SANDY HOOK–Clean Ocean Action (COA) released the 2012 Beach Sweeps Report this week, highlighting the Dirty Dozen, Roster of the Ridiculous, and the totals for over 90 items of marine debris collected by volunteers last year. To view the Beach Sweeps Report online, visit www.cleanoceanaction.org.
STATE — New Jersey residents are encouraged to cast their vote for the state’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer. The recognition is part of the Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. The program honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
TRENTON – Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) have introduced a legislative initiative to help parents limit their children’s exposure to violence in the media, helping them counter the pervasive depictions of brutality from TV, movies, video games, the Internet and even via cell phones.
NEWARK – Two gas stations will collectively pay $46,000 to resolve allegations that they excessively and unjustifiably raised prices for motor fuel (e.g. price-gouging) during the State of Emergency declared by Governor Chris Christie in response to Superstorm Sandy, under terms of court-approved Final Consent Judgments.
NEWARK – This week, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced the expansion of “Project Medicine Drop” to a total of 40 locations statewide, a significant increase since the project reached all 21 counties last fall. Through this initiative, the division installs secure receptacles at law enforcement stations across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused prescription medications.
NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey’s registered voters strongly support a constitutional amendment to raise the state’s minimum wage by one dollar and index it to inflation, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
TRENTON – The State Division of Criminal Justice has reached a settlement with Birdsall Services Group regarding the civil forfeiture action it filed against Birdsall and the bankruptcy petition subsequently filed by the company, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.
STATE — The ranks of New Jersey’s double dippers — government employees who hold more than one job — declined by 16 percent but those politicians still taking advantage of the system received substantial raises in 2012 according to a NJ Press Media review of government data.
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ELIZABETH – A Union County judge ruled that a blogger is entitled to the protections of state law that prevents the news media from being forced to reveal their sources. Tina Renna, president of the nonprofit Union County Watchdog Association,…