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.)
SPRINGFIELD—The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club and New Jersey Blood Services will host a blood drive at AAA’s Springfield office, located at 135 Route 22 East, on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood. Donors will receive a special gift.
BLOOMFIELD – Bloomfield College held a ceremony to honor students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester on Oct. 25 in the Van Fossan Theatre in the Westminster Arts Center on the college campus.
SPRINGFIELD—AAA New Jersey invites its members and the general public to donate to its annual Coat & Toy drive which – through partnerships with Jersey Cares and the United Way of Essex & West Hudson – will benefit less fortunate individuals and families in New Jersey.
MORRISTOWN—The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown welcomed the following local students for the fall semester: