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News Around New Jersey

October 6, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before. "Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'" Sikoutris Di Iorio is a ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids. "It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic." At ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — When discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of New Jersey's residents, Carolyn Beauchamp is concerned and wants to take action. "We don't have a big enough system of care. We don't have enough centers, clinics, we don't have enough understanding of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm. Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island. "Our hearts and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations. A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once. As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has launched a new, searchable database about police agencies’ internal affairs investigations around the state. Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin's office says in a news release that it's thought to be the most comprehensive ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Most students around the state head back to school this week and they'll soon learn about climate change. New Jersey is the first state in the nation to implement climate change education in grades K-12. "I cannot be more thrilled about the future for our students and for our ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ — Former Governor Jim McGreevey’s political star fell to earth 18 years ago, but he remains a shining light to thousands of prisoners each year looking to work their way back into society and keep out of the clink. Since resigning in political disgrace over a sexual affair with a ...

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MARTINSVILLE, NJ — Years before Chris Brown earned his license, his real estate career began at the family dinner table, listening to stories from his father. “We would hear about his exploits of the day,” Brown said. “So, I feel like it’s been in my blood for a long time.” In 1982, new ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jerseyans will soon be able to have alcoholic beverages — including to-go drinks from restaurants — delivered to them by third-party services like DoorDash, Instacart and Amazon Flex. “This is a game changer for New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage industry and a tremendous ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's back-to-school sales tax holiday begins Saturday, August 27 and runs through Monday, September 5, 2022. The state's 6.625% sales tax will be waived on selected items purchased both in-store and online during the 10-day period. “For many families and educators, there ...

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HAMILTON, NJ — New Jersey's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) has updated its disinformation portal to include information about monkeypox. The NJOHSP says it now includes information that is causing confusion among New Jerseyans, including misleading videos and conspiracy ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing. Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings ...

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TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Former Governors of New Jersey have a tendency to mimic what General Douglas MacArthur said in his farewell address, that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” The New Jersey State Constitution doesn’t allow Governors to be elected forever, limiting them to ...

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PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school. "I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost. Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release. "We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State ...

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KEARNY, NJ — A project to replace the Portal North Bridge, which has been the cause of countless commuting nightmares for many over the years, is moving forward. When it's complete, rail delays due to marine traffic in the Hackensack River will be a thing of the past. "Today, we take the next ...

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PATERSON, NJ — The Paterson Healing Collective is always ready to jump into action to help crime victims. The program, which was created in partnership with St. Joseph's Health, supports survivors of violence and their families. When a shooting or stabbing victim arrives at St. Joseph's ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has launched a Naloxone Distribution Program statewide, which lets qualifying agencies request the potentially life-saving medicine online, when needed, for free. Naloxone, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, reverses an opioid overdose when ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are asking residents and businesses to conserve water, because of the hot and dry weather the state is dealing with right now. "Now is the time for New Jersey to be especially mindful of water usage ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ — New Jersey is offering as much as $4,000 off the purchase price of a new electric vehicle (EV), Gov. Phil Murphy said as he launched the third year of the Charge Up New Jersey electric vehicle incentive program. Murphy also announced during an event Monday in Asbury Park ...

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — I recently took a bus to NYC rather than deal with all the tolls, parking, gas and hassles. My bus was late, so I was left standing for maybe a half-hour at the corner of a busy intersection down the hill from where I live. I took count of how many drivers jumped the red ...

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FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ — On Sen. Steven Oroho’s first day as a legislator in Trenton in 2008, he found himself scratching his head when it came to the state’s finances. “The night before, they came up with a new school funding formula, it increased spending by $1 billion,” Oroho ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The retired, long-time head of Roseland-based Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Josh Weston, knows about facts and figures, dollars and cents. He doesn’t like one bit what he sees going on with the leaders of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the union representing New ...

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TRENTON NJ — New Jersey’s unprecedented budget process during the past several months has been one helluva Lollapalooza. Hope you enjoy the performance because it’s not coming on tour again.  The $50.6 billion spending plan, infused as it was with copious dollops of anomalous federal ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Residents of New Jersey enrolled in the state's Medicinal Cannabis Program will now not have to pay any sales tax on cannabis and cannabis products bought at a permitted medicinal dispensary. The sales tax was eliminated in three steps, under the Jake Honig Compassionate Use ...

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WEST TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey leaders are encouraging all eligible men and women to apply to be a State Trooper with the New Jersey State Police. It's part of a recruiting campaign from Gov. Phil Murphy, members of Murphy's cabinet and members of the Legislature. The application process opened ...

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