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Kelly Waldron

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kelly Waldron graduated from Rutgers University and got her start in radio at WSUS in Sussex County.  She then moved on to WCTC/WMGQ in Middlesex County where she spent five years as Morning Drive News Anchor and Reporter before moving on to become a national correspondent for Metro Networks where she started the New Jersey Bureau.  From Metro Networks, Kelly moved on to WCBS 880 in New York where she spent ten years as a reporter.  Kelly decided to come back to her New Jersey roots and joined the NJ 101.5 news team as our Afternoon Drive News Anchor and Reporter.  She resides in Monroe with her husband and two children.

Consumers will spend more this year on Easter than they did last year, according to the NRF. (bhofack2, ThinkStock)
Consumers will spend more this year on Easter than they did last year, according to the NRF. (bhofack2, ThinkStock)
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Easter spending is on the rise this year

It has been a tough winter in New Jersey and with the Easter holiday approaching, many consumers are hopeful the holiday will bring with it more spring-like weather.  With that said, many people are planning to dig a little deeper into their pockets this year for Easter decorations, candy, gifts, food and flowers, according to the National Retail Federation's Easter Spending Survey.

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Gift0giving has become part of relationships. (Fuse, ThinkStock)
Gift0giving has become part of relationships. (Fuse, ThinkStock)
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In a relationship? It’ll cost you, survey finds

There are benefits to being in a relationship, but you may have to pay for them.  A new survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education and YourTango.com found that 70 percent of people spent an extra $600 a year while in a relationship.

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As warmer months approach, controlled burns become common throughout New Jersey's forests and wooded areas. (wonelab, ThinkStock)
As warmer months approach, controlled burns become common throughout New Jersey's forests and wooded areas. (wonelab, ThinkStock)
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Warmer months mean ‘controlled burns’ in New Jersey

This is the time of year when the NJ Department of Environmental Protection conducts controlled or prescribed burns in an effort to eliminate excess fuels from the forest floor.

Read More: Warmer months mean 'controlled burns' in New Jersey | http://nj1015.com/warmer-months-mean-controlled-burns-in-new-jersey/?trackback=tsmclip

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Homeless U.S. military veterans salute the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Homeless U.S. military veterans salute the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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New Jersey second highest in nation for jobless vets

When it comes to the unemployment rate for veterans, New Jersey had the second-highest in the nation in 2014, according to data from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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A builder works on a new apartment building under construction in Phoenix
A builder works on a new apartment building under construction in Phoenix (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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New home construction slips, but demand still high

Fewer new homes were built in February. In fact, housing starts plummeted in the Northeast and in the Midwest as a result of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall.  Despite the decrease, demand remains high in New Jersey.

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