Political-Influence Tracker Lets You Visually Track Congresspersons’ Sponsors

BERKELEY, Calif. –Wired.com has joined forces with MAPLight.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that provides citizens and journalists the transparency tools to shine a light on the influence of money on politics, to create an Influence Tracker widget for members of Congress.

Community Calendar

Halloween Day • Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Perth Amboy’s recreation department will hold a day of Halloween activities, beginning with costume pre-judging at 11 a.m. at the train station.

Middlesex County Unveils Crime Stoppers Program

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, retired director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced the formation of Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc., a non-profit organization that will offer rewards to the public for information leading to the arrests of suspects for a variety of crimes.

Middlesex County Unveils Plans For College Scholarship Program

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Taking a page from recent announcements of public-private partnerships formed to improve education and job opportunities and building on a federal program that supports returning college students, Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios unveiled plans last night for the Middlesex County Education Stimulus Plan.

Carteret Celebrates Season & New Businesses With 3rd Annual Fall Festival

CARTERET–On Saturday, Oct. 30, Mayor Dan Reiman and the Carteret Business Partnership, Inc. will join with some of Carteret’s newest businesses to host the borough’s third annual Halloween Parade and Fall Festival.

Blood Supply Takes Double Hit: Hospital Demand Up, Donation Rates Down

STATE — New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in the metropolitan area, is calling upon its communities to participate in scheduled group blood drives, in light of the very tight inventories of blood – at or below the two-day “safety level.”