Hector Vargas — From Unsung Hero to Insurrectionist

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A local man named Hector Vargas has been identified by a video he posted to his Facebook page — captured by the blog Real Garden State — as one of President Donald Trump's supporters who forced their way into the Capitol last week.

Girl Scouts Say Cookies Need an Oil Change

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Upon learning that Girl Scout Cookies are made with "unsustainable" palm oil, local troop 12026 is joining a nationwide boycott and refusing to vend the round morsels of deliciousness.

Q&A: The Next Round in NJ’s Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccine

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New Jersey is moving to a second round of COVID-19 vaccinations, announcing Wednesday that the next group of eligible people will be inoculated soon. It will be some time before the vaccine is widely available. And the state is still moving to get vaccines to health care workers, residents at long-term care facilities and others in its first priority group.

Murphy signs 14.5 Billion Economic Recovery Act

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Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, intended to provide economic support for small businesses.

Board of Education Elects New Leaders

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At its annual reorganization meeting held Jan. 5, Mussab Ali edged out incumbent Lorenzo Richardson by a 5-4 vote to gain the presidency of the school board.

A Health Care System that Buckled but Held: NJ 2020, the Year of COVID-19

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The pandemic altered how we do everything from celebrate holidays to vote for president, and highlighted strengths — and weaknesses — in our health care system

DeGise to Run for Council on Team Fulop

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Mayor Fulop announced today that Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise will join his slate and run for one of the three City Council at-Large seats in this year’s citywide election.

Council Limits Delivery Charges to Restaurants

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Today, in an unusually short meeting to kick off the New Year, the City Council voted to limit fees charged to local restaurants by third party delivery platforms such as DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats.

Grewal and ABC Charge Popular LGBTQ Bar

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Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control are seeking an 85 day suspension of Downtown LGBTQ nightclub Six26's liquor license.

The Key to a Happier Divorce

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This is an ode to private mediation, particularly its positive impact on children. Over my ten years of being happily divorced and of counseling families based on my own experience, I have referred at least a dozen couples to private mediation instead of traditional divorce lawyers.

News Briefs

Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) have launched the latest round of emergency funding to provide over $2.5 million in direct aid and support to Jersey City’s neediest residents, regardless of immigration status. The city will partner with  York Street, Women Rising, United Way, and Puertorriqueños Asociados for Community Organization (PACO). 

Darius Evans, age 45, of Jersey City was arrested  on Monday by The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the stabbing death of 39-year-old Tyrone Haskins early New Year’s morning. The charges include Murder and two counts of Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes.

Mayor Steven Fulop is joining forces with Uber to announce a new agreement that will expand residents’ access to COVID-19 vaccinations with free Uber rides to and from Jersey City vaccination sites. Phase 1B includes essential frontline workers and seniors 75 years old and over.

According to a report in the Jersey Journal, Jersey City received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines Monday and plans to begin vaccinating eligible residents later this week at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center.

The federal Paycheck Protection Program, which offers businesses loans that can be forgivable, reopened on January 11th. The revised program focuses first on underserved borrowers – minority- and women-owned businesses.

Jersey Art Exchange (JAX) has merged with Art House Productions effective January 2021 to help improve and expand arts education and opportunities for the Jersey City community. JAX Founder Jacqueline Arias will remain Director of the program at Art House.

Christmas trees will be collected citywide every Wednesday night throughout the month of January. Pickup resumes this Wednesday January 13th.

Keep abreast of Jersey City Covid-19 statistics here.

Governor Murphy has launched a “Covid Transparency Website” where New Jerseyans can track state expenditures related to Covid.  Go here.

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