Protests can cancel graduations – NJ Top News

Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Thursday:

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Most proms, school trips and other events have been canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions issued by Gov. Phil Murphy. The last tradition to fail was when his administration initially issued guidance that schools should only plan virtual graduations.

If we fast forward to 2024, the same students could once again face a different start date or no start at all. This time, pro-Palestinian protests and security concerns are to blame, which could lead to universities canceling their respective ceremonies.

Arrest for school beating in Bayonne (Google Maps, Canva)

Arrested for hitting a school in New Jersey (Google Maps, Canva)

Bayonne police responded to William Shemin Midtown School just before 10 a.m. Monday after a report of a threat against the school.

Officers immediately investigated and determined it was a hitting incident.

(Google Maps/Canva)

(Google Maps/Canva)

A raccoon was found in an East Brunswick neighborhood near Manor and Myron, the Middlesex County Health Department said Tuesday.

This is the first rabid animal found in East Brunswick and the second rabid raccoon in Middlesex County in 2024

New Jersey Preschool Funding Grants (Canva)


New Jersey has begun accepting applications to expand free preschool programs that have already been implemented in several public school districts across the state.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer announced $33 million in additional federal grants Wednesday.

The state Department of Education would accept grant applications online through the NJDOE Homeroom portal from the entire month of May through June 3

Superior Signal Company at Old Bridge following a fire on 5/1/24

Superior Signal Company in Old Bridge following a fire on 5/1/24 (ABC 7 Eyewitness News via YouTube)

OLD BRIDGE – One person was killed and several people were burned Wednesday after a fire and explosion at a company that makes smoke generators.

Old Bridge police Sgt. Herbert Doctors said a fire at the Superior Signal Company on West Greystone Road sent thick smoke into the air around 11:20 a.m. The video shows signs of fire around a garage.

The Jonas Salk Middle School across the street was cordoned off during the fire department's first operation due to its close proximity. Police students were safe and unaffected by the fire.

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