Assembly Committee Looks At State Mandates On Local Government

TRENTON – Members of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee heard testimony on state mandates on local governments Thursday, part of a series of hearings to find ways to control government spending that drives property tax increases.

The Writer’s Block: Hey, Kids……Take a Lesson

Something different happened to me a few days ago. I had a great weekend. Now I’m not a fan of superlatives because they are way overused. Have you noticed that a lot of people often describe their most common experiences in a way that depicts them as either ‘winners’ or ‘losers’.

Community Calendar

African-American Heritage Rodeo • Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – There will be an African-American Heritage Rodeo at 790 Trumbull St., Elizabeth. Admission $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. For info, call 1-908-351-4850.

Procrastination and Your Finances

ROSELAND – There is a natural tendency to procrastinate in doing stressful activities that you don’t enjoy. Combined with a busy, hurried lifestyle and competing demands, procrastination can create its own problems, such as stress, guilt and panic.

Corporation Involved In Vas Scandal Pleads Guilty

TRENTON – A corporation that was contracted by the City of Perth Amboy during the administration of former Mayor Joseph Vas pleaded guilty today to performing thousands of dollars worth of free masonry and paving work at the mayor’s house, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.

Police Make Arrest In 20-Year-Old Murder Case

EDISON – Police have arrested a New Brunswick man on charges of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old female in an Edison motel nearly 20 years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Edison Police Chief Thomas J. Bryan announced today.