Monday, February 16, 2009

North Plainfield - Ledger - Yeshiva seeks approval for 50 new students

Published in the Star-Ledger, Sunday, February 15, 2009

Yeshiva seeks approval for 50 new students

NORTH PLAINFIELD:  An Orthodox yeshiva that has been operating for about a year on a two-acre Rockview Avenue property wants to increase its student capacity.

Yeshiva Tiferes Boruch wants to allow an additional 50 students to study at its campus, said Ted Gast, the applicant's attorney. As a condition of the previous approval, the school's occupancy was limited to 115 people. However, the yeshiva believes the state building code permits the increased capacity and that the municipality does not have jurisdiction, Gast said. Currently, there are 85 students and 20 staff members at the site.

The school operates out of the 15,000 square-foot 19th-century McCutchen mansion in the borough's historic Washington Park district.

The board of adjustment will review the application Wednesday at its 7:30 p.m. meeting, which will be held in the community center, 614 Greenbrook Road.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Obama Stimulus Plan - Ledger - Table: How NJ would be stimulated

The following table is transcribed from the print edition of the Star-Ledger for Sunday, February 1, 2009. It accompanied a story on New Jersey and Obama's economic stimulus plan: "NJ stands to get vast boost"

The Stimulus Plan: How Jersey would be stimulated

Under the House version of the economic stimulus bill, New Jersey would get roughly $4.3 billion. Experts said that figure probably would not be appreciably different in the Senate version. This is a rough breakdown of what New Jersey could expect to get in various programs.

State budget stabilization aid (includes some school funding)
$1.7 billion
Highways and bridge projects
$777 million
Mass transit projects
$500 million
Individuals with Disabilities Act
$397 million
Funding for poor children, special education
$252 million
Public schools modernization, renovation and repair
$289.9 million
Modernization, renovation and repair of college buildings
$129.7 million
Employment and training programs
$64 million
Upgrade law enforcement drug courts and gang prevention
$52.3 million
Low-income  home energy assistance
$37.8 million
Child Care and Development Block Grants
$34 million
Community Service Block Grants
$27 million
Educational technology grants
$18.2 million
Head Start programs for pre-school children
$12.5 million
Preventive health services
$9 million
Elderly nutrition services

$5.2 million
Source: House Appropriations Committee

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