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.)
UNION COUNTY—As Union County moves to close the last missing links in the county parks system, an agreement with Mountainside will pave the way for a connecting path between Echo Lake Park and the Watchung Reservation.
MOUNTAINSIDE – When Lake Surprise was dredged a decade ago, the last thing anyone wanted, was for sediment to clog the 24-acre lake again—or at least any time soon.
MOUNTAINSIDE—Recognizing that 24 years of pounding hooves have taken their toll at Union County’s Watchung Stables, the facility is slated to get a new main ring under a plan approved by the Board of Freeholders.
MOUNTAINSIDE — People can now weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut their winter heating bills and lower their 2009 tax bill as well.