COVID-19: Don’t put family at risk over holidays, officials urge

Residents are being urged to confine Thanksgiving celebrations to immediate family only, and to take measures such as having a celebration outdoors if feasible, or indoors with ample ventilation if not. Party hosts are also urged to have supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer and single-use towels on hand for guests. 

In Brief: Free turkeys and fixins to be given to families affected by COVID

Thanksgiving Emergency Food Distribution Event to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
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Colleges, universities prepare for holiday break amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although Montclair State University is not requiring students to be tested before they leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26, they do conduct routine testing on certain populations, spokesperson Andrew Mees said.
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COVID-19: New Jersey could see first vaccines in December

Murphy said Friday, Nov. 20, that, if the FDA approval is given, the state could receive its first shipment of 130,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in mid-December, hopefully followed by a first shipment of Moderna’s vaccine in late December.

Montclair Restaurants brace for cold weather

As the weather turns cold, Montclair restaurants must now contend with winter as well as the challenges presented by COVID-19 restrictions.
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Montclair schools see many new hires, but also several departures

Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year on July 1, 22 staff members have filed leave requests for this school year. Of those, 13 have since completed their leave period and returned to work. 

Latino community faces challenges of COVID-19

Advocates, who recently learned that three Hispanic gardeners had fallen ill with COVID-19, worry about the virus’s spread in the Latino community.
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Delay of school reopening angers some parents

Montclair’s elementary schools were scheduled to reopen for hybrid learning on Nov. 16, while the middle and high schools were scheduled to reopen on Nov. 30. It’s the second delay for the district after ventilation problems were discovered in September.

Library tries to cope with reduced operating budget, staff cuts

Earlier this year, the township informed library officials that they would not receive the full amount of additional funding they had requested, forcing the library to lay off  21 hourly employees in October, said library Director Peter Coyl. 

COVID-19: Officials asking New Jerseyans to stay vigilant as we head into Thanksgiving

New COVID-19 cases continued to break over 4,000 and hospitalizations climbed to just under 2,500 last night.