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Archive for April 16th, 2009

STATE—The Republican National Coalition for Life Political Action Committee endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan.

The pro-life endorsement is perceived as a major blow to the campaign of former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, a liberal Republican who is unpopular with conservatives because he supports abortion and gay rights.

“I am honored by the RNC Life PAC endorsement, and I am proud of my longstanding pro-Life record,” said Lonegan.  “I look forward to the day when as Governor I will be able to turn my pro-life principles into policy, including ending state funding for abortions.”  

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HIGHLAND PARK – The number of Americans paying more for health insurance policies that cover less has increased 60 percent since 2003, a troubling trend that is exacerbated by and contributing to the economic crisis according to a Community Catalyst report released last week in collaboration with NJ Citizen Action.  When Coverage Fails: Causes and Remedies for Inadequate Health Insurance outlines the implications of a growing “underinsurance” problem and urges government leaders to act to ensure families who purchase insurance get the coverage they need.

“Underinsurance is coverage on quicksand, and it’s putting the financial and physical well being of American families at risk and threatening our already weakened economy,” said Susan Sherry, deputy director of Community Catalyst, a national non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all.  “As our federal and state government leaders work to expand health care coverage, we urge them to put in place common sense protections that limit families’ financial risk and guarantee essential benefits are included in all insurance products.”

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WOODBRIDGE—Mayor John E. McCormac launched “Tooling Around The Township – 2009,” the annual community-based program that organizes teams of volunteers, local trades’ persons and business sponsors to fix-up, repair and help maintain homes for senior and disabled township residents.

 “I’m excited to announce that ‘Tooling Around the Township – 2009’ is on target for Saturday, April 25 and that it will be bigger and better than ever,” McCormac said last Wednesday.  “I can think of no other project that brings together municipal government agencies, the corporate, business and trade community, and resident volunteers in a way that truly benefits senior and disabled residents more than the annual Tooling Around the Township program.  Therefore, I am today issuing the call to action – volunteer to be part of a team to fix-up a home for a senior or disabled resident.”

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK—Earth Day has long been a time to think globally and act locally. That’s why on Wednesday, April 22, Middlesex County’s office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension invites you to celebrate Earth Day at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Families are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner and blanket to enjoy an evening in the park. The event is intended to familiarize residents with the EARTH Center’s theme of environmental stewardship and encourage them to take action in their own backyards. 

During the celebration, there will be tours of the EARTH Center’s compost display area, and rain garden, (which filters and recharges ground water).  Attendees can ask the county’s Master Gardeners gardening questions at the Garden Helpline Q & A table. Representatives from 4-H Clubs will be on hand with activities for the kids. A limited amount of free tree seedling will be available and local environmental groups will be in attendance. Musical entertainment will be provided. This is a weather dependent event; please call 732-398-5262 before 4 p.m., if there is a threat of rain.

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Young Artists Earned Showcase – During Youth Art Month, artwork by young artists from throughout the county was exhibited at IKEA in Elizabeth. Seventh grader Sean Carolan, second grader Brian Conaty and sixth grader Christine Golden represented St. John the Apostle School.  (Photo courtesy of St. John the Apostle School)

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STATE—Hindus have urged New Jersey Department of Education to add nine more Hindu festivals, including Durgapuja, to its “List of Religious Holidays Permitting Pupil Absence From School.”

Acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement last week, said that Hinduism was rich in festivals and festivals were very dear to Hindu families. Since families want to celebrate these festivals together along with their school going children, we did not want our children to be deprived of any privileges at the school because of thus resulting absences on these days.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, listed the festivals to be added to this list of religious holidays as: Lohri, Durgapuja, Makar Sankranti, Naga Panchami, Guru Purnima, Goverdhan Puja, Pongal, Onam, and Gudi Padwa.

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