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Archive for February 5th, 2009

EDISON – A lawyer-supported fund that pays for legal aid for poor clients is nearly broke and threatens the future of New Jersey’s Legal Services programs, officials said last week.

According to Melville D. Miller, Jr., president of Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ), revenue from the Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts fund is projected to fall 75 percent for fiscal year 2010. The fund generated $12.4 million this year and $40 million in fiscal 2008, but only $3 million in revenue is projected for fiscal 2010.

“Legal Services programs face a financial cliff as of June 30, 2009,” Miller said, “when all reserves are drained and other one-time strategies are exhausted.  We will need to retain all existing state funding and receive additional help.  If additional state funds are not forthcoming, Legal Services programs across the state will have office closings and staff layoffs.”

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CLARK—Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah will honor Clark Mayor Mayor Sal Bonaccorso on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the temple’s Grand Casino Nite.

Community members take part in last year’s Grand Casino Nite event.

Community members take part in last year’s Grand Casino Nite event.

The annual event, which begins at 8 p.m., transforms the synagogue into an Atlantic City style-gaming operation, featuring blackjack, craps, and roulette. All games of chance will be played on regulation tables, manned by professional dealers and croupiers. 

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Distinguished Scholars—Three seniors at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth were named “Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars” for 2009. Each of the three has exhibited both outstanding academic and leadership qualities during their years at the academy. Honored were Steffanye Barragan of Newark, Ninoshka Celi of Elizabeth and Tatiana Charles of Union. In order to be eligible for the Bloustein Distinguished Scholar Award, students must be in the top ten per cent of their class and have a minimum combined SAT score of 1260, or rank first, second or third in her class at the end of junior year.  (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

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