Morning News Digest: June 24, 2009

N.J. top court bans lawyer in Holocaust victims’ case

The New Jersey Supreme Court Tuesday disbarred Edward Fagan, an attorney and former Parsippany resident best known for for helping Holocaust victims, according to a report in The Daily Record. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. proposing less rigid phosphorus standards for rivers, streams

New Jersey environmental regulators have proposed rolling back a five-year-old restriction on the levels of phosphorus dumped into the states rivers and streams by sewage plants, angering clean water advocates who say the proposal threatens to roll back hard-fought freshwater initiatives. (Murray, The Star-Ledger)

Leadership N.J., News 12 seek to hold lieutenant governor debate

There are no actual candidates for lieutenant governor yet, but Leadership New Jersey and News 12 NJ are ready to stage the first televised debate for the gubernatorial running mates. (Bizzell, The Star-Ledger)

U .S. awards four leases to explore wind energy off Jersey coast

The federal government today issued five leases to allow wind-energy companies to explore the possibility of building wind farms off the coast of New Jersey and Delaware. (Spoto, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Senate moves bill imposing new fee to fund low-income legal services

The non-profit agency that provides legal representation for low-income residents in civil cases could be getting a financial boost, under a new measure advanced by the state Senate on Monday. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Council overturns decision to raze house for a Walgreen’s

The council reversed a zoning board decision Tuesday night that would have allowed the demolition of a residential home to accommodate a Walgreen’s drugstore at a busy intersection. (Kindergan, The Record)

River Vale financials given a good review

The township’s financial statement is in excellent shape, an auditor has told the Township Council. (Superville, The Record)

Tenafly councilwoman resigns citing health reasons

A councilwoman seeking re-election in November is resigning from the governing body and withdrawing from the race. (Sudol, The Record)

New shuttle connects Phila. and Camden riverfront

Visitors to Philadelphia will be able to catch a ride to the Camden waterfront for a $2 round-trip fare under a service that kicked off yesterday. (Spolar, The Inquirer)

Cherry Hill hopes to return thieves’ loot to owners

The entrepreneurs kept an inventory so large that they needed to rent space for storage. (Boyer, The Inquirer)

Court rejects ruling on Clayton trash pickup

A seven-year legal battle has resulted in the state’s top court ruling on Tuesday that Clayton must take care of trash removal at a local apartment complex located on private property. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

139-acre Woolwich farm joins state preservation program

Even though it’s still one of the fastest-growing communities in New Jersey, the amount of permanently preserved farmland here continues to grow. (Murray, Gloucester County Times)

Toms River selects area for redevelopment

The township council adopted an ordinance approving a redevelopment plan for the northwest quadrant of Routes 166 and 37, an area that officials say has long been in need of development. (Michels, Asbury Park Press)

A giant leap for windmills off N.J.

When it comes to the race toward wind power, New Jersey may soon be ahead of the pack. (Leach, Press of Atlantic City)

McCall-Clark pleads not guilty to charges of official misconduct

Allegations that a former Atlantic City councilwoman’s vote on a land sale benefited her do not rise to official misconduct, her lawyer said Tuesday. (Cohen, Press of Atlantic City)

Bernards municipal budget finally adopted in third attempt

The third try at adopting a municipal budget for 2009 was the charm for the Township Committee, which unanimously approved this year’s budget on Tuesday, June 23, after waiting since April for the state to complete its review. (Sadlouskos, Courier News)

14 laid off in Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill has laid off 14 workers from its 337-member staff this month as part of an ongoing push to cut costs, a spokesman said confirmed Tuesday. (Smeltz, Courier-Post)

Cherry Hill cops hold load of loot

Township police are giving area residents a chance to reclaim more than 10,000 items stolen from South Jersey and Pennsylvania homes in the past three years. (Mast, Courier-Post)

In the 1st, Democrats emphasize independence

Girding for what is expected to be the toughest legislative contest in the state, the 1st district Democrats are clear on what their early strategy will be: stand together and emphasize their independence, most of all from Gov. Jon Corzine. (Friedman, PolitckerNJ)

Morning News Digest: June 24, 2009