SPRINGFIELD – According to a Harris Interactive Poll, Halloween is America’s third favorite holiday, trailing only Christmas and Thanksgiving. Unlike those other holidays, Halloween falls on a Monday this year and school will be in session. But in Springfield, it won’t be celebrated at the district’s two elementary schools.
TRENTON – State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff recently reminded taxpayers to file their applications for the Homestead Benefit and the Senior Freeze property tax relief programs before the Monday, Oct. 31, deadline.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The average family spends $2,200 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. With winter approaching and Americans heading indoors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program is offering easy energy saving tips that increase household efficiency while helping Americans save money and stay warm.
TRENTON – Government and racing officials announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that would bring an annual Formula 1 Grand Prix of America race to Port Imperial in Weehawken and West New York beginning in June 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of National Anti-Bullying Month, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and a bipartisan group of New Jersey Congressional delegation members today released a video message for the “It Gets Better Project” to encourage young people who are bullied in New Jersey and around the country that “it gets better.”
ELIZABETH — Several members of the MS-13 street gang in Elizabeth were arrested yesterday and charged in the death of a city resident whose partially decomposed body was discovered last March, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
STATE – A New Jersey company is being offered a tax credit worth more than $80 million for building a new 600,000 square foot headquarters and distribution center a half mile from the Jersey City PATH station. Goya Foods Inc. would add 175 “new” jobs using the tax subsidy from the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program, but according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, only nine jobs are truly being created.
STATE — For the first time in seven years, more New Jersey voters say the state is headed in the right direction than say it’s on the wrong track. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 46 percent say that “things in New Jersey are moving in the right direction” compared to 43 percent who say it’s “off on the wrong track.”
NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey residents say that economic issues top the list of problems facing the state, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Asked to name the two or three most important problems facing the state today, 27 percent name unemployment and jobs first, followed by 25 percent who cite taxes first, and 10 percent who express concern about the economy in general.
RAHWAY — The Rahway Municipal Alliance, the Rahway Police Department and Prevention Links will sponsor a community education program for parents, educators and youth service professionals entitled “Cyberbullying: Welcome to the World of Texting, Sexting, Facebook and More” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Rahway Middle School Auditorium.