Child Named Hitler Removed From Parents Home.

9 02 2009

Hitler CakeWhen we last heard the names Heath and Deborah Campbell, the Holland Township, New Jersey couple were looking to get their son’s name written on a birthday cake, only to be refused when the bakery employees decided “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” wasn’t a fun thing to write in icing.

Luckily, that story had a happy ending when Wal-mart came to the rescue, as it often does, with it’s low, low prices and sympathy for the plight of the Third Reich. However, this time around it looks like the Campbell’s will be more hard pressed for a similarly joyful conclusion, as their three children have been taken away and placed in the custody of the State of New Jersey.

Yes, Adolf Hitler, Joycelynn Aryan Nation, and li’l Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell were removed from their parents care Tuesday by members of the state Division of Youth and Family Services. While there’s been no official reason given for the action, we’re willing to bet that giving your children the name of one the world’s most hated dictators is seen as some form of child abuse . Hopefully the children will be rehabilitated from their ordeal and given new names – we recommend Simon Wiesenthal Campbell, Elie Wiesel Campbell, and Anne Frank Campbell.

(News Source: Blog.OneRiot.Com)

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NYPD: Druken Jersey City Cop Mows Down Couple.

9 02 2009
A Jersey City Patrol Car

A Jersey City Patrol Car

NEW YORK — Police say a drunken off-duty New Jersey police officer mowed down a couple as they crossed a street in lower Manhattan, killing the women and critically injuring her boyfriend.

Police say 25-year-old Martin Abreu, of Jersey City, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and assault and driving while intoxicated in the death of 26-year-old Marilyn Feng.

Police say Feng was walking with her boyfriend near Battery Park City early Saturday morning when Abreu’s Toyota Camry slammed into them.

Feng was pronounced dead at the scene. The boyfriend was hospitalized in critical but stable condition with a broken leg.

Officials say Abreu, a Jersey City police officer since 2005, has been suspended

(News source: Nbcnewyork.Com)





Mystery Sweet Smell In Manhattan Solved.

5 02 2009

sweet N.Y.- A strong odor has once again been attributed to New Jersey by New Yorkers, but this time it’s sweet.

 A maple syrup scent that has occasionally wafted across the metropolitan region over the last several years came from a North Bergen fragrance and flavoring plant, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The smell has never been a health hazard and the company, Frutarom USA Inc., has not violated any air quality regulations with its sugary-smelling emissions, Bloomberg said.

However the company has a history of polluting, which culminated in an almost half-million dollar fine in 2007 to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Thursday’s announcement ends a mystery that began when residents of Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Morningside Heights started inundating New York officials with complaints of the syrupy scent in 2005. Based on wind conditions on the days the scent was detected, officials believed the source was somewhere in Bergen or Hudson County.

The smells drifted through much of northern Manhattan most recently on Jan. 5 and Jan. 29. The incidents prompted scores of calls to emergency officials.

New York officials and the DEP took three air samples in New York and one near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee on Jan. 29. The monitors detected traces of fenugreek CQ seeds, which are used in the production of flavoring for artificial maple syrups. It is not harmful if inhaled.

The only plant using the seeds was Frutarom’s block-long facility at 9500 Railroad Ave. in North Bergen, officials said.

 “Given the evidence, I think it’s safe to say that the Great Maple Syrup Mystery has finally been solved,” Bloomberg said a news conference.

In a statement, Frutarom said it was surprised by Bloomberg’s announcement.

“Fenugreek is a natural product that has been produced here for over 30 years in compliance with all laws and regulations,” the company said in a statement.

A receptionist at the North Bergen facility said executives would not answer questions.

In 2007, Frutarom was fined $463,500 in 2007 by the DEP for repeatedly polluting a tributary of the Hackensack River and failing to monitor its air emissions.

The state cited the company for failing to monitor air emissions of volatile organic compounds, chemicals that can lead to headaches, dizziness and other health ailments. The company also altered equipment without getting the required approval from state regulators, the DEP said.

Its plant released a variety of pollutants into nearby Bellmans Creek, the state said, including oil and grease, petroleum compounds and soil and sediment. The DEP alleged 58 water violations between April 2001 and October 2006.

While the department didn’t cite specific damage to the creek, the releases violated Frutarom’s state permit and put water and wildlife at risk, the DEP said at the time it issued the fine.

Frutarom, headquartered in Israel, is among the top 10 fragrance and flavoring companies in the world with $368 million in revenues in 2007, according to the company’s Web site. Its North Bergen facility houses a flavors and fine ingredients division, which processes aroma chemicals, essential oils and natural extracts.

Officials investigating the syrup smell had previously focused on the Naturex laboratory in South Hackensack after residents in Hackensack, River Edge and Oradell noticed a sweet smell in the air similar to maple syrup in March 2007. Bloomberg said he could not rule out other contributors to the maple scent.

When asked if the announcement perpetuated a stereotype of New Jersey as an emitter of noxious fumes, Bloomberg said it “was totally unfair.”

“It’s a beautiful state,” he said.

(News Source: NorthJersey .com)





Federal Government to Expand FamilyCare By 100,000 In N.J.

5 02 2009

sick-dollWashinton D.C.-A massive expansion of the federal-state program that subsidizes health insurance for 130,000 children in New Jersey was approved by the House today and President Obama will sign it this afternoon.

New Jersey officials expect to be able to provide coverage for an additional 100,000 children with the increased funding the state would receive. The program’s costs are split, 65-35, between Washington and Trenton.

The $33 billion expansion will be funded by increasing the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents a pack, to $1.

Known in Washington as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, and marketed as FamilyCare in New Jersey, the program and is designed for families who earn too much for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy their own insurance.

FamilyCare covers children in low- and middle-income families and some low-income parents. New Jersey came under fire in Congress for having some of the most generous eligibility standards in the country.

Some members of Congress said federal assistance should be focused solely on children from the neediest families, and attempted to trim subsidies going to New Jersey because its plan allows children in a family of four making as much as $74,200 to get a subsidized HMO plan for $128 a month.

New Jersey officials argued the state’s high cost of living justified the high income thresholds. They also noted that traditionally New Jersey gets less back in federal funding from each dollar paid in taxes because of strict income-driven formulae, and states needed flexibility to serve their residents.

President Bush, citing generous benefits like New Jersey’s, vetoed to earlier attempts to expand the program in 2007.

(News Source: North Jersey.com)





Building In The Middle of Route 80 Closes Highway

5 02 2009

The pre-fab structure that toppled from a westbound trailer on Route 80

The pre-fab structure that toppled from a westbound trailer on Route 80

PARSIPPANY —

A pre-fab structure toppled from a westbound trailer on Route 80 in Parsippany this morning, closing at least two lanes while the building was pushed off to the shoulder.

Right around 10 a.m., the structure fell across the right two lanes of westbound Route 80, just past Exit 43. Police and emergency crews responded.

The flow of westbound traffic was quickly restored when the building, which resembles a mobile home, was pushed out of the way and onto the right-hand shoulder.

By 11:30 a.m., only the right lane on Route 80 remained closed as workers continued securing the displaced structure.

No other cars were struck when the structure fell and no injuries were reported.

State police warned of possible backups on northbound Route 287 due to cars en route to westbound Route 80.

(News Source: Central Jersey.com)





Major U.S. Jewish Organizations Unite For a Cause

5 02 2009

logos1North Jersey-N.J. (PCJN)-In an effort by leading  Jewish organizations to help those who have lost their jobs, this Shabbos thousands of synagogues across the United States will be participating in a “Nationwide Emergency Parnossa Appeal”.

                   In each Synagogue, the Rabbi is to make an emergency appeal on behalf of those who have lost their jobs. In comparison to other such appeals, this one is backed by; Agudath Israel of America, The Orthodox Union, Young Israel of America, Council of Jewish Organizations, Borough Park Community Council, and the Rabbinical Alliance of America.

                      In many Jewish communities across the U.S. there are thousands of Jews who have lost their jobs, and now face losing their homes.

           All monies that are to be raised, are to be given out by each Rabbi of each shul to the ones in the community who need it most.





New Law: Move Over Or Risk $500 Fine.

3 02 2009

njspTrenton-N.J. Drivers can be fined up to $500 if they don’t veer away from police and other emergency vehicles on the shoulder of roadways under a new law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine last week.

The “move-over” law was co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, D-Jersey City. New Jersey joins more then 40 states in enacting the law, which took effect Jan. 27.

Under the law, drivers must move into an opposite driving lane while emergency vehicles are stationed on the side of an interstate or intrastate highway reporting to an incident or emergency. Fines range from $100 to $500.

The law came about because of the fear that drivers can accidentally hit emergency crew members while getting in and out of vehicles and standing on the side of the road.

“For our department, we operate mostly on Route 280,” Harrison Fire Chief Tom Dolaghan said. “Cars travel 70 to 80 miles per hour and it doesn’t take much for a worker to be clipped by a car.”

A State Police officer was struck on Route 80 in November and it might have been avoided if this law was in effect, Dolaghan said.