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Democrats Criticize Christie’s School Aid Cuts

STATE – Four local lawmakers have criticized Gov. Chris Christie’s line item veto cuts to education aid. Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green and Asw. Linda Stender noted that 13 of 14 school systems in their district will lose funding thanks to the governor’s cuts, while every school system in Asm. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Peter J. Barnes III’s district is a victim of the governor’s budget axe.

U.S. Unemployment Rises To 9.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent to 9.2 percent in June, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The economy added 57,000 private sector jobs, but that was offset by a drop of 39,000 government jobs for a net increase of just 18,000.

Community Calendar

Blood Drive • July 9 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. & July 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Writer’s Block: Say Bye-Bye To Summer Vacation?

Some things are just destined to go down in flames. I’m starting to think that the time honored and much cherished summer vacation from school is one of them. As an educator, I don’t like this because I am so use to my life revolving around the traditional school calendar that I don’t think I could adjust to something new at this stage of the game. But, the writing’s on the wall.