TRENTON – Legislation aimed at boosting New Jersey’s tourism and hospitality industry by updating the state’s marriage license requirements to eliminate a three-day waiting period and streamline residency requirements was approved Monday by both houses of the Legislature.
TRENTON – Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce died last night, shortly after the conclusion of the final voting session of the 214th Legislature. A 75-year-old who lived in Parsippany, DeCroce represented Morris County for 23 years.
TRENTON – Legislation intended to aid in the search for missing children by making it a crime to not report a missing child within 24 hours was signed into law Monday.
MOUNT HOLLY – New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd today joined New Jersey Hospital Association President and CEO Betsy Ryan and Virtua CEO Rich Miller at a blood drive at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly to encourage more people to donate blood and more employers to hold blood drives to ease the state’s chronic blood shortage.
ELIZABETH — Late on Friday, the Union County Homicide Task Force arrested and charged an Elizabeth man in the homicide of his wife, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. announced.
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I don’t expect that Rick Santorum will be our next president, despite his near-win in Iowa and likely a decent showing in tomorrow’s New Hampshire primary. I’m pretty certain that when more voters become aware of his views and voting record, Santorum will join Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty as former contenders for the GOP nomination.
ELIZABETH — Six pound, 13 ounce Angelie Rivera, daughter of Ana Rivera of Plainfield, won the distinction of being the first baby born in Union County in 2012 when she made her grand entrance at 3:54AM on New Years Day. The new arrival received a full layette basket donated by the Trinitas Maternity staff.
UNION COUNTY — The Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal has released details of its annual Deer Management Program, which for the first time will tackle the problem of deer overpopulation in Lenape Park.
Dear EarthTalk: There are a number of companies out there now doing “energy audits” for the home, after which they try to sell you attic insulation and other products and services. Is this just a scam or would it be wise for me to look into this? — Bill Richards, New York, NY