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Constituent Update: NJ SHARES expands eligibility

As of May 29th, constituents may apply for NJ SHARES if their gross monthly income ranges from 176% to 400% of the Federal poverty level (FPL) and they have not received a LIHEAP benefit this heating season. Our office will now refer to the USF chart in to determine income eligibility. For more information, contact our legislative office at 856-435-1247.

Attention Drivers: Construction Shift on 295 starting June 7

The NJ Department of Transportation today put out a letter announcing changes to the construction schedule on Route 295, between exits 45 and 57. For more details, see the letter below from Commissioner Simpson.

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Dear Legislator,

I am writing to inform you of a significant change in an ongoing road reconstruction project that may affect your constituents. As you know, we are in the process of rebuilding a 12-mile section of Interstate 295 in Burlington County, from Interchange 45 (Rancocas-Mt. Holly Rd. in Westampton) to Interchange 57 (Route 130 in Bordentown).

We are accelerating the project schedule in an attempt to complete the work by the end of the year. This will cut about nine months from the project completion date and minimize inconvenience to motorists. It also will ensure a safe and smooth driving surface on all lanes before the return of harsh winter weather that would further deteriorate the roadway.

Starting on the morning of Monday, June 7 and continuing for approximately five days, NJDOT will close one southbound lane of the highway, reducing capacity from three lanes to two. We anticipate congestion for evening peak-period traffic.

For one week, from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, motorists will have the full complement of three lanes available to them for peak-period, peak-direction travel.

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Beach, Greenwald & Lampitt Announce 'Senior Freeze' Assistance Days

Office Staff, State Officials to Assist Seniors With Property Tax Reimbursement

(VOORHEES)—Sixth District Legislators Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today announced their offices will assist local senior citizens in filing for “Senior Freeze” property tax relief.

“For seniors living on a fixed income, the ‘Senior Freeze will provide real property tax savings,” said Beach. “This program will help eligible residents continue to make their homes in New Jersey.”

“In these tough economic times, the ‘Senior Freeze’ provides much-needed property tax relief,” said Greenwald. “With Governor Christie proposal to suspend property tax rebates and not allowing new enrollees into the ‘Senior Freeze,’ local residents need assistance now more than ever. Our offices stand ready to assist seniors and disabled residents in filing their applications.”

“These ‘Senior Freeze’ Assistance Days will connect residents with representatives of the Division of Taxation to ensure their applications are filed smoothly and efficiently,” said Lampitt.

Event info:

Monday, May 24, 2010 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Camden County College, Rohrer Center
1889 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill
10:00AM-3:00PM
RSVP to Suzanne at 856-429-1572

Thursday, May 27, 2010 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Vogelson Library
203 Laurel Road, Voorhees
10:00AM-3:00PM
RSVP to Suzanne at 856-429-1572

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Route 295 Traffic Shift Scheduled for This Weekend

For Immediate Release:

Route 295 traffic shift scheduled for this weekend

(Trenton)-- The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced a traffic shift on Route 295 from Route 168 in Mount Ephraim to Route 561 in Cherry Hill, Camden County for the ongoing resurfacing project.

Starting Friday, April 16 ...at 9 p.m., I-295 northbound will be reduced to two lanes, with motorists using the northbound express lane on the southbound side of the roadway and one local lane shifted to the right side of I-295 northbound. This pattern will remain over the weekend until Monday, April 19 at 6 a.m. There will also be periodic, temporary closures of the ramps to I-295 northbound to implement the shift.

Once the traffic is shifted, I-295 northbound will maintain three lanes of traffic using the existing northbound express lane on the southbound side of the roadway and the right lane and shoulder. The new work zone will be located in the left and center local lanes.

NJDOT is rehabilitating I-295 in Barrington, Bellmawr, Cherry Hill, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Lawnside and Tavistock in Camden County and West Deptford and Westville in Gloucester County. The project also includes replacing five I-295 bridge decks. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2012. Real-time traffic information is available at www.511nj.org

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