A woman was arrested last week after she was allegedly caught painting Satanic messages on the front door and sign of St. Andrews Church at Fifth Street and Broadway a few days before Christmas. Police caught a woman in the act after the church had been painted on Dec. 22.
Churchgoers said there were two previous incidents involving similar graffiti on church property. A few days before Christmas someone used chalk to scrawl similar messages.
In this most recent case, Satanic images were scrawled across the front doors to the church, the side door, the front and back of the church sign, as well as the front door of the rectory across the street. This included the number 666 in red chalk.
Public works spent the morning cleaning off the marks, which were created in water-based paint. They included satanic circles, upside-down crosses, and the repeated name of the devil.
Elisabeth Morrow School holding open house Jan. 15
The Elisabeth Morrow School, a 3-year-old through eighth grade country day school in Englewood, is hosting an open house on Jan. 15.
The program, starting at 9 a.m., will feature remarks from the school head and a Class of 2014 panel discussion. After the presentation, families are invited see the classrooms and tour the 14-acre campus that includes technology and science labs, performance spaces, libraries, playing field, gymnasiums, working gardens, and nature trails.
“We believe that there’s no better way for families to understand all that Elisabeth Morrow has to offer than by seeing the school in action and listening to our eighth graders talk about their experience here,” said Blair Talcott Orloff, director of admissions and financial aid. “Since we are in a residential neighborhood, parents are often surprised to see how expansive the campus is, and just how well it meets the needs of children, both academically and physically.”
“At Elisabeth Morrow we have intentionally created an environment that meets the needs of students at all stages of childhood—from three-year-olds to emerging adolescents,” said Aaron Cooper, head of school. “Our experienced teachers and our challenging curriculum ensure that as children mature, they are offered many opportunities to discover their passions and become leaders. That is what families see when our eighth graders speak.”
Families planning to attend the open house should RSVP to the Admissions Office by calling (201) 568-5566, ext. 7212, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Menendez seeks consumer protection after Target credit card breach
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced that he has sent a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission requesting an update in its investigation into last week’s security breach at Target Corporation retail stores. In addition, he has asked the FTC to recommend any further legislative action that will ensure consumers are better protected.
“Our country’s consumers depend upon safe and secure transactions, and especially at this crucial time of year, our country’s retailers must commit to fulfilling that expectation,” Sen. Menendez wrote to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Unfortunately, these data breaches are becoming increasingly common.”
Target announced that a data breach had occurred between November 27 and December 15, 2013 affecting roughly 40 million credit and debit card accounts, compromising customers’ names, card information, and security codes. While Target has reassured its customers that the breach has been resolved, it has not publically disclosed how the perpetrators managed to slip past its data security.
“Protecting both consumer confidence and our national economy, as well as the identity of the American consumer, is vital not only during the holiday shopping period, but throughout the year,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “Senator Menendez is on the mark for pushing the FTC on its investigation and to make recommendations that would ensure better consumer protection.”
Sen. Menendez asked Chairwoman Ramirez if the FTC needs further legislative authority to hold retailers accountable for failures to protect consumers’ sensitive data. He noted that when the FTC settled charges it brought against the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshalls after it experienced a massive data breach in 2006, it was not permitted to levy fines or penalties. The company did, however, agree to upgrade its data security and submit itself to periodic third-party audits.
“The 40-million compromised accounts represent one of the largest corporate security breaches in history, potentially exposing millions of people who shopped this holiday season to fraudulent charges, identity theft, and other inexcusable hardships,” Menendez said.
Sires applauds $3 billion in grant funding for Transit Resiliency Projects
Rep. Albio Sires welcomed the announcement that $3 billion in competitive grant funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Hurricane Sandy Resilience Program will be made available for public transportation resiliency projects in regions affected by Hurricane Sandy, including New Jersey. In December, Sires urged FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff to provide the additional grant funding as expeditiously as possible so that New Jersey can continue addressing future transit vulnerabilities.
“Hurricane Sandy was the worst transit disaster in United States history,” said Sires. “American taxpayers should not be asked to simply rebuild our critical infrastructure to the level it was before the storm. We must rebuild smarter and stronger to ensure that we don’t find ourselves in the same position the next time a major storm hits.”
The Federal Transit Administration has already allocated $1.3 billion from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2012 for locally prioritized resiliency projects. Public transportation providers will have until March 28, 2014 to submit applications for the Hurricane Sandy Resilience Program.