Monday, April 29, 2013
One Bergen County bridge fell to the bottom of the list of structurally deficient bridges in New Jersey. Check out the interactive map below from NJ Spotlight.
Monday, April 29
The most structurally deficient bridge in New Jersey is right here in Bergen County, according to a new study. The Court Street Bridge a mile north of I-80 in Hackensack, which has been recently repaired, sits at the bottom of the list of deficient bridges across the state, according to a NJ Spotlight analysis of data from the National Bridge Inventory. The analysis looked at infrastructure across the state and found that one in four bridges "is in poor condition or inadequate to handle modern traffic loads." The price tag to fix the deficiencies across Bergen County comes in at approximately $400 million, while the cost to fix bridges across New Jersey is approximately $6 billion. According to NJ Spotlight, however, the ultimate cost to …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Lack of space in emergency rooms could leave some flu sufferers with nowhere to go
Tuesday, January 15
By Andrew Kitchenman In some areas of New Jersey the flu has already reached crisis proportions, and many fear the worst is yet to come. Monday's meeting of the Assembly's Health and Senior Services Committee focused on ways the state can help relieve overextended and overwhelmed hospitals and doctors. Physicians and legislators also discussed steps everyone can take to lessen the severity of this flu season. Dr. Shelley Greenman, an emergency medicine physician at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, struck the appropriate note when she said she has never seen anything like the number and range of flu cases that she has encountered this year. Her colleague, Dr. Rick Hong, Cooper’s head of emergency medical services and disaster medicine…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
OLS: Sandy reconstruction, income tax surge will help, but not enough
Tuesday, January 8
by Mark J. Magyar With New Jersey facing a $705 million budget shortfall that could easily double by June, the Senate Democratic budget chairman yesterday called upon the Christie administration to lay out a plan to close the gap before the size of the deficit becomes virtually unmanageable. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) urged Gov. Chris Christie “to face up to the realities of the growing shortfall” and make the necessary midyear budget cuts. “Every month that we delay, the options grow more limited,” Sarlo warned. “Certainly, we don’t want to be where the House [of Representatives] was, falling off a fiscal cliff” at the end of the budget year. David Rosen, budget officer for the nonpartisan Office of Legislative…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A proposed $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster bill has its detractors, among then New Jersey's own Americans for Prosperity director.
A funding bill that would provide more than $60 billion in aid for the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort is currently being debated in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The primary beneficiaries of the aid would be Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, three states that took the brunt of Sandy’s wrath and have seen damage estimates continue to rise well above President Barack Obama’s funding request. The bill has been divisive. In both the Senate and Congress, legislators are questioning the appropriations, the allocation of the funds, the total, and the need to approve the aid all at once. Despite their differences, the majority of the country’s elected leaders in Washington D.C. agree that, in some form, the victims of …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Cutting your own Christmas Tree can provide a lifetime of family memories.
There are two types of Christmas tree people: those who prefer to buy at garden centers and local stands and those who like the adventure of cutting their own. If you are a "cut-your-own" type of person, or think you might be if given a saw and permission, here are the tried and true places in New Jersey where you can release your inner-yuletide lumberjack. Rest assured. Almost all cut-your-own Christmas tree farms will cut them for you. Advice: bring gardening gloves to wear because the needles will pinch, and remember that most farms accept cash only. Dixiedale Farms: Family owned and operated since 1911, Dixiedale farms is a short ride from Bergen County. Dixiedale never disappoints. The town of Chester is also a great place to grab a…
Friday, November 23, 2012
Find deals on Twitter and Instagram via our Black Friday New Jersey hashtag #bfnj
Friday, November 23, 2012
On Thanksgiving, timing is everything — proper coordination between bird, beans and stuffing can be the difference between the perfect stress-free meal with loved ones or a complete kitchen catastrophe. On Black Friday, getting on the right line at just the right time might save you hours and help you snag that perfect gift at a once-in-a-lifetime price. Patch is here to turn that dream into a reality and make smart shopping on Black Friday ridiculously easy. Find us on Instagram and Twitter and connect with us and local readers via our Black Friday New Jersey hashtag #bfnj. We'll be sharing up-to-the-minute deals, 140-character anecdotes, and photos and video from the front lines of consumerism. Show us those long lines, share your …
Monday, November 5, 2012
State has given its electoral votes to a Democrat in the last five elections.
If history is any indication, Barack Obama should have no problem winning New Jersey's 14 electoral votes in his quest for re-election on Tuesday. In the past four presidential elections, the Republican candidate has never been within 240,000 votes, and only once did a candidate get within 500,000 of his Democratic opponent. A look at statistics kept by the state shows that in the last four elections, incumbent president George W. Bush was the closest at picking up the NJ's nod, still losing to John Kerry by more than 240,000 votes. The biggest winner among the Democratic candidates in that span was incumbent Barack Obama, who won the state by more than 600,000 votes in 2008. The closest vote in 20 years came in 1992, when Bill Clinton …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The weekend will be mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s.
Residents in New Jersey and New York can breathe a sigh of relief this weekend, as power restoration continues following Hurricane Sandy. The National Weather Service says some areas will experience colder temperatures, but no severe weather or flooding is expected. According to the forecast, scattered precipitation is possible in the interior northeast, eastern Great Lakes and central Appalachians. Rain and light snow could fall due to a cooler air mass, the weather service said. Any wintry precipitation should be less than two inches. Expect lows in the 30s, with temperatures climbing into the 40s and 50s throughout the weekend. In the event of any significant rainfall, you can watch flood gauges in the area.
Monday, September 24, 2012
NJ household’s income drops for fifth straight year as ranks of poor rise
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Monday, September 24, 2012
By Colleen O'Dea of NJ Spotlight The typical New Jersey household’s income dropped again last year, the fifth consecutive decline, according to new data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Not surprisingly, as incomes fell, the ranks of the poor rose. “The latest federal statistics show there are more people in our state struggling in poverty than during any period in half a century,” says Melville D. Miller Jr., president of Legal Services of New Jersey. “That can cripple the development of our children and our state’s economic and social future.” Click here to see an interactive map on the change in household income across the state from 2008-2011. The latest Census estimates put the median household income in the state at $67,…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Garden State has one of the lowest adult obesity rates in the country, according to an annual study. But, the study sounded an ominous tone for the future.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
New Jersey's government spending may be out of control, but its waistline isn't. At least for now, anyway. The Garden State is among the fittest places in America, according to an annual report released Tuesday. New Jersey's adult obesity rate of 23.7 percent tied the District of Columbia for 47th place in the study by the nonprofit Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. However, the report warned that if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, the obesity rate in New Jersey could reach 48.6 percent. Mississippi's adult obesity rate of 34.9 percent is the highest in the country, according to the study. The report contends that states could prevent obesity-related diseases and …