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Archive for March 12th, 2009

This week’s top newsmakers

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Governor Jon Corzine, Assemblyman Joseph Vas and former Assemblyman Neil Cohen sit together in this file photo featuring the week's top newsmakers.

Assemblyman Joseph Vas was indicted on 11 counts of conspiring with municipal employees to bill the city for $5,000 worth of clothing, sneakers and other personal items. The former Perth Amboy mayor is also accused of participating in a scheme to rig a housing lottery so that his driver could buy a new home at a reduced price.

Earlier in the week, former Assemblyman Neil Cohen pleaded not guilty to child porn charges and Governor Jon Corzine delivered a state budget proposal containing draconian program cuts and more than $2 billion in property tax increases.

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CARTERET – Earlier this morning, a Conrail tanker car sustained minor damage when the engine coupled with it during operations along the rail lines that parallel the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 12 in the vicinity of Monroe Avenue, officials said.

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Carteret firefighters and the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Team responded to a Conrail train car leak earlier this morning. (Photo courtesy of the Carteret Department of Public Information)

Members of the Carteret Fire Department were dispatched at 10:16 a.m. and found a rail car leaking isopropyl acetate, a flammable liquid. Crews from the borough fire department were able to stop the leak shortly after noon, with assistance from Middlesex Hazmat and mutual aid from Woodbridge Township, officials said.

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CARTERET—At this month’s Borough Council meeting, Mayor Dan Reiman presented mayoral commendations and circus tickets to eight Carteret school children. These were the winners of the first “What Can I Do For My Community?” contest, established by the mayor’s Children’s Charity Trust Fund, to allow youngsters to exhibit their creative talents and demonstrate their interest in their community.

Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman poses with the winners of the “What Can I Do For My Community?” contest. (Photo courtesy of the Carteret Department of Public Information)

Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman poses with the winners of the “What Can I Do For My Community?” contest. (Photo courtesy of the Carteret Department of Public Information)

Sixty children participated in the contest, according to Reiman, from three public elementary schools and the Carteret Middle School. First place winners from each school received four tickets to the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Prudential Center in Newark, while second place winners received two tickets. Categories included drawing, writing, poetry, and music.

According to Reiman, the contest was created to encourage school-aged children to think about the many ways in which they can participate in the improvement of their hometown, and to showcase creative abilities that might not otherwise have a venue for exhibition;

“There’s more to improving a town than large-scale redevelopment projects and capital improvements,” the mayor said. “Anyone who respects their community can help make their town better in a variety of ways. Many of our youngsters are conscious of this, and are also very artistic. Our charity’s contest provided a great opportunity for our school kids to show off their creative abilities, and communicate their concern for their community.”

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rahway-relay-team-wins-state-championship-032709Rahway Relay Team Wins State Championship—Rahway High School’s men’s 4 x 400 relay team won the state championship at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Feb. 21 at the Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River. Pictured above are team members Chris Brown, Russell Jenkins, Ricky Draughn and Chris Whyte, all seniors. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

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letter-to-the-editorBy Norma E. Blake

During the past year, over 100,000 New Jersey residents lost their jobs, adding their names to a list that was already well over 200,000. Many families in our state are facing economic challenges, some for the first time. Businesses, both large and small, are closing their doors as their revenue stream is squeezed by a lack of available credit and reduced consumer spending. As families and businesses cut their budgets, they are turning to their libraries to make up for some of those cuts and shave expenditures.

“As a small business owner, in these struggling economic times, every dollar counts,” Lisa Harper of A&L Harper Trucking Co. told us. “I learned that the Burlington County Library subscribes to a database through the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative (NJKI) that I was about to pay a couple of hundred dollars for. Since then, I’ve learned of other resources available for businesses at the library.”

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irs-sealBy Gregg Semanick-New Jersey‘s IRS Spokesperson

If you are looking for a new job or a career change, consider the IRS. No matter what your professional specialty, the IRS offers a variety of full-time careers or seasonal job opportunities. You can get information about careers, benefits, training and life at the IRS in the “Careers” section of IRS.gov Web site. Applying for an IRS position is easy; you can apply on-line through the www.usajobs.gov web site.

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

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