ELIZABETH—After some friends distributed leaflets asking residents to participate in a toy drive he was conducting in the weeks before Christmas, Carlos Lucio, a popular Elizabeth public school principal, received a summons in the mail from City Hall demanding a $250 fine for littering.
TRENTON – New Jersey is facing money problems on multiple fronts. Gov. Chris Christie estimates the state budget deficit at $11 billion next year, on top of a $1 billion hole in the current budget.
NEW BRUNSWICK – A Superior Court judge sentenced a South Amboy man to 30 years in prison for murdering his live-in girlfriend and the attempted murder of four children, three of which belonged to him.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Middlesex County agreed to a nearly $1 million settlement to end a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by five female sheriff’s officers against the county and sheriff’s department in 2004.
AVENEL – At a public meeting held at Avenel Middle School Monday, Woodbridge school officials began preparing contingency plans if state school aid is cut.
ELIZABETH—Five City Council members whose terms expire this year were pilloried in leaflets circulated around the city that compare increasing unemployment, widespread foreclosures and rising taxes with their record of voting for a pay hike as the nation headed into an economic collapse.
Jan. 26 at 1:59 p.m. – In the vicinity of the Garden State Parkway Circle, Officer Antonio Manata arrested Linden resident Najee Calhoun, 20, for presenting false documents. He was subsequently released pending a court date.
UNION COUNTY – Along with being the foundation of good health, good nutrition can also help save money on household bills. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County has developed a program called Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ that helps Union County residents combine both.
HAMILTON – A study released last week by the Highway Loss Data Institute, a research arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that states with laws which ban hand-held cell phone use while driving have not seen a reduction in crashes.