News on the front and back of the Jersey Journal: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Under a $ 72 million contract, Devils Arena Entertainment, owner and operator of the Newark Prudential Center, will renovate and operate the Jersey Theater des Landmark Loew in Journal Square to restore the historic venue to its former glory.

More than three years after taking office in hopes of legalizing marijuana in 100 days, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills that together will open a marijuana industry in New Jersey and end thousands of arrests. Also, a Jersey City man believed he had outsmarted Secaucus police when he escaped a traffic obstruction last week by reporting a fake armed robbery in the area.

In addition, Janet Castro is leaving her position as health officer for North Bergen and five other communities in Hudson County to become the community’s next business administrator, Mayor Nicholas Sacco announced.

In Sports, Murphy announced Monday that a limited number of people will be allowed to play professional and college games in New Jersey as the state’s COVID-19 numbers improve. Since the season began on February 11 following an initial COVID-19 quarantine, the Catholic Hudson Boys’ basketball team has won four of its first five games, underscored by a 66:54 triumph over Roselle Catholic, No. 5 in the NJ.com Top 20 on Friday.

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