Morning News Digest: August 3, 2009

New Jersey Turnpike Authority holds prime seats to concerts at PNC Bank Arts Center

Want to catch Aerosmith or Blink-182 at the PNC Bank Arts Center next month but don't want to sit on a blanket on the lawn? (McGlone, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. lawmakers push to allow bowling alleys, leagues to conduct raffles

Bowlers across the state groaned earlier this year when officials cited 59 bowling alleys for allowing leagues to conduct raffles. (AP)

Orthodox congregation suing Clifton over project

An Orthodox Jewish congregation has sued Clifton in Superior Court in Paterson over a proposed synagogue and ritual bath. Court papers were served on the city last week. (The Record)

Ridgefield mayor: 'I'm not resigning'

Mayor Anthony Suarez reaffirmed Sunday he would not resign despite Governor Jon Corzine’s threat to have the state take over the borough. (Tangel, The Record)

New science labs would get leg up from NJ Dept. of Ed.

The Board of Education voted to approve the state's offer to chip in 40 percent of the price tag attached to building the public schools' long-awaited science labs. (Edmond, The Record)

New N.J. incentive: Stimulus or drain?

Supporters of an economic-development tool signed into law by Gov. Corzine last week say it will kick-start construction projects and create much-needed jobs. (Lu, Inquirer)

A VA hospital for South Jersey?

When Anthony Barboza was stricken with a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection last year, he spent 35 days in Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each morning, his wife, Claire, drove an hour and a half from Ocean County to sit by his side. (McKelvey, Inquirer)

Legislation would speed N.J. beach advisories

There's a saying that lifelong Jersey Shore surfer Jon Weber uses about the state's testing of coastal waters: "It's safe to go swimming in New Jersey on Wednesdays." (Spolar, Inquirer)

Corzine set to OK countwide property tax assessor for Gloucester

In the coming weeks, Gov. Jon Corzine is expected to sign legislation to make Gloucester County the first in the state to have a countywide tax assessor. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Budget shortfalls, drop in volunteers has Glassboro Fire Department looking for support

Firefighters ran drills last week at the construction site of the newest college housing buildings on Rowan Boulevard, preparing for when the student apartments open this fall. (Romano, Gloucester County Times)

Female officers arrest would-be johns in Atlantic City

An overnight walk in a prostitute's shoes helped four undercover officers nab 14 would-be clients, police said. (Press of Atlantic City)

N.J. Turnpike Authority holds prime concert seats for insiders

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority holds up to 300 prime seats for concerts at the PNC Bank Arts Center. (AP)

N.J. suit puts farmland development under microscope

Thomas Perrone's three girls were in grade school when the family learned their upscale development 30 miles west of Manhattan had been built on pesticide-contaminated soil from a former apple orchard. (Porter, AP)

Bernards gives initial nod to $5 million deal to open woodlands to public

A divided Township Committee has given initial approval to spending $5 million of municipal open-space tax funds to purchase a conservation easement that would allow public access to almost 60 acres of wooded property off Allen Road. (Sadlouskos, Courier News)

Corzine considering state takeover of town after corruption sting

Gov. Jon Corzine says the state will consider taking control of a northern New Jersey borough whose mayor is facing corruption charges. (AP)

Bill would suspend indicted officials

A Gloucester County legislator wants the state to be able to suspend local elected officials who face criminal charges. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Projects may get stimulus boost

The Department of Environmental Protection has approved the construction of three of 59 vital sewer system and drinking water infrastructure projects planned in the tri-county area. (Rosen, Courier-Post) Morning News Digest: August 3, 2009