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Archive for February 25th, 2009

car-on-roadHAMILTON – It’s official: Americans drove far fewer miles last year than in 2007.

In fact, the year-over-year decrease in miles driven by Americans in 2008 over 2007 is more dramatic than other periods of decline, including the days of the long gas lines during the “oil price shock” in 1973, and the stock market crash of 1973-1974.

From January to December, cumulative 2008 travel dropped nationwide by 107.9 billion vehicle miles of travel (VMT), a decline of 3.6 percent, according to the latest Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report.

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students-learn-about-modern-slavery-022709Students Learn About Modern Slavery — The Human Rights Institute at Kean University hosted its second annual conference, Slavery in the Twenty-first Century, on Friday, Feb. 13. A crowd of nearly 800 people, including students and teachers from throughout New Jersey, as well as members of the Kean University community and the general public, filled Wilkins Theatre. The all-day conference featured eyewitness accounts and perspectives, as well as panel discussions with leading experts on various aspects of modern-slavery. Pictured above are students and teachers from JFK Memorial High School in Iselin with keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves and author of Ending Slavery and the critically acclaimed Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. (Photo courtesy of Kean University)

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

Four years ago on his first team bus ride, new coach Mike Jones asked his players if their opponent that day—the now defunct St. Al’s of Jersey City – was any good.

One of his players on the school bus responded with optimism, “No. They’re not that good.” After a short pause, she continued, “They only beat us by 22 last year.’’

That was Jones’ baptism to when he took the reins of the fledgling basketball program at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, a small, all-girls Catholic school located in Elizabeth bordering Hillside and Newark.

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Tax tip of the Day: Missing a W-2?

 irs-sealGregg Semanick-New Jersey’s IRS Spokesperson

If you have not received your Form W-2, contact your employer to inquire if and when the W-2 was mailed and if it was sent to the correct address.  If you still do not receive your W-2 after following up with your employer, contact the IRS for assistance at 800-829-1040.  You need your W-2 information to prepare your tax return.

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

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