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Call To Somerville To Display Purple For International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2020

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) on Monday, August 31, and National Recovery Month in September, advocates and officials in Somerville have united in their call for Somervillians to observe both events in a few simple but powerful ways to send a message of support and hope for recovery.

Among the activities, an Overdose Awareness Flag Display will be installed on Monday, August 31, at City Hall. A total of 19 purple flags will be placed near City Hall – 18 in memory of the Somerville residents lost to overdose in 2019 and one larger flag for all those lost in previous years. City Hall will also be lit with purple light throughout the week of August 31 to remember those lost and help raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. All are invited to join in this message in the following

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Better-Than-Expected Jobs Data for August

In the morning following the biggest market pullback in nearly 3 months, early trading indexes swung to the positive on a better-than-expected Employment Situation from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) non-farm payroll survey for August. A total of 1.37 million jobs were generated last month, topping the 1.2 million analysts were expecting. The Unemployment Rate fell to a much-lower-than-anticipated 8.4%, well off the 9.8% expected and 10.2% reported for July.

The private sector brought in 1.027 million jobs in August, meaning the government had a rather extraordinary bump of 344K positions created, 251K on the federal side — likely related to the 2020 census positions (which can be expected to start rolling off in future months). This marks the single-largest group of new jobs last month, followed by the 248K from Retail Trade. Leisure/Hospitality brought in 174K, and Education/Health Services had 147K.

Importantly, the Temporary Layoff composite for

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The Best New Jersey Home Insurance Companies of 2020

Your home is likely the biggest financial investment you’ll ever make, and whether you’re purchasing a starter home in Trenton or a retirement cottage in Long Beach Township, you need to protect your dwelling with the best homeowners insurance in New Jersey.

a sandy beach next to the building: Beachfront wooden houses in Surf City, New Jersey, USA

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Beachfront wooden houses in Surf City, New Jersey, USA

Nearly 64% of New Jersey residents own their homes and the median cost of a home in the Garden State is $329,000, which is significantly higher than the national median home value of $248,857.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, New Jersey insurance providers wrote $21.2 billion in property and casualty policies in 2017. The same year, insurers incurred $11.7 billion in losses. Nationwide, fire and lightning cause the most insurance losses, but New Jersey also has a history of natural disasters. The state sees more than an average number of hurricanes each year, with Hurricane

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