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 — The state Senate rejected — by a vote of 14 to 20, with six senators not voting — a bill sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak aimed at legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.
ELIZABETH—Four students at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth have earned recognition for their academic and all-around achievements.
HILLSIDE—As part of its efforts to respond to the unprecedented need for emergency food among the poor and low-income, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has purchased a refrigerated mobile food pantry.
ELIZABETH—A Union County Grand Jury handed down an eleven-count indictment Monday against a Hillside man who was involved in a police-involved shooting earlier this year, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
HILLSIDE — Volunteers will be at five locations in Middlesex County, to collect frozen turkeys, non-perishable food, and donations on Saturday, Nov. 21.