New Jersey is offering free mini-courses to upgrade work skills

Skillup NJ

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched SkillUp New Jersey to help recently laid-off residents prepare to get back to work. SkillUp New Jersey can help workers planning to return to a former employer and also people looking to change jobs. The program offers free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality online training courses valued by many Fortune 500 companies. View a 1-minute video overview of the SkillUp New Jersey program.

The SkillUp New Jersey Program can help you acquire new skills, enhance existing skills, explore new career paths, or prepare for certification training through a web-based learning management system. The free platform offers thousands of courses covering a variety of business skills, career topics, and helps to prepare you for industry certifications. read more

Rent assistance fund opens today July 28! ¡Asistencia para pagar su renta!

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/renter-protections/find-help-with-rent-and-utilities/

Are you a renter having trouble paying your housing costs — or a landlord trying to help tenants who arebehind in their rent? Billions of dollars in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan are finally available. On July 28 (today), local programs will begin to deliver assistance to help renters keep their homes.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a Rental Assistance Finder to identify rental assistance in your area. At this page, you can apply for help and learn about other options that might be available. If you can’t find a program in your area, call 2-1-1 or your local housing authority for assistance. read more

List of green energy jobs in northern New Jersey

Green energy jobs

Green Energy Jobs from Newark One Stop and the Newark Workforce Development Center

Want lobster but don’t want it to suffer?

lobster by Sassy Bella Melange via Flickr

Author David Foster Wallace reads “Consider the Lobster” in a review of the 2003 Maine Lobster Festival – on the ethics of boiling a creature alive in order to enjoy its taste.Author David Foster Wallace reads “Consider the Lobster” in a review of the 2003 Maine Lobster Festival – on the ethics of boiling a creature alive in order to enjoy its taste. h/t to Laurie Kahn on the find.

If you want to eat lobster at home but don’t want to make it suffer, here’s a how to humanely kill a lobster at home guide. Tip: get plenty of ice! read more

Overlook the potty language and focus on Chinatown Meat Boy’s awesome humanity

47 Division Street NYC

Overlook the potty language and focus on Chinatown Meat Boy's awesome humanity. A butcher shop owner helping to feed the commnity's vulnerable.

Solicite hoy el préstamo PPP para su negocio pequeño

SBA PPP loan icons

Hasta las 17.00hs el martes 09 marzo 2021 se están ofreciendo a los negocios pequeños la oportunidad exclusiva para solicitar préstamos PPP (Payroll Protection Program). Estos son préstamos respaldados por el gobierno federal estadounidense para brindar alguna amortiguación económica contra los impactos del COVID-19. Para muchas compañías los préstamos terminan siendo completamente perdonables. Cuando se vence éste plazo exclusivo la oportunidad se abrirá a los demás negocios de cualquier tamaño. read more

Frozen wind turbines not heart of Texas power failures

Wind turbines in Texas

In normally hot Texas, pipelines and wind turbines are not winterized like they are up north. But it's freezing there and people are not getting electricity.

Post your COVID-fallen on Poor People’s Campaign remembrance wall

Poor People's Campaign remembrance wall app

If you have lost a person you care about to COVID-19 or poverty, add their name and picture to the Poor People’s Campaign memorial wall so they can be collectively honored and remembered. Share the submission page so others can see how many precious lives have been lost not only because of a virus, but because of the realities of systemic racism and poverty that feed the virus and cause certain communities to be hit much harder than mainstream America.

Contact lhamilton@breachrepairers.org with comments, suggestions, or questions about this project. read more

There are more COVID deaths in Environmental Justice communities

air & ground pollution in EJ communities

According to the NRDC:

“Blacks, and other people of color, have been contracting and dying from the respiratory disease at disproportionate rates—a consequence epidemiologists have traced to health inequities, including exposure to air pollution, and the structural racism undergirding housing and job patterns. Workers of color are overrepresented in service industries that have been deemed essential—industries without options for social distancing or remote work. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Black employees represented 12 percent of the total U.S. workforce in April but comprised 17 percent of frontline workers.” read more

NY Times digital access is being made free to all highschoolers thru Sept 2021

NY Times cover

.@NYTimes digital access is being made free to all highschoolers thru Sept 2021

Climate change is the likeliest reason that China embraced wheat flour

woman carries sheaf of wheat

In ancient China, millet was the common grain crop grown for flour. But dry farming technology discovered in the Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581-618) made wheat a viable crop and by the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), wheat had replaced millet as China’s largest crop. There was enough time in the growing cycle to harvest wheat if millet crops failed and experimentation with wheat flour when it became available, proved it to be an almost endlessly versatile cooking ingredient. It is used in China to make noodles, breads, desserts and dumplings, which became foundational staples of the Chinese diet. read more

Small landlords can apply for free New Jersey grants until Tuesday, October 13

NJ help for landlords

Small landlords can apply for free New Jersey grants until Tuesday, October 13. Apply today!

EIDL government loans for COVID-affected businesses with only 3.75% interest available now

EIDL

EIDL government loans for COVID-affected businesses with only 3.75% interest available now #p2

18 drop boxes for vote-by-mail ballots will be stationed around Bergen County

Bergen County ballot drop box

HACKENSACK – By order of Gov. Phil Murphy’s, the November general election will be carried out by mail-in ballot only, and each New Jersey county must have secure ballot drop boxes. The Bergen County Board of Elections will have 18 drop boxes located throughout the county and your vote-by-mail ballots can be deposited in them.

The drop boxes will be outside the following locations:

  • Bergenfield                             198 North Washington Ave (Borough Hall in Rear)
  • Demarest                                 118 Serpentine Road (Borough Hall)
  • Englewood                              2-10 North Van Brunt Street (City Hall)
  • Fair Lawn                               8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue (behind Borough Hall)
  • Fort Lee                                  1355 Inwood Terrace/Anderson Avenue Circular Drive (Fort Lee Community Center)
  • Hackensack                             One Bergen County Plaza (County Administration Building)
  • Hasbrouck Heights                 320 Boulevard (behind Borough Hall)
  • Hillsdale                                  380 Hillsdale Avenue (Borough Hall parking lot)
  • North Arlington                      214 Ridge Road (Borough Hall)
  • Oakland                                  One Municipal Plaza (Borough Hall, across from Library)
  • Old Tappan                             227 Old Tappan Road (Borough Hall)
  • Paramus                                   1 Jockish Square (Borough Hall, outside main entrance)
  • Ramsey                                   30 Wyckoff Avenue (Rear of Library)
  • Ridgefield                               725 Slocum Avenue (Ridgefield Community Center)
  • Ridgewood                             131 North Maple Avenue (Village Hall)
  • Rutherford                              176 Park Avenue (Borough Hall)
  • Teaneck                                   818 Teaneck Road (Municipal Building, North Entrance)
  • Wyckoff                                  340 Franklin Avenue (Municipal Building)

Drop boxes provide a secure and speedy alternative to sending vote-by-mail ballots through the USPS, which has been experiencing delivery delays. The drop boxes were paid for by the State of New Jersey. read more

Breaking: now you can register or change your NJ voter registration – online

Register to vote

NJ now allows online voter registration and information changes. Register by 13 Oct 2020.