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Overburdened NJ Food Pantries Challenged to Feed More Hungry Clients
Hank Kalet | July 7, 2014 | Social
Changes in federal utility allowance could mean less to eat for third of families now receiving food assistance
Undocumented Children: The Human Face of New Jersey's Tragic Immigration Crisis
Hank Kalet | July 2, 2014 | Social
How do kids who have crossed the border from Mexico end up in New Jersey -- and in the state's immigration courts?
Profile: Bryan Miller Turned Personal Tragedy Into a Cause
Hank Kalet | June 25, 2014 | Social, Profiles
After his brother’s death, activist works to end gun violence
Affordable Housing Remains Out of Reach for Majority of New Jersey Renters
Colleen O'Dea | May 9, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Maps, Map of the Week
Residents would have to earn $25 an hour to pay fair-market rent on two-bedroom apartment in Garden State
Job Training Shifts to 'Middle Skills' to Put Millennials Back to Work
Tara Nurin | May 6, 2014 | Social
A degree doesn't guarantee a job, but a certificate instead of a B.A could mean a shot at one of 50,000 slots in state's 21st century manufacturing sector
Number of Children Living in Poverty Climbs Sharply in NJ, Rising in All But 3 Counties
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2014 | More Issues, Social
About one-third of state’s kids are in low-income families, an increase of 20 percent since 2008
Providing a Solid Foundation for Improving the Health of the Homeless
Andrew Kitchenman | April 8, 2014 | Healthcare, Social, Housing
Helping patients find a permanent place to live called crucial part of effective medical care
Irvington Gains Allies in Standoff with Bankers Over ‘Underwater’ Mortgages
Joe Tyrrell | April 2, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Lenders accused of threatening thinly-veiled version of minority neighborhood ‘red-lining’
In State Where Marijuana is Now Legal, Lessons and Challenges for New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | March 31, 2014 | Healthcare, More Issues, Politics, Social
Colorado officials have lingering concerns, but advocates cite benefits of decriminalizing sale, possession and use of pot
A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like
Matt Katz | March 30, 2014 | Social, Katz on Christie
The internal Bridgegate report released by a legal team hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office contains some new information, but not much. The report is more instructive as a study of crisis management -- and an examination of how a possible presidential candidate reacted to a crisis.
NJ Tops Nation in Percentage of Kids Diagnosed within Autism Spectrum
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2014 | Healthcare, More Issues, Social
CDC reports 1 in 45 children in Garden State has disorder marked by difficulties with communication and social interaction, repetitive behaviors
New Jersey Residents' Ancestral Roots are All Over the Map
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Maps, Map of the Week
Italian, Irish and German heritages account for over 40% of population, 20% are Hispanic or Asian, while 40% list background as ‘other’
Revitalizing Suburbia: Giving Aging Malls and Office Parks a New Lease on Life
Tara Nurin | March 19, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Rather than standing empty, yesterday's archetypes of suburban sprawl are being reinvented as vibrant places to work, play, and live
Interactive Map: Ringing of Wedding Bells Heard Less Often in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Maps, Map of the Week
As trend continues, more than one-half of NJ residents and more than two-thirds in 20-34 age bracket are not married
Many Join Forces in Effort to Help Veterans Find Homes in New Jersey
Joe Tyrrell | March 11, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Thousands who served their country find themselves on the streets, jobless and struggling to survive
ACLU-NJ Moves to Block District From Requiring Photo ID for Registration
John Mooney | March 11, 2014 | Education, More Issues, Social
Morris County's Butler district says it was only trying to confirm parents' identity, not ferret out undocumented families
Appellate Court Orders COAH to Do Its Job or Face Fines, Jail Time
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2014 | Politics, Social, Elections 2013
Judge says if Council on Affordable Housing doesn't formulate new rules it could be agency's 'third and final strike'
A Promise to Renew: Try, Try Again at Quitman Street Renew School
Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report | March 3, 2014 | Education, Social
Hidden successes, public shortfalls and a make-or-break year for one Newark school
Graying New Jerseyans Rarely Live in 'Aging-Friendly' Communities
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2014 | More Issues, Social
Many residents 55 and older reside in towns that force them to rely heavily on cars, rather than mass transit
Movie Star’s Demise Underscores Rising Tide of Opiate-Related Deaths
Meir Rinde | February 20, 2014 | Healthcare, More Issues, Social
Legislation in NJ targets abuse of prescription painkillers seen as ‘gateway’ to heroin addiction
Fine Print: Legislators Reintroduce Measure Allowing Assisted Suicides
Andrew Kitchenman | February 19, 2014 | Healthcare, More Issues, Politics, Social
With Gov. Christie still opposed, debate over emotional and controversial issue may be all that’s possible in this session
NJ Counts 2014 Tallies Homeless Adults and Kids in Somerset County, State
Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2014 | More Issues, Social
Victims of Hurricane Sandy who haven't been able to rebuild increase total, as do renters priced out of market
Supporters Seek to Make Same-Sex Marriage the Letter of the Law
Hank Kalet | December 18, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Legislators and advocates look to codify NJ's marriage equality ruling and close possible exemptions
Interactive Map: Cost of Childcare Burdens Many Families in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | December 11, 2013 | Education, Social, Maps
Advocates call for state tax break, better monitoring of quality and safety of daycare
Assessing Gun-Control Legislation in New Jersey: A Moving Target
Hank Kalet | December 10, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Some of the more ambitious bills to help fight gun violence have been vetoed or are stalled in committee
‘Dream Act’ Advocates Accuse Christie of Reneging on Promise
Hank Kalet | November 27, 2013 | Politics, Social
Governor’s comments on tuition-equality appear to reverse stance that help win over majority of Latino voters
Opinion: One Healthcare Doughnut Hole Closes, but Another One Opens in NJ
Joel Cantor | November 14, 2013 | Healthcare, Opinion, Social
Outreach and public education are critical if state's Medicaid expansion is to reach the bulk of uninsured New Jerseyans
Doctors Hear of Horrors of Epidemic of Prescription-Drug Addiction
Andrew Kitchenman | October 31, 2013 | Healthcare, Social
Assistant state medical examiner reports more than 700 deaths yearly due to misuse of medicines
New Jersey's Drug Court Program: Making the Sentence Fit the Crime
Caren Chesler | October 22, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Initiative sentences nonviolent offenders to treatment, not punishment, but critics question whether it's cost or good policy driving the program
An Online Snapshot of 10/21, the Day Same-Sex Marriage Became Law in NJ
October 22, 2013 | More Issues, Social
A special tweet from President Obama, but not all the comments were congratulatory
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