Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Sunday as the New Jersey Hall of Fame inducted a class of 17 luminaries, NJ.com writes. Springsteen, who was inducted to the hall in 2008, honored Steven Van Zandt, a member of the E Street Band who also had a role in the TV series “The Sopranos.” The inductees also included Meryl Streep, Gloria Gaynor, Frankie Valli, Debbie Harry, Harlan Coben, Anna Quindlen and astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly.
TOWNS PUSHING NJ TRANSIT FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS
NJ Transit, which has denied requests under the Open Public Records Act to make public rail bridge inspection reports, is feeling pressure from local governments to make repairs on deteriorating spans, The Record reports. The borough council president in Chatham asked for months that rusted-away steel supports be replaced on three bridges built in 1913, and in recent weeks the work has begun. The NJ Transit rail system includes more than 600 bridges.
MURPHY SIGNS BILL ALLOWING PROPERTY TAXES AS CHARITABLE GIFTS
Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Friday legislation that allows New Jersey homeowners to treat their property taxes as charitable gifts, The Associated Press writes. The Legislature passed the measure after the federal tax overhaul, which puts a $10,000 cap on property tax deductions, was signed by President Donald Trump. Under New Jersey’s law, school districts and towns may set up charitable funds to which taxpayers can make donations instead of paying property taxes. The federal tax law does not cap the amount of deductions for charitable gifts.
THOUSANDS OF NJ HONDURANS AFFECTED BY CHANGE IN STATUS
An estimated 3,700 Hondurans who live in New Jersey will have to leave the country by January 2020 after the Trump administration removed their “temporary protected status” on Friday, NJ Spotlight reports. Hondurans were granted the status after Hurricane Mitch devastated their Caribbean nation in 1998, killing more than 7,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security said conditions in Honduras had improved enough to remove the temporary protected status.
CONTROVERSIAL STATUE WILL BE MOVED, JERSEY CITY MAYOR SAYS
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop says a monument to victims of a 1940 Polish massacre that has been in Exchange Place since 1991 is “100% being moved,” the Jersey Journal writes. The Katyn Memorial, which depicts a Polish soldier being stabbed in the back, was given to the city by Poland. The plan to move the monument three blocks to the west has stirred controversy.