EDISON—Bonnie Farrell of Fords, a plant biologist and the mother of Sara Reiss, a first grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, took Joanne Jacobson’s first grade class on a nature walk on the school grounds to explain plant adaptations on Jan. 15.
TRENTON—New Jersey’s jobs situation remains bleak, with the state’s unemployment rate climbing to a 33-year high of 10.1 percent in December, according to statistics released today.
BOGOTA – Every Democrat in the Trenton statehouse earned an “F” on the Americans for Prosperity Final 2008-2009 Legislative Scorecard. The scorecard is an attempt to measure who is fiscally conservative and who is not, allowing voters to contrast legislators’ rhetoric with reality.
EDISON—Paige B. and Elizabeth L’Hommedieu were awarded Middlesex County College’s highest honor in a campus ceremony on Jan. 19. The award, presented each year since 1975, is named for Mr. L’Hommedieu’s father, Paige D. L’Hommedieu, the founding chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees and an executive with Johnson & Johnson.
NEW BRUNSWICK—Investigators are hoping to question an unidentified man who may be able to provide information on the fatal stabbing of a 60-year-old city resident last November.
NEW BRUNSWICK – Friday, a jury convicted Carteret resident Keith McBride of causing the death of a 42-year-old Rahway man during a 2006 robbery.
Thrift Shop Sale • Jan. 22 & 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Best Friend Dog & Animal Adoption is holding a 50% off sale at their thrift shop, located at 1750 E. Second St., Scotch Plains. Proceeds support animal rescue efforts. Donations of new/lightly used items are accepted. For info, call 1-732-388-8930.
EDISON – A gas leak led to an explosion that destroyed a lawyer’s office on Route 27 on Monday morning.
CARTERET—The Carteret Public Library is holding a “B.Y.O.B. Book Sale.” Bring your own grocery store bag and fill it with book sale items and pay only $2.
ISELIN—American Legion T. Nulty Post 471 in Iselin organizing a cookie collection project to show support for American troops overseas during Valentine’s Day.