Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Residents who experienced Hurricane Sandy's storm surge will be marching on Town Hall in time for tonight's council meeting
Homeowners who live in the flood-prone areas of Woodbridge aren't taking what they believe to be neglect from elected officials lying down. About sixty showed up at a meeting at the First Presbyterian Church last week to talk about their homes, devastated by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. They're forming action committes around issues that contribute to the flooding, they want flood mitigation, both short and long term, and they're creating Facebook pages to add to Woodbridge Flood Zone, the new website leader Monique Coleman created. And they aren't just talking about it. They're meeting at the Reo Diner before next Tuesday's council meeting, and they'll be marching down Main Street to Town Hall, with protest signs and teeshirts …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Make a phone call and help reverse the slated closing of the Woodbridge Developmental Center
The Woodbridge Developmental Center may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of home. For many severely disabled people and their families, though, it is as close to heaven as it gets. The Center is now scheduled to be closed, because of a binding recommendation by a state task force to 'mainstream' the residence's patients into group homes. That move, many say, would cause a severe hardship on families and on the residents themselves. State Senator Joseph Vitale has put forward legislation to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens that would change the way the task force's recommendation is enacted. The bill, S2596, is scheduled to be voted on by that committee on Monday, March 4. It has to pass the …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Twenty-eight year Woodbridge Council veteran Bob Luban is seeking to run as a Republican to nab 19th District incumbent State Senator Joe Vitale's seat.
After 28 years in office, Woodbridge Fifth Ward Councilman Bob Luban announced he won't seeking reelection after his term expires at the end of this year. But Luban isn't retiring from politics. The announcement of his retirement from town council coincided with another bit of news: Luban will be seeking to run on the Republican ticket for the 19th District State Senate seat. "With all my years in government, I know how to get things done," Luban said. "I'm going to do the same thorough job for the people of the 19th District as I've done for my constituents in Colonia." If Luban garners the Republican nod at the county convention next month, he'll be facing long term incumbent State Senator Joseph Vitale, a Democrat. One thing Luban said …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
BASF Corporation and the Colonia AARP both donated goods to the Perth Amboy Salvation Army, as a result of a 19th Legislative District effort.
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- Deborah Bell
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
As the holidays draw near, the impact of Hurricane Sandy is still very much on the minds of people in the Woodbridge area. That's why BASF Corporation and members of the Colonia AARP joined in to a post-hurricane relief drive that benefited area residents. The two groups donated hundreds of non-perishable food items, diapers, blankets, flashlights, batteries, toiletries, and toys for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The items were donated to the Salvation Army, located in Perth Amboy, who distributed the goods to needy families in Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy and Woodbridge, among other area municipalities hard hit by the storm. The drive was sponsored by State Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You'd think things would be tranquil at the only existing mansion for the last Royal Governor of New Jersey 250 years ago. You'd be wrong.
The historic Proprietary House in Perth Amboy was all set to hold a historic reenactment June 16 of the arrest of William Franklin, the last royal governor of New Jersey when it was still a colony. The event, held for more than two decades, is a big attraction with history buffs, and it always draws a crowd of school children. This year it was to have a special meaning, marking the 250th anniversary of the historic mansion. But not this year. The event was supposedly cancelled because the Perth Amboy Board of Education ruled the Proprietary House off limits to the district's school children because a convicted sex offender was serving on the organizations' Board of Trustees. Kurt Epps heard about the allegations, and he was appalled. …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
After reaching a deal with NJ Gov. Chris Christie, Amazon will be making state residents pay them 7 percent on their purcahses.
If you're a New Jersey resident who buys stuff from Amazon without paying sales tax, those days are about to come to an end. Gov. Chris Christie has reached an agreement with Amazon, the giant online retailer, that it will begin collecting the 7 percent NJ sales tax on items delivered to state residents starting in 2013. The deal was announced at a joint press conference given by Christie and Amazon executive Paul Meisner, the Wall Street Journal reported. The tradeoff for Amazon buyers in NJ is that the company said they'd build two new warehouses in the state at the same time tax collection begins, in July of next year. That will create construction jobs and as many as 1,500 warehouse jobs for state residents. There was no mention …