STATE — While New Jersey added more than 10,000 jobs last month, the Garden State is one of just seven nationwide that didn’t see a drop in its unemployment rate, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
SOMERSET COUNTY – The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Sunday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
SEATTLE, Wash. – A new research report by interactive fitness website WeightTraining.com has ranked all fifty states on which U.S. citizens gain the most weight over the holidays, combining public health research and medical surveys.
CLINTON – Unity Bank and its employees will donate a total of $14,000 to 14 food pantries in Central Jersey and Easton, Pa. this month, one service organization for each Unity branch. The funds were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.
NEWARK–On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey received a visit from nine-year-old Justin Martin and his father, who delivered 50 bears from Build-A-Bear Workshop to give to children at the hospital this holiday season.
LAKEWOOD — Harrogate, a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community, is spreading holiday cheer this season across the Ocean County community by donating toys to Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) of Catholic Charities.
STATE — A new congressional district map that was drafted by Republicans and puts the hometowns of two incumbent congressmen in the same jurisdiction was adopted by the 13-member redistricting commission today.
STATE – New Jersey is one of seven states that will receive a federal grant in the latest round of Race to the Top education funding.
TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today a $34.25 million, multi-state settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Inc. as part of an ongoing, nationwide investigation of alleged illegal conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry.
HILLSIDE – Shortly after 5 a.m. four masked men in a Chrysler, possibly a 200 or Sebring, robbed the Union Toll Plaza on the Garden State Parkway, according to the New Jersey State Police.