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Archive for November 18th, 2008

IRS Warns Of Stimulus Payment Email Scam

MOUNTAINSIDE—The Internal Revenue Service wants you to know there may be a scam waiting in your e-mail inbox that looks very official but is dangerous to you and your computer.

“We’re getting reports of people getting an e-mail that appears to come from the IRS and tells recipients to respond to get their 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund,” said IRS spokesperson Gregg Semanick.

Semanick says there are three things the IRS needs people to remember:

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Candidates Considering Corzine

STATE—There are a number of Republican candidates for governor, but so far nobody has emerged to take on former Wall Street CEO Jon Corzine in the Democratic primary, despite a wave of ethical shortcomings and the state’s battered financial condition.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine and biotech millionaire John Crowley are considering a bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year, while Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan are already running.

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TRENTON – While dedicating the state’s new World War II Memorial on Veterans Day last week, Gov. Jon Corzine announced appointments to the state Commission on Women Veterans to better address the needs of New Jersey residents who served in the military. Among the 12 commission members appointed by the Governor is Anna Elizabeth Yersevich of Clark.

In announcing appointments to the 15-member Commission on Women Veterans, Corzine said it was important to review the needs, priorities, programs, and policies relating to women who have served in the military. Areas to be addressed include housing, health care, job training, and outreach.

“I am pleased we will have this commission in place to address these critical needs of women who performed double-duty to keep the fabric of this country together – and strong – during its most trying era,” Corzine said.

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TRENTON – New Jersey will issue $78.75 million in New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) municipal aid grants to fund street improvement, rehabilitation and safety projects in 372 New Jersey towns, a move intended to create jobs and help keep property taxes in check statewide.

“Rebuilding the state’s infrastructure, from roads to bridges to mass transit, is going to be central to both getting us out of the recession and positioning New Jersey to take advantage when the economy recovers,” said Gov. Jon Corzine. “This year’s municipal aid program will provide road improvements, property tax relief, and economic growth – three elements that are key to New Jersey’s turnaround and success.”

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students-support-soldier-112108Students Support Soldier—After learning the history of Veterans Day and why it is important to remember those who have bravely fought for our country, second grade students at St. Agnes School in Clark wanted to do something special for a serviceman presently fighting overseas, Lance Corporal John Neas of the US Marine Corps, a cousin of one of the class members. They decided to write letters of support to express their gratitude and prayers for the safe return of all our service men and women.

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EDISON—BusinessWeek magazine has named Edison as the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in New Jersey.

“We always knew Edison was a great place to live, work and raise a family, but it’s always nice to receive this type of recognition,” said Mayor Jun Choi.

BusinessWeek worked with OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based provider of real estate analysis. Towns were selected with at least 50,000 residents and a median family income between $40,000 and $100,000. The list was then narrowed using the following weighted criteria: school performance; number of schools; household expenditures; crime rates; air quality; job growth; family income; museums, parks, theaters, and other amenities; and diversity. School performance and safety were weighted most heavily, but strong weight was also given to amenities and affordability.

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scouting-for-food-120508Scouting For Food—St. John the Apostle School’s Cub Pack 30 recently participated in the ‘Scouting For Food’ program. The boys placed bags in various neighborhoods and returned the following week to collect donations. The pack collected more than 140 bags of food to be donated to the ‘St. John Food Pantry’, which provides food to the needy of the parish. Pictured with a large donation from a Linden resident are first grade Tiger Scouts (from left to right): Kyle Costa, Joseph Young, Riley Frees-Kroboth, Matthew McGuire, Ryan Saunter and John Mintel

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