New Jersey Citizen Action will prepare and electronically file tax returns for NJ residents with incomes under $54,000. Make an appointment at the Bloomfield Public Library by calling (732)246-4772. Check out NJ211 information about additional free tax preparation services. Rescheduled: Free Parenting Workshop on Taming Technology: Getting “Plugged-In” Time Under Control on Saturday, February 25th from 10:30 to 12:00 at Union Congregational Church, Montclair. To register email or call 973-783-6655.

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Norovirus News

Have you noticed some of your child’s classmates missing days from school because of the “stomach flu?” The norovirus is a highly contagious virus that leads to cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and is often confused with the flu. Here are some tips to help prevent the spread of the norovirus in your home you can do the following; Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, be sure to rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly, cook shellfish and oysters thoroughly, clean and disinfect contaminated areas using  a bleach based household cleaner, immediately wash clothing or linens after being soiled. Remember to always stay hydrated and to seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.


Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ is a website sponsored by the COPE Center, that offers Essex County, NJ families a comprehensive source of information about events, programs, and resources. Focusing on local resources, we are families’ first stop to find up-to-date parenting advice, the go-to website to find parenting works and programs that parents need to navigate the challenges of twenty-first century parents in a world where we are bombarded with information. You can have confidence that the Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ website will lead you to information that helps you make the most of family life.