Archive for May, 2007

State Environmental Testing

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Measure would help day care tests
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
By Trish G. Graber
Gloucester County Times

TRENTON A Senate committee recently pushed forward a measure that would make it easier for day care centers to cover the cost of environmental testing to prevent another situation like the one which occurred at Kiddie Kollege in Franklin Township.

Day cares, required under a recently enacted law to test industrial sites prior to opening on them, could apply for a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to recoup the cost of the assessment.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Kiddie Kollege situation, it’s the importance of making sure the facilities that care for our children are environmentally safe,” said bill sponsor Sen. Fred Madden, D-Washington Township.

Kiddie Kollege was shuttered in July 2006 after DEP workers discovered that it was located on the site of the former Accutherm mercury thermometer factory where it had operated for more than two years.

Kiddie Kollege owners and operators have claimed they were unaware of the building’s prior use or its DEP status as a known contaminated site, according to previous reports.

Months after the incident, lawmakers expedited legislation to require the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop testing procedures for new day care centers and to set maximum allowable contamination limits for infants and children within one year.

While those regulations should be released in January, a temporary amendment enacted in October requires any applicant for a new or renewed day care license to certify whether the location was previously used as a factory or for any type of industrial or hazardous operation.

Madden said his newly proposed measure would help day care centers foot the bill for the required testing.

The grants estimated to be around $1,500 each would be allocated from the DEP’s Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund, which currently has a balance of $90 million.

Madden said the program is expected to cost between $6 million and $7 million.

The Senate Environmental Committee unanimously approved the bill last week. It now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for approval.

Day care site testing bill unanimously approved
Published: May 29. 2007 3:10AM
Courier Post

A bill that would reimburse child-care center owners and operators for the cost of hazardous site contamination assessments was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment Committee.

The impetus for the legislation was the closing of the Kiddie Kollege day care center in Franklin in July 2006 after mercury contamination was found. The center was opened on the site of a former thermometer factory.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Kiddie Kollege situation, it’s the importance of making sure that the facilities that care for our children are environmentally safe,” said Sen. Fred Madden, D-Washington Township, the sponsor of the bill.

The bill, S-2737, would amend the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund to permit an estimated $1,500 each to be given as grants to reimburse child care center owners and operators for the cost of site assessments.

The state Department of Environmental Protection estimates that the grant program would cost between $6 million and $7 million, Madden said.

The measure now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

What Matters To You?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Do you live or work in Union County?


Children & Families
Health & Wellness
Safety & Security
Assistive services available upon request.

• Tell us YOUR thoughts on compelling health, education and human service needs.
Tell us YOUR views concerning current community resources, YOUR insights      concerning unmet needs…and YOUR ideas on how to address these pressing issues.

• All forums begin at 6:30 with light dinner and networking. There is no charge.

Wed., June 6           Cranford/Springfield/Mountainside
         Union County College, Cranford Campus, 1033 Springfield Ave.
Mon., June 11         Clark/Garwood/Rahway/Winfield Park
                Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza
Tues., June 12        Linden/Roselle
   Linden Emergency Medical Bldg. (T&L)., 12 North Stiles St., Linden
Wed., June 13    Scotch Plains/Fanwood
               JCC, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains
Tues., June 19     Plainfield
                 Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
Mon., June 25         Elizabeth/Hillside
           Union County College, Elizabeth Campus, 12 West Jersey St.
Tues., June 26         Kenilworth/Roselle Park/Union
                       Knights of Columbus, 191 Market St., Kenilworth
Wed., June 27         Westfield
                       JCC, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains

• RSVP & directions, call 908-353-7171 x103 or email
United Way of Greater Union County in partnership with Union County Department of Human Services, Kean University, United Way of Summit, Berkeley Heights & New Providence, Westfield United Way, Trinitas and Union County College. 



Friday, May 25th, 2007

Join PASE for our FREE training event at the

The PASE Hip-Hop Institute
Training afterschool programs to bring positive, culturally relevant, literacy empowered Hip-Hop programming to their sites

June 2nd, 2007

2:30  Hip-Hop performance
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Workshops

La Casa de Don Pedro
23 Broadway
Newark, NJ

Calling all dedicated youth workers in NJ!
 Come see a performance by young people and teaching artists working with the PASE Hoboken Learning Lab and see what you can do with kids at your site.

Then, work with leading NYC-based Hip-Hop teaching artists Safahri Ra and Netic Dangermouth III to learn about weaving Hip-Hop writing, performance, recording, and business training into your afterschool program .
Leave with practical tools to use this summer and this upcoming school year that get young people coming to your programs and keep them there.

Get everything you need to start your own rapping and rhyming Hip-Hop Club:
- Learn about recording CDs right at your site with very little equipment
- Gain the knowledge you need to help kids with writing and literacy

This training is open to anyone working with youth in New Jersey and
will count toward your training hours!

Spots are limited for this institute.

To reserve your spot at this training, please call:
Kim Wiley-Schwartz at 646-734-6486, or email her at
HURRY! This one will fill up FAST!

Health In Child Care Conference

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The Health in Child Care Conference is being held on Wed. May 30th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset, NJ .

 There are still a few openings available and walk in registrations will be accepted.

For more information go to

Contest Traffic Safety

Friday, May 25th, 2007

National Youth Traffic Safety Month Awards

Many youth have registered their projects for award consideration and recognition!

Don’t let your efforts go unnoticed!

Register your National Youth Traffic Safety Month projects at by Thursday, May 31, 2007.

National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) has designated May as National Youth Traffic Safety Month because it is an important time for teens to be focused on driving safety.
To support National Youth Traffic Safety Month and as an incentive, Allstate is awarding $1,000 to 50 local youth organizations for their youth developed and implemented projects
that demonstrate a strong focus geared towards youth traffic safety. With prom, graduation, and summer trips just ahead youth led teams can work together with Allstate and National
Organizations for Youth Safety to decrease the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries that involve young drivers and passengers.

To apply for an Allstate National Youth Traffic Safety Month award:

1. Visit to review a list of project ideas – or draft up your own!
2. Once you’ve decided on your project, be sure to register it at
by May 31, 2007.
3. You will receive a follow-up email confirming your project registration. You must respond to the follow-up email by June 1, 2007 to be officially entered.

50 winners will be announced on June 29, 2007!

View full rules and program details at

National Youth Traffic Safety Month awards are sponsored by:
Allstate Insurance Company and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)
Sandy Spavone
Executive Director
National Organizations for Youth Safety
7371 Atlas Walk Way #109
Gainesville, VA 20155
Phone – 703-981-0264
Fax – 703-754-8262