Thursday, May 16, 2013
Christie administration wants $164 million in affordable-housing funds to help balance state budget
Municipalities have won yet another reprieve from having to give more than $164 million in affordable-housing funds to New Jersey. A state appeals court panel late Monday issued a temporary injunction to stop the state from taking the money to help balance its budget. The Appellate Division of Superior Court issued a stay of the state Council on Affordable Housing’s attempt to seize municipal affordable housing trust fund money that has gone unspent for more than four years. Judge Jose L. Fuentes, who signed the order, set oral arguments for June 5 in Newark. Read more at NJSpotlight.com NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. It is non-partisan, independent, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Property owners can receive credit to tax bill; renters, non-resident workers can get cash under "Shop Hillsborough" program.
Last night's pizza and tomorrow's hair appointment could add up to a lower tax bill for those who register in the "Shop Hillsborough" program approved by the Township Committee at Tuesday's meeting. The program, sponsored by Marlboro-based Fincredit Inc., will collect contributions from participating merchants in town based on the sales made by residents presenting special cards. The cards will be sent to all township residents, who will have to register their card online, adding the lot and block information of their property (renters and workers can also participate and would receive a payment at the end of the year instead on a credit applied to property tax bills). According to Fincredit Managing Director Carmine de Falco, the program …
Township's $27,377,707 spending plan includes a 1.6 percent increase.
The average property tax bill will rise by $19 in the $27,377,707 municipal budget for 2013 approved Tuesday night. The budget represents a 1.6 percent tax levy increase, below the state-mandated 2 percent levy cap. The budget will change the municipal tax rate a half of a cent per $100 of property valuation, from 30.9 cents to 31.4 cents for individual property owners. The average homeowner will see a $19 increase, from $1,139 to $1,158 on the average home assessed value of $368,700. "Hillsborough Township operates a 54-square mile municipality with just under 14 percent of the total tax bill,” Mayor Frank DelCore said during the budget adoption. He added it's also worth noting the township maintains 14 parks and recreation fields, over …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Visit on Monday—or wait until Wednesday to return materials.
Sunday, May 12
If that video is due, better get it in early: all branches of the Somerset County Library System will be closed Tuesday. The branches will be closed for a day-long staff development program. An annual event, Staff Development Day gives SCLS employees an opportunity to learn a new skill, try out a new experience or discuss a new idea. Branches will reopen on Wednesday and resume normal operating hours. Patrons with further questions can call SCLS at (908)526-4016 or check the website. The Somerset County Library System has branches in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, at the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung.
Thursday's programs could help save a life—maybe yours!
Thursday's Community Health Fair at the Hillsborough municipal complex has added programs to the agenda for the day, all aimed at providing helpful information—or an entertaining reason to visit. The fair is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., following an early session for seniors. A number of local groups will be giving demonstrations throughout the fair, including The Circus Place, The Hillsborough YMCA, The Neshanic Garden Club, and Body by Margo, The Hillsborough Rockettes, Hillsborough Senior Exercise and Hillsborough Pool, Racquet and Fitness Club. St. Hubert’s Giralda Animal Shelter will bring pets and have information about pet care, pet adoption, and dog bite prevention. The Hillsborough Rescue Squad will do Family and Friends …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Township receives funding for first part of resurfacing project.
Hillsborough will receive $205,000 from the New Jersey epartment of Transportation to undertake the first phase of a resurfacing project on Homestead Road, the office of Gov. Chris Christie announced. The grant is one of 15 made to Somerset County municipalities, totaling $3,143,843, out of 406 Local Aid grants statewide worth $86.5 million. The bulk of the Local Aid grants will be awarded under the Municipal Aid program, with 377 grants totaling $76.2 million. Another 29 Transportation Enhancement grants for quality-of-life, bicycle and pedestrian safety projects totaling $10.3 million were also announced. Both grant programs are competitive, with applications rated on their merits by NJDOT and other transportation officials. “These …
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Friday, May 3, 2013
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance addresses banking reform, immigration at Warren town hall meeting.
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance burnished his reputation as a fiscal conservative in Congress during a town hall meeting in Warren Wednesday, with about 50 residents on hand. In response to questions from residents, Lance said he still opposes the Federal Reserve Bank's quantitative easing program, and said he believes the biggest impediment to economic growth is the malaise of uncertainty hanging over the nation. "Seven of 10 jobs that will be created in this country will be created by small business—and small business is waiting on the sidelines in so many ways because it does not know what is going to happen with regard to tax policy, and it does not know what's going to happen with the president's health care legislation," Lance said, in …