Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Tuesday:

⬛ Halloween in NJ: Deadliest day for children who walk out


This Halloween, neighborhood streets in New Jersey will be filled with witches, goblins, zombies, and other frightful creatures.

As trick-or-treaters wander the streets in search of candy, AAA is reminding drivers that Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians.

⬛ Are pharmacists at major NJ drug stores calling out sick?

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Walkout image (The Accidental Pharmacist), Rite Aid, CVS stores (OCSN)

Pharmacists at several national drug store chains are planning another work stoppage to protest their working conditions.

Workers at CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens nationwide have vowed to call out sick on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Shane Jerominski told Fox Business. Jerominski, a licensed pharmacist who heads a group called the Accidental Pharmacist, is coordinating the protest.

⬛ NJ college must hire back worker, fired after illness

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NJ sick college worker settlement Google Maps, Canva)

TRENTON – State prosecutors have reached a settlement with Mercer County Community College over accusations of discrimination for firing an employee who was critically sick with COVID-19 complications.

The college would be required to rehire the person and pay him $50,000 as compensation for his lost wages and benefits and damages for his pain and suffering, under a consent order announced by state Attorney General Matthew Platkin.

⬛ More bank closures in NJ — Is your branch next?

Citizens Bank ATM
Citizens Bank ATM (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media)

It is getting harder to find a bank branch in New Jersey and more closures are on the way.

Citizens Bank is the latest to file notice they will close three branches in New Jersey - in Cape May, Three Bridges, and Verona.

Their filing did not include a reason or a date.

⬛ This virus killed more than 700 in NJ this year — most over 65

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COVID-19 may not be as front and center in our minds as it used to be, but health officials are urging older individuals to stay vigilant in the face of the mutating disease that's been a contributing factor in at least 700 deaths in New Jersey so far this year.

Research published in October suggests that individuals aged 65 and older have accounted for 90% of COVID-related deaths across the U.S. in 2023 and 63% of related hospitalizations.

NJ school districts with the highest median teacher salaries

These were the highest median teacher salaries during the 2022-23 school year budget, according to data compiled by the New Jersey Department of Education. We begin with districts whose median salaries are at least $95,000 and work our way up to the highest median salary.

Gallery Credit: New Jersey 101.5

A list of NJ malls where you can get photos with Santa for the 2023 holiday season

The annual New Jersey tradition is back for the 2023 holiday season, along with pet photos, special events, and exclusive sensory sessions.

More details and locations will be added as the holiday season progresses, so please check back often for updates. Malls are listed in alphabetical order.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

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