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Federal Bill Introduced to Require Lead Testing at School

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WASHINGTON –U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), released the following statement on Monday regarding Gov. Chris Christie's announcement of increased funding for lead contamination in school drinking water.

"After blocking additional funding to help prevent lead poisoning in our communities earlier this year, Governor Christie seems to have finally realized that we must be proactive in protecting our kids against lead contamination. Students will be better served by the new testing requirements and parents will no longer be left in the dark about the quality of the water their children drink every day at school," Rep. Pascrell said.

In March, Rep. Pascrell announced new legislation (H.R. 5070) that would help schools and childcare centers test their drinking water for potential lead contamination. The bill, a companion to legislation offered by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would establish a new federal grant program to provide childcare centers and schools resources to test for lead contamination in the drinking water.

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"Federal legislation I introduced with Senator Schumer would provide additional resources for schools to test for lead contamination. In the meantime, the State needs to do everything in its power to keep the children of New Jersey safe from the negative effects of lead," Rep. Pascrell said. "My office has proactively reached out to every superintendent in our district to track current testing protocols, to see what can be done to assist or even start the process of testing, and to encourage full transparency with parents."

Under the bill, daycare centers and schools would apply for federal funding through the grant program annually. This bill will create a new $100 million federal grant program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would help school districts and child care centers test their drinking water for potential lead contamination. A similar grant program was originally part of a 1988 bill called the Lead Contamination Control Act, but the legislative text outlining the program was struck down by the courts due to a drafting error.

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Millburn/Short Hills

Millburn Recreation Accepting Memberships for Pool, Tennis and Golf

February 19, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Recreation Department announced that it is accepting memberships for the township pool, tennis and golf facilities. The memberships are available to all Millburn Township residents and the applications are available online.

The membership application can be accessed at http://www.twp.millburn.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/3258 or go ...

Millburn Police Department Investigating Pair of Residential Burglaries

April 3, 2018

On March 28, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Goldfarb responded to the Union Police Department on a warrant arrest. Robert Kopik, age 41 of Springfield, was placed under arrest on an outstanding criminal warrant and remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

On March 28, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Hunt responded to a Quaker Road residence on a residential burglary. The resident reports ...

Letter to the Editor: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a Huge Blow to the Middle-Class

April 8, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

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Tue, April 24, 6:00 PM

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Prepared. For Life Dinner with Captain Mark Kelly

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Lenore Raphael Presents Ellington and More at ...

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Wed, April 25, 2:00 PM

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Middle School Presents Shrek the Musical, April 27-29

April 21, 2018

Middle School presents Shrek the Musical, April 27-29

The Millburn Middle School Spring Musical, Shrek the Musical, will be held on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at 7 p.m.  A Sunday matinee will be presented at 1 p.m. on April 29th.

Shrek the Musical opened on Broadway in December 2008. It is based on the DreamWorks Animation’s film Shrek and William Steig’s ...

Millburn Road Closures for April 20

MILLBURN, NJ - Parsonage Hill Road closed between Long Hill Drive and White Oak Ridge Road until approx 4:00pm Officers working

Troy Drive closed to all traffic between Lawrence Drive and Troy Lane until approx 4:00pm Officers working

Old Short Hills Road has a changed traffic pattern between Silver Spring Road and Dorison Drive no closures expect possible delays until approx 4:00pm ...

Community Church to Hold Spring Rummage Sale for Charity

Community Congregational Church in Short Hills will hold its semiannual Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All proceeds of the sale benefit Community Church’s educational and outreach programs, including the Oasis program that provides bags of groceries and baby supplies to families in Irvington every month.

“The Rummage Sale for Charity at Community Church ...