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Archive for March 5th, 2009

STATE – Candidates have filed petitions to run for seats on area school boards. Though the original deadline was Monday afternoon, Gov. Jon Corzine extended it until 4 p.m. Wednesday because a snowstorm Monday caused most school districts to shut down.

New Jersey voters will choose board members and vote on school spending plans on April 21.

Here is a breakdown of the local races:

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WOODBRIDGE—Township Council President Robert Luban announced Tuesday, March 3, that he has changed his party affiliation to Republican.

“There are major disagreements concerning political philosophy between myself and the Woodbridge Democratic Party leadership,” the former Democrat said. Luban added that in the current economic environment, his beliefs are more in line with Republican philosophy.

“People are feeling economic pain from job loss and fear of the economy in general we should be looking to reduce as much debt as possible now not later,” Luban said.

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basketball-equipment-03CRANFORD – On Sunday, March 1, the Union County College Lady Owls Basketball Team secured the Region XIX championship title, with a win over Delaware Tech by a score of 64-56 at the County College of Morris.

Delaware Tech started the game very aggressively, pulling ahead by 10 points at the beginning of the first half. However, by halftime, The Owls rallied to come out front by a score of 29-27. Delaware attempted to keep the second half of the game close, however, they could not contain The Lady Owl’s scoring streak. For the night, Lady Owl, Nicole Lilenfeld, finished with 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 steal; Kianna Williamson with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks; and Crystal Harris who had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

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UTICA, N.Y.—The nation’s current economic conditions have caused many Americans to rethink their spending habits, with 70 percent saying they have cut back on entertainment, recreation and eating out at restaurants in the past year, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The slashing of entertainment budgets isn’t just taking place in poorer households – around 70 percent of those in all household income brackets, including those with more than $100,000 in household income, said they have reduced their spending on entertainment and at restaurants in the past year. Younger adults are most likely to say they have cut back – 76 percent of those age 18-29 are spending less on entertainment, compared to 55 percent of those age 65 and older who say the same.

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