There were 932 young ospreys in New Jersey in 2018, a record high, according to a report from the 2018 Osprey Project. We’re looking forward to seeing those magnificent birds come back in a few weeks.
Elsewhere in numbers, NJ Transit is going to tell us sometime this week the date the train will start running again. Does it feel like they’re messing with us at this point? I think it feels like they’re just messing with us.
Tom Byrne, whose father was the governor, has an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on the NJ economy (“Are we really that less attractive than most states? Yes.”) which has been growing at 1/3 the national rate, a “little known fact,” he points out.
Byrne, who now runs an asset management firm (“the art of planning; the science of investing”) used to chair the state investment council that paid out many hundreds of millions in fees and bonuses to the funds that manage public-worker pensions.
“There is always criticism of the fees we pay for managing $76 billion,” Byrne said in the 2017 annual report. “Hopefully we remain smart enough to celebrate, not complain,
when a manager delivers us double digit returns even after all fees are paid.”
I’m not in a union, but what if I invested in companies that “delivered” double-digit returns by firing people and cutting their compensation? Am I supposed to celebrate that?
She Saved Buzby’s
We heard this morning that Marilyn Schmidt died late last night. She bought the Chatsworth General Store and almost certainly saved it from ruin, as part of a long and interesting life. She was a hoot to hang out with. We’ll miss her.
Read Buzby’s Last Stand here.
Did a state agency in Murphy administration turn into a patronage pit? Gov is looking at ‘what’s going on there.’–Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he’s “trying to figure out” what went on inside a state agency where career workers were possibly forced out of their jobs to make room for friends and allies of its newest CEO. www.nj.com
Birmingham Residents Demand New Addiction Facility Be Accountable–BIRMINGHAM—Dozens of residents from the Birmingham neighborhood, which spans three Burlington County municipalities, are up in arms over Solstice Counseling and Wellness Center, an addiction facility that opened there last July providing "physical, psychological and spiritual healing” to those on the road to recovery. pinebarrenstribune.com
FENTON ON FIRE, NAILS FIVE 3-POINTERS AS OCEAN CITY CRUISES INTO SECTIONAL QUARTERFINALS–Throughout the season, Ocean City opponents had to deal with Danielle Donoghue, a 5-foot-10 point guard, Tori Rolls, one of the best defenders in South Jersey, and a couple of six-footers with the likes of Emma Finnegan, Lauren Mirsky and Molly Hoffman. Now teams have another threat to contend with — sharpshooting sophomore guard Abbey Fenton. glorydaysonline.com
N.J. college turned a sparsely-used computer lab into a haven for competitive gamers–You won’t find students working on term papers in what was once a computer lab near a residence hall at Stockton University. www.nj.com
Atlantic City police promote diverse group to lieutenants–Atlantic City celebrated a diverse group of new lieutenants, including its first Latino in the position. Wil Santiago was among seven sergeants that also included Alexis Zellinger, the only female promoted who also speaks fluent Spanish. www.breakingac.com