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the New Jersey Primaries. He has served as mayor of Bogota in Bergen County for about a dozen years, having been re-elected twice, and has created an impressive record of public service. His Taxpayer Protection Act mandated a public vote for any new municipal debt or public employee contracts that exceed the rate of inflation. He kept spending flat during his entire tenure in office. His was the first town in New Jersey to pass a ballot initia- tive restricting Eminent Domain.
I had the chance to speak with Mayor Lonegan recently about his plans for the state should he be elected. He answered my
Question: You have made some pretty enticing campaign promises. You've talked about overturning the new regulations on small business owners in New Jersey. You've pledged to appeal the 7% sales tax and roll back taxes like the tire tax and the cell phone tax. Can you elaborate on this?
Answer: The key to cutting taxes is in cutting the size the size of government. New Jersey has had the fastest growing state government in the nation over the past decade. And we have a staggering budget, so we need to cut the size of state govern- ment and spending down to a reasonable level. If I have my way, even beyond that,
Overall, New Jersey\u2019s winter can best be charac- terized as somewhat milder and wetter than average. Abundant precipitation in February and early March in the northern half of the State recharged unconfined ground water reserves, restored stream flows, and replenished reservoirs. However, following a year- long trend, southern New Jersey received relatively less precipitation, resulting in a much slower recov- ery of ground and surface water supplies there.
February\u2019s statewide measured precipitation of 5.23\u201d marks it as the 9th wettest on record, while the 3.79\u201d that fell in March was just slightly below aver- age. But the real story is the distinction between the extreme northern and southern ends of the State in terms of the amount of snow and rain that fell over the past 12 months. The precipitation surplus in Northern New Jersey ranges from 10\u201d-12\u201d while the southernmost counties have experienced a deficit of about 4\u201d. This distinction is clearly borne out in the Department\u2019s water supply indicators for the State\u2019s six drought regions.
The Northeast and Northwest drought regions are in the normal range for all categories. Conditions in the Central drought region are also relatively sound, except for unconfined ground water, which just recently slipped to \u201cmoderately dry\u201d. The somewhat drier weather in the coastal plain has resulted in \u201cmoderately dry\u201d stream flows and shallow ground water levels in the Coastal North and Southwest drought regions, while those indicators are ranked as \u201cseverely dry\u201d in the Coastal South region. Surface water reservoirs are either at or near full capacity, or slightly above average for this time of year.
As the growing season approaches, we remain hopeful for replenishing spring rains to balance con- ditions around the State. The public should be mind- ful of using water wisely and efficiently at this time of the year, particularly as outdoor water consump-
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to the general public on Friday, May 15 (5-8pm) and Saturday, May 16th (10am-4pm), with a bag day on May 17th (12-3pm). Donations of books in good con- dition (excluding Reader\u2019s Digest condensed books), DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs and books on tape are being accepted through from April 24th through May 8th. Tax receipts are available. For further information contact Roxbury Public Library (973) 584-2400.
On April 17th, Scienceteller Andrew Piccirillo visited the Roxbury Public Library with his Dragons and Dreams program. Pictured here, children are mesmerized by Piccirillo's story and the effects of DRAGON'S BREATH when the Ice Sorceress did battle with the HORN OF FIRE.
No need to venture out to the mall or busy city for jewelry when you are looking for that special piece of jewelry, you can find it right for here in Flanders.
In November, 2007, J. Thomas Jewelers opened at The Mall on 206, Route 206 South in Flanders.
Leonard and Elizabeth Girardo also own J. Thomas Jewelers in Sparta and are cele- brating the 25th anniversary at that loca- tion. To honor the anniversary, Leonard and Elizabeth are planning a Mother\u2019s Day sale
When it came time to expand, Leonard and Elizabeth both chose Flanders as the perfect spot. \u201cIt\u2019s a nice area\u201d says Leonard. \u201cPeople are friendly. You\u2019re away from the city so everything is just a little more relaxed\u201d.
J. Thomas Jewelers is known for being a full service jeweler. \u201cWe have a 3,500 sq. ft. store in Flanders so that allows us to carry a large inventory, as well as plenty of
room to work one on one with customers\u201d. \u201cWe welcome everyone to come in, if even just for a peak at the store. Our plasma tv\u2019s are always on, as is the coffee\u201d says Leonard. Other services include jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals and engrav- ing.
Customers can find quality diamonds, engagement rings, and wedding bands. Leonard adds, \u201cWe also have a design room especially meant for designing that custom, one of a kind piece. These pieces are designed using wax models or CAD (com- puter aided designs). It\u2019s really special see- ing someone\u2019s own design come to life\u201d.
J. Thomas Jewelers depends on Elizabeth\u2019s love of fashion and style to also bring you beautiful diamond earrings, pen- dants and bracelets. Her expertise in know- ing the latest styles has brought in designers such as Simon G., Leslie Greene, Gregg Ruth, Honora Pearls and Pandora. \u201cWe carry a full line of watches also, added Leonard. \u201cWe have a great selection of Michelle watches as well as Citizen and Movado\u201d.
Leonard and Elizabeth both agreed that we work very hard at supplying excellent service, affordable prices, great selection and trust\u201d. We can even help you create a Wish List so that family and friends know exactly what jewelry to purchase.
\u201cWe relied on our reputation to reach this 25th anniversary\u201d says Leonard. \u201cWe work hard to get our customers the best price. We are hands on so that we can keep our prices low without the overhead of rent- ing in a mall or paying commission. For that reason, we deal directly with a dia- mond cutter to avoid the middle man and subsequently pass those savings onto our customers\u201d.
To keep current with styles and trends, Leonard and Elizabeth Girardo attend jew- elry shows around the country with design- ers from all over the world. Their last show was in New York in January and they plan to travel to Las Vegas in May for the next show.
Leonard and Elizabeth believe strongly in giving back to the community by partici- pating in charitable events such as sponsor- ing Little League teams, participating in fundraising events with Junior Women\u2019s Clubs, donations to tricky trays, fashion shows and any community run events.
\u201cIt\u2019s a two way street\u201d adds Leonard. With today\u2019s economy, we have to work a little harder to reach new customers. We definitely are looking to grow roots here\u201d.
Leonard Girardo\u2019s experience in the jewelry business dates back to high school years when he started on the floor of
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