Local Roaster pledges 7% of online sales to The American Cancer Society

Click HERE for information on their blog

Here’s their PRESS RELEASE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2008

Gourmet Coffee and Tea company pledges 7% of online sales to The American Cancer Society.

WEST MONMOUTH, NJ – Gourmet coffee roaster Caffe-Amante of Manalapan NJ has kicked-off the holiday season with a giving spirit.

“It’s that time of year when one reflects on how they’ve been blessed, and there’s no better way to be grateful than to give back” said Bill Garcia, Proprietor of Caffe-Amante which operates out of Manalapan.

Mr. Garcia decided to commence the program on his birthday, today, and leave the program open-ended. He continued: “I figure as long as people are conscious to give us direction where they want us to donate, we’ll just keep it going. We’re blessed throughout the entire year so there’s no reason to only give during the holiday season.”

Caffe-Amante.com has designed a plan of giving where everyone that places an order through their website http://www.caffe-amante.com with the passcode ACS”, will result in a donation of 7% to the American Cancer Society.

All that’s required from the customers are the passcode; Caffe-Amante will take it from there. Not only will they send the donation, they will also email the customer when and how much was donated on their behalf for their own verification.

Additional information can be found at their blog: http://caffeamante.wordpress.com

Caffe-Amante is a small Gourmet Coffee Roaster and Tea company that roasts top grade coffee beans to order. Coffee is roasted, packaged and shipped within 24 hours so there’s no shelf life or inventory. They also sell exquisite Gourmet Teas, unique tea-pots and small gift sets.

Mr. Garcia can be reached at 732-984-1330 or by email: caffeamante@optonline.net

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State contractors (that don’t work for the state) get holiday pay

Talk about having it made – read this interesting little tid-bit in the APP:

All I know is if I got paid $120 per hour – I’d get my rear end to the job at the first opportunity.  It’s things like this that need to be re-worded as soon as I get elected (…whenever that will be..)

 Last Tuesday, Garden State taxpayers paid some 700 private-sector snowplow drivers the agreed-to rate of $120 or so per hour to clear New Jersey’s roads.

But those drivers also got another $13 per hour added on, because the snow swirled on Lincoln’s Birthday, a state workers’ holiday in New Jersey.

Though the private contractors don’t work for the state, their contract provides them holiday pay — whether that holiday is Thanksgiving, Christmas or a day that’s not generally observed by the private sector.

“That,” said state Sen. John Adler, D-Camden, “is like paying a guy extra to shovel snow because it happens to be snowing.”

Tom Vincz, a spokesman for the state Department of the Treasury, and Erin Phalon, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said there is a long-standing clause in the contracts offered to private snowplow operators.

They said the clause gives the plowers the extra pay because it is more difficult to get the plow operators to work on a state holiday, that it is a seller’s market on such days because people like to be off from work.

“Somebody needs to go back and re-evaluate that contract,” said Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean Jr., R-Union.

“Somebody could have figured out a way to word this (contract) to exclude a holiday that no one else gets time off for,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-Middlesex, the chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “A Tuesday in February is not a special time to gather with family and friends. It’s just another day.”

Wisniewski said he will ask acting state Treasurer David Rousseau and the Department of Transportation to account for how much those premiums have cost over the years.

“It’s a waste,” said Wisniewski.

“It’s a market-driven process,” reasoned Vincz, who added the premium had been requested for more than 20 years by the DOT. “The thinking has been to place the premium on clearing snow off the state’s roads, and to pay the premium to get them (plow operators) away from other jobs to do the state roads.”

“In order to obtain service on a weekends or a holiday, the state must pay premium rates,” said Phalon.

All public-sector holidays are treated equally by the contract.

“These are the things that make taxpayers crazy,” said Sen. Bill Baroni Jr., R-Mercer. “I know lots of guys who have a plow and who would jump at the chance to work for the state. … That is ridiculous. It may be harder to get someone on Christmas or certain other holidays. But with all due respect, Lincoln’s Birthday?”

In Morris Plains, Pasquale Casamassa, owner of Casamassa Lawn and Plow Service, said there is no shortage of willing plow operators on Lincoln’s Birthday, and he said he is unaware of any market forces to suggest otherwise.

“Not, it shouldn’t be hard. It’s government. They’re just spending the money,” Casamassa said.

“Lincoln’s Birthday? No problem at all,” said Bryan Curty of Schulz Lawn and Snow Management, operating in Ocean and Monmouth counties. “Most of us pay for a weather service. We know how much snow is coming. It would have been no problem at all on Tuesday getting contractors.”

Russell Lawson, owner of R. Lawson and Co., a Toms River provider of large snow-removal equipment, likewise said Lincoln’s Birthday has never been a day when the state would have difficulty locating plowers. “The answer is no,” he said.

New Jersey and at least four other states observe Lincoln’s Birthday — Missouri, New York, Connecticut and Illinois.

Labor lawyer Jim Castagnera, who is also associate legal counsel at Rider University, said of the premium paid to plowers, “That does not surprise me. … It may not be great for the taxpayers.” Castagnera said he doesn’t know of other instances where a private-sector contractor received a premium because the job fell on a day when other state workers enjoyed a contractual holiday.

Phalon said the total costs to clean up Tuesday’s storm was $580,000, spread over Tuesday and Wednesday. The average pay to plowers, including the $13-per-hour premium, was $140 per hour.

The DOT also directly employs roughly 500 snowplow operators who helped clear the roads last Tuesday and were paid overtime for working on a state holiday.

Tom Baldwin: tbaldwi@gannett.com

NJ Election day just can’t get here fast enough: Corzine considering ‘deep and painful cuts’ for next year’s budget

Posted in the Star Ledger:

The unfortunate problem is that Corzine has no desire to hear us the people, nor do the right thing by us – he wants to use scare tactics and make cuts on things we need most – not things like 5% “across the board” including his staff and all the state cars they use.  

Gov. Jon Corzine is considering making more high-income residents ineligible for tax rebates, closing some state parks, reducing hours at motor vehicle offices and slicing aid to colleges, hospitals and towns, according to administration and legislative officials familiar with his plans for a no-frills state budget.

While no final decisions have been made on the budget Corzine is due to present later this month, the officials confirmed Corzine’s warnings of “deep and painful cuts,” saying virtually all areas of spending except aid to local school districts are on the chopping block.
While Corzine has said he does not want to slash the state’s $2.2 billion rebate program because checks from Trenton offset the state’s high property tax burden, officials said he is considering sending checks to fewer residents by tightening income-eligibility limits for non-seniors.

A senior administration official who requested anonymity, saying the budget is not final, confirmed a wide range of options are still in play, including an end to weekend hours at Motor Vehicle Commission offices, sharp cuts to hospital charity care, and mandatory co-payments for Medicaid recipients.

Lilo Stainton, the governor’s spokeswoman, said, “while it is too early to discuss the details of the upcoming budget, Governor Corzine has made clear that it will involve deep and painful cuts.”

“The governor’s guiding principles are maintaining public safety, caring for the most vulnerable in society and preserving his commitment to property tax relief,” she said. “But it will be necessary to cut at nearly $2.5 billion just to keep (the next budget) at last year’s level of $33.5 billion, and additional reductions may also be necessary.”

New Jersey’s top primary races, and total delegates at a glance

President Dem – Primary

6,174 of 6,292 precincts – 98 percent   Total Delegates

x-Hillary Clinton 591,666 – 54 percent    845

Barack Obama 487,375 – 44 percent       765

President GOP – Primary

6,159 of 6,292 precincts – 98 percent

x-John “the Democrat” McCain 306,172 – 55 percent  613
Mitt Romney 157,000 – 28 percent     269
Mike Huckabee 44,997 – 8 percent    200

Ron Paul 26,556 – 5 percent

Rudy Giuliani 14,004 – 3 percent
Fred Thompson 3,037 – 1 percent

Another slick move by our beloved Gov.: Advocacy group “Save our State NJ” pops up to support the Toll Hike fiasco… Guess who funded it??

TOWNHALL AT MARLBORO HIGH SCHOOL –

MONDAY FEB 4th 7PM!!!

The Courier Post online had an article about a New Advocacy Group called “Save our State NJ (coincidence – it’s in opposition to save our assets nj?). It’s registered as a 501(c)(4) organization.

In the article, spokesman Jennifer Godoski states “We are going to raise whatever it takes to get the message out to New Jerseyans about the crisis we are in and about the plan that is on the table”.

Wow – seems like a well informed convicted backer of the Corzine fiasco – oops – I mean Toll Hike plan.

So who is this Jennifer Godoski? THAT is a great question!

She’s listed as chief of staff to Kris Kolluri, Corzine’s commissioner of transportation and one of the chief proponents of the 800 percent toll tax. Before that, she was a spokeswoman for Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-Mercer.

So our slick Governor funds a 501(c) organization to push his agenda and have the spokeswoman plucked from one of his main backers.

Hey Govna’ – if this is a wise, honest, and convicting plan, what’s with all the slick maneuvers?

Any wonder why we believe you’re totally dishonest and not credible?

Good source of information found at our friends at inthelobby.net

Events Calendar Updated:NJ For Huckabee Rally Feb 2nd

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Hey Congressman Andrews… Welcome to your last term: “Congressman Andrews to endorse Corzine fiscal fix”

NJ Community: Keep Rep. Rob Andrews at the top of the “next to go” list.

Your voice DOES matter, and it’s heard loudest in the voting booth!

TRENTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s bid to raise tolls to fix long-troubled state finances will get support today from a major fellow Democrat.

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews will endorse Corzine’s proposal to boost highway tolls to pay state debt, fund transportation work and repair state finances, a Statehouse official told The Associated Press Sunday night. It will come at a Monday morning news conference in Bellmawr, said the official who is involved in the effort.

The official requested anonymity so as not to upstage the announcement by Corzine and the veteran Congressman.

Andrews will become the first major Democrat to endorse Corzine’s plan, which is designed to pay at least half of $32 billion in state debt and fund transportation projects for 75 years. Corzine also wants to limit future state spending and require voters to approve most state borrowing.

Various polls have shown about 60 percent of voters oppose the plan. But Corzine has received support from former Republican Congressman Bob Franks and an array of business, labor and education officials, including the Atlantic City casinos and executives from Verizon, Chubb, Schering Plough and Princeton University (e.g., friends).

Andrews, of Haddon Heights, has served in the House since 1990 and has won
re-election by significant margins.(NOT ANYMORE!!!)

He could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

Corzine wants to increase tolls 50 percent in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. Those
increases would include inflation adjustments and, after 2022, tolls would increase
every four years until 2085 to reflect inflation.

The Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and Route 440 would be affected.

His plan to limit future state spending to annual revenue growth and to require that voters approve state borrowing are meant to keep the state’s finances in good shape once half the debt is paid.

New Jersey is considered the nation’s fourth-most indebted state, and Corzine warns the debt will consume more of the budget and make it difficult to fund programs (…so don’t cut any of your programs Governor… just keep stiffing us taxpayers). He wants the Legislature to approve his plan by mid-March, though Democrats who control the Legislature have been hesitant to support it and have vowed to change it.

On Friday, Corzine’s administration announced most of the money designated for toll road improvements will go toward areas that would be hit hardest by the toll increases.

It’s a shame.. we just can’t trust anything this administration announces.