STATE – On Wednesday, President Barack Obama officially declared that New Jersey is a disaster area in the wake of Hurricane Irene as federal officials visited the state to get a first-hand look at the damage.
STATE – To better respond to the public’s general health concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Health and Senior Services opened a toll-free public health call center to provide callers with information about prevention and treatment of mold, disposal of spoiled food due to power outages and water concerns.
STATE – Most New Jersey residents who lost electrical service after Hurricane Irene have had their power restored. As of 9 a.m. this morning, 15,000 PSE&G customers remained without power. In their most recent update, JCP&L said that 69,000 customers were still without service.
TRENTON — Rivers and streams across New Jersey that were inundated by rains and subsequent runoff caused by Hurricane Irene have now dropped below peak flood levels, though it will another few days before all rivers are completely below flood stage and flood waters totally recede.
TRENTON – Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reminded commercial and recreational harvesters that all shellfish beds in the state remain closed as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irene.
TRENTON – A law requiring newly hired public employees to live in New Jersey or to move to the state within one year of taking a public position takes effect today.
CLARK – The township’s Public Works Department is picking up branches that fell during Hurricane Irene. Residents are asked to make sure they are cut up and placed in the street.
BRIDGEWATER – Police arrested an Elizabeth woman on Tuesday at the Somerset Shopping Center as a result of a narcotics investigation conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force.
UNION — Kean Stage’s 2011-2012 performing arts season boasts will be highlighted by performances from this year’s Grammy® Award Winner for “Best New Artist,” Esperanza Spalding as well as An Evening with John Legend, the explosive Taiko drumming of TAO and Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel’s dazzling Gypsy Fire.