Legislation revamping graduation proficiency test heads to Governor’s desk to be signed into law

Recognizing the adversity high school students faced during the pandemic, legislation revising graduation proficiency requirements is headed to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk to be signed into law. Senator Shirley Turner, D-Mercer/Hunterdon, and Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, sponsored the legislation. The Turner-Diegnan bill would direct the State Board of Education, in coordination with theContinue reading “Legislation revamping graduation proficiency test heads to Governor’s desk to be signed into law”

Governor signs legislation addressing shortage of school bus inventory

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation on Thursday designed to provide relief to school districts statewide that are experiencing a shortage of school bus inventory stemming from a supply chain shortage. The legislation, which Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. sponsored, temporarily extends for one year with conditions the statutorily permitted service life of standard and “TypeContinue reading “Governor signs legislation addressing shortage of school bus inventory”

Route 1 overnight ramp closures tonight and tomorrow night in Edison and North Brunswick

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced a series of overnight ramp closures on Route 1 this week as the Smart and Connected Corridor Route 1/I-295 project continues in Middlesex County. Tonight, Wednesday, June 22 Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 22, until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, June 23, NJDOT’s contractor, HBC Company,Continue reading “Route 1 overnight ramp closures tonight and tomorrow night in Edison and North Brunswick”

Turner-Diegnan bill to revamp graduation proficiency test advances

In an effort to improve state standardized testing, the Senate Education Committee yesterday approved legislation that would revise the provisions of the law concerning graduation proficiency requirements. Senator Shirley Turner, D-Mercer/Hunterdon, and Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, sponsored the bill (S-2349). The legislation directs the State Board of Education, in coordination with the CommissionerContinue reading “Turner-Diegnan bill to revamp graduation proficiency test advances”

Legislation requiring New Jersey DEP to develop and implement electric school bus program headed to Governor’s desk to be signed into law

Legislation requiring the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to develop and implement an electric school bus program is headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk to be signed into law. Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, sponsored the legislation (S759), which is designed to determine the operational reliability and cost effectiveness of replacing diesel-powered schoolContinue reading “Legislation requiring New Jersey DEP to develop and implement electric school bus program headed to Governor’s desk to be signed into law”

Hands of Hope founder Jackie Goedesky honored for decades of service

The food pantry Jackie Goedesky founded three decades ago in the basement of St. James Episcopal Church in Edison is now a thriving center of humanitarianism, feeding thousands of Middlesex County families each year. Known as Hands of Hope for the Community, Goedesky’s vision came to fruition because of her tireless efforts and those ofContinue reading “Hands of Hope founder Jackie Goedesky honored for decades of service”

Myrtle Field ribbon-cutting ceremony ushers in new era of Metuchen athletics

The borough of Metuchen celebrated the returfing of Myrtle Field with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the athletics facility on Saturday night. Funding secured as part of the state legislature’s annual budget process contributed to the renovation, which included the installation of new multi-purpose synthetic turf, an LED lighting system that will reduce energy costs andContinue reading “Myrtle Field ribbon-cutting ceremony ushers in new era of Metuchen athletics”

Diegnan legislation addressing teacher shortage part of bill package Senate Education Committee advances

The Senate Education Committee today advanced a three-bill package, including legislation Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. sponsored, to address New Jersey’s growing teacher shortage. Committee release of the three bills came on the same day New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a nonpartisan think tank, issued a report about a decline in teaching candidates statewide, claimingContinue reading “Diegnan legislation addressing teacher shortage part of bill package Senate Education Committee advances”

Beloved Tierney continues to inspire Edison police as state’s No. 2 fundraising department prepares for annual Law Enforcement Torch Run

Jeff Tierney’s presence during last year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run profoundly impacted Edison police officers participating in the annual event. “Seeing him out there by far was the biggest moment of our entire day,” said Edison Police Captain and PBA member Jason Gerba, noting he and his colleagues did not expect to find Tierney, whoContinue reading “Beloved Tierney continues to inspire Edison police as state’s No. 2 fundraising department prepares for annual Law Enforcement Torch Run”

Legislation to require signage honoring historic sites at NJ TRANSIT stations advances

Trenton – The Senate Transportation Committee today advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan that would require New Jersey Transit (NJT) rail stations and bus and rail terminals to display historical information about the surrounding area in or around stations and terminals. The bill, S-149, would require New Jersey Transit to identify and display a historicContinue reading “Legislation to require signage honoring historic sites at NJ TRANSIT stations advances”