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Archive for September 11th, 2008

STATE—The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced upcoming traffic pattern changes on Route 1 as part of a $56.8 million project to widen Route 1 from north of Route 287 to south of the Garden State Parkway in Middlesex County.

On Friday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m., NJDOT will close the left lanes of Route 1 in both directions between Grandview Avenue and the Garden State Parkway. By Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m., Route 1 southbound will be shifted to the inside lanes as the final stage of construction commences.  In addition, the Route 1 southbound ramp to Lafayette Avenue will be permanently closed and removed.

On the following Friday, Sept. 19, NJDOT will close and reconstruct the Route 1 southbound ramp to Amboy Avenue.  The ramp will close at 9 p.m. on Sept. 19 and will reopen by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.  During the ramp closure, Route 1 southbound traffic will continue to the Route 287 interchange and take Route 1 northbound to Amboy Avenue.

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STATE—Two-thirds of New Jersey voters say their state is on the wrong track, but they split on their assessment of Gov. Jon Corzine. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, just 23% of registered voters say the state is headed in the right direction, a new low during the governor’s term, while 67% say it’s “off on the wrong track,” a new high during the governor’s term.

Just 31% of New Jersey voters say the governor is doing a “good” or “excellent” job, essentially unchanged from June, while 41% rate his work as “only fair” and 25% rate his job as “poor.” Among Democrats, 45% give him rating of “good” or “excellent” while 39% rate his work as “only fair” and 12% rate his job as “poor.”

Similarly, the governor’s approval rating continues to drift sideways: Voters split about evenly with 41% approving and 43% disapproving, little changed from June when 40% approved and 41% disapproved. But a majority of Democrats (58%) approve, even if a majority of Republicans (64%) disapprove. Independents split with 34% approving, 44% disapproving and 22% unsure.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The NCAA released its first weekly Division III women’s soccer national statistical report for the 2008 season on Sept. 10, and New Jersey City University freshman forward Nicole Sarica is among the top players in assists per game and points per game.

Sarica, a 2008 graduate of Linden High School, is tied for 11th nationally with 1.00 assists per game. She is also tied for 36th in points per game with 3.00.

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COLONIA—Ever since Cheryl Coen, a geography teacher at Colonia Middle School, saw the “Paper Clips Project” honoring Holocaust victims, she wanted to try her own project that would be just as effective in illustrating to her students what six to 11 million objects actually looks like.

“To say that six million Jewish citizens and five million non-Jewish citizens were murdered during the Holocaust is one thing, but to really see that number of objects places it into perspective” said. Coen. Her only problem with the “Paper Clips Project” was figuring out what to do with the paper clips once they have been collected and displayed.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Middlesex County and Carteret officials announced the county’s plans for the remediation and reconstruction of Joseph Medwick Park, now that the county has completed its environmental studies on the 83-acre park.

“It is a project, that once complete, will restore the natural beauty of the area while offering first-class recreational facilities,” said. Middlesex County Freeholder Director David S. Crabiel.

Once completed, Medwick Park will boast recreational facilities, including baseball and softball fields, a playground and open areas for residents to enjoy.

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By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic

“Bangkok Dangerous” is so brazen a cliché that, as with the scalawag student who owns up to a transgression—“It was I, Mrs. Green, who stole the UNICEF collection can”—you must at least note the honesty. Ripping off their 1999 Thai version by the same name, twin brother-directors Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang keep it simple, and cheap.

At least that’s the way it looks…no offense to the producers if it cost more than the Hollywood equivalent of $1.98 to make. And that’s the lower rung cachet this tale about an American hitman (Nicolas Cage) in Bangkok seeks to cash in on, shamelessly. Even when its plot evolves into perfunctory moralisms, it knows not to be too convincing.

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