Thursday, February 26, 2015

Schaer, Prieto, Caride, Lagana, Giblin & Wimberly Bill to Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors in More Public Buildings Advances

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Marlene Caride, Joseph Lagana, Thomas Giblin and Benjie E. Wimberly to expand requirements for carbon monoxide detectors in building structures not currently required to have the devices was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
The bill (A-4073)  is designated as the “Korman and Park’s Law” after Noel Korman and Alice Park, who recently lost their lives among several others who were sickened and hospitalized due to carbon monoxide exposure in a multi-use commercial structure in Passaic.  The building is home to nearly 20 rehearsal spaces and small recording studios rented monthly by a variety of local musicians and bands and part of an industrial complex off Van Houten Avenue.

Lampitt, Greenwald, Mazzeo, Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism Advanced by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace sponsored condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The resolution (ACR-211) was advanced by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.
"We have seen a rising tide of disturbing anti-Semitic acts across the globe in recent years.  Whether it is the vandalizing of houses of worship, attacks on families or the disgusting pronouncements of Holocaust-deniers, these acts deserve our strongest outrage and condemnation." said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington)  "This virulent strain of prejudice is an affront to the very notions of humanity that form the center of any civilized society."

Gusciora, Vainieri Huttle & Quijano Bill to Better Inform Public about Available Substance Abuse Treatment Services Clears Assembly Panel

 (TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Annette Quijano to make information about the availability of substance abuse treatment services in the state more accessible to residents.
“Admitting that you need help is the first step towards recovery. We should make it easier for individuals who are battling with substance abuse and are ready to make a change to find the services they need,” said Gusciora (D- Mercer/Hunterdon). “This bill would help facilitate that by having one central location where an individual can go to find the most suitable treatment facility for them.”
The bill (A-226) would require each licensed residential or outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in the state to provide the health department in the county where it is located with certain information about the availability of services at the facility, on an estimated average basis.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wisniewski, Green, Jasey & Sumter Bill to Require Residential Fire Sprinklers in New Homes Approved by Senate Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Jerry Green, Mila Jasey and Shavonda Sumter requiring the installation of fire suppression systems in newly-constructed single- and two-family homes advanced in the Senate on Monday.

Under the bill (A-1698), known as the “New Home Fire Safety Act,” a certificate of occupancy would not be issued for a new home until a state or local code enforcement agency determines that the home is equipped with a fire suppression system that meets state standards.

“Requiring fire suppression systems in new home construction is a simple, commonsense step that will save lives, limit property damage and reduce insurance costs,” said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “They should be as commonplace in home construction as windows and doors.”

“Installing fire safety equipment in newly constructed homes is an important step toward improving public safety,” said Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset). “A change like this can go a long way toward saving the lives of both residents and firefighters.”

“Protecting people should always be our first priority,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “Making these fire suppression systems routine will provide peace of mind for families while minimizing the risks for firefighters who put their own lives on the line to protect us.”

“Just earlier this year, a Paterson house fire – unfortunately one of multiple fires in the city in recent months – put the residents, their neighbors and dozens of firefighters in grave danger,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “The severity of that tragic incident and others like it serves as a poignant reminder of why having residential fire sprinklers in new homes is so crucial.”

The legislation provides an exemption for manufactured homes and single- and two-family homes that are not connected to public water systems. The bill permits municipalities and the Commissioner of Community Affairs to each establish a fee that covers the cost of inspection and the cost of a certificate of occupancy.

The bill, which has already been approved by the full Assembly, was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today and now awaits final legislative approval by the full Senate.

Monday, February 9, 2015

John Quincy Adams Letter Found By Plainfield, New Jersey Library

PLAINFIELD, N.J. — A New Jersey archivist has found a letter from the sixth president, but the library isn't sure how it got there.

Plainfield Public Library's Jeff Wassen recently found the letter from John Quincy Adams in the institution's historical collection. In it, Adams declines an invitation to a Massachusetts anti-slavery society event.

But library officials tell The Home News Tribune they're not clear on how it ended up in New Jersey.

The letter is from the late 1830s, when Adams was in Congress after his presidency ended.

While he said no to attending the event, Adams wrote that he was glad to see the abolition movement spreading, saying "I rejoice that the defense of the cause of human freedom is falling into younger and more vigorous hands."

Information from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) ,

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Announced for 2015

Johanna Salvemini

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 • 12:00am

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - High school seniors wishing to apply for the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship should obtain applications now from their school guidance office. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Deadline for submission of applications is March 11, 2015.

Previous DeLeeuw scholarship recipients already in college are also eligible to apply. They must submit complete official transcripts of college grades with a new application.

This is the twentieth year the scholarships have been offered. To date, the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund, which is a fund of the Plainfield Foundation, has awarded over one million dollars. The awards are made in accordance with the terms of a bequest from Ms. DeLeeuw, author of 75 books, journalist and arts activist.