STATE – New Jersey residents say the most pressing issues facing the state are property taxes and jobs, according a new Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll. Each of those issues were identified by 42 percent of respondents, while public schools (20 percent), general economic conditions (19 percent), and other taxes (15 percent) were also identified as causes for concern.
TRENTON – New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake announced that she plans to retire this July, closing the book on a distinguished career that has served New Jersey libraries for more than 36 years, including 10 years as the New Jersey State Librarian.
TRENTON – Legislation that would crack down on criminal impersonation committed by electronic communications or the Internet was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
STATE – Last week, the state Department of Health and Senior Services launched a website that allows the public to examine inspection reports for 260 licensed or certified ambulatory surgery centers. In the future, the website will include inspection reports and quality data for other licensed health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
STATE — The conservative political organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP) released a legislative scorecard that unsurprisingly cast most Democrats in disfavor but also rendered a poor evaluation of Gov. Chris Christie’s job performance.
FAIR LAWN — For the eleventh straight year, Columbia Bank has donated books to fifty selected New Jersey school and public libraries in celebration of Black History Month.
DALLAS, Texas – After the Susan G. Komen Foundation was criticized for its decision to stop providing breast cancer screening grants to Planned Parenthood, the foundation reversed course today.
TRENTON – An Assembly committee advanced legislation proposed by Assembly Democrats to allow same-sex couples to marry in New Jersey was released 5-2 Thursday by an Assembly committee.
STATE – Four out of five New Jersey residents will be watching Sunday’s big football game, which pits the New York Giants against the New England Patriots for the NFL title, according to a poll conducted by Monmouth University days before kickoff.
WESTFIELD – CONTACT We Care, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, will begin its next round of training for volunteer listeners starting Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westfield at 170 Elm Street. The 12-week course begins with a three-hour orientation that is followed by three-hour evening classes once per week for 12 weeks.