STATE—As New Jersey’s jobless rate climbed to 32-year high of 9.8 percent in September, Gov. Jon Corzine’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mark Matzen, sent an e-mail to cabinet members asking them to stage events that boast about job creation, even if they had to “be creative” to do it.
HAMILTON – Single-vehicle crashes were the cause of more than six in 10 New Jersey traffic deaths in 2008, a percentage that increased significantly over 2007 even as the state’s total road deaths fell dramatically, an analysis of recently released federal data by AAA Mid-Atlantic shows.
EDISON – Flu vaccination clinics to be held at Menlo Park Mall have been cancelled due to a national shortage of seasonal flu vaccinations, organizers said.
STATE—New Jersey faces a growing crisis in coverage of news and public affairs, according to a New Jersey Policy Perspective report, ‘Less News is Bad News: The Media Crisis and New Jersey’s News Deficit.’
NEWARK—Quantis Goode, 32, of Hillside, was sentenced to 100 years in state prison for fatally shooting two teenagers at a Newark public housing complex in 2007.
CARTERET—The borough will receive $485,000 in NJDOT Municipal Aid funds for Phase II of Herman Avenue improvements, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman announced Wednesday.
WAYNE—Sophomore striker WALTER AVANS (Roselle Park, NJ/Union Catholic) chalked up two goals in a span of 4:12 early in the second half to force a 2-2 tie before William Paterson University got the game-winner in the 75th minute and defeated New Jersey City University, 3-2, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s soccer game on Wednesday night at Pioneer Soccer Park.
RAHWAY—Recently, volunteers from Merck visited Franklin Elementary School in Rahway. They spent the day helping put together writing folders for the students, as well as visiting various classrooms.
BASKING RIDGE — Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center report that New Jersey residents are unclear when it comes to understanding the subtle, but crucial difference between the UVA claim and the SPF value listed on a product.