LIHEAP Deadline: May 31, 2017

The deadline to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is May 31, 2017. Applications with a May 31 postmark will be accepted. Applicants who had previously been denied may wish to reapply if their circumstances have changed, particularly if their monthly income has been reduced.

For details see the Department of Community Affairs March 9 press release. Applications with incomplete documentation will be put into pending status for thirty days, according to a DCA spokesperson.

Newark, New Jersey Seeking Chief Sustainability Officer

The following post appears on a City of Newark, New Jersey government website.

Job Posting: Seeking Chief Sustainability Officer

The City of Newark is recruiting a Chief Sustainability Officer who will work closely with an interdepartmental Sustainability Team drawn from key city departments, the Newark Environmental Commission, community partners, and businesses. The team is charged with achieving a healthier, greener Newark in all five wards. The Sustainability Team will build on the framework of the Newark Sustainability Action Plan, guided by principles of environmental and social justice, to ensure all members of the community benefit from the city’s progress.

See job description here.

Applications submitted before July 25, 2016 will be given priority. Position will start in mid-September.

Updated 2016 LIHEAP and USF Income Guidelines

The state of New Jersey has released income guidelines for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) program. As has been the custom for almost twenty years, information on these and other energy assistance programs has been updated and available on the New Jersey Community Resources website and blog.

For more information visit the website homepage or the energy assistance programs page.

Emily’s Restaurant – An Eatery in Elizabeth, New Jersey Worth Visiting

It’s rare that I write about food but if you know me it’s a big part of my weekly budget and something I enjoy a lot. A number of months ago a local restaurant catered a lunch at work. Everyone agreed the food was the best we had in a long, long time. The place that did the catering was Emily’s Restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

If you are around Emily’s – located at 14 West Grand Street, Elizabeth – you have to stop by. It’s the type of place that you would not expect to find great food. You know what I mean. Nothing special about the ambiance, maybe even in an area you least expect quality food. (Reminds me of a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown in New York City that I took my kids to years ago that we simply called “hole in the wall”.) Anyway, Emily’s Restaurant is located right across the street from the Elizabeth train station. The place is owned and operated by Chef Roberto Munoz. He is the former owner of Roberto’s Restaurant in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Everything I’ve ever tried at Emily’s is very good, with the exception of an overcooked cheeseburger recently. There are so many items worth eating here. I started off with a crispy chicken sandwich which goes for a very reasonable $2.50. I no longer go to Wendy’s because this sandwich is beyond comparison. Another favorite of mine is the fried calamari appetizer. They claim it is an appetizer but it’s more like a main dish. A great lunch choice. I’ll let you consider visiting there for perhaps their salmon burger or a turkey panini (made with fresh turkey). You can sample their menu by visiting their lunch menu.

Get out of the office. Visit Emily’s Restaurant, located at 14 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Their phone number is 908-353-6100.