SOUTH RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie signed his first state budget into law this afternoon. Earlier this morning, he called legislators back to Trenton for a special session to pressure them to consider his proposal for a constitutional amendment to cap property tax increases at 2.5 percent.
LINDEN – On Friday, Linden High School held its 100th graduation ceremony and awarded diplomas to the Class of 2010.
SPRINGFIELD–On Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m., the Springfield Free Public Library will host the NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club and a coalition of environmental organizations who will present an exploration of the impact of a proposed experimental coal power plant in Linden.
Dear EarthTalk: I heard about a supposed dangerous chemical called “triclosan” that is in many personal care and other consumer products. Can you enlighten? — Carl Stoneman, Richland, WA
Senior citizens and others living on a fixed or low income know how difficult it is to make ends meet, especially when costs for essentials like health care, food and energy increase faster than their sources of income.
OLD BRIDGE –Three 17-year-old Old Bridge residents have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder following the death this morning of a 49-year-old township resident, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Acting Chief Robert Bonfante of the Old Bridge Police Department announced.
TRENTON – The state Senate approved a bill to restore nearly $7.5 million in cuts in the Governor’s proposed FY 2011 Budget for women’s health and family planning services by a veto-proof majority of 30-10.
TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Joseph Vitale which would preserve FamilyCare coverage for working parents and unfreeze enrollment for new applicants was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 23-17.
HAMILTON – AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that approximately 1,071,000 New Jersey residents will travel during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, an increase of 19% compared to 2009 4th of July travel.
UNION — The reawakening of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland may have caused no shortage of chaos around the globe, but Union County’s Phil Rizzuto Park is a little cleaner because of it.