STATE – On Wednesday, President Barack Obama officially declared that New Jersey is a disaster area in the wake of Hurricane Irene as federal officials visited the state to get a first-hand look at the damage.
STATE – To better respond to the public’s general health concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Health and Senior Services opened a toll-free public health call center to provide callers with information about prevention and treatment of mold, disposal of spoiled food due to power outages and water concerns.
STATE – Most New Jersey residents who lost electrical service after Hurricane Irene have had their power restored. As of 9 a.m. this morning, 15,000 PSE&G customers remained without power. In their most recent update, JCP&L said that 69,000 customers were still without service.
TRENTON – A law requiring newly hired public employees to live in New Jersey or to move to the state within one year of taking a public position takes effect today.
UNION — Kean Stage’s 2011-2012 performing arts season boasts will be highlighted by performances from this year’s Grammy® Award Winner for “Best New Artist,” Esperanza Spalding as well as An Evening with John Legend, the explosive Taiko drumming of TAO and Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel’s dazzling Gypsy Fire.
Dear EarthTalk: I love to cook and when I have the time I make soups, stews and pasta meals in large batches and freeze them. I use leftover plastic containers, but I know this is not good.
Hollywood relies on the summer to get them thru the rest of the year…and this has not been a good year for summertime…
STATE – The New Jersey Education Association has joined with other unions representing the state’s public employees to file a federal lawsuit against the pension and benefit overhaul plan Gov. Chris Christie signed into law in June.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. hit a roadblock today when the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to stop it.
CRANFORD – Union County College will delay the start of the fall term until Tuesday, Sept. 6. The move was made out of respect for the residents of Cranford, Rahway, and other Union County municipalities still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irene, college officials said.