TRENTON – Preliminary estimates showed that private sector employment in New Jersey continued an upward trend, with employers adding 6,400 jobs in June — the fifth consecutive month of private sector job gains. However, overall employment gains were more modest, thanks to a public sector decline of 4,700 jobs.
CARTERET — Kaplan Companies has begun construction on 42 additional residential units in continuation of their Lower Roosevelt Avenue redevelopment project, according to Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman.
Dear EarthTalk: I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rainforest destruction. What’s the story? — Betsy Barnard, Wellesley, MA
SUMMIT — A 73-year-old woman who tested positive for rabies after being bitten by a dog in her native Haiti in April died today at Overlook Medical Center in Summit.
WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Division on Aging, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Office of Emergency Management have issued a “Heat Alert” advisory through Saturday, July 23, as temperatures are expected to climb to near 100 degrees, with extremely high humidity in the Woodbridge Township area.
UNION COUNTY – As the heat wave continues, Union County officials remind residents that resources are available for cooling off during extreme hot weather.
UNION COUNTY – County Manager George Devanney will retire effective Aug. 1. He was appointed to the position in 2002, following a four-year tenure as deputy county manager. Devanney, nephew of state Sen. Ray Lesniak, has been a public servant for 27 years.
RAHWAY — Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea is one of the hottest artists on the music scene today. Their US summer tour will stop by Rahway on Thursday, July 21, in one of only two scheduled New Jersey appearances as part of the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series.
WEST TRENTON—Temperatures and heat indexes are estimated to build into the upper 90s, and possibly even reach 100 degrees or higher by Friday and into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the excessive heat and warns that older adults and people with disabilities are especially at risk.
TRENTON — The Department of Environmental Protection reminds state residents that harvesting blue claw crabs from the waters of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay is prohibited, as scientists have found that crabs from those waters continue to show harmful levels of cancer-causing dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as well as other contaminants, including mercury.