Recreation

Clark Pool To Reopen As Murphy Lifts Coronavirus Closure

CLARK, NJ — As temperatures reach the 90s this week, Clark announced its township pool will reopen on June 22 amid the coronavirus.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that municipal and private-club swimming pools can reopen with rules and guidelines in place.

“Please keep in mind there will be a list of restrictions and I assure you it will NOT be a typical summer at the Clark Pool. With that said, we will do everything in our power to follow the guidelines and restrictions to keep our staff and members safe, but we need your cooperation, understanding and patience,” said Clark Director of Recreation Ralph Bernardo.

The hold on online registration was removed Wednesday. Residents must register and pay online at ourclark.com, click Clark Recreation under the Community tab.

For those who can not register online, they can print a membership form off of ourclark.com, fill it out and

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Will reopening more businesses bring serious new outbreaks?

Robert Hennie works out at a makeshift gym in a closed playground area at De Portola Park in Torrance on April 2. On Friday, L.A. County will allow fitness centers and gyms to reopen. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Robert Hennie works out at a makeshift gym in a closed playground area at De Portola Park in Torrance on April 2. On Friday, L.A. County will allow fitness centers and gyms to reopen. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County is facing a critical new test in its battle against the coronavirus.

Officials are taking another major step in reopening the economy as a slew of additional businesses get the green light to begin accepting customers — and anxious health officials wait to see how much these new activities worsen the spread of the highly contagious virus.

On Friday, L.A. County will allow the reopening of gyms; venues such as museums, zoos and aquariums; campgrounds; and hotels for leisure travel. It will also greenlight the resumption of music, film and TV productions.

The reopening comes as the virus’s toll continues to grow. Officials Thursday reported 50 more

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‘Feeling great, beautiful day!’ Yosemite National Park reopens with changes

Gary Egorov didn’t let not being able to get a day-use reservation stop him from getting into Yosemite National Park on Thursday.

The cyclist from Fresno parked in Oakhurst and rode his bicycle up Highway 41.

“Feeling great, beautiful day!” Egorov said after he passed through the park’s south gate around 8 a.m. He waited in a line of about 15 cars and a motorcyclist, who he joked with about switching bikes.

Egorov tried unsuccessfully to get a vehicle reservation online Tuesday, initially planning to bike to Glacier Point from Wawona within the park boundary.

Other visitors in the park either secured a newly-required $2 day-use reservation – needed in addition to normal entrance fees – or had overnight reservations in Yosemite and didn’t need a day-use ticket for admittance. Day-use reservations were sold for the first time Tuesday via recreation.gov, which had some website issues.

Yosemite announced Monday that

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Brad Hoylman Defends State Senate Seat

GREENWICH VILLAGE, MANHATTAN — Democrats living in Manhattan’s 27th state senate district — which stretches from the Village to the Upper West Side — will head to the polls on June 23 to cast their ballot in this year’s primary race.

On the ballot will be incumbent state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who has held the seat since 2013, and Elizabeth Glass, a first-time challenger from the East Village.

The June election will be the first time Hoylman has faced a primary challenger since 2012, when he first ran for the 27th District after Sen. Thomas Duane retired.

Hoylman, who lives in Greenwich Village with his husband and two daughters, currently chairs the senate’s Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Finance, Health, Rules, Cities and Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Recreation committees. He previously served as a Democratic District Leader, chair of Manhattan Community Board 2 a board member of

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Here’s what defunding the police might look like in reality

In 2017, when a shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds in Dallas was driving up the number of 911 calls, overwhelming emergency rooms and crowding jails with mentally ill people, the city decided to try something different.

It put an officer, a paramedic and a social worker in every car responding to mental health calls in the city’s troubled south-central region, an attempt to get people the help they needed without an arrest or violent confrontation. The pilot program, RIGHT Care, led to a drop in arrests in the area.

RIGHT Care is one of several programs across the country drawing the attention of activists seeking to end law enforcement’s systemic abuse of black Americans. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police last month, protesters in many cities have said they are fed up with trying to change police behavior and are instead advancing a

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Student loan glitch affected up to 5 million credit scores

Jeramiah Harrington struggled for nearly a year to drive his credit score up from a grim 527 to pretty good 682. Then in a matter of days, his score unexpectedly tumbled by 91 points in May.

What’s worse: He apparently didn’t do anything wrong to drive that score back below 600. He simply was caught in a COVID-19-related glitch connected to some student loans.  

“I had never even been close to 700,” said Harrington, 38, who lives in Flint Township, Michigan.

Harrington, who works as a cartographer at a civil engineering company, wondered just how long it would take to see his score regain lost ground. But the good news is that a fix apparently may be in the works, as he saw his score go up somewhat as of June 7. 

Nearly 5 million student loan borrowers were harmed by an unusual mistake that was triggered after new rules

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Defund police in schools? How the movement got momentum after George Floyd’s death

Three summers ago, about 50 students and activists gathered outside the Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters to demand the school board end a contract that placed police officers in schools.

The officers — whose role was to keep schools safe — actually made students, especially black students, feel criminalized, activists said.

But the majority of teachers, staff and parents liked officers in schools, a district-wide survey showed at the time. The board renewed the three-year contract. 

Fast forward to June 2020. Eight days after George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the school board revisited that contract — and ended it. The vote on June 2, after an even larger crowd of protesters gathered outside, was unanimous.

“The values we see in the police department do not match our values,” said Kim Ellison, chair of the Minneapolis School Board. 

The school board became one of the first

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Senior Graduation, Outdoor Dining Slated

BERKELEY, NJ — There’s a lot of news to keep up with right now — locally, nationally and worldwide. Here’s a recap of coronavirus updates in Berkeley.

Cases

The Ocean County Health Department has reported 671 coronavirus cases in Berkeley as of Friday morning — an increase of 25 since Berkeley Patch’s last update June 5. The OCHD has reported one more death in the last week in Berkeley, bringing the death toll to 87 people.

The health department counted 43 new cases Thursday, bringing Ocean County to 9,091 cases and 803 deaths.

(Ocean County Health Department)
(Ocean County Health Department)

The State has reported the following in Berkeley longterm-care facilities as of Friday:

  • Crystal Lake Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center: 73 cases and 25 deaths among residents, 49 cases among staff

  • Tallwoods Care Center: 21 cases and two deaths among residents, 10 cases among staff

Testing

Urgent Care Now in Lanoka Harbor and Toms

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Mecklenburg expects August surge in cases, asks residents to keep social distancing

Mecklenburg officials say there could be a surge in COVID-19 cases in the county in August and September as the state reopens – signaling the latest revision to projections that previously suggested local hospitals would experience their greatest demand on resources in mid-July.

County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a news conference Friday that not enough Mecklenburg residents are continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing. She urged residents to comply with health guidelines to avoid any “significant acceleration or spikes in our curve.”

“The one point I do want to make is that I don’t believe we’re moving into a second wave,” Harris said. “We slowed – almost stopped – our first wave with our social distancing, with our stay-at-home order. We are in the process of resuming that wave.”

Using models to predict the trajectory of cases within two to three months is “challenging,” Harris

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22 Side Gigs That Can Make You Richer Than a Full-Time Job

Earning extra money on the side can be easy when you know what types of opportunities to look for. Whether you want to pay off student loan debt, start saving for a big-ticket purchase or build up a fund for the future, finding one of the best side jobs out there is a great way to reach your goal.

Some side jobs pay so well that you might even consider giving up your full-time job to have more time to dedicate to these gigs. If you do these gigs regularly, you can earn a good living while still creating your own schedule and breaking out of the 9-to-5 grind.

Last updated: Feb. 1, 2020

Lawn Care Professional

Sign up as a vendor with GreenPal, a lawn care service and app that CEO Bryan Clayton describes as “Uber for lawn care,” and make money mowing lawns.“Many of our lawn care vendors

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