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.)
ELIZABETH—Union County’s One-Stop Career Center has moved to a new location in Elizabeth at 921 Elizabeth Avenue. The One-Stop offers free services and training for job seekers every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and remains open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. English and Spanish are spoken.
SCOTCH PLAINS – Middle school students throughout Union County may learn about sustainability this fall by building their own wind turbines and cooking with solar energy. The hands-on activities took place during a “Green Boot Camp” for middle school teachers. The camp was developed through a partnership between Honeywell and Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, to help middle school teachers learn about the latest green education tools.
UNION – Kean University held commencement ceremonies for its graduate and undergraduate students in May. Among the degree recipients were more than 600 students who graduated with honors, the largest group in the university’s history to graduate with distinction.
ELIZABETH – The Union County Clerk has warned owners of commercial and residential property in the county to beware of people who offer to sell them a certified copy of the deed to their property. Some of these companies are targeting non-English-speaking homeowners.