TRENTON –The Assembly will host a special bipartisan public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to hear first-hand New Jerseyans’ ideas on fixing and improving the state, Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce announced today.
TRENTON – New Jersey businesses are facing a significant tax hike this summer if the federal government doesn’t help replenish the state’s unemployment fund, Gov. Chris Christie warned this week.
Blood Drive • Jan. 29 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. – Valley Road School, 150 Valley Road, Clark, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.
UNION COUNTY—A report by a taxpayer watchdog group says the county payroll has increased by nearly $2 million in just three months and it looks like top county employees got unannounced pay hikes and bonuses.
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.
WESTFIELD—CONTACT We Care, Inc., a 24-hour caring and crisis hotline, will begin a comprehensive 36-hour volunteer training class on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street in Westfield. The class will meet weekly until mid-May.
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.
UNION COUNTY – The Union County Senior Softball League seeks players for its competitive slow pitch softball season in both the 50+ Division (birth year of 1960 or earlier) and the 60+ Division (birth year of 1950 or earlier.)
TRENTON—A principal member of the so-called “Route 35 Crew” was sentenced to 334 months in federal prison Monday for committing 11 armed bank robberies, a home invasion robbery and two other robberies between August 2006 and November 2007, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.