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Archive for September 16th, 2008

STATE – Public hearings on a proposed toll-increase package for the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike will be held next week. If approved in its current form, Parkway commuters would see a 143 percent toll hike and Turnpike drivers would see a 150 percent increase by 2023.

The nearest hearing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. – noon at New Jersey Turnpike Authority Headquarters, 581 Main Street, Woodbridge.

The plan, which must be approved by Gov. Jon Cozine, would see the current 70-cent Parkway tolls jump to $1 in 2009. They would rise to $1.50 in 2012 and $170 in 2023. Exit ramp tolls would rise from 25 cents to 35 cents.

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NEWARK—Unless an estimated 156,000 eligible New Jerseyans file “short form” IRS tax returns before Oct. 15, up to $47 million in economic stimulus payments will go unclaimed in the Garden State.

AARP New Jersey and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) teamed up Monday for a joint press conference and Tele-town hall forum to help eligible New Jersey residents file for their economic stimulus payments by the Oct. 15 deadline.

In the space of one hour, approximately 100,000 AARP NJ members were called to participate in a Tele-town hall forum. Tens of thousands participated in the Tele-town hall with Menendez and learned how to claim their economic stimulus checks. AARP New Jersey Advocacy Manager Douglas Johnston hosted the event and IRS Spokesperson Gregg Semanick was on hand to answer participants’ detailed questions. Everyone on the call learned of the few easy steps it takes to get these checks.

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Nicole Sarica

Nicole Sarica

JERSEY CITY—Nicole Sarica, a 2008 graduate of Linden High School and member of the New Jersey City University women’s soccer team, has been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for week three of the 2008 season. It is the first weekly conference award she has received in her career.

 

Sarica continued her solid scoring contributions at forward for the Knights, tallying three goals and an assist for seven points as NJCU went 2-0-0 last week to improve to 5-0-0 overall for the first time in its history. She has six goals in her first five career games, including two game-winners.

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