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Miniature Horses in the Dining Room? according to the new ADA its the law

Miniature Horses in the Dining Room? according to the new ADA its the law
June 26,2012
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines which went into effect on March 15,and are already being applied to everything form miniature golf courses, driving ranges, amusement parks, shooting ranges and saunas and hotel pools .

But the provision that got our attention in the “Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design, is provision  requiring businesses to allow miniature horses on their premises as guide animals for the disabled.

According to CNS NEWS ( http://cnsnews.com/news/article/new-disability-regs-limit-slope-mini-golf-holes-require-businesses-admit-mini-horses)  a section of the guidelines regulating commercial facilities states that, “a public accommodation shall make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.”

A public accommodation is defined as “a private entity that owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation.”

“Miniature horses were suggested by some commenters as viable alternatives to dogs for individuals with allergies, or for those whose religious beliefs preclude the use of dogs,” the rules state.  Also mentioned as a reason to include the animals is the longer life span of miniature horses – providing approximately 25 years of service as opposed to seven years for dogs.

“Some individuals with disabilities have traveled by train and have flown commercially with their miniature horses,” the Justice Department notes.

“Similar to dogs, miniature horses can be trained through behavioral reinforcement to be ‘housebroken,’” it adds.

However, “Ponies and full-size horses are not covered.”

A business owner can deny admission to a miniature horse that is not housebroken, whose handler does not have sufficient control of the animal, or if the horse’s presence compromises “legitimate safety requirements.”

Cant wait to see my first mini horse in Ridgewood.

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Minimum wage proposal gets minimum attention, frizzles out during N.J. budget battle

Minimum wage proposal gets minimum attention, frizzles out during N.J. budget battle

New Jersey’s top Democratic leaders vowed to raise the minimum wage by 17 percent this year, but their proposal has quietly fallen off the agenda during a mad dash to lock up a new budget and a controversial plan to merge the state’s universities.

The minimum wage was a top priority this year for Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who called an increase long overdue in January when they rolled out the plan.

They conceded today they would miss their July 1 goal to raise the minimum wage but said they would try again later this year.  (Rizzo, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/minimum_wage_proposal_gets_min.html

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Christie to Dems: Get ‘hell’ off beach

Christie to Dems: Get ‘hell’ off beach

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants people to bring back his famous phrase and tell the state’s Democratic legislators to “get the hell off the beach” this summer.

“And so here comes the [former Gov. Jon] Corzine Democrats summer tour,” the Republican governor said at a town hall meeting Tuesday, a video of which was posted on his YouTube page. “And get ready ‘cause it will be entertaining, I can guarantee you. We’re going to make sure we hold them to account. And you see any of them this summer, you see any of these legislators down at the beach, tell ‘em — in fact, why don’t you use a phrase that I used. I think that it’s appropriate. It was appropriate back last September, last August, and it’s more just appropriate now.”  (Weinger, Politico)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77863.html

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Christie supports N.J. bill to increase solar requirement

Christie supports N.J. bill to increase solar requirement

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose administration has called solar power an economic “albatross,” is expected to sign legislation that would increase the amount of solar energy state utilities must buy.

The New Jersey State Assembly approved a bill yesterday that requires utilities to obtain 2.05 percent of their power from solar projects in 2014, up from less than half of 1 percent of the state’s power now. The vote was 68-4, with five abstentions, approving the same bill that passed in the state Senate on May 31.   (Martin, Bloomberg)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-26/christie-may-sign-n-j-bill-to-increase-solar-requirement.html

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Training network helps pinpoint where healthcare jobs are

Training network helps pinpoint where healthcare jobs are

State labor officials are trying to help job-seekers find employment in healthcare, long one of New Jersey’s most dynamic generators of new jobs.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development is beginning year two of its “talent network” initiative, which seeks to promote economic development in six key sectors, one of which is healthcare. Robert Grimmie, director of the labor department’s Center for Occupational Employment Information, said part of the mission of the state’s Health Care Talent Network, which is based at Rutgers, is to gather real-time intelligence on the specific healthcare jobs in high demand, then get that information out to the unemployed, so they can pursue the education and skills that will land them jobs.  (Fitzgerald, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0626/1903/

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Trends in college funding shortchange state school

Trends in college funding shortchange state schools

Legislators and the governor’s staff have been focused on the controversial higher education restructuring plan during this budget cycle, all but ignoring an issue that affects many more students and their families: state college funding.

This year’s state budget — having passed both houses of the Legislature and awaiting action by Gov. Chris Christie — provides no increase in aid to Rutgers University or the state colleges, save for a $5 million boost to Rowan University, a key beneficiary of the restructuring, for its new medical school.  (O’Dea, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0626/2236/

 

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Low-carb diet burns the most calories in small study

Low-carb diet burns the most calories in small study
By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

A new study is raising questions about the age-old belief that a calorie is a calorie.

The research finds that dieters who were trying to maintain their weight loss burned significantly more calories eating a low-carb diet than they did eating a low-fat diet.

But some experts say these findings are very preliminary.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was designed to see if changing the type of diet people consumed helped with weight maintenance because dieters often regain lost weight.

So scientists had 21 obese participants, ages 18 to 40, lose 10% to 15% of their initial body weight (about 30 pounds). After their weight had stabilized, each participant followed one of three different diets for four weeks. Participants were fed food that was prepared for them by diet experts. The dieters were admitted to the hospital four times for medical and metabolic testing.

Here’s a look at the three types of diets used in the new study:

A low-fat diet, which is about 20% of calories from fat, 60% from carbohydrates, 20% from protein. It emphasizes whole-grain products and fruits and vegetables and cuts way back on oils, nuts, fatty meats and other high-fat foods.

A low-carb diet, similar to the Atkins diet, with only 10% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, 60% from fat. This diet emphasizes beef, fish, chicken, eggs, cheese, some vegetables and fruits while slashing the consumption of breads, pasta, potatoes, rice, cakes, cookies and starchy vegetables.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-06-27/calories-low-carb-weight-loss/55843134/1

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Ridgewood Schools roll out Five Year Curriculum Plans

Ridgewood Schools roll out Five Year Curriculum Plans

At the June 18 Board of Education meeting, Greg McDonald (Technology), Basil Pizzuto (Business) and Chris McCullough (Fine and Applied Arts) presented curriculum review and planning reports for these areas.

Click here to view the Art and Music Five-Year Plan.

http://tinyurl.com/7lve2b8

Click here to view the Business and Marketing Five-Year Plan.

http://tinyurl.com/6tdq8wc

Click here to view the Technology Five-Year Plan.

http://tinyurl.com/8ynkr5a

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Verizon, T-Mobile Agree Spectrum Swap Pending Cable Deal

A reader asks ,”Is the cell tower on Barnett and First Street necessary after below described transaction between T-Mobile and Verizon?”

Verizon, T-Mobile Agree Spectrum Swap Pending Cable Deal
By Scott Moritz and Todd Shields – Jun 25, 2012 4:32 PM ET

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, agreed to sell airwave licenses to T-Mobile USA Inc., contingent on Verizon completing a $3.6 billion acquisition of spectrum from cable companies.

The exchange will allow Verizon to sell T-Mobile some of the surplus spectrum it will have in certain cities as a result of the SpectrumCo deal, which was proposed by Verizon in December. SpectrumCo is a joint venture of cable companies led by Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), which forged the accord as part of a plan to jointly market services with Verizon.

In the deal, Verizon will swap advanced wireless services, or AWS, spectrum covering 60 million people for airwaves from T- Mobile covering 22 million people plus an undisclosed payment.

The agreement with T-Mobile, which had opposed the SpectrumCo deal, is the second move by Verizon to sell spectrum pending approval of the cable airwaves purchase. In April 18, to help ease approval by the Federal Communications Commission for the SpectrumCo deal, Verizon agreed a sale of 700 megahertz A and B spectrum it bought in 2008.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-25/verizon-t-mobile-usa-agree-to-spectrum-swap-pending-cable-deal.html

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Democratic lawmakers push bill requiring for-profit hospitals to post financial records to aid unions

Democratic lawmakers push bill requiring for-profit hospitals to post financial records to aid unions 
Monday, June 25, 2012, 5:40 PM Updated: Monday, June 25, 2012, 5:44 PM
By Susan K. Livio/Statehouse Bureau

TRENTON — As the number of for-profit hospitals continues to grow in New Jersey, a bill that would require they publicly disclose information about their investors, audits and other financial records won final legislative passage today.

The bill skipped the customary committee hearing in the Assembly and was posted on the floor for a 49-22 vote with five abstentions.

The bill (A2143) passed the Senate in March and now heads to Gov. Chris Christie, who will decide whether to sign it.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) has said she sponsored the bill to make the growing number of for-profit hospitals more accountable, as they clashed with labor unions and in some cases dropped contracts with managed care plans.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/nj_lawmakers_approve_bill_requ_1.html