Thumbs-up for May 5

By Gretchen Barrett -

  • To something (almost) everyone can agree on.
  • A piece of legislation inspired by the Newtown, Conn., shootings was approved by the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, and both sides of the gun control debate appear to support it. Initiated by Assemblyman Troy Singleton, D-7th of Palmyra, the bill will increase penalties for gun dealers who knowingly sell firearms to people who intend to transfer the weapon to a person banned from owning a gun. As amended, Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, said he supports it. Anyone who knowingly sells guns to someone disqualified from having them should be punished and kicked out of the business.
  • To greener thumbs in Burlington City.
  • A small area of John F. Kennedy Park has been transformed into a community garden by green teams from the city, the Wilbur Watts Intermediate School, and student volunteers from The College of New Jersey. The harvest from its container gardens and raised beds will be nurtured over the coming weeks by the volunteers as part of the city’s pursuit of certification under Sustainable Jersey. The program provides tools and guidance for creating a sustainable community, and the schoolchildren get to learn more about how vegetables travel from garden to plate.

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