Hoboken Gets $1.9M For Small Business, $8M For Coronavirus Care

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HOBOKEN, NJ — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and other officials announced on Wednesday that Hoboken small businesses can get $1.9 million in CARES Act funding, and that the city will also get $8 million for the city’s coronavirus expenses including testing, food for seniors, costs of disinfecting public buildings, and more. (Find out how to get a coronavirus test in Hoboken at the end of the story.)

Businesses affected by the crisis can apply for grants of up to $20,000 through a program administered by Hoboken and Hudson County.

Some small businesses and schools in Hoboken have already received federal PPP loans, which can be forgiven (see the list here). Others set up GoFundMe accounts for their staff at the beginning of the pandemic. But even those who’ve gotten PPP loans say they still have struggles. READ MORE: Here Are The Hoboken Businesses That Got PPP Loans.

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How Covid-19 hit the comedy industry

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For comedian Ayo Edebiri the coronavirus pandemic has been no laughing matter – in more ways than one.

People losing their lives to a deadly virus – or Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the shocking death of George Floyd – hardly provided rich picking for jokes.

And then there was the problem with comedy venues closing en masse during lockdown. Back in March she correctly predicted to a Los Angeles audience that her stand-up gig that night was likely to be her last for a while.

Lockdowns meant venues around the world where stand-ups would perform had to shut down – thousands of performances were cancelled.

‘Financial freefall’

For London-based comedian Kate Smurthwaite, this meant a £16,000 loss in bookings – a mixture of stand-up performances, festivals, teaching and workshops – throughout the year.

Also, many travel and accommodation fees were paid in advance, and it hasn’t

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ADA does not provide blanket exemption from face mask requirements

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The claim: The Americans with Disabilities Act exempts people from face mask requirements imposed by governments and retailers 

Face mask use has been a source of confusion and contention amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As new outbreaks of the coronavirus grow across the country, some anti-mask activists have claimed that policies mandating mask-wearing infringe on disability rights.

“According to ADA Mask Not Required Anywhere in America!” one flyer shared hundreds of times on Facebook reads.

The graphic cites the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirement for “reasonable accommodation to anyone who cannot wear a mask due a medical condition,” as explanation for why mask wearing is optional under the law.

Similar images and claims have been circulating online for weeks. Images of laminated “Face Mask Exempt Cards” from the fictitious “Freedom to Breath Agency” went viral after some attempted to use the cards to enter stores across the country.

Another viral

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Is TikTok a security threat? It’s complicated.

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TikTok is one of the hottest apps on the planet among teens and social media addicts. But the app, owned by China’s ByteDance, is under ever-increasing scrutiny from U.S. government officials, including President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who are threatening to ban it, claiming the app is a national security threat.

According to researchers, however, the fear of TikTok being used for some form of espionage is directly tied to the growing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China. It’s not that the app collects any more information than contemporaries like Facebook, experts say, but rather that TikTok has ties to China.

“I Think TikTok has been doing a lot of things very, very, very quickly to try to establish that it’s safe for Americans to use,” explained U.C. Berkeley professor Steven Weber, faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity. “In this political environment

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How to pick the right read and host a virtual discussion on Zoom

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Here’s something you can still do very well while staying at home to avoid coronavirus exposure: Read a book.

Another thing you can do effectively while quarantined? Participate in a book club.

Sure, it will be different without everyone piling onto the same couch or convening at a favorite coffee shop. But take it from three book clubbers (longtime host Barbara VanDenburgh, regular reader Mary Cadden and newbie Carly Mallenbaum all collaborated on this story), virtual book club has the potential to be a rewarding and intimate meet-up that serves a calendar commitment you’re actually psyched for.

Plus, you can invite people who don’t live in your city, or even your time zone!

So how do you put together a successful book club while in lockdown? We have some tips:

Staying Apart, Together: A newsletter about how to cope with the coronavirus pandemic

Start with a small guest list

If

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This online course sale could help you launch your dream business

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This online course sale could help you launch your dream business
This online course sale could help you launch your dream business

TL;DR: Get help turning your ideas into dollars with The Entrepreneur and Business Skills bundle for $29.97, a 98% savings as of July 15.

Do you regularly come up with brilliant ideas for businesses you never follow through with? What’s holding you back?

The trick is knowing the best strategies to not only launch your business idea into the stratosphere but also keep it profitable and competitive in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Of course, you could just wing it and hope for the best, but why risk becoming another Shark Tank failure? Instead, get the push you need in the right direction with this Entrepreneur and Business Skills Bundle.

Through nine courses and 12 hours of content, this training will take you step-by-step through the process of launching your own business, starting with the basics.

Got an idea, but

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Best bike locks

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Although your bicycle might not be the most expensive item you own, there is an inarguable emotional attachment to it, which makes bike theft an agonising experience, and a bike lock an essential for any cyclist.

If you commute to work, pop down to the store for groceries, or leave your bike latched to your car’s bike rack outside a venue, without the security of sturdy bike lock there is always the risk of it not being there on your return. 

Bike theft is a scourge. It has been incentivised by the demand for pre-owned bikes and components, due to ever-growing retail prices. Thieves can quickly use online resources to calculate the expected returns from their illicit activity. 

To ensure that your bike is always where you parked it last, investing in a robust bike lock is paramount. Good bike locks are a one-time purchase and don’t require replacement every

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Coronavirus: Here’s how to negotiate your college tuition

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In the spring, the coronavirus pandemic forced colleges and universities to shift to online learning, a move that many plan to continue into the fall semesters. While adjusting to the new learning setup, students may also want to consider asking for a break on their tuition bills.

Some universities have already announced discounts, such as Princeton which is offering 10% off for all undergraduate students starting the 2020-21 school year. For others, you may need to ask for a discount yourself.

“Many colleges use very sophisticated modeling to help them predict exactly how many students they need to accept and at what price point in order to fill their class and bring in the tuition revenue that they want,” Shannon Vasconcelos, director of college finance at Bright Horizons College Coach. “This year, though, the models have been thrown out the window.”

Some universities have already announced discounts, such as <a href="https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/07/06/princeton-announces-plan-fall-2020-guidelines-undergraduates-returning-campus" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Princeton which" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Princeton which </a>is offering 10% off for all undergraduate students starting the 2020-21 school year. Photo: Getty Creative
Some universities have already announced discounts, such as Princeton
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How to Make Homestyle Dosas: A Primer

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When Epicurious approached Tara O’Brady about writing this dosa primer, accepting the assignment was not as simple as saying yes or no. Read O’Brady’s essay about the decision here.

Dosa (alternatively, dhosai or dhosha), a fermented rice and lentil crepe originating in south India, has been a staple bread for at least a thousand years. It was classically a breakfast food, but as its popularity spread across the subcontinent and beyond, demand stretched to 24/7.

The most well-known dosa is made from long-grain white rice, skinned urad dal (black gram), and salt, all of which are soaked and ground with water to form a batter that is then cooked until golden and crisp. Consider this the default dosa: single-named, ubiquitous.

Homestyle Dosas with Tomato Chutney

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At restaurants this type of dosa can reach impressive physical proportions, the batter spread thin, then coaxed into rolls that span the width

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How to file for a tax extension online if you aren’t able to meet the July 15 deadline

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As the pandemic swept across the nation in March, the Internal Revenue Service moved the original tax filing deadline and tax payment deadline from April 15 to July 15.

That deadline arrived Wednesday. But individual taxpayers who are unable to meet the July 15 deadline can request an automatic extension til October 15.

Here’s what taxpayers should know.

How do I file an automatic extension until October 15?

Taxpayers who’d like an extension until October 15 must fill out an Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 4858) by July 15.

According to the IRS, this form can be completed electronically through the IRS Free File or a tax software provider.

“To get an extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on the

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