NJ .com: N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone

NJ .com: N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone. “New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week as planned in the first major reversal of the state’s Phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Indoor dining was scheduled to resume Thursday along with several other big reopening steps including Atlantic City casinos, amusement parks, boardwalk rides and arcades ahead of the busy July 4th weekend. The canceled reopening also includes wedding venues and banquet halls. But the reopening of casinos remains scheduled for Thursday.”

The Hill: White House says Trump won’t follow NJ quarantine order

The Hill: White House says Trump won’t follow NJ quarantine order. “The White House has indicated that President Trump will not be quarantining for the required 14 days when he visits New Jersey this weekend. ‘The president of the United States is not a civilian,’ White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement to The Hill on Thursday.”

CNBC: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut impose 14-day quarantine on travelers from coronavirus hot-spot states

CNBC: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut impose 14-day quarantine on travelers from coronavirus hot-spot states. “Travelers arriving in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from Florida, Texas and other states with spiking Covid-19 infections rates will be subject to a 14-day quarantine and fines if they don’t self-isolate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. ”

New Jersey Institute of Technology: AI Software Will Help Regional Planners Build Sidewalks Database

New Jersey Institute of Technology: AI Software Will Help Regional Planners Build Sidewalks Database. “Community and urban planners throughout North Jersey will soon have a thorough digital inventory of their sidewalks, based on a unique use of geospatial intelligence software led by Ying Wu College of Computing Associate Professor Xinyue Ye and his Ph.D. student Huan Ning, on behalf of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). Planners can use such databases to help guide their decisions about where and how to invest in construction and infrastructure projects.”

‘Everybody is feeling a loss of structure’: New Jersey offers text help for depression (North Jersey)

North Jersey: ‘Everybody is feeling a loss of structure’: New Jersey offers text help for depression. “More people are seeking help from mental health experts as they deal with anxiety due to health concerns, feelings of isolation and the sweeping changes to society due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts said. In response, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey has launched a free texting service to address the issue.”

Route Fifty: In Hard-Hit New Jersey, COVID-19 Saddles Some Small Health Departments With Crushing Workload

Route Fifty: In Hard-Hit New Jersey, COVID-19 Saddles Some Small Health Departments With Crushing Workload. “… in a state where nearly 11,000 people have been killed by COVID-19, the same public health system that struggled to implement widespread testing faces what could be an even larger challenge: preventing a second wave of infection that experts say is almost inevitable without coordinated, aggressive efforts. And more than almost any state in the country, New Jersey relies on small, local health departments, which have found themselves stretched far beyond their missions by the pandemic.”

ABC News: Health officials shut down New Jersey gym that defied COVID-19 stay-at-home order

ABC News: Health officials shut down New Jersey gym that defied COVID-19 stay-at-home order. “A New Jersey gym that became a rallying point of resistance against Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order was closed overnight by the state health department. The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr gained national attention after reopening this week, and its owners had vowed to stay open despite local police handing them $2,000 citations on two consecutive days for violating Murphy’s executive order meant to blunt the spread of the pandemic.”

Coronavirus in NJ: How to visit the boardwalk, aquarium and more from home (Asbury Park Press)

Asbury Park Press: Coronavirus in NJ: How to visit the boardwalk, aquarium and more from home. “We’re all doing our part to fight the global coronavirus pandemic by responsibly staying inside. But you can still experience plenty of New Jersey’s landmark destinations from the comforts of your own home. Concert venues, museums, educational institutions and amusement spots have all moved online, giving folks from New Jersey and beyond a virtual escape.”

Axios: Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE

Axios: Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware are forming a regional consortium to reduce competition when purchasing personal protection equipment (PPE).”

State of New Jersey: To Celebrate Earth Day, DEP Launches Online Stay-at-Home Activities, Learning Tools And Virtual Park Visits

State of New Jersey: To Celebrate Earth Day, DEP Launches Online Stay-at-Home Activities, Learning Tools And Virtual Park Visits. “Visitors can also check in on active peregrine falcon and bald eagle nests through the live webcams maintained by the Wildlife Conservation Foundation of New Jersey, as well as the group’s many other interesting wildlife video and educational offerings. New Jersey’s Division of Parks and Forestry is also bringing New Jersey’s parks to visitors virtually. Its popular #IHeartNJParks campaign now connects with the public through virtual access through its Facebook and Instagram pages ( https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks/ and https://www.instagram.com/newjerseystateparks). The campaign posts new content each day, including a special collection of park tours and projects, interviews with experts and never published historical photos. In addition, through a series of stunning, even inspiring, videos, families can make virtual visits to popular parks and historic sites from High Point to Cape May Point.”

NJArts: NJPAC launches ‘In Your Living Room,’ an online library of entertainment and education

NJArts: NJPAC launches ‘In Your Living Room,’ an online library of entertainment and education. “Artists featured in videos range from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to rapper Ja Rule, ‘Great American Songbook’ crooner Michael Feinstein, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. There are also offerings geared toward children, workshops, and wellness videos. And every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., ‘In Your Living Room’ will present a DJ Dance Party; the April 16 DJ is Storm Norm Da General from BKS1 Radio.”

Hunterdon Review (New Jersey): State will match talent with opportunities on coronavirus outbreak front lines

Hunterton Review (New Jersey): State will match talent with opportunities on coronavirus outbreak front lines. “The state is building a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The state is starting the roll-out of this new tool with critical industries like grocery stores, shipping and logistics, healthcare, janitorial services, and warehousing, but over time it will expand to work with all industries that need to tap into New Jersey’s best-in-class talent pool during this extraordinary time.”

‘Hi Haters’: Why New Jersey’s Twitter Account Is Like No Other (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Hi Haters’: Why New Jersey’s Twitter Account Is Like No Other. “Over the past two years, Ms. [Megan] Coyne and Ms. [Pearl] Gabel have channeled their innate, deeply felt love for New Jersey into a bold, sassy social media account that has generated considerable attention on Twitter, where celebrities, thirsty brands and influencers compete for clicks. Perhaps more impressively, the two have managed to distill a playfully combative New Jersey swagger into state-centric memes and quips that feel authentic both to the internet and to the Garden State itself.”

New York Times: New Jersey Bars Police From Using Clearview Facial Recognition App

New York Times: New Jersey Bars Police From Using Clearview Facial Recognition App. “New Jersey police officers are now barred from using a facial recognition app made by a start-up that has licensed its groundbreaking technology to hundreds of law enforcement agencies around the country.”

Rowan Today: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project

New-to-me, with new offshoots: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project. “Rowan University Professor of Geography John Hasse and a team of researchers have compiled a massive trove of New Jersey land use data and moved it all online for easy access, a project that will benefit students, journalists, municipal officials, developers and residents for decades to come.”