For this week on Small Business Monday, brought to you by our friends at, we highlighted several businesses offering services for residents impacted by the six or seven tornados touching down across Central New Jersey over the weekend.

We also included some of the great businesses I've had the honor to stop by, meet the owners, and present our common sense solutions for New Jersey to customers and folks stopping in to say hi.

Bill Spadea at Aunt Butchies of Brooklyn
Bill Spadea at Aunt Butchies of Brooklyn

Take a look at the list and shop local when you can!

Continental Home Group in Edison

Franklin Rainear Affordable Funeral Service in Ewing

Greatway Carpet & Flooring in Manalapan/Englishtown

Al Fresco's in Flemington

Riccardo’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Browns Mills: Spadea stopped by to say hi last week

Kirk Florist in Howell

Vincenzo’s Ristorante in Middlesex Boro

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Biggest NJ company layoff notices in 2022 and 2023

In some cases, workers may be offered back their jobs or transfers to different locations. 

Here’s a look at more than a dozen of the biggest announcements within two years.

Up or down? Average property tax changes in NJ in 2022

Below are the average property tax bills for every municipality in New Jersey last year.

The towns are listed from the biggest cut in the average bill to the highest increase. On the county maps, the deeper red color means a higher increase above 2% whereas the darker green signifies a smaller increase or a reduction.

Each listing also shows how the average tax bill is split among the county, school and municipal governments.

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