Saturday, May 18, 2013
The state urges customers to consult the database before buying a car
The State Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) are urging all customers to consult their database of flood and salvage-titled vehicles before purchasing a car. That database now provides information on 31,000 such vehicles, the State MVC announced on Wednesday. It isn't illegal to sell vehicles with flood or salvaged titles. However, there are specific requirements that ensure potential purchasers are aware of the status of such vehicles, according to the MVC. “Damage sustained by vehicles must be disclosed to prospective buyers,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “We will hold car dealers accountable for violating our Consumer Fraud Act if they fail to make such disclosures.” The database was …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Mantoloking among stops
Prince Harry's stateside visit includes stops in Mantoloking and Seaside Heights scheduled for tomorrow. The May 14 itinerary, announced earlier this month, puts the British royal on the barrier island visiting Hurricane-Sandy damaged areas. The one-day stop in New Jersey will have Gov. Chris Christie escorting Prince Harry, who is in the United States through this week. His schedule has him arriving in Manhattan today after stops in the Midwest. Prince Harry’s Friday itinerary included laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery last week. He also visited Section 60 at the cemetery, which is where military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Thursday, he was on Capitol Hill and at …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Some municipalities, such as Sea Bright, desperately need the additional funds from Community Disaster Loan applications.
The impact of Superstorm Sandy continues to be felt by the State of New Jersey as it embarks on its first fiscal year following one of the biggest storms in state history. For various reasons, many towns have been forced into a holding pattern, waiting as the state approves their budgets. Indeed, 32 towns impacted by the storm have applied for Community Disaster Loans, which are reviewed by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and must ultimately be approved by the state Department of Community Affairs' Division of Local Government Services. Some towns, such as Sea Bright in Monmouth County, see this loan as an absolute must. The borough applied for about $1.25 million in the loan, and has not even introduced its budget …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Final hearing on a 4.1 percent increase for state's second largest utility
The sixth and final hearing on a request for a rate increase by the state’s second largest utility company met with a mix of praise and criticism for Jersey Central Power & Light Wednesday at Freehold Township’s Town Hall. JCP&L, fresh off widespread criticism for its handling of Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed, is seeking a 4.1 percent increase in the rates it charges its 1.1 million customers – many of whom were without power for up to two weeks after this winter’s storms. The Morristown-based company, the main power supplier in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties, is seeking to recoup the $630 million it spent on repairs following Sandy. It has petitioned the state regulatory board -- the Board of Public Utilities -- …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Utility company petitioning state board for consumer rate increase
The state Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to hold a pair of hearings in Freehold Township on Wednesday on a proposed rate increase for Jersey Central Power & Light. The first meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building, at Schanck and Stillwells Corner roads. The second meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the same location. The utility company, roundly criticized for its response during Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, wants a rate increase of 4.5 percent in its effort to raise $603 million the company says it needs to repair infrastructure damaged in hurricane’s Sandy and Irene. The company faces opposition. “We will speak for the hundreds of ratepayers who are tired of paying more for less …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The deadlines for FEMA assistance and SBA loans are both May 1.
There are two weeks left for survivors of Superstorm Sandy who suffered damage to their homes to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is midnight, May 1, according to FEMA officials. This is also the deadline for residents to return applications to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans. Residents can register for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or via smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They also can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585, and those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Those platforms are also available to check the status of any applications. Residents can apply for low-interest home or business disaster …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Check out whats is going on this weekend in Manalapan Township.
The Quail Hill Scout Reservation is holding a free open house and “fun day” on Saturday, April 13 beginning at noon for interested elementary school aged boys and their families. Boys will have a chance to try the BB and Archery Ranges, play games, go fishing and tour of the camp. Parents will be provided with information about the Cub Scout program, find out how to join a local Cub Scout pack, and learn about the Quail Hill Summer Camp program, which is open to boys and girls. The Monmouth County Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a lecture on the battle’s significance on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. The lecture will be compare this climactic battle with other decisive Union victories in the …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Environmental New Jersey is calling for efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
On an interactive map of the United States that records the number of extreme weather events that have taken place over the last several years, New Jersey might as well be the black eye. The red, purples and magentas that color each of New Jersey’s 21 counties make up the wrong end of the weather-related disaster spectrum, marking the entire state as a recurring extreme weather target. Should nothing be done to curb pollution and carbon emissions, a recent report from Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center details, expect that trend to continue. Just off of the beach in Long Branch Tuesday, with temperatures coincidentally hovering around an unseasonable 80 degrees, several officials gathered to discuss the new report, called “…
The concert will take place in the auditorium of Manalapan High School.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Over 1,300 signatures have been gathered opposing rate hike proposed by JCP&L.
Wednesday, April 10
Two Monmouth County Assemblywomen are standing up against a proposed hike from Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) with a petition and public hearing According to a press release, Assemblywomen Amy H. Handlin and Caroline Casagrande have collected hundreds of signatures objecting to a rate hike proposed by JCP&L, which began public hearings on Monday. “Our constituents are tired of over promises and underperformances by their electric company and we’re going to make sure their voices are heard until JCP&L pulls the plug on this rate hike,” Handlin said in a press release. “JCP&L’s customers have already paid the price by suffering through prolonged outages, so our response to their request is a simple and firm, ‘No.’” So far, over 1,…