MONROE — Six houses in opulent neighborhoods were converted to high-tech marijuana factories, where authorities seized more than 115 pounds of pot and 3,370 growing plants worth a combined $10 million — New Jersey’s largest marijuana seizure ever, according to a report from the Cliffview Pilot.
TRENTON – New Jersey employers continued to trim jobs; total employment fell by 9,100 jobs in January, according to statistics released by the state Department of Labor today.
NEW BRUNSWICK—A former administrative assistant at the Old Bridge Housing Authority has been sentenced to serve 180 days at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center for stealing $2,224 from the authority to pay her rent, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
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.