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N.J. libraries get help with federal stimulus grant

N.J. libraries get help with federal stimulus grant

Will share $5.1 million for infrastructure and assistance for job seekers

New Jersey libraries, one of the victims of cuts in the new state budget, got some relief Wednesday through a $5.1 million federal stimulus grant which would expand their computer infrastructure and assistance for job seekers.

The money will be spread among the state's 365 public libraries over two years, New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake said to Philly.com. State systems in Maine, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Montana also received stimulus grants.

"At a time when New Jersey's libraries are facing severe budget cuts, this timely investment will help libraries throughout the state continue providing important public services," said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.).

The new state budget cuts funding for libraries by 43 percent from last year, but less than the 74 percent cut in the initial state budget proposal. Some branches still will have to reduce their hours or, in some cases, close, according to Blake. She said programs like the interlibrary book-loan service have been cut back, and subscriptions to electronic databases in areas such as genealogy have been eliminated.

"Overall our broadband is pretty good," Blake said, "but there are places in the state with no access to high-speed broadband."

The federal money is strictly for computers, Internet connectivity, and programs to help job seekers find work online.

— BOB HOLT, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

Newark schoolyard killer Rodolfo Godinez gets 245 years

Newark schoolyard killer Rodolfo Godinez gets 245 years

Five other defendants await trial

Rodolfo Godinez, 27, of Newark has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences plus twenty years — a total of 245 years — for the schoolyard murders of Iofemi H...

Doherty, Lesniak have to be separated on N.J. Senate floor

Doherty, Lesniak have to be separated on N.J. Senate floor

Sen. Codey steps in to break it up

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There was no "Rocky'' movie marathon on cable channel 999 Thursday, so Senators Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Michael Doherty (R-War...

Asbury Park topless beach addressed by officials

Asbury Park topless beach addressed by officials
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Asbury Park officials quickly averted their eyes from a proposal that women be allowed to go topless on a local beach.

In a report to the city council, attorney Frede...

Senate approves 2 percent cap on N.J. property tax hikes, local government and school spending

Senate approves 2 percent cap on N.J. property tax hikes, local government and school spending

Bill passes 35 to 3

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
UPDATED

The New Jersey state Senate Thursday voted overwhelmingly in support of bipartisan legislation that sets a 2 percent cap on annual prope...

Lawsuit asks court to make N.J. act on allowing urban school districts to plan, construct new schools

Lawsuit asks court to make N.J. act on allowing urban school districts to plan, construct new schools

Action brought by the Education Law Center

The Education Law Center Thursday announced it has brought legal action to compel two state agencies to adopt what it sees as long overdue rules that would al...

N.J. MVC to open Tuesday through Saturday with 2 nights

N.J. MVC to open Tuesday through Saturday with 2 nights

Effort to improve service begins July 31

The state's New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is changing its operating hours on July 31 to better reflect what it describes as customer trends and convenienc...

New state motor vehicle agency to replace those in Randolph, Morristown

New state motor vehicle agency to replace those in Randolph, Morristown

Consolidation agency to open Aug. 17 in Randolph

The Randolph and Morristown state motor vehicle agencies will permanently close at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 and be replaced by a consolidated agency in Rand...

Duck boat missing tourists after accident on Delaware

Duck boat missing tourists after accident on Delaware

Collision with barge occurs off Camden waterfront

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
UPDATED

A 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man are missing after they and 35 other adults and children were dump...

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