Archive for December, 2010

Number of Women-Owned Businesses

This Survey of Business Owners-Women-Owned Firms: 2007, the latest iteration of this once-every-five-years survey, shows that women owned 7.8 million nonfarm businesses (29% of all nonfarm enterprises), employing 7.6 million people, and generating $1.2 trillion in receipts. Other tables include what type of businesses women owned and well as their geographic locations. In New Jersey, women owned 27% of all nonfarm busineses, which is a 15% increase from the last time this survey was conducted – 2002.


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Poverty Statistics for School Districts, Counties, and States

The Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program has just issued its figures for 2009. The methodology used to arrive at these various figures can be found here. At the county and state level, estimates are given for: all ages in poverty; under age 18 in poverty; age 5-17 in families in poverty; under age 5 in poverty(state only); and median household income. At the school district level, estimates are given for: grade range; total population; relevant age 5-17; and relevant age 5-17 in families in poverty. In Jersey City, 8189 of the 36178 children between 5 and 17 live in poverty which closely mirrors the 22.8% poverty rate for this cohort in Hudson County.

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Extended Library Hours for Fall 2010 Finals

The Library will be open until 11pm Tuesday, December 14; Wednesday, December 15; Thursday, December 16; and  Monday, December 20. On Tuesday, December 21, we’ll be open until 10pm.

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Today in History: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

A simple naval dispatch said it all : AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL The next day, December 8, President Franklin Roosevelt (his Public Papers can be consulted, and special diplomatic files are available at his presidential library) addressed a Joint Session of Congress, delivering his famous “day of infamy” speech; within an hour, the United States was at war. More information is available at: Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941: Overview and Special Image Section (U.S. Navy); Ships Present at Pearl Harbor (U.S. Navy); Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships;  Remembering Pearl Harbor  (National Geographic); After the Infamy: Man on the Street Interviews (Library of Congress); Pearl Harbor (New York Times); Pearl Harbor (Time Magazine); Attack at Pearl Harbor, 1941: The Japanese View (Eyewitness to History); USS Arizona Memorial (National Park Service); Books on Pearl Harbor, including the multi-volume Congressional Hearings (HathiTrust); Pearl Harbor: A Rude Awakening (BBC); and Videos on Pearl Harbor (Internet Archive).

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Tenants’ Rights in New Jersey (and All the Other States)

Don’t know what your rights are as a tenant? Then consult this valuable tool – Tenant’s Rights in New Jersey where each section is accompanied by the relevant legal precedent or law. Guides to all the other states are also online.

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Author Interviews from “The Paris Review”

The Paris Review has introduced readers to some of the foremost writers of our time. Poets, novelists, playwrights, and short story writers have graced its pages for almost six decades.(For more history, come here.) But one of its greatest gifts to literature are its interviews with writers under the umbrella Writers at Work. This continung series features such luminaries as Woody AllenArthur Miller, William Styron, Jorge Luis Borges,  William Faulkner, Lillian Hellman, and two of our favorites: Patrick O’Brian and Ray Bradbury. All interviews can be searched by author or by decade.

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Governor Christie on Educators, Again

Governor Christie was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Excellence in Education Foundation Summit. A partial video is available (the full 50-minute video is supposed to be uploaded today; we’ll post it if it is) and is a partial transcript.  For those who are interested, you can view the Governor’s YouTube channel with over 160 videos.  Here is a New York Times article examining Governor Christie’s YouTube presence and another from New York Magazine. And in this wired world his presence also resonates in England as can be seen in this article from The Telegraph ” ‘Tony Soprano’ governor is YouTube hit.” More information can be read at The Bergen Record.

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