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Archive for April 20th, 2009

EDISON—Mayor Jun Choi, along with Provident Bank President Chris Martin, unveiled a low-interest loan program that will enable residents in the Clara Barton area to make major improvements to their homes.

“Programs like this one will create local jobs and help protect taxpayers’ most valuable investment, their home,” Choi said last week.

In a joint partnership with the township, Provident Bank will be the exclusive provider of affordable home equity loans to qualified applicants through the program, which encourages homeowners in the area to make major home repairs.

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SCOTCH PLAINS – Alyssa Kennedy, an eighth grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, is one of 50 students from across the state of New Jersey to have been selected to participate in the 2009 Douglass Science Institute Program Series, according to Beth A. Bors, Program Coordinator for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering at Rutgers University.

The prestigious four-year program offers pre-college women, who are interested in math, science, and engineering, the opportunity to explore scientific research in a collegiate setting and learn the skills needed to be a successful female scientist.

This opportunity will help Kennedy further her dream to pursue a career in medicine.

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mccormacBy Mayor John E. McCormac

May is Senior Month in Woodbridge Township. Senior Month allows us the opportunity to recognize and challenge senior residents and to provide services and activities that stimulate, educate, and encourage an active and challenging lifestyle.  

Senior Month offers educational, recreational, and entertainment activities designed for senior and adult members of the community and encourages senior residents to engage in health and fitness programs and competition, mind-stimulating activities such as Jeopardy-style games, sudoku, art and music classes, health programs and medical screenings, and senior receptions and community engagements.  

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IRS Warns Against Tax Scams

“Tax Scams are prevalent this time of year since we are in the midst of the tax filing season.  The IRS reminds the public that scammers just don’t go away after April 15.  Tax related scams are still prevalent throughout the year,” said IRS Spokesperson Gregg Semanick.

“Taxpayers should be wary of scams to avoid paying taxes that seem too good to be true, especially during these challenging economic times,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “There is no secret trick that can eliminate a person’s tax obligations. People should be wary of anyone peddling any of these scams.”

Tax schemes are illegal and can lead to problems for both scam artists and taxpayers who risk significant penalties, interest and possible criminal prosecution.

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STATE—To help commemorate National Arbor Day, everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation during the month of April will receive 10 free shade trees.

National Arbor Day and New Jersey’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, which is April 24 this year.

The 10 free shade trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple, and red maple. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

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STATE—Sports betting is illegal in New Jersey, but many voters favor changing that. 

According to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 63 percent of voters say they would favor making sports-betting legal in New Jersey at Atlantic City casinos, while 32 percent say they would oppose it. Men favor it by more than a 2-1 margin (69-27), more strongly than women (58-36). Self-described liberals favor it (70-27) more strongly than conservatives (56-38).

“Betting on sports is not an uncommon practice for many New Jerseyans,” said Donald Hoover, a professor in FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and a former casino executive. “But for the most part, the state doesn’t supervise it, doesn’t tax it and doesn’t take any revenue from it.”

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