State News

New Jersey Voters Wants More Focus On Property Taxes

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.

New Website Shows Inspection Reports For Ambulatory Surgery Centers

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.

Crisis Intervention And Suicide Prevention Training Available Soon

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.