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Lawmakers move to stop machines from short-changing consumers

Legislation to require coin redemption machines to disclose fees was approved by the full Assembly on Monday. The bill (A-1462) would prohibit operators of machines that sort and count a consumer’s coins and provide cash in exchange from charging a…

Assembly aims to bans microbeads

TRENTON – The General Assembly approved legislation, 72-0, on Monday to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads. The bill, A-3083, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace and Linda Stender, prohibits the production, manufacture, and…

Blood drives scheduled

New Jersey Blood Services is asking for help to maintain an adequate supply of all blood types, but especially O-negative – the “universal” blood which can be transfused into anyone in an emergency. In addition, hundreds of additional blood drives…

Horizon executives honored as diversity leaders

Two directors for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey have been recognized as DiversityMBA Magazine’s 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives & Emerging Leaders. Maureen Martin, director of service operations, and Vincenza Cruz, director of talent acquisition, were honored…

USA Biology Olympiad Registration Opens October 15

The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a national competition sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) to select the competitors for the International Biology Olympiad. Registration will open October 15, beginning the process to identify twenty national finalists for…

Hoffman tops 500-save threshold

by Ira Thor for NJCUGothicKnights.com CAMDEN, NJ | Three-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference goalkeeper Brittany Hoffman (McMurray, PA/Peters Township) surpassed the 500-save threshold for her career and her nine stops, including a penalty kick save, kept the New Jersey City University women’s…

Former New Jerseyan killed fighting in Ukraine

A West Point graduate who grew up in New Jersey and was the only known American-born soldier fighting pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, was killed in battle during August. Mark Gregory Paslawsky was a 55-year-old investment banker who moved to…

$386 million at stake in Sept. 30 special election

TRENTON, September 25, 2014—Voters in 21 New Jersey school districts will go to the polls next Tuesday to act on school construction projects ranging from classroom additions to high school athletic facilities and from security and heating system upgrades to…

$1.5 million unemployment fraudster lands years in state prison

TRENTON – A Georgia woman indicted in 2012 for her part in a scheme to steal $1.5 million in unemployment benefits from the State of New Jersey was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison. Monique Valentine, 35, formerly…

Fugitive arrested and returned for sex crime

ELIZABETH – A man has been returned to New Jersey after he fled the country during deliberations that resulted in a jury convicting him of sex crimes against a young boy. Union County prosecutors say 47-year-old Nikolaos Katogiritis was tracked to the Dominican Republic…