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March 21, 2020

U.S. Attorney McSwain: Blame Krasser for the Murder of Philadelphia Police Corporal James O’Connor

"The Murder Was the Direct Result of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s Pro-Violent Defendant Policies" ~ U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain PHILADELPHIA PA (March 16, 2020)--– Last Friday, Philadelphia Police Corporal and SWAT team member, James O’Connor, a proud 23-year veteran of the Department from a family of police officers, was gunned down in the City’s Frankford section while trying to arrest Hassan Elliott, who was wanted for murder. Elliott was on the street for one reason: because of District Attorney Krasner’s pro-violent defendant policies.... Read more →

$28.8 million in FY2020 Rail Freight Assistance Program grants

13 rail projects will improve the existing freight system to support economic activity (Trenton) – The Murphy Administration today announced 13 grants totaling more than $28.8 million through the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s FY2020 Rail Freight Assistance Program. The grants help support economic activity by preserving and improving the existing freight transportation system and by making freight rail service more widely available for businesses throughout the state. Rail freight improvements support the state’s clean energy, congestion mitigation, and sustainable development goals. “The Murphy Administration... Read more →

Retaining The Ability to Drive

(NAPSM)—For many older adults, retaining the ability to drive is very important. It means independence and makes it easier to do shopping, see friends and family, and keep medical appointments. It’s not always a safe option, however. With age, your ability to drive may diminish—but you can get help to maintain your indpendence longer. Physical and mental changes related to aging can affect your ability to drive safely. If you’re alert to these changes and manage them carefully, you may be able to continue driving... Read more →

Destress in Your Own Back Yard

While adults are home teleworking, and kids are at home participating in online educational instruction (we hope), it’s even more important during these challenging times to take a moment to get out into the family yard. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that nature starts right outside your back door. Let the proven benefits green space give us a break from being cooped up inside. Listen to the birds. Watch the trees. Curl your toes in the grass. Work outside planting and preparing for the budding... Read more →

NJBIA Statement on Gov. Murphy's EO to Close Non-essential Businesses

NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. issued the following statement in response to COVID-19 Emergency Order to close physical locations of all non-essential retail businesses, announced by Gov. Phil Murphy today. "NJBIA understands the need to put public health first in confronting a global pandemic with uncertain reach. "We thank the Governor and his staff for taking the time to understand the impacts this shutdown will have on the business community and the economy in what is an unprecedented time. We know that... Read more →

Action Wellness Announces Dining Out For Life 2020 Update

Debuts Virtual Dining Experience PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 2020) - In response to COVID-19, Action Wellness has made the difficult decision to cancel its annual fundraising event, Dining Out For Life, scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 30, 2020, when more than 150 area restaurants would have donated 33% of their food sales to Action Wellness, AIDS Delaware, and Camden Area Health Education Center, Inc. to help people living with and affected by HIV in the Delaware Valley. Instead, Action Wellness is encouraging participants to... Read more →

Photos from a pandemic

BY David Cruz, Senior Correspondent This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com (March 20, 2020)--An essay by Senior Correspondent David Cruz with photos from Thomas E. Franklin and NJTV News journalists in the field illustrate the dramatic changes to life in New Jersey as the coronavirus crisis deepens. Read more →

Tracking the coronavirus in New Jersey

March 21, 2020, 3PM EST This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com The state has 442 new coronavirus cases overnight — bringing the state total to 1,327. There have been 5 more deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 16. The victims include: A male in his 40s from Bergen County A male in his 50s from Monmouth County... Read more →

Murphy Announces Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses Beginning 9 p.m. Tonight, Saturday NJ SPOTLIGHT | MARCH 21, 2020 | CORONAVIRUS IN NJ Gives list of essential businesses that are allowed to stay open This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com . To curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered New Jersey residents to stay at home except... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware: Modified upstate stream trout season to open in New Castle County

Anglers encouraged to practice responsible social distancing; trout streams closed March 21 until opening DOVER, Del. –The opening day for Delaware’s spring 2020 upstate stream trout season has been changed to minimize crowds and accommodate responsible outdoor recreation during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) period. Trout season will open several days earlier t han planned in seven designated trout streams in northern New Castle County for only youth anglers under age 16 on Monday, March 30 at 7 a.m., followed by the opening of trout season... Read more →


By Sarah Downey | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the nation, according to a new report, and the amount has gone up since last year. CNBNewsnet files According to data from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, 2019 property taxes increased more than 2 percent compared to 2018. Last year, the average homeowner paid $8,953 in real estate taxes, while in 2018, the amount was $8,767. The tax burden on New Jersey residents... Read more →

When A Beloved Pet Passes Away

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor (Gloucestercitynews.net)(March 21, 2020)--When a beloved pet passes away the grief is very real. We ache and the pain is overwhelming. It doesn’t help that non-pet owners do not understand this void. Whether your pet passes away from old age, an accident, or must be euthanized due to advancing age, extreme aggression, or illness you have a right to grieve! Do not let others demean you for your emotions! There are support groups both online, via phone, and in person that may help... Read more →

Layoffs and Shutdowns Ravage Economy

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JON HURDLE | MARCH 20, 2020 | MORE ISSUES, CORONAVIRUS IN NJ Gov. Murphy says he’s working with neighboring states to demand help from federal government Loren Greene worked two jobs while getting her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and now she has neither, thanks to the coronavirus. Greene,... Read more →

UPDATE on DNREC operations in response to COVID-19

Events, including private rentals, canceled through May 15; One-day cleaning period implemented between rentals of State Park cabins and cottages DOVER, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control continues to focus on taking a proactive and preventative approach to keep communities and employees safe in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, while maintaining operations and services as best as possible. Detailed information about events, meetings and online options is available at dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/coronavirusand destateparks.com/Covid19. A few of the updates include: All Department... Read more →

Dept of Justice Arrest Philadelphia Man for Crimes Related To Cambridge Homicide

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced today that Taylor Ruffin Herrington, a.k.a. “Tee,” 34, of Gloucestercitynews.net files Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was arrested today in Philadelphia by the FBI on an outstanding arrest warrant issued last week in the District of Vermont. Herrington made his initial appearance today in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge. He was detained pending his transfer to Vermont. According to court documents, on March 3, 2020, at or about... Read more →

United Methodist Communities Responds to COVID-19

Multiple strategies implemented statewide NEPTUNE, N.J. — March 19, 2020 — United Methodist Communities (UMC) has acted to address the novel (new) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Amid this Gloucestercitynews.net files pandemic, the organization continues to work tirelessly and comprehensively to help ensure the health and well-being of residents, clients, and associates. The UMC released the following statement. At this time, we have no cases or known exposures of COVID-19 in our UMC communities. We have formed a COVID-19 Response Team, led by Corporate Director of... Read more →

Substances Linked to Bladder Cancer Found in Urine of E-cigarette Users

Newswise — CHAPEL HILL— An analysis of evidence from multiple scientific studies found six substances that have a strong link to bladder cancer in the urine of people who had used electronic cigarettes and sometimes other tobacco products, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and NYU Langone Health reported. In the review published in the journal European Urology Oncology, researchers compiled the results of 22 different studies that analyzed the urine of people who used e-cigarettes or other tobacco products,... Read more →

Letter Carriers Say Their Bosses Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Postal workers say they’re not being given hand sanitizer. Two say they’ve been pressured to work even while showing COVID-19 symptoms. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) by Maryam Jameel (MARCH 18, 2020)--Postal carriers say they are being pressed into service against medical advice and with insufficient protection against the novel coronavirus. Two mail carriers told ProPublica they have been pressured to stay on their routes... Read more →