STATE—The New Jersey NAACP filed an ethics complaint against state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, charging the Elizabeth Democrat with betraying the public trust by sponsoring legislation that would benefit clients of his private law firm.
TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, a member of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Group, will host a local hearing in Middlesex County to provide residents, businesses and community organizations the opportunity to weigh in on the state’s sometimes burdensome and conflicting rules and regulations.
STATE—The Sierra Club strongly opposes the New Jersey Fish and Game Council’s plan to allow for a bear hunt starting in December. This hunt is unnecessary and undermines the need for a real bear management program that focuses on education and non-lethal alternatives to hunting, according to organization officials.
With economic indicators fluctuating wildly, it’s impossible to know when the economy will recover; so many households are still struggling with the task of making ends meet. With the foreclosure rate in 2009 rising by 21 percent with nearly 4 million homes lost, the worries are very real.
MOUNTAINSIDE — The Internal Revenue Service announced several additional steps it is taking this tax season to help people having difficulties meeting their tax obligations because of unemployment or other financial problems.
Book Sale • March 12 & 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will hold a used book sale in the cellar of the library, located at 224 Walnut Ave. Most prices range from 25 cents to $6. For info, call 908-709-7281.
PERTH AMBOY – Raritan Bay Medical Center has announced a number of classes, support groups and community events for the remainder of the month of March.
NEW BRUNSWICK—The State Theatre in New Brunswick is currently offering “The Date Night” package for two. It includes two best available show tickets to a select performance, one sweetheart box of Thomas Sweet’s chocolates, and a voucher for two glasses of wine at the State Theatre.
PLAINFIELD – It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf States. New Orleans was devastated by this storm and the American Red Cross was there to help. In honor of the Tri-County Red Cross disaster relief efforts during this catastrophic event, the chapter is holding a “Fais do-do” Awards Fundraiser at the Westwood in Garwood on May 8.
PERTH AMBOY—Education Law Center (ELC), a nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of New Jersey’s public school children for access to an equal and adequate education, celebrates the 12th anniversary of “Kids in Concert” on March 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Long Branch High School.
March 2 at 2:08 a.m. – In the vicinity of 590 Raritan Road, Officer Christian Lott arrested Scotch Plains resident Takia Neal, 19, for DUI. She was subsequently released pending a court date.
ROSELLE PARK—A flea market will be held at Church of the Assumption, in the downstairs parish hall, 113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park, on Saturday, April 24.
ELIZABETH – The Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at Kean University has partnered with the City of Elizabeth to host a series of free, bi-weekly workshops for Elizabeth residents and small business owners on the topics of starting or establishing a small business.