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Archive for February 9th, 2009

mirror-condensed-dollar-signMIDDLESEX COUNTY – The nationwide economic meltdown has led to increased demand for all types of social services. At the same time, however, federal and state funding for these services is decreasing as a result of budget cuts.

County officials and about 100 representatives from non-profit organizations met last week to share strategies for effectively serving clients with fewer resources. Key issues discussed were improving communication and collaboration between agencies and the possibility of sharing services and cooperative purchasing, two areas in which the county has found success.

Freeholder H. James Polos, who oversees the county’s Shared Services Department, listed a number of areas, including sharing back office operations and certain specialists, where non-profits could pool their resources and save money.

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rx_pillsPLAINFIELD – For uninsured Union County residents who are having trouble getting prescriptions filled, help will be available at the Union County One-Stop Career Center at 200 West 2nd Street in Plainfield on Feb. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event is hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“If you have questions about getting financial assistance for the medications you need, come here for the answers,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

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bookcaseFORDS—The Fords Branch Library re-opened its doors Friday after the completion of interior renovations and the installation of new lighting.  As a result of the two-month renovation project –funded through a gift to the Woodbridge Public Library – the Fords Branch Library is more “reader-friendly” and easier to navigate than ever before.

According to Woodbridge Library Director John Hurley, the Fords Branch Library was closed in late November to complete an interior renovation and lighting project.  New ceilings and lights were installed in the Main Reading Room, Children’s Room, Quiet Study Room and the Video Room.  The new lighting provides library-goers with more lumens and uses efficient fluorescent and halogen lamps.

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letter-to-the-editorBy Michael P. Riccards

On Feb. 12, 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln will be marked by the nation.  Lincoln is by mostly all accounts considered the greatest of our presidents, having led the United States through the Civil War and begun the process of the emancipation of the slaves.

Through most of his political life though, he believed in a limited executive, a view characteristic of the Whig party of Henry Clay.  Clay was his boyhood hero, not Andrew Jackson, and Lincoln once acknowledged that he was in all things a Whig.  He accumulated a total of four formal months of education, yet he wrote some of the most elegant prose in the English language.  He grew up reading the King James Version of the Bible and Shakespeare, not bad role models for 19th century stylists.  He was acutely aware of his educational deficiencies and insisted that his eldest child, Robert, go to Harvard College.  When he read a book he totally absorbed it—reading it aloud so he could see and hear it at the same time.

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Bringing a Piece of History to Students in Clark – Students in the third grade at F.K. Hehnly Elementary School in Clark were treated to a demonstration of history right in their classroom, compliments of the historic Miller-Cory House in Westfield. A costumed docent portraying “Mrs. Sabra Miller” visited the students and described her life in the 18th century. She demonstrated a variety of authentic colonial crafts and tools as well as attire worn by the townspeople in the 1700s. (Photo courtesy of Hehnly School)

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 By Gregg Semanick-New Jersey‘s IRS Spokesperson

To ensure you do not miss out on any tax credits, deductions and benefits, the IRS encourages filers to consider e-filing their federal tax returns.  E-filing coupled with direct deposit of your refund into a bank account is a fast way to receive your refund in as little as 10 days.  E-filing can provide peace of mind. The error rate for e-filed returns is about 1 percent compared to 20 percent for paper filers.   E-filers also receive IRS confirmation of return filing. 

For more information on IRS tax tips, go to the IRS.gov web site at www.irs.gov.

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