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Archive for December 10th, 2008

STATE – An increasing number of claims is rapidly draining the fund that bankrolls unemployment benefits in New Jersey, raising the unwelcome prospect that taxpayers will be required to provide a cash infusion.

According to the state Labor Department, businesses pay about $2 billion into the fund each year, but as of the end of November, it only had a balance of $750 million. Last month, New Jersey paid out $169 million in claims, a 23 percent increase compared with the $138 million paid out in November, 2007, according to records maintained by the federal government.

Should the fund’s balance continue to decline, businesses will face an automatic $400 million tax increase next June. A similar hike on businesses was averted this year when the state provided a $260 million emergency cash infusion.

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Rahway Celebrates The Holidays

Random Thoughts a cappella group entertained spectators and shoppers during the holiday craft market inside the Rahway  Recreation Center.

Random Thoughts a cappella group entertained spectators and shoppers during the holiday craft market inside the Rahway Recreation Center.

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south-amboy-celebrates-christmas-121908South Amboy Celebrates Christmas—South Amboy held their annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 5, in the Transit Plaza.  DJ Tony “G’” was playing the Christmas tunes and different children’s groups provided Christmas caroling. South Amboy Fire Department and South Amboy First Aid & Safety Squad were decked out with the holiday spirit. Enterprise Snorkel Truck 8 won for best decorated emergency vehicle. Pictured above, Ciara Kaiser, Brittnay Clayton and Caitlin Norek visit Santa at the South Amboy Holiday Tree Lighting. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

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LINDEN—Linden’s Holiday Celebration took place on Friday, Dec. 5, in front of City Hall. Approximately 400 people came to greet Santa, who came down Wood Avenue on a fire truck.

Santa Makes An Early Stop in Linden—Mayor Richard Gerbounka welcomed Santa to Linden on Friday, Dec. 5, as part of the city’s holiday celebration.

Santa Makes An Early Stop in Linden—Mayor Richard Gerbounka welcomed Santa to Linden on Friday, Dec. 5, as part of the city’s holiday celebration.

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COLONIA – The combined choirs of Colonia High School will hold their annual “Winter Wonderland” event on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

A $10 pay-one-price admission for children includes a visit with Santa, one photo with Santa per child, cookies and milk or juice, one face painting design, one holiday craft, an entry into a coloring contest and all games, including prizes. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Parents may accompany without charge, and free coffee will be available.
For more information, call Choir Director Alaine Bolton at 732-499-6507. Colonia High School is located on East Street.

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