presentation in Bloomfield:(TAPinto Bloomfield)
  • New measles outbreak in Ocean County: DOH (Lakewood Patch)
 

😜 Not everything is terrible...

😂 Dad gets 20K birthday calls: sons post digits on billboard (Galloway Patch)
💪 Man returns library book after 55 years—yes, really (NorthJersey.com)
📚 Hoboken Literary Weekend books Muldoon, Toibin (April 5 to 7) (NJ Arts)
🐻 Woodbridge cop saves autistic boy's teddy bear after 911 call (News12 NJ)
🍋 Students savor sweet taste of success—lemonade, too TAPinto Somerville) ❤️ PurpleLight for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network returns (TAPinto Warren)
🦅 Spot the new falcon in town on the falcon cam! (TAPinto Roselle)
 

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