Archive for July, 2011
New Jersey tells Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new capacity is desperately needed New Jersey is not the only state struggling to find a way to convince power suppliers to build new generating capacity, a problem that has spiked electric bills here and elsewhere and heightened concerns about whether there is enough juice to keep the lights on. At a technical conference before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), New Jersey officials and others told the agency a new rule adopted this spring could make it virtually impossible to develop new generating capacity in areas More >
Improvements pending for problem intersection in Ridgewood
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 BY JOSEPH CRAMERSTAFF WRITERTHE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
Implementation of further safety improvements to the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Oak Street must wait until Bergen County repaves Franklin Avenue, according to village officials.
Pedestrian safety at the intersection has been an increasing concern for residents and officials after a series of accidents over the past year, including one fatality last July. Three pedestrian accidents have occurred at the intersection so far this year.
“It’s been a priority More >
Asthma attacks can be triggered by poor air quality
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 BY LINDY WASHBURN |AND BARBARA WILLIAMSSTAFF WRITERSTHE RECORD
Governor Christie, who was first diagnosed with asthma when he was 15, is one of nearly 700,000 people in New Jersey with the disease.
An estimated 7.7 percent of New Jersey’s adults and 9.1 percent of children under 18 have asthma, according to the state. It is more common among women, younger rather than older adults, blacks and those with lower household incomes. In Morris County, where the governor lives, 6.6 percent of adults have asthma.
Poor air More >
Global Warming Hoax: New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism
NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have More >
Global Warming Hoax: Arctic scientist under investigation
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement.
Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.
The federal agency where he works told him he was on leave pending the results of an investigation into “integrity issues.” A watchdog group believes it has to do with the 2006 journal article about the bear, but a source familiar More >
MENENDEZ’S SILENCE DURING DEBT DEBATE IS DEAFENING AND REVEALING (Ridgewood, NJ): On Wednesday, conservative Republican U.S. Senate candidate from New Jersey Ian Linker blasted Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for his absence and silence during the debt limit negotiations. With only six days before the August 2 deadline, lawmakers from both parties have been outspoken in asserting their views regarding the framework for an agreement on the debt ceiling and how to address the current trillion dollar plus annual budget deficit.
“So Where is Bob Menendez during these negotiations? The future of More >
Contrary to the President, Social Security Checks Are Not At RiskMICHAEL MCCONNELL | JULY 23, 2011 | 8:41 AM
In his Friday night press conference, for the second time, President Obama raised the specter that Social Security checks might not go out if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. His words: “Well, when it comes to all the checks, not just Social Security — veterans, people with disabilities — about 70 million checks are sent out each month — if we default then we’re going to have to make adjustments. And I’m already consulting with Secretary Geithner in terms of what the More >
Ridgewood Public Schools : Employee Contributions toward medical benefits
NOW ON THE WEBSITE: INFORMATION ON EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS MEDICAL BENEFITS
Information is now available on the impact on full-time employees’ net pay as a result of the 2011 law, and the law’s effect on employee contribution towards premiums for health and dental benefits.
Click here for an explanation of the impact of the health benefit contributions laws on full-time employees.: More >
> Christie’s shadow looms over 38th District As hard as the consultants argue otherwise, this November’s contest in the Legislature’s District 38 is about one name that is not on the ballot — Governor Christie. Yes, technically the two legislative slates will be led by incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Gordon of Fair Lawn, and Republican challenger John Driscoll of Paramus, the Bergen County freeholder director. (Stile, The Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/126305703_Christie_s_shadow_looms_over_District_38.html
Utilities say they can help state cut power consumption, boost reliance on renewables If New Jersey is going to meet its goals to reduce energy consumption and increase its reliance on solar power and other renewable energy sources, it is clear that the state’s utilities want to be part of the effort. In their first public comments on the state’s revised Energy Master Plan, several gas and electric utilities embraced its overarching goals — reducing energy costs, promoting a diverse balance of generating sources, and striving to attain the 22.5 percent goal of having electricity produced More >
> $500 million deal at Port Newark may bring 800 jobs With New Jersey’s unemployment rate outpacing the nation, Gov. Chris Christie visited Port Newark on Wednesday to tout a $500 million deal that could lead to 800 new jobs. The deal with Port Newark Container Terminal, made in June, calls for a 20-year extension of the terminal’s existing lease through 2050, subject to PNCT’s investment of $500 million. (DeFalco, The Associated Press) http://www.app.com/article/20110727/NJNEWS10/307270089/-500-million-deal-Port-Newark-may-bring-800-jobs
Hackensack hospital’s credit rating upgraded
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011BY LINDY WASHBURNSTAFF WRITERTHE RECORD
Hackensack University Medical Center’s credit rating was upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday, based on its financial performance in 2010 and the first quarter of this year.
The A3 rating — considered the upper medium category and a low credit risk by Moody’s — reflects analysts’ confidence in the leadership of Robert C. Garrett, who became the hospital’s chief executive officer in May 2009, and the initiatives he has pursued in expanding cancer and cardiac care.
The More >
Debt Ceiling: No Chance of US defaultPOLITICAL ECONOMY19 MAY 2011 15:00
By Warren Mosler
Republican Senator Pat Toomey is now making the point that with debt payment an executive priority, and with tax receipts more than sufficient for interest payments, not raising the debt ceiling will not mean default, instead it will mean other federal spending will get cut, which he pronounced analogous to a partial government shut down. While this has always been factually correct, it is only very recently that this has become the lead response from the Republicans, in direct response to warnings by More >
According to sources the fly has learned that it seems our favorite High School Principal will soon be home alone . His lovely wife and children will return to sweet home Alabama .
No there are no cracks in the domestic bliss , just the yearning for sunnier skies and straighter fairways leaving our fearless principal to continue to move forward despite all odds on a number of fronts for the new school year.
GOP scrubs bill for $65 billion in further cuts
House girds for a showdown with Senate over debt-limit rise
After finding $65 billion in new spending cuts Wednesday, House Republican leaders braced for a floor showdown Thursday on their bill to raise the government’s borrowing limit by $900 billion while cutting even more than that from future spending.
And an intense closed-door meeting early Wednesday also seemed to win back many wavering Republicans, as party leaders warned of dire consequences should their bill fail, and also promised repeated votes on a balanced-budget amendment to the More >
Developer abandons 205 Lotte Rd. leaves it in Blighted Condition
Seven years ago Suresh Sharma of Ho Ho Kus razed the house on the corner of Lotte Rd. and Lincoln Ave. better known as 205 Lotte Rd. Since that time he has maintained a construction site that has become a blight on our neighborhood.
Several years ago a group of neighbors went before the Mayor and Council to seek a solution, which never materialized. Today a partially constructed house with a rotting plywood frame occupies the garbage-strewed lot. A bunch of rebars is seen among the trees; piles of gravel remain untouchedMore >