New Jersey

Homeland funds bolster fire resources

Thanks to a $3.1 million grant from the Department of Homeland security, federal and local officials announced today that Newark Fire Department will hire 21 new firefighters. Voorhees, Trenton, Bayonne, Paterson, Farmingdale, Merchantville and Sewell were among the other departments to receive a total of $39 million in New Jersey…
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Spring snow storm hits area

Heavy snow has moved into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic Monday Morning. The heaviest snow will cause some tricky travel for the morning commute, including the 1-95 corridor. Through the day on Monday, snow will expand eastward. Merchantville will experience snow and rain. High of 37F with a windchill as…
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Record rise in state lottery spending

Walk into Cigar Alley @ The News Nook in Merchantville and the aroma of fine tobacco hits you first. But it is the clipped staccato of the store’s New Jersey Lottery machine that is a constant. Customers are just as apt to buy scratch-off tickets as they are cigars. “We’re…
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State plans to uproot the Children's Garden

In a letter sent last week, the New Jersey Department of Treasury ordered Children's Garden director Michael Devlin to remove all property, including the facility's amusement rides, gazebo, and giant dinosaur, by March 31. The nonprofit Camden Children's Garden has two months to vacate most of its state-owned property before…
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Dancer proposes more savings

Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer has recently proposed expanding and extending New Jersey’s online purchasing program that has become a successful revenue tool for local governments and property taxpayers. According to the Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Local Government Services: Merchantville received $7,500 for an old fire pumper truck sold…
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Nor'easter headed this way

A coastal storm, known as a nor'easter, is poised to bring yet more high winds, rain, coastal flooding, even snow to parts of the Northeast. On Wednesday the storm spreads northward from Delaware and northern Maryland to southern and northern New England and the Hudson Valley. Occasional gusts 35-50 mph…
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Christie's temper flares again on the boardwalk

Gov. Christie got into a verbal smackdown on Thursday with a man who reportedly made snide remarks about his education policies. A video posted on the TMZ website shows Christie gripping a vanilla ice cream cone as he strides down the Seaside Heights boardwalk while joining a battle of words.…
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At least three killed as storm pounds N.J.

A curfew between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. is now in effect in all municipalities in Atlantic County, with the exception of Atlantic City, according to the Ventnor police department. At a news conference Saturday night, Vincent Maione, president of Atlantic City Electric, said he hoped that…
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Interactive Map: NJ Per-Pupil Spending

The typical NJ school spent $16,600 in 2010-2011. Most districts spent less per pupil in 2010-11 than in 2009-10, in part because of tough state-imposed spending caps and aid, according to data from the 2010-11 New Jersey School Report Card issued earlier this month by the state Department of Education.…
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Christie nominates two county residents

Two Camden County residents have been asked by Gov. Christie to serve as judges. Linda M. Kassekert, a Pennsauken resident who has chaired the Casino Control Commission for a decade, received the governor's nod to be an administrative law judge. Steven J. Polansky, a Cherry Hill resident and lawyer at…
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Rutgers boards won't cede control

Rutgers' two boards declared Wednesday that the university's governing structure would remain intact, signaling to Gov. Christie and legislative leaders that their plans to remake the state's public universities could face significant hurdles ahead. A set of "principles" approved by the boards of trustees and governors expressed
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