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State of New Jersey hosting virtual MLK commemorative event

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The State of New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is hosting a free virtual commemorative event “The Fierce Urgency of Now” on Jan. 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

This year’s program will include New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, a round table discussion on health disparities, musical performances and special announcements, all of which will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Registration is open to all. Reservations for virtual seats can be made by going to https://hopin.com/events/njmlk2022.



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Newark Academy over Glen Ridge- Girls basketball recap

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Katerina Dakos scored 17 points and had nine steals to lead Newark Academy to a 48-33 win over Glen Ridge in Livingston.

Dagny Slomack had 16 points for Newark Academy (7-2), which led 26-16 at halftime.

Marjorie Boyle led Glen Ridge (6-2) with nine points.

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Many of New Jersey’s largest school districts return to in-person learning

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Some of New Jersey’s largest school districts returned to in-person learning on Tuesday. Many of these students returned to the classroom for the first time in 2022.

In Jersey City, 30,000 students returned to class. The district had to resort to virtual learning because of COVID-related staffing issues. School officials reported that 368 teachers and aides had been forced to quarantine due to positive tests, postponing a planned return.

“On average, each school had about 20 teachers absent. This January, the number of sick workers is higher than the number of people who became ill during September, October, November and December combined,” says interim Jersey City Schools Superintendent Dr. Norma Fernandez.

To ensure that there weren’t any further outbreaks, the district handed out COVID-19 testing kits to families over the weekend before allowing students to return to school. Some students did test positive and stayed home.

Jersey City wasn’t the only large school district in New Jersey victimized by the surge in Omicron and Delta cases following the holidays. Newark and Elizabeth both returned to in-person learning on Tuesday for the first time since late December.

The Paterson School District had been planning on returning to school, but the district pushed back the return to Jan. 24.

Superintendent Eileen Shafer said in a statement, “It is our hope that our staff and students will take this time to get tested, get vaccinated, and continue taking all of the precautions against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Paterson will provide COVID-19 testing for students and staff all week at select school buildings to ensure a safe return.

And starting next week, Jersey City will start to test students in school on a weekly basis. The district will be joining the test-to-stay program. Students who are exposed to the virus won’t have to quarantine, as long as they continuously test negative.



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Gottheimer, Standing on Unsafe Bridge, Details Infrastructure Money Coming to New Jersey

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Infrastructure money is on its way to New Jersey — more than $1.1 billion to fix the 500 bridges in the state that are in need of repair.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer stood on one of them to announce the funding, the East Anderson Street Bridge in Hackensack.

“This bridge as everyone said, literally is falling apart, right, it’s one of the, in New Jersey one-third of our bridges are considered unsafe, are structurally deficient, a third, and this is one of them,” he said.

Gottheimer said New Jersey will get more than $8 billion total, to fix not just bridges but roads and rails, to build the Gateway Tunnel as well as upgrade water systems and create infrastructure for electric vehicles.

“When you ignore things for decades, infrastructure, it doesn’t just get better, you can’t wish and hope that it gets better, you actually have to fix them,” he said.

The East Anderson Street Bridge is down to two lanes from four because it can no longer support the amount of traffic it was meant to.





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