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>Users can expect privacy from ‘Net providers

>THE RECORD, Monday, April 21, 2008

BY KIBRET MARKOS

Internet subscriber information is as private as bank records or telephone bills and cannot be accessed by law enforcement without a proper subpoena, the state Supreme Court ruled today.

“We now hold that citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the subscriber information they provide to Internet service providers,” the state’s highest court wrote in the 7-0 decision, which will bind law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The ruling was issued in the case of a South Jersey woman who was indicted on computer theft charges shortly after police obtained her personal information from Comcast, her Internet provider.

The woman, Shirley Reid, argued that police used a faulty subpoena to get hold of her information, thereby violating her privacy rights.

Lower courts agreed with Reid and the state’s highest court sided with her, rejecting arguments by prosecutors that there is no “reasonable expectation of privacy” with respect to Internet subscriber information.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing several privacy-rights advocates, had joined the case, asking the court to recognize that Internet users expect their providers to keep their personal information private. The ACLU, along with Reid, also argued that when law enforcement agencies seek subscriber information, the subscriber should be notified.

The justices, however, ruled that law enforcement agencies can obtain such information through a grand jury subpoena without notifying the subscriber.

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>Let’s see. New Jersey lost 9,500 jobs in January.

>From www.inthelobby.net:

Daily Muse: Feb. 28, 2008

Let’s see. New Jersey lost 9,500 jobs in January.

We only gained 4,700 jobs in all of 2007 – well below the 29,400 jobs that were originally estimated.

Anybody want to do some quick math on what those numbers will look like if you throw an 800 percent toll hike in 14 years into the mix?

Right. But never fear, New Jersey. The state’s Chamber of Commerce is still foursquare behind the governor’s toll hike plan.

“The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce applauds the Corzine administration for putting forth a bold and aggressive plan designed to reduce out-of-control state debt and create stable long-term funding for much needed transportation projects,” the chamber said today, according to the Ledger.

Has it occurred to the Chamber that at the rate New Jersey is losing jobs – and residents – that if this toll hike goes through, that those much needed transportation projects will be much less needed, unless they apply to roads leading out of here?

“What the job data show is that corporate America is not doing its expansion in New Jersey,” said James W. Hughes, an economist and dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. “The disparity between the nation’s job growth and New Jersey is so high.”

Question to the Chamber: Why exactly is corporate America going to choose New Jersey to relocate to when they are facing an 800 percent hike on the toll roads?

Here’s an even scarier statistic: New Jersey’s January job loss of 9,500 was 56 percent of the nation’s 17,000 job loss — even though New Jersey accounts for only 3 percent of the nation’s population, according to the Ledger.

And the toll hike plan is going to turn that around how?

“The job numbers are just awful, and they reflect New Jersey’s standing in the economic world, which is not very high,” said Philip Kirschner, president of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, a statewide business advocacy group. “Jobs are not being created here, and I think part of it is the perception that this is a state that has not adopted business-friendly policies, and can’t get its own fiscal house in order.”

Question for Gov. Corzine: Before you ax the Commerce Commission, can you get someone to explain how an 800 percent toll hike is a business-friendly policy?

Corzine’s point man on the toll hike plan, Bob Franks, was out at Eagleton last night, urging critics to “lower the rhetoric.”

“For the first time in my adult life, I truly fear for the state of New Jersey,” Franks said. “If we don’t make some serious changes in the way we govern ourselves, we run the risk of passing on fewer opportunities.”

Question for Bob Franks: How is an 800 percent toll hike going to create more opportunities for New Jersey’s middle class?

Meanwhile, before he jetted off to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Ohio, Corzine was still touting his toll-hike plan at the Tick-Tock Diner yesterday. He said that he plans to continue his Town Hall meetings, but he expects a “broader discussion” now that he has unveiled his budget cuts. But he bristled at questions at whether the cuts were a way to get people to support his toll hike plan.

“It is a false and cynical assertion that we’re trying to use this to somehow back-door people into” supporting his toll plan, Corzine said, according to Gannett.

By the way, New Jersey was the third highest-ranking “outbound state” last year, with 61 percent of all moves originating in New Jersey leaving for other states, according to a recent migration study. Sixty thousand people left the state.

Question for the governor: And that 800 percent toll hike is going to reverse that trend how?

Just asking.

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>Ridgewood Resident Arrested for Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

>Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
PRESS RELEASE

TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN MOLINELLI
DATE: APRIL 21, 2008

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of Mark Nobles, D.O.B.: 06/20/1985 of 328 South Broad Street, Ridgewood, New Jersey, on charges of Sexual Assault (second degree crime) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (third degree crime-2 counts). A fourteen (14) year old juvenile was also taken into custody and charged with Sexual Assault (second degree crime) during the investigation which resulted in the arrest of Mr. Nobles.

The arrest came about as a result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Squad, under the direction of Chief Joseph Macellaro, and the Saddle Brook Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Kugler.

On Friday, April 18, 2008, a fourteen(14) year old female disclosed to detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that she had been sexually assaulted by twenty two (22) year old Mark Nobles and a fourteen(14) year old male on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. The incident occurred in Saddle Brook, New Jersey after the victim and several other juveniles had been supplied with alcohol by Mr. Nobles.

On Friday, April 18, 2008, twenty two(22) year old Mark Nobles and the fourteen(14) year old juvenile were placed under arrest by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Squad, and the Saddle Brook Police Department.

Honorable Patrick J. Roma, J.S.C., set bail for Mark Nobles at 100,000.00 with no 10% cash option and no contact with the victim or her family. In lieu of bail, Mr. Nobles was remanded to the Bergen County Jail. The fourteen(14) year old juvenile was remanded to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Saddle Brook Police Department for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation.
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: Mark Nobles DOB: 06/20/1985

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 328 South Broad Street, Ridgewood, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: Single

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: NAR Towing, Ramsey, NJ

ARREST INFORMATION FUGITIVE: NON FUGITIVE: X

ORIGINATING AGENCY: Saddle Brook Police Department

CASE DETECTIVE: Linda McNulty
DATE AND TIME OF ARREST: 4/18/08 @ 5:30 p.m.

AGENCIES AFFECTING ARREST: Saddle Brook Police Department
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Sex Crimes andChild Abuse Squad
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

2C:14-2c(4) Sexual Assault (1 count) 2nd Degree
2C:24-4a Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts) 3rd Degree

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: April 23, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m.
JUDGE: Honorable Nicholas Nasarenko, J.M.C..
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $100,000.00 with no 10% cash option
No contact with the victim or victim’s family.

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>LAST DAY to REGISTER for MUNICIPAL ELECTION is APRIL 22nd

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LAST DAY to REGISTER for MUNICIPAL ELECTION is APRIL 22nd

The Village of Ridgewood will be holding its Municipal Election, to elect three Councilmembers to the Ridgewood Village Council, on May 13, 2008. The terms are for four years. The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sample ballots for the election will be mailed out one week prior to the election, and the polling places are the same as the ones used in all other elections.

The last day to register to vote for the Municipal Election is Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Voter registration will take place in the Village Clerk’s Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on that day, and the Deputy Village Clerk will also be in the Library lobby on April 22nd from 4:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. to register voters.

An absentee ballot application must be received by the Bergen County Clerk’s Office no later than Tuesday, May 6, 2008 in order to allow ample time for the absentee ballot to be sent to the voter. After May 6th, voters may vote by absentee ballot by going in person to the Bergen County Clerk’s Office, One Bergen County Plaza, Room 130, Hackensack, NJ up until May 12, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions about the Municipal Election, please contact the Village Clerk’s Office at 201-670-5500 ext. 201 or ext. 205.

GigaGolf, Inc.

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>bring your own bottle

>

Ridgewood Super Cellars
www.supercellars.com

32 S Broad St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 444-0012

What to know about New Jersey’s laws governing bring-your-own restaurants:

* Only beer or wine is allowed — not hard liquor.

* BYOs cannot advertise that they are, in fact, a BYO.

* BYOs cannot charge customers any service or corkage fees.

* Restaurants have the right to prohibit diners from bringing in alcohol.

* Whether BYOs can legally pour wine for diners is ambiguous, says an attorney for the New Jersey Restaurant Association.

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>Village Council Race

>
The five candidates running for the three seats are;

Jacques Harlow – RIDGEWOOD 2025

Paul Aronsohn – A NEW VOICE FOR RIDGEWOOD

Keith Killion – COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

Betty G. Wiest – RIDGEWOOD – PRIDE AND PROGRESS

Anne Zusy – REFRESH RIDGEWOOD A-Z. ELECT ANNE ZUSY.

Killion & Aronsohn are NOT running on the same ticket. The “Common Sense to Municipal Government” slogan is Killion’s, not Paul’s. Not sure where/who you got this information from, but it was also posted in errata on the “anti Blog.” Someone is trying to link them for some unknown reason.

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>You Are Going to Put What in my front Yard?

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Reader says,”I believe this was supposed to go up by the Valley View water tank but was moved to my front yard after protests. We were never notified of this by the Village and only received a letter from Glen Rock to discuss it after both towns have approved it”.