N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:24:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb N.J. Teacher Contract Settlement Rates Average 2.42 Percent for 2014-2015 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-teacher-contract-settlement-rates-average-242-percent-for-2014-2015 TEACHERP_optBY ANN MARIE SMITH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON - The average public school teacher in New Jersey will receive a 2.42 percent raise in the 2014-2015 school year, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported yesterday. That average reflects 324 ratified agreements covering the upcoming school year, including those in the first, second, or third year of the contract.

Many of the contracts contain provisions for longer workdays for teachers, or more instructional time.

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State Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:51:12 +0000
UPDATE: New Jersey Church Up in Flames http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-new-jersey-church-up-in-flames FIRE_opt_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Paterson church that caught fire on Wednesday was completely decimated, but thankfully there were no casualties.

About 80 firefighters battled heat and humidity along with the out of control blaze at Central Baptist Church.

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State Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:56:54 +0000
White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/white-houses-tuition-challenge-being-met-in-new-jersey TUITION_opt-1BY MICHAEL W. KLEIN, JD, PhD
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have already accepted this challenge, cutting costs and implementing innovations that minimized tuition increases. They range between 0% and 3% this coming year. ]]>
State Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:43:52 +0000
Saga of an Atlantic County Hotel and Price Gouging http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/saga-of-an-atlantic-county-hotel-and-price-gouging CONSUMER_opt.pngBY ERIC GUNDERSEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEWARK – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that Amy Hotels, LLC, d/b/a “Econo Lodge” (“Amy Hotels”) in Egg Harbor Township, has agreed to pay $64,543.96 to resolve the State’s allegations that the hotel engaged in 545 instances of unlawful price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“New Jersey’s laws specifically prohibit price gouging for needed commodities during a declared state of emergency,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “This settlement, and the many other victories we have obtained against alleged Superstorm Sandy price-gougers, should deter other businesses from violating this law in the future.”

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State Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:40 +0000
Dead Body Found in Fairfield http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dead-body-found-in-fairfield police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In Fairfield Township, a suspicious death has local authorities investigating.

A body was discovered late Sunday afternoon.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, a woman’s body was found on Sunday at about 4:20 p.m. in a wooded section off Buckshutem Road.

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State Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:08:05 +0000
Chris Christie Pushed to Drop Bruce Springsteen http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/chris-christie-pushed-to-drop-bruce-springsteen springsteenWK82314_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Governor Chris Christie’s town hall meetings have often led to heated exchanges.

A woman who attended a town hall affair in Long Branch this week got into some dangerous territory with the governor- she questioned his relationship with Bruce Springsteen.

Christie and Springsteen have not shared the same political views over the years, but a series of Springsteen songs played before Christie got to the meeting. The Asbury Park Press reported that Sandra Booket asked the governor, "I thought I had heard that Bruce asked that none of his music was played at your events because he didn't believe in your politics?"

Booket claimed to have heard that Springsteen didn’t want the governor using his music because Christie did not empathize with problems of members of the working class and middle class. Booket is from Rumson, and says she is Springsteen’s neighor.

“Bruce has never asked me to do that,” Christie responded, according to NJ.com. “I know Bruce and I spoke to Bruce and you’re wrong,”

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State Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:20:03 +0000
UPDATE: Freehold Crash http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-freehold-crash police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Tuesday afternoon three-vehicle accident in Freehold that claimed the lives of three people has left another man in critical condition.

Monmouth County prosecutors are still investigating the accident, and looking for witnesses.

According to NBC New York, prosecutors are saying that a Volkswagen Jetta was going south on the Kosloski Road overpass at business Route 33 when it crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a Honda Pilot. The Pilot was driven into the air, and landed on a Toyota Camry.

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State Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:46:40 +0000
Should a Nine-Year-Old Have an Uzi Submachine Gun? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/should-a-nine-year-old-have-an-uzi-submachine-gun UZI_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some children are often given dancing lessons, or even horseback riding lessons by their parents at a relatively early age.

But should a nine-year old receive lessons on handling a gun? A girl from New Jersey did, and the results were fatal.

Nj1015.com reported that an instructor from a shooting range in Arizona was accidentally killed while teaching the 9-year old how to shoot an automatic Uzi. Instructor Charles Vacca of Lake Havasu died on Monday, according to Mohave County authorities.

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State Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:57 +0000
The Battle to Stop Drunk Drivers Heats Up in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/the-battle-to-stop-drunk-drivers-heats-up-in-new-jersey accident_optBY JUDY POKRAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Many municipalities in New Jersey and across the nation are participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2014 Labor Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign, which runs from August 15 through September 1, includes sobriety checkpoints and police roving in search of people who are driving while intoxicated, writes Justin Zaremba for NJ.com. You can check here to see if your town is on the list of the 195 police departments that have received federal grants for the campaign.

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State Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:23:53 +0000
N.J. Files Action Against Puppy Dealer Who Allegedly Sold Sick Animals http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-files-action-against-puppy-dealer-who-allegedly-sold-sick-animals DOGSICK_optBY ERIC GUNDERSEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEWARK – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs have filed suit against Jessica Durkin, d/b/a “Prada Puppies,” of Salem, a puppy dealer who allegedly sold sick pets to consumers without providing required veterinary examinations prior to sale, without providing required animal history and health records to consumers, and without providing consumers with refunds or paying the cost of veterinary treatment after the puppies she sold turned out to be sick.

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State Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:07:58 +0000