Oct. 17 at 10:05 p.m. – In the vicinity of 1184 Raritan Road, Officer Pedro Oliveira arrested Union resident Patricia Strobel, 44, and charged her with shoplifting merchandise valued at $55.88 from the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 1184 Raritan Road. She was subsequently released on her own recognizance pending a court date.
STATE – A New Jersey company is being offered a tax credit worth more than $80 million for building a new 600,000 square foot headquarters and distribution center a half mile from the Jersey City PATH station. Goya Foods Inc. would add 175 “new” jobs using the tax subsidy from the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program, but according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, only nine jobs are truly being created.
STATE — For the first time in seven years, more New Jersey voters say the state is headed in the right direction than say it’s on the wrong track. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 46 percent say that “things in New Jersey are moving in the right direction” compared to 43 percent who say it’s “off on the wrong track.”
NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey residents say that economic issues top the list of problems facing the state, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Asked to name the two or three most important problems facing the state today, 27 percent name unemployment and jobs first, followed by 25 percent who cite taxes first, and 10 percent who express concern about the economy in general.
EDISON — Zombies invaded Middlesex County College as the College Center Programming Board threw a party to celebrate Halloween. The festivities included food, dancing, and the Zombie Parade. It also included a serious ingredient: Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, volunteers solicited donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie met with Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States in the governor’s office at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday. After the meeting, Christie announced plans to travel to Israel next year.
JERSEY CITY –New Jersey City University kept what appeared to be improbable post-season hopes alive, as the Gothic Knights jumped out to a 3-1 lead and received goals from four different players and upended Ramapo College in a convincing 4-2 New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s soccer victory on Monday afternoon at the Robert L. McNulty Memorial Soccer Field.
Obesity rates have climbed dramatically both in New Jersey and nationally. In New Jersey alone, the percentage of residents who are obese was 24 percent in 2010, which has risen from 14 percent in 1995. This rise in obesity is harming the overall health of residents as obesity is a contributing cause of many other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.
RAHWAY — The Rahway Municipal Alliance, the Rahway Police Department and Prevention Links will sponsor a community education program for parents, educators and youth service professionals entitled “Cyberbullying: Welcome to the World of Texting, Sexting, Facebook and More” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Rahway Middle School Auditorium.