Tag: New Jersey

‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic

Clients struggled with the loss of their in-person support groups. “What is more supportive than walking into a room and seeing a human you can touch?” asked one client, Maureen. “What’s been missing is body language, our ability to hug each other. All that stuff is important when people are going through the difficult experience […]

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New Yorkers Who Fled Virus Are Returning Home, Warily

On the weekend of March 13, just as Mayor Bill de Blasio was flirting with a stay-at-home order, Viviana Spiers and her husband, Rich, who live in Hell’s Kitchen, decided to celebrate their youngest son’s 6th birthday in Atlantic City, a destination they chose because, as Ms. Spiers put it, “the hotels were dirt cheap.” […]

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This Police Union Suspended 8 Members. Seven Are Black.

“They’ve had preferential treatment under Suffern and Halstead,” he said. Mr. Halstead dismissed that claim as meritless. He said that all promotions were earned and based on experience and test results. “Chief Suffern has been trying to instill a sense of discipline within the department and that is being pushed back against heavily,” said Mr. […]

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Joe Louis Clark, Beloved High School Principal Portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Lean On Me, Dead at 82

Joe Clark headshot, as Essex County Youth Detention Facility director, Newark, New JerseyPhoto: AP (AP) Joe Louis Clark, the no-nonsense disciplinary high school principal who inspired the classic 1989 film Lean On Me, has died at the age of 89. According to an official press release, Clark succumbed after a long battle with an illness […]

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Dear Santa, Why Are You Behind Plexiglass?

Santa Claus is different this year. He wears a mask and his lap is mostly off limits. Outdoors he waves to boys and girls from a safe distance, and indoors a sheet of plexiglass separates him from his visitors. “It’s odd to be segregated from them by the glass and harder to hear,” Roy Ohrberg […]

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The Return of Corporate Tax Incentives Is a Bad Omen for Blue States

In September, New Jersey officials announced a plan to borrow $4.5 billion to cover what The New York Times referred to as a “gaping financial hole” in the state’s budget. It was an understandable move given the Covid-19 pandemic’s deleterious effect on employment and local tax revenue, and Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s advisers said they […]

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N.J. Approves $14 Billion in Corporate Tax Breaks in Less Than a Week

No issue has defined Gov. Philip D. Murphy’s first term in office more than corporate tax incentives. He railed against them as a Democratic candidate for governor and, once elected, initiated an investigation that exposed the program he inherited from his Republican predecessor as a poorly managed boon for politically connected firms. Yet on Monday, […]

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Missing Fort Drum Soldier Is Found Dead in New Jersey

The body of a Fort Drum soldier who was last heard from on Thursday night in upstate New York has been found in a remote part of New Jersey, and the authorities said on Sunday that they had arrested a fellow soldier in connection with his death. The soldier who was reported missing, Cpl. Hayden […]

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It Was a Landmark Crime Bill. Then a State Senator Added a Special Favor.

Legislation that would usher in landmark changes to the criminal justice system in New Jersey has been awaiting final action for a year. The bill stems from an 18-month effort by a bipartisan commission, which scrutinized penalties for various criminal charges and recommended the elimination of lengthy, mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug and property crimes […]

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Mobster Pleads in Plot Against ‘Real Housewives’ Boyfriend, U.S. Says

The sordid and violent tale laid out by federal prosecutors seemed ripped from “The Sopranos”: A well-connected ex-husband, angry that his former wife had found a new boyfriend, enticed a New Jersey mobster to beat the boyfriend up by dangling the prospect of a cut-rate deal on a flashy wedding reception. And, in fact, the […]

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Inside the Race to Give the First Vaccinations in the United States

The first shipment of the vaccine arrived at a loading dock in Queens shortly after sunrise on Monday. The head pharmacist for one of Northwell Health’s hospitals, who had been tracking the package, opened the 63-pound box, packed in dry ice. He took out a single vial. From that vial would come five doses. After […]

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Children Love Snow Days. The Pandemic May End Them Forever.

“Snow day.” These two words have charmed New York children for generations, conjuring thoughts of sledding down Central Park’s Pilgrim Hill or building snowmen at Forest Park in Queens; of strapping on ice skates and heating up hot chocolate. But as school districts adapt to the pandemic by moving classes online, the ability to teach […]

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Storm May Bring Over 6 Inches of Snow From Virginia to New England

A storm is expected to bring more than six inches of snow from Virginia to New England on Wednesday, with the potential to cause widespread power loss and hamper travel across a large section of the country, according to the National Weather Service. Some parts of northwestern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania could get more […]

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This Sport Is a ‘Way of Life.’ In a Pandemic, It’s Also High Risk.

On a recent Sunday at a cavernous ice skating complex in suburban New Jersey, locker rooms sat empty while hockey players slipped into their uniforms in the parking lot. The nearly 2,500 seats surrounding the main rink in West Orange, about 20 miles from Manhattan, were also empty, cordoned off with yellow caution tape. Instead, […]

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Lifestyles of the ‘More Famous Than Rich’

Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS | How To Steven Galanis is helping celebrities get into the gig economy. He launched his company, Cameo, three years ago as a marketplace for the famous (and not-so-famous) to sell personalized shout-outs. For $500, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar may wish you a happy birthday. For $200, […]

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New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — The dirtiest work happened while most of New Jersey slept, on boats docked across from Manhattan’s shimmering, half-lit skyscrapers. Employees of New York Waterway, a tour boat operator and the country’s largest private ferry company, would uncap a silver pipe and attach a small pump, forcing unfiltered waste from the boats’ toilets […]

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Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Of all the toxic dumps in New Jersey, perhaps none was more infamous than PJP Landfill. It was here, at the edges of the Hackensack River in Jersey City, that underground fires erupted spontaneously for more than a decade, belching acrid smoke so thick it could snarl traffic on an adjacent […]

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Nationwide, Firefighters Escalated Claims of Discrimination, Racial Bias in 2020

Photo: Firefighter Montreal (Shutterstock) Back in July, Black firefighters in Winston-Salem, N.C., protested outside Station 1 firehouse, demanding the termination of the current chief of the fire department and asking the city to seriously address years of racial and sexual harassment claims in the department. Advertisement With little movement from the department or the city, […]

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N.J. Governor Wants Schools Open. Local Officials Have Other Ideas.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — Gov. Philip D. Murphy has urged New Jersey school districts to open for some face-to-face instruction, repeatedly noting that the coronavirus spread among teachers and students was far lower than expected. Last week, as New York City was reeling from the mayor’s decision to close the nation’s largest school district, Mr. […]

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A Badly Timed Disruption for Wine Sales in the New York Area

A severe thunderstorm that struck a wine warehouse and shipping company last week in North Bergen, N.J., has disrupted deliveries to stores in the New York metropolitan area at one of the year’s busiest times for wine sales. With winds as high as 70 miles an hour, the storm, early on Monday, Nov. 16, damaged […]

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Arthur Imperatore, Founder of a Critical Ferry Service, Dies at 95

Arthur E. Imperatore Sr., a bluff entrepreneur who parlayed a trucking fortune into a dubious ferryboat operation that grew to be a critical link in New York City’s transit network, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 95. His death, at Mount Sinai Hospital, was confirmed by his stepson, Armand Pohan, who said Mr. Imperatore […]

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Pot Legalization Hits an Unlikely Snag: ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

Winning a constitutional right for adults to smoke pot in New Jersey was, apparently, the easy part. The ballot question drew overwhelming support on Election Day, in spite of a muted pandemic-era campaign that had minimal financial backing from the national cannabis industry. But creating a legislative pathway to reach proponents’ goals — establishing New […]

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Finally, New Jersey Might Be Cooler Than New York

HOBOKEN, N.J. — In the very important, high-stakes fight for tristate area coolness, New Jersey rarely has the upper hand. (The tristate, for those without a Northeast-centric worldview, has traditionally referred to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.) But two weeks ago, New Jersey residents voted to amend the state constitution and legalize recreational marijuana, […]

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Coronavirus Surge in N.Y.: 5 Takeaways

Weather: The rain will gradually taper, but the temperature will sink to the mid-50s by midafternoon. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Saturday (Diwali). ImageCredit…Mark Abramson for The New York Times New York City is at a critical juncture once again. The seven-day average rate of positive test results has been steadily rising. On Wednesday, that […]

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19% Test Positive as Outbreak Accelerates in N.J.’s Largest City

NEWARK — As the coronavirus started surging in New Jersey’s largest city, officials introduced the state’s first new coronavirus lockdown two weeks ago, mandating an 8 p.m. indoor closing time for all restaurants, bars and nonessential businesses citywide. But then the number of new cases in the city, Newark, climbed even higher: Over the last […]

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Van Drew, Who Switched Parties and Backed Trump, Keeps N.J. House Seat

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America Has Yet to Achieve Racial Equity in Cannabis Reform. New Jersey Is Hoping Dianna Houenou Can Change That

Photo: Edwin Torres, Office of Governor Phil Murphy On Election Day, New Jersey became one of four states where voters legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, joining a wave of drug reform and decriminalization that has been sweeping the country since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012. Advertisement This […]

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Rosario Dawson Is ‘Proud’ of Her Jersey Boo Cory Booker Winning Reelection to U.S Senate Seat—and Yes, She Voted for Him

Rosario Dawson and Senator Cory Booker pose for pictures after the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign on October 15, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes…how do you measure, measure an election year?! That’s how long it seems to be taking to […]

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