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Local News | Oct 16, 2006

Holocaust survivor to donate Torah once hidden from Nazis

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A special gift for the Mount Freedom Jewish
Center in Randolph.
A Parsippany man who survived the Holocaust in Poland will
donate a survivor Torah to the center this week. It’s one of nine
holy scrolls once hidden from the Nazis that’s he’s found.
Edward Mosberg, an 80-year-old developer and philanthropist, has
been collecting shoes, wires, spoons and other memorabilia
associated with concentration camps for about 15 years.
The survivor Torah he’ll donate tomorrow has no textual flaws,
blemishes on the scroll have been removed and a scribe read all of
its letters out loud to make sure it was fit for ritual.
Mosberg and his wife have previously donated holy scrolls to
other New Jersey institutions, including schools and temples.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 16, 2006

Ideas coming together as property tax reform ideas due

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The deadline is nearing for New Jersey
lawmakers to cobble together property tax reform ideas.
The four special Legislative committees must submit their ideas
by November 15th.
Democrats — who control both houses — say most ideas would
provide long-term tax relief, but they want to find means to give
immediate relief to homeowners.
No proposals have been finalized, but numerous ideas have been
floated.
The committee debating school funding has discussed increasing
funding for suburban schools, while the panel considering public
worker benefits has discussed changing benefits for new employees.
Meanwhile, the committee debating the state constitution has
mulled whether local governments should impose taxes. And lawmakers
debating whether local governments should consolidate favor forming
an independent panel to recommend which towns should merge.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Boosting income tax mulled as way to cut property taxes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Would boosting income taxes help cut
property taxes in New Jersey?
That’s the proposal offered yesterday by Assemblyman Louis
Manzo.
He says nearly all New Jerseyans would see a tax cut if the
state relied on income taxes rather than property taxes to pay for
schools.
Under his proposal, residents would pay 16-point-one percent
more in what they pay in income taxes, raising one-point-nine (b)
billion dollars for school funding. For example, if someone now
pays one-thousand dollars in income taxes, their total bill under
Manzo’s plan would be one-thousand,161 dollars.
Combined with 700 (m) million from the state’s property tax
rebate program and one (b) billion from the sales tax, the Hudson
County Democrat says the proposal could slice overall taxes for 95
percent of residents.
Nearly eight (b) billion dollars in property taxes still would
have to be collected for schools.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Liver, fats and fast foods on the firing line in Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gourmet goose livers may get the gate and
trans-fats are on the firing line in Trenton.
And now, chain restaurants may have to show just how many
calories are in those fries.
The latest bill in the legislative food fight would require
chain restaurants to list the calories, grams of saturated and
trans fat, grams of carbohydrates and milligrams of sodium for each
item on printed menus.
Eateries that use only a menu board would have to list only
caloric information, but would be required to provide the rest on
request.
Restaurant industry officials are criticizing the recent series
of food-related legislative measures.
They’ve called lawmakers hypocritical for approving a new sales
tax on gym memberships and then introducing legislation to modify
what people can eat.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 13, 2006

Cold air raises possibility of frost in Garden State

UNDATED (AP) – Parts of the Garden State might see frost on the
pumpkin.
The National Weather Service is predicting a chilly weekend and
temperatures might drop below freezing tonight.
A freeze warning is in effect from four o’clock till nine
o’clock tomorrow morning in Sussex County.
A frost advisory is posted from three a-m till nine a-m tomorrow
elsewhere in the state. A frost advisory means that frost is
possible and sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left
uncovered.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)