February 27, 2013 |
For the second straight meeting, the East Greenwich Township Committee voted Tuesday to delay voting on a measure to lay off five full-time police officers from the 20-member force, though it claimed to be inching closer to solving its budget impasse. The five-member committee said it would continue to negotiate with the police union and would hold a special budget meeting next week. The measure was tabled two weeks ago after Mayor Fred Grant recused himself from voting on the proposed layoff of part-time Officer Gerald Hall, who helped arrest him in July on allegations of speeding and driving while intoxicated.
February 14, 2013 |
The East Greenwich Township Committee tabled a measure Tuesday night to lay off nearly 30 percent of the Gloucester County town's police officers after the mayor recused himself from voting on the removal of a part-time officer, extending a protracted battle over how to stem the township's budget woes. Mayor Fred Grant said in an interview before the scheduled vote that a majority of the committee had asked him to place the layoffs on the meeting's agenda, suggesting the committee was likely to vote in favor of them.
February 7, 2013
Rafael Nadal won his first match Tuesday after being away for more than seven months nursing a sore knee. The former No. 1-ranked Nadal partnered with Juan Monaco to defeat the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy , 6-3, 6-2, in the VTR clay-court tournament in Vina Del Mar, Chile. Nadal opens in singles on Wednesday against Argentine Federico Delbonis , hoping to catch up with the other three of tennis' Big Four - Novak Djokovic , Roger Federer , and Andy Murray . SKIING: Julia Mancuso won her eighth medal at a major competition by taking the bronze in the super-G, the opening race of the world championships in Schladming, Austria.
January 24, 2013 |
The painful $600,000 budget shortfall facing East Greenwich Township is hardly unique. Municipalities across New Jersey are grappling with dwindling support from the state and other dried-up sources of revenue. But the budget crisis in the small Gloucester County town has become distinct for the intensely personal turn it has taken. The spark was set by the controversial layoffs of a part-time police officer and a part-time civilian employee this month that critics said were surreptitiously engineered by the mayor.
January 3, 2013 |
Camden's plan to lay off all its uniformed police officers and replace them with a new, county-run force has received approval from the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, according to Mayor Dana L. Redd's office. The mayor also announced this afternoon that the layoff of more than 250 officers is now set for April 30. "We cannot sit back and allow our children and families to experience another 2012. We have an opportunity to improve public safety by bringing back community policing and adding more law enforcement officers to patrol our neighborhoods and business corridors," she said in a statement.
December 1, 2012 |
Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd submitted a plan Thursday to the state Civil Service Commission to lay off the city's entire police force, paving the way for a controversial Camden County-run department and potentially setting up a legal battle with police unions. The firing would be the second mass layoff in two years of officers in a city that has seen a record 61 homicides so far this year and is perennially ranked among the nation's most dangerous. In January 2011, Redd laid off 168 officers - nearly half the force then - because of a $26 million city budget deficit, but many were later rehired.
November 14, 2012 |
Bucks County officials are trying to avoid raising taxes and laying off workers for the second consecutive year as they work on the 2013 budget. "I intend to make sure the budget doesn't have a tax increase," Commissioners Chairman Rob Loughery said Monday. "I am hopeful that based on actions we took this year, we won't have additional layoffs, but we can't be sure until we get through additional adjustments to the budget. " The county has laid off 24 workers this year, and has cut about 200 other positions through a hiring freeze, retirements, and attrition.
November 8, 2012 |
When the clock hit zero on Tuesday afternoon, the Bishop Eustace girls' soccer team rushed the field as if it had just won the World Series. A 2-1 victory over No. 1 seed Holy Cross in the second round of the Non-Public South A tournament was the second big-time road playoff win in five days for the ninth-seeded Crusaders. They looked sharp, and played with energy, chemistry, and passion - clearly, a team with momentum. But now what? The unavoidable consequence of Sandy for the NJSIAA soccer tournaments was that it set the state finals back to Dec. 1-2, meaning that Bishop Eustace, like many other area teams, is facing almost a two-week layoff before playing its next game.