NEW JERSEY (OCN) — Gift cards — you’ve given them, you’ve received them. Those little cards available in every denomination and in thousands of locations have become one of the most convenient ways to say “Happy Birthday,” “Congratulations” or simply that you care. How would you feel if the convenience of buying those gift cards disappeared and you had to drive to another state to buy those gift cards because they were no longer available at your local retailer?
Well, guess what? That is what will happen in the state of New Jersey unless something changes. In fact, the law that will cause this problem has already been passed; it just isn’t being enforced yet.
How is that possible, you ask? NJ recently passed an “unclaimed property law” that allows the state to collect any unused funds or “unclaimed property” left on a gift card after two years from the last use of the card. To do that, the state now requires you to give your local retailer your personal information when you buy a gift card, which may include your name, address and/or zip code. Every card issuer selling gift cards in NJ is required to collect this information in order to associate that information with the card and report unspent funds to the state.
What does this mean for you?
Gift cards will most likely disappear throughout New Jersey since there’s no way for card issuers to collect the personal information of every purchaser of every gift card they sell.
If a gift card issuer DOES decide to continue to sell cards in NJ, and is able to collect your personal information (if you’re willing to provide it), you will likely lose any unspent funds left on your card two years after your last use.
Your unspent money will go to the state, the card issuer may not accept the card if you try to use it and getting your money back will be very difficult.
So, do you want to do something about it? Take action now.
CALIFORNIA (OCN) Keep watch for the Google Really Advanced Search that is launching at the end of the month.
Google is built by a large team of engineers, designers, researchers, robots, and others in many different sites across the globe. It is updated continuously, and built with more tools and technologies than they can shake a stick at. If you’d like to help them out, see google.com/jobs.
FLORIDA (OCN) — Driving to the State of Florida? Well, you better leave you cash behind. A year ago (February 2011 to be exact) Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) implemented all-electronic, no-cash tolling – a safer, more efficient, seamless method of collecting tolls from customers on the Turnpike segment located between Milepost 0 in Florida City and Milepost 47 at the Miami-Dade/Broward County line.
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) has always been a leader in the worldwide toll industry, and new technologies now allow the agency to collect tolls electronically from both SunPass and non-SunPass customers while providing a safe, cost effective and efficient transportation system for residents, businesses and visitors.
NEW JERSEY (OCN) — Webmasters all over the world are once again being plagued by EC2LinkFinder (Elastic Compute Cloud used to hack Sony’s online resources) on their websites since being discovered.
So far, there is a compiled list of IP Address that webmasters can add to their csf.deny or .htaccess file to limit future visits. Below are few IP Address that were caught making exploits on our server and has been permanently blocked.
With numerous sites getting ready to aid visitors with tax filing by April 17, 2012 or spend their refunds, their web teams are making sure that their online resources are properly protected from exploits.
UTAH (OCN) — This is a very important announcement to inform you about a major policy change that is being implemented at Nitro-Pak.
Nitro-Pak is making changes to their free shipping policy. Effective February 29th, Nitro-Pak is ending all Free Shipping on orders over US$100.00. Nitro-Pak is implementing a flat rate shipping model of US$9.50 for all orders regardless of the size or dollar amount of the order so be sure to place you orders as soon as possible.
About Nitro-Pak: Nitro-Pak offers a wide range of emergency preparedness items such as food, food storage, flashlights, radios, books, first-aid kits and more. Although bases out of a small town in Utah, Nitro-Pak has customers from all over the world and ships to anywhere. Nitro-Pak was founded by Harry Weyandt, the current President, and began business in 1985. Nitro-Pak’s main headquarters is located in Heber City. Utah.
UTAH (OCN) — Wise Foods, a provider of food storage options for families interested in emergency preparedness, is now being offered by Nitro-Pak as an addition to their existing inventory. Nitro-Pak is a leading distributor in emergency preparedness supplies and is thrilled to have the Wise Food Storage family on board.
Harry Weyandt, President of Nitro-Pak said: “Wise Foods has earned themselves a reputation in their own right for delivering high-quality preparedness merchandise. We are happy to now offer their products to our customers.”
Wise Foods Company takes an innovative approach in providing simple and affordable options for purchasing freeze-dried and dehydrated meals for emergency preparedness and outdoor use. Regarding the decision to offer Wise Food products to their current customer base, Weyandt “We feel the mission of Wise Food Storage falls in line with what we try to do as a business. We look forward to a future of growth with Wise Foods.”
In addition to emergency food supply, Nitro-Pak also offers flashlights, radios, firs-aid kits, and books on emergency preparedness. The new addition of Wise Foods products joins the already large list of quality, name-brand food items offered such as Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry.
NEW YORK (OCN) — Did you know that you can get up to 30% off on Alienware?
Alienware is an American computer hardware subsidary of Dell, Inc. It mainly assembles third party components into desktops and laptops with custom enclosures for high-performance gaming. These products also support graphically intense applications such as video editing, simulation, and audio editing. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mice, monitors and keyboards. Their hardware has distinctive “sci-fi” styling, typically including decorative lighting.
Get your savings now by visiting the promotion section of the New York Forum.
NEW JERSEY (OCN) — Gian Davis, 30, was pronounced dead Saturday, February 4, 2012 after he got into a tussle with two college students. Davis was put in a in fatal chokehold in Newark, NJ after he tried to rip off a cellphone.
PENNSYLVANIA (OCN) — Planning on visiting Dorney Park from New York City? We have a few options that will be helpful to you and your family and friends.
A single Greyhound bus leaves New York City at 10:00 a.m. and arrives in Allentown at 12:30 p.m. From there you can take the LANTA local bus system, route H, to Dorney Park, which leaves once an hour from the local bus depot. You can take the one that leaves at 12:45 p.m. and be at Dorney Park at 1:00. After that you have a little over 5 hours to enjoy the park, because the last H bus leaves Dorney Park at 6:20 and arrives at the bus depot at 6:45. The Greyhound leaves for New York City at 7:20 p.m., and you’ll be back in NYC at 9:40 p.m. The Greyhound is at least $33 roundtrip, and the LANTA day pass costs $2 (make sure to request the day pass or you’ll pay $1.75 each way), so the total cost of your trip will be at least $35. Not bad for 200 miles roundtrip.
Along with Greyhound is the more expensive Bieber Bus. It is a $44 round trip ticket (for an Adult) to Wescosville, PA which is only a few miles walk to Dorney Park. On weekends and holidays the Bieber Bus departs at 9:00 a.m. and you will reach Wescosville at 11:00 a.m. The benefit of the Beiber Bus is the early departure from Manhattan.
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NEW JERSEY (OCN) — Could a New York Giants fan be the cause of Rutgers University closing down their campus in Newark, NJ Tuesday night?
If one was a student and was working as well, it would leave little or no time at all to follow the team and events surrounding them so one of them would have to go. Since the job is most likely the source to pay for the tuition, a bomb scare at school would be the ticket to have time off from classes.
Thankfully, as of November 1, 2010, every school is required to hold at least one (1) fire drill and one (1) school security drill each month within the school hours, including any summer months during which the school is open for instructional programs.