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Student's painted cow a potential winner

Gustavo Ramirez has aspirations of someday opening his own tattoo parlor. The soft-spoken sophomore at Overbrook High School never expected his first client to be a life-size fiberglass cow. Ramirez is one of nine finalists - and the only one from New Jersey - selected by a panel of judges…

Freeholders Eliminate Park Fees for County Residents

The Camden County Parks Department will no longer collect fees from county residents for the use of athletic fields or picnic areas. Camden County residents will continue to be asked to apply for park use permits to ensure the facilities they are requesting are available, but the fees will no…

Red knot shorebird designated endangered species in N.J.

Wildlife officials said that the new status, a change from threatened, did not add protections. However, it is formal recognition that despite years of efforts to help the bird, its numbers continue to decline. The red knot population on the bay is about 15,000, down from nearly 100,000 two decades…

Online sales-tax bill is introduced

A sales-tax exemption measure designed to encourage major online retailers to locate in New Jersey has been introduced in the Legislature.The bill would help alleviate disparities between online retailers, who are not required to collect New Jersey's 7 percent sales tax unless they have a physical presence in the state,…

Christie not doing enough to ease property tax burden on N.J. residents

In response to the governor's budget proposal Tuesday, Democrats, who control the Senate and Assembly, say the governor should forgo the income-tax cut and redirect that revenue to offset New Jerseyans' property taxes, a plan they say is fairer.

SJU volunteers needed

In the spring of 2012, Friends of L'Arche New Jersey's first home will open in Merchantville, NJ. Four adults with disabilities and four assistants will live in the home as a family, placing priority in relationships of mutuality and trust. St. Joe's Alumni are invited to participate in Global Community…

Cherry Hill neighbors bemoan plan for jumbo Wawa

Neighbors of a proposed mega-Wawa in Cherry Hill say the store will be far from super - and far too close to their homes. A public hearing on the final plan is set to continue before the township Planning Board on March 5. The project does not require a zoning…

A blue oasis in a sea of red and yellow

High property taxes consistently rank as one of NJ voters' biggest concerns. A color coded, interactive map shows property tax changes from 2009-2011 during the first two years of Gov. Chris Christie’s tenure. Data includes the total tax levy, total tax rate, average home value, property tax bill on that…

Poll: Most in N.J. oppose merger of Rowan and Rutgers-Camden

More than half of New Jersey’s registered voters disapprove of a proposed merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday. According to the poll, 57 percent of 914 adults interviewed by phone between Feb. 9 and 11 oppose the plan. Twenty-two percent support a merger…

Garden State Company Converts Biomass into 'Green Gasoline'

Primus Green Energy hopes to break ground next year on commercial plant. It may only amount to a drop in the bucket for a nation as thirsty for oil as the United States, but a Hillsborough company is betting it can convert wood pellets and other biomass into a renewable…

Parents encouraged to come to Visitation Day

In celebration of "Take Your Family To School Week", MES is hosting a Parent Visitation Day during the school day on Thursday, February 16th. Come see the great things that happen every day at Merchantville School. The following class periods have been selected for parents to visit: 2nd period from…
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