Public Pension Systems Lost More Than $726 Billion In 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nationwide, state and local public employee retirement systems had $2.5 trillion in total cash and investment holdings in 2009, a $726.1 billion or 22.7 percent decrease from $3.2 trillion in 2008, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. This follows a $176.7 billion loss the previous year.

Clark Students Pick Pumpkins And More

CLARK — Students at Valley Road School in Clark enjoyed a pumpkin sale in the courtyard at school last Friday. PTA Chairpersons Sue Applin and Barbara Stark had a huge selection of pumpkins, gourds, haystacks, cornstalks, mums and candy apples available for the students to select from.

Movie Review: “The Ides of March” – Et tu, George Clooney?

Along the way to reaffirming your worst fears about our current state of affairs in the U.S., George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” smartly reminds that things really haven’t changed since the days of Caesar. Heck…it goes back further than the Sumerians, maybe even before Alley Oop first wrote bad things about Barney Rubble on the cave wall.

Disaster Crisis Counseling Available To New Jersey Residents

NEPTUNE -Hurricane Irene did much more than destroy homes, businesses and public infrastructure; it also left many New Jersey residents traumatized. A federal grant is being provided to the New Jersey Department of Human Services for disaster crisis counseling, making it available to affected residents registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).