North Jersey News Roundup for March 6, 2020

The state Senate introduced bipartisan legislation allowing school districts to continue educating students remotely as part of a plan to deal with the coronavirus. The proposed legislation would allow one or more days of virtual or remote instruction to count towards the 180-day requirement in the event a school district is forced to close for more than three school days. 

A second Bergen County resident was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The patient, a woman in her 30s in Englewood, was discharged to her home on March 5, where she is to remain in self-quarantine, Englewood Health hospital said. The Record 

All international business travel for state workers has been suspended due to the coronavirus. The state is putting restrictions on domestic out-of-state work trips for state employees as well, requiring workers to first get approval from the governor’s office, including trips to New York City and Washington D.C.

Stock futures retreated March 6, with contracts linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average declining 2.3%, pointing to a decline of over 600 points when the blue-chips index opens for trading in New York. On March 5, all three major U.S. stock indexes retreated more than 3%. The Wall Street Journal

A required environmental impact statement for the Gateway Tunnel won’t be completed until it qualifies for federal funding, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a Senate hearing. The report is two years past the Federal Railroad Administration’s self-imposed March 2018 deadline. Chao said the report must include the final details for the project, and transportation officials won’t know that until all the funding is lined up.

An early draft of the Ridgewood’s new master plan sparked concerns about maintaining the village’s identity and worries it is doing enough to recruit younger residents. The existing master plan, a compilation of documents dated between 1983 and 2016, mandate village operations, including affordable housing, historic preservation, open space and zoning. The Record

A Jersey City man was arrested after he allegedly threatened the property manager of the building where the deadly JC Kosher Supermarket shooting in December 2019 was located. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said the man allegedly made multiple threats to the victim, dressed in traditional Hasidic Jewish clothing. There is no indication that there is any connection to the  Dec. 10 attack at this time. Hudson Reporter

Charging stations for Tesla vehicles will be installed at six New Jersey Turnpike service areas. Additionally, more charging equipment is being added to two service areas that already have charging stations.

The state Senate passed a bill banning single-use bags and Styrofoam takeout containers in New Jersey. The proposed law, which has already passed the Assembly, would take effect 18 months after receiving the governor’s signature, and make straws available only upon request after one year. It now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for approval.

And finally…Wayne Hills High School was the No. 1 New Jersey public high school for athletes for the second year in a row.

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