N.J. university steps in to save Bloomfield College from shutting down

Published: Mar. 23, 2022

Five months after announcing it was in deep financial trouble, Bloomfield College has found the savior it was hoping for to help keep one of New Jersey’s oldest campuses from shutting down.

Montclair State University, a public university just a 10 minute drive away, will step in to loan Bloomfield College the money it needs to stay open for the 2022-2023 academic year while the two schools work out a permanent partnership, campus officials announced Wednesday.

The highly-unusual affiliation between a private college and a public university was authorized with a vote by Montclair State’s Board of Trustees in an early-morning meeting. Bloomfield College will get to keep its name and mission under the deal, officials said.

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Newark Schools Might Go Mask-Optional in May

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Anatomy of a Comeback Trail: The Oscar James II Story

By Max Pizarro | March 22, 2022

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NEWARK – Pablo Fonseca didn’t want to lose the 2010 South Ward race.

Fonseca was the chief of staff for Mayor Cory Booker that year, and the campaign manager for Team Booker.

But everyone knew South Ward Councilman Oscar James II – scion of a deeply rooted Newark political family – faced a very tough opponent.

 

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N.J. reports 14 COVID deaths, 691 cases. Stealth variant now 30% of positive tests.

Published: Mar. 22, 2022

New Jersey on Tuesday reported another 14 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 691 positive tests as the so-called “stealth variant” has risen to 30% of tests sampled earlier this month.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 859 on Tuesday, down 42% from a month ago as the recent massive wave driven by the omicron variant has largely receded, though positive tests have started to level off over the last week.

There were 392 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across 69 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Monday night. Two hospitals did not report data. Hospitalizations hit a recent peak at 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the omicron wave.

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‘A day of joy.’ Booker welcomes 1st Black woman nominated to U.S. Supreme Court at confirmation hearing

Published: Mar. 21, 2022

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker called Monday “a day of joy” as he welcomed the first Black woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Booker noted the historic nature of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing.

“This is not a normal day for America. We have never had this moment before,” said Booker, who broke his own barrier as the first Black elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.

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Newark church rejoices during reopening homecoming

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N.J. is headed in the wrong direction, residents say in new poll

Published: Mar. 21, 2022

About half of New Jerseyans aren’t optimistic about their state these days, and the vast majority of residents aren’t happy with how the government is handling the high cost of living here, a new poll shows.

Fifty-two percent of adult residents said the Garden State is on the wrong track, while 38% say it’s headed in the right direction, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Monday morning.

The survey also found 8 in 10 residents are dissatisfied at some level with how state officials are handling affordability, while three-quarters are unhappy with how the state is handling taxes.

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N.J. hospitals, community medical centers to receive $12M in federal funding

Published: Mar. 18, 2022

New Jersey will receive nearly $12 million in federal funds for hospitals and community health centers, a financial boost that political leaders and the state hospital association praised as critical, especially as many face unprecedented staffing shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a news conference Friday, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, said the federal funds — part of a sweeping $1.5 trillion spending bill that Congress approved last week and President Joe Biden signed Tuesday — will enable health facilities in New Jersey to upgrade and respond with more resilience to demands for services.

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N.J.’s COVID numbers likely to rise again, but restrictions unlikely to return, Murphy says

Published: Mar. 17, 2022

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again across the world, New Jersey is likely to see another increase of its own, but officials don’t expect to reinstate widespread restrictions, Gov. Phil Murphy and the state’s top health official said Thursday.

“We are closely watching the recent rise in global COVID numbers and, given both previous trends with regard to spread and our location as an international nexus for travel and trade, we do anticipate that we will eventually see an increase in the number of cases in New Jersey,” Murphy and state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said in a statement. “We will continue to closely monitor virus activity in the state, in particular for impacts to our health care system.”

“However, at this time, we do not anticipate any need to reinstate universal statewide mandated protective measures,” they added.

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Feds Push for Cleanup of Lower Hackensack River Leading Into Newark Bay

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