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Archive for March 6th, 2009

clockOn Sunday March 8, when we turn our clocks forward, Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all New Jersey residents to create an emergency kit and plan for the home and workplace.

“During the bi-annual clock change, we are reminded by various officials to check our safety devices, especially smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. This year in addition to the traditional time change we encourage all New Jersey residents to devise a disaster plan and develop a disaster kit. For those who have already created a disaster plan and kit this will serve a reminder to check and update plans and kits,” said Fuentes.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders entered into an agreement to purchase for preservation 9.74 acres of environmentally sensitive land in South Plainfield at its meeting last night.

The freeholders authorized an agreement to purchase the land, known as the Adams Farm, from A. Ferraro Construction LLC, which was under contract to purchase land from its original owner and had preliminary approvals for 16 residential lots. The agreed upon price is $2,450,000, based on three appraisals.

The land is located within the environmentally sensitive Dismal Swamp, a significant natural area that is home to wildlife and many species of plants. Preserving it would provide flood protection and public access to the area.

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closedCLARK—The Union County Freeholders officially announced the closure of Oak Ridge Golf Course in Clark last week. The move had been proposed in January to help close a $24 million budget gap, but it was opposed by a number of county golfers.

The closure of the Oak Ridge Golf Course in Clark is expected to save $740,000 a year. The 67-acre golf course could be converted into a multi-use county park, with its historic clubhouse restored and preserved, officials said.

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For the first time since April 2003, a majority of Garden Staters (51 percent) say the country is headed in the right direction, up from a low of 13 percent before November’s elections, according to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

Two in three Garden State voters (66 percent) say they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing as President, including 89 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independent voters and 36 percent of Republicans. Obama’s approval ratings are down slightly from measures taken before his inauguration, but are still more than triple the figures former President Bush received in his last months in office. Both liberals and moderates hold very positive views of Obama, with 86 percent and 74 percent approving of his job performance along with 41 percent of self-described conservatives.

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ms-logoMS Awareness Week, held March 2-8, is an outreach effort to increase public awareness of the daily challenges of living with Multiple Sclerosis. Here are ten facts about the disease.

1. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system with no known cause or cure. It means a lifetime of unpredictable and disabling symptoms and can affect people’s ability to walk, see or think.

2. In MS, immune cells attack myelin, which insulates nerve fibers and helps them conduct electrical impulses. When myelin or the nerve fiber is destroyed or damaged, the ability of the nerves to conduct messages to and from the brain is disrupted

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mayor-takes-part-in-read-across-america-event-031309Mayor Takes Part In “Read Across America” Event—On Wednesday, March 4, Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac visited the Woodbridge Child Care Center, located on Avenel Street, in Avenel. The visit was in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss and served as a kick off to the Book It and Read Across America program at the YMCA. The mayor read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children who really enjoyed his presentation. The Woodbridge Child Care Center is a branch of the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA. (Photo courtesy of Woodbridge Child Care Center)

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Troops Take Part In Read Across America Event—Now in its 12th year, Read Across America Day is the nation’s largest reading event. It focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. The reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids and books, and you can too! Franklin Elementary School in Rahway recently celebrated by having special visitors read to the students. One special guest reader was Sergeant Garcia, recruiter for the National Guard. In this picture, he is accepting donations of supplies and letters of thanks from the Principal Arina Robinson and the children of Franklin School. (Photo courtesy of Margaret Cilia)

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