TRENTON – Employment in New Jersey advanced in April, fueled by widespread hiring in the private sector. The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged in April at 9.8 percent and was below the national rate (9.9%) for the first time since November of last year.
TRENTON – A Jersey City man was sentenced to state prison today for running a major human trafficking and prostitution ring in which women were induced to use heroin and cocaine and were beaten if they did not turn a daily quota of tricks, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
TRENTON – Two lucky New Jersey Lottery players have won the Powerball second prize of $200,000 for the Saturday, May 15 drawing. One winning ticket was sold at Belleville Tobacco & Hobby Center, located in Belleville. Another winning ticket was purchased at Krauszer’s #465, located in North Brunswick.
LINDEN — The Linden Department of Public Property and Community Services had its 51st annual Senior Citizen Day on Friday, May 14, honoring Paul Werkmeister.
SOMERSET – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Middlesex County will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21, but flood survivors can continue to register for, or receive additional federal assistance though a variety of ways. A DRC in Union County closed on May 12.
TRENTON – Legislation to allow physicians and veterinarians to earn continuing education credits for providing free medical and veterinary services is advancing toward law.
UNION COUNTY — Literacy Volunteers of Union County (LV-UC) and its partner Literacy Volunteers of Plainfield Public Library were big winners at this year’s NJ Literacy for Life Conference. LV-UC was named NJ Affiliate of the Year for its work with Basic Literacy students.
EDISON – Gregory Purrell of Plainfield (left), Breana McDaniel of Plainfield (center) and Noelle Staudt of Union, were recently declared the first round winners in the Simon & WPLJ Sing-to-Win contest at Simon’s Menlo Park Mall in Edison, each belting out one song a cappella for top-known music industry representatives that served as judges of the singing competition.
ELIZABETH – By hook or by slice – and occasional straight drive – friends and supporters of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) recently took to the golf links to help raise funds for the agency at CAU’s 16th Annual Golf Outing, held May 13 at Suburban Golf Club in Union.
RAHWAY — The first graders at Roosevelt School in Rahway participated in a Math-a-thon and raised $1,003 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
ELIZABETH – Trinitas Hospital has announced a number of upcoming community and educational programs.
CRANFORD—The Cranford Public Library and the Cranford Green Team will host a talk by the Reverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, on Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.
ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth held its annual “Sports Awards Night” on May 13 at the all-female Catholic college prep high school. Players from the school’s sports teams were recognized for their many talents and contributions during this past academic year.