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Henry J. Austin hosts back to school health fair

Summer is coming to a close, and Trenton families are getting prepared to send their children back to school. To help offset the costs of some school supplies and other needed items, Henry J. Austin Health Center is hosting a free health fair event for Trenton residents. On August 18th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 321 N. Warren Street, families are invited to the HJAHC Community Health Fair where they will enjoy free food, games, and live music. The health center will also be giving away a limited amount of backpacks, along with school supplies and socks. Come out to enjoy the fun, while getting your children ready for a successful school year.

Sales tax holiday is back

The Sales Tax Holiday is back, once again, just in time for the start of the school season. Between August 27th through September 5th, certain retailers will not charge state tax on selected purchased items. Many shoppers use this time of year to buy their children school supplies and other necessities without the added fee of the state tax. Click here for the list of eligible items. Happy shopping!

New Jersey ends COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated school staff

On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order repealing the COVID-19 testing requirement for New Jersey school workers, which required public and private school staff to either be fully vaccinated or submit to testing one to two times a week. The decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, noting that quarantine is no longer required for exposed individuals who have not tested positive for the virus. However, the executive order does not prevent school districts and childcare settings from making their own testing policies. Though the policy requirement is immediate for schools and childcare, testing requirements for state employees will also end on September 1st, 2022. The relaxed mandates are one step further toward the state’s attempt to getting back to normal.

Earn extra money while serving your community and country as a poll worker

New Jersey’s counties, in partnership with The New Jersey Division of Elections and Department of State are looking for residents to serve as poll workers for the upcoming election. By staffing your local poll location, you can earn $21.43 per hour for early voting days and $300 on Election Day. If you’re interested in contributing to your community, while being a part of the political process, please click here to apply. Below you will find additional information on qualified applicants:

You can apply to serve as a poll worker in New Jersey if you:

  • Are a United States citizen and a resident of New Jersey.
  • Are a registered voter in the county in which you reside.
  • Are at least 16 years of age. College and high school students are encouraged to apply.
  • Are not running as a candidate in this election

Note: Those under 18 years of age will work limited hours per shift and do not have to be registered to vote. Contact the County Board of Elections for further information.

Possible work dates:

General Election

In-person early voting period: October 29, 2022 – November 6, 2022

Election Day: November 8, 2022

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