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NJ State Commission of Investigation looking into COVID deaths in NJ Veterans Homes

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Paramus NJ, a third investigation into the deaths of more than 200 residents of New Jersey’s veterans homes during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic has been opened by an independent state agency that reports on government malfeasance, a state commissioner revealed this week.

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RealtyTrac : High foreclosure Rate in New Jersey Fueled by Governor Phil Murphy’s Extended Lockdown During the Pandemic

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Trenton NJ,  a post-pandemic study by RealtyTrac shows that New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio lead the nation in the level of foreclosure since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. In New Jersey, the high foreclosure spike was fueled by Governor Phil Murphy’s extended lockdown during the pandemic.

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CDC : Three out of Every five people in the U.S. Have Antibodies from a Previous Covid-19 Infection

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Ridgewood NJ,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that three out of every five people in the U.S. now have antibodies from a previous Covid-19 infection with the proportion even higher among children. The proportion of people with natural Covid antibodies increased substantially from about 34% of the population in December to about 58% in February during the unprecedented wave of infection driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The CDC’s analysis didn’t factor in people who had antibodies from vaccination.

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Mahwah Company Fined for Price Gouging KN95 Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Mahwah NJ, a Mahwah based company was fined $67,668 today and sentenced to one year of probation for its role in price gouging a chain of New Jersey grocery stores in connection with the sale of KN95 masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Most Americans Agree With the Ending of Masks Mandates on Trains and Airlines

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Ridgewood NJ, most Americans approve of a judge’s decision striking down mandatory masks on trains and airlines, and believe the danger from the COVID-19 pandemic is mostly over.

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TSA No Longer Enforcing Mask Mandate for Travel after a Federal Judge in Florida Struck Down CDC Directive

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Newark NJ, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is no longer enforcing the federal government’s mask mandate for travel after a federal judge in Florida struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) directive.

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Ian Smith Campaign Wants Body Cam Video Released Immediately!

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Cinnaminson NJ, following published reports that Ian Smith, Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District, was charged with DUI the campaign is calling on the Cinnaminson police department to immediately release all video of the incident.

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Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Fraud Could Be Over $163 Billion With Only 1% Recovered

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Washington DC, GOP members of the House Ways & Means Committee (with the help of agency Inspector Generals), released their findings which discovered that in the unemployment benefit program, only $1 billion (out of up to $163 billion in fraud) has thus far been recovered. So 99.1% of fraudsters got away with it.

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No Word from Murphy Administration After Two Years of Silence on Veterans’ Homes Tragedies

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Paramus NJ, on the second anniversary of the initial confirmed COVID infection at a state-operated veterans’ home, Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Ed Durr are demanding accountability from the Murphy Administration.

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Superintendent Thomas A. Gorman : Ridgewood Public Schools Have Pivoted to a Mask Optional Policy

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Schools Superintendent Thomas A. Gorman confirmed at Monday night Board of Education meeting that the mask mandate for schools in New Jersey expired yesterday, and the Ridgewood Public Schools pivoted to a mask optional policy. The feedback from the schools was very positive, and approximately 10-20% of students and staff continued to wear masks. Dr. Gorman thanked the faculty and staff for all they did over the past two years to make the virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning environments successful. He also thanked the students and parents for working with the district during this challenging time. All schools will continue to be vigilant in maintaining a healthy environment. The New Jersey COVID-19 Activity Level Index report has our region at the low (green) level, and the vaccination rate for our children is high. As the district moves through this new phase, the school community will continue to work together for the good of the students.

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New York City to Lift Vaccine and Mask Mandates

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New York NY, New York City will lift its vaccine and mask mandates for indoor businesses, dining and events in the coming days.

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Pandemic Lockdown Supporters Start To Repent

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Ridgewood NJ, two years into the pandemic almost all restrictions here and in the U.K. are being lifted, we are getting a few belated confessions from a somewhat chastened Lockdown Lobby:

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Ridgewood Take Note: Less restrictive Environments Lead to More Restaurant Traffic

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Ridgewood NJ, in August of 2021 Ridgewood restaurant It’s Greek to Me, made headlines by requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination from all diners who wish to be seated inside the business’s main dining room. But according to OpenTable restaurant data showing that in more restrictive states restaurants are losing customers at an alarming rate while less restrictive states are seeing a boom in the restaurant business.

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The Centers for Disease Control Significantly Eases Mask Recommendations, Including for Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday significantly eased its mask recommendations, including for schools, as part of long-awaited updated guidance for dealing with COVID-19.

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Time to Restore All Government Services & Staffing to Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Trenton NJ, Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s time for Governor Phil Murphy to restore all State government services and staffing to pre-pandemic levels. Monday’s case total was the lowest so far since the first known case of the omicron variant was reported in New Jersey on Dec. 3. It was also the fourth time in February that fewer than 1,000 cases were reported by the state.

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