Morning News Digest: August 24, 2009

Officials want to prevent Englewood stay for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

Rep. Steve Rothman, D-Fair Lawn, said he is working to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from staying in Englewood during the United Nations General Assembly session next month, according to a report in The Record. (The Star-Ledger)

Assemblyman seeks to combat illegal cell phone use by prison inmates

Citing the high number of cell phones confiscated from inmates at New Jersey prisons and halfway houses, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) has offered legislation to seek proposals for installing and operating a wireless communications device detection system, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. homeowners get help fending off foreclosures in mortgage mediation program

This is what it's like to nearly lose your home. (Fuchs, The Star-Ledger)

Christie and Corzine battle over health policy

In the midst of their protracted fight over political corruption and allegations of ethical misdeeds, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican contender Chris Christie are having another heated battle — this time on health policy. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Westwood keeps in character

As historic houses throughout the county are razed, Westwood is fighting to save its past from bulldozers. (Yellin, The Record)

GOP: High hopes for NJ candidate despite setbacks

The state Republican establishment has long seen former federal prosecutor Chris Christie as their best hope in years of winning a statewide election in Democratic-leaning New Jersey. And they're unlikely to publicly abandon the candidate despite the choppy campaign he's encountered. (AP)

Big leadership changes underway in Camden

Last week's leadership exodus from Camden raises questions that will be answered over time: What will happen to the seven-year-old state takeover? Will the governor appoint permanent replacements before the November election? (Katz, The Inquirer)

Camden cleanup aided by stimulus

In one short sentence, Gloucester City Mayor William James summed up the mission and frustration of a decade of radioactive-waste removal north and south of the Walt Whitman Bridge: "Just get it out of here." (Henry, The Inquirer)

Sweeney suggested bringing embattled Army Reserve training center to Gloucester County

When the Army Corps of Engineers were tasked to find a new site to carry out the functions of the Nelson A. Brittin Army Reserve Center in Pennsauken, nearly a dozen parcels within Camden County were considered by the feds. (Murray, Gloucester County Times)

Frankin Township Board of Education seeks replacement member after Toy steps down

Members of Franklin Township's Board of Education have started the search for a qualified candidate to fill a seat vacated by a school board member. (Romalino, Gloucester County Times)

Southern New Jersey boardwalk officials search for the right wood (or plastic)

A stack of sample materials sits in Wildwood development director Lou Ferrara's office, evidence of the city's ongoing search for the next big thing in boardwalks. (Gilfillian, Press of Atlantic City)

State troopers cost $62 million to patrol N.J. toll roads

It cost $62.6 million for state troopers to patrol the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway last year. (AP)

Hillsborough property assessments set to begin this fall

Township property owners are preparing for county-mandated property revaluations expected to begin this fall. (Sroka-Holzmann, Courier News)

Rail-trail from Woodbridge to Metuchen gets $1 million stimulus grant

The county's 3.5 mile “rails-to-trails” greenway project just got a boost from federal stimulus money with a $1 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Racz, Courier News)

Application over town's site use examined

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission is reviewing a belated application by the township for use of its public works site by a construction contractor already working from that location. Nearby residents have complained about the noise and traffic generated at the site by heavy equipment. (Comegno, Courier-Post)

Violence jars Dominican Festival in Elizabeth, moments after Weinberg leaves

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), the Democrats' candidate for lieutenant governor, walked the entirety of a long parade route as grand marshal of the Dominican Festival, a colorful, merengue-textured event that today was marred by violence. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 24, 2009