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New citizens taking the oath of allegiance. Photo courtesy of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Welcome to the United States! We know that life in strange country can be overwhelming, and we have chosen these websites to help you get settled in your new home. We have tried to choose the most useful sites available, but due to the changing nature of the internet, we cannot be responsible for their accuracy. Our inclusion of websites on this page is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling or advertising.

ICE Raid Preparedness: Know Your Rights! NEW!
¡Entérate de tus derechos! | Soyez informés de vos droits! | Konnen ki dwa ou Geyen!
(Newark Public Library Immigration and Refugee Resources)

Click here for information about the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

JOIN AN ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP AT THE LIBRARY!

conversation Would you like to practice speaking English in an informal setting? The more you talk, the easier it gets! If you would like to practice English, join one of our conversation groups for ESL students and all learners at the South Plainfield Public Library. Native speakers of any language are welcome. Register at the front desk. If the time or day is not convenient, please let us know.

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Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)


Government & Law

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GOVERNMENT & LAW
LOCAL INFORMATION
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL:
Politica, Leyes, y Gobierno

TAXES

compass COMMUNITY & SOCIAL SERVICES INFORMATION - A collection of brochures from local agencies (mostly Middlesex County) that offer assistance to low-income residents, seniors, people with disabilities, and others, with links to additional information.

Foreign Embassies in the United States - To locate a foreign embassy in the United States, go to the CIA World Factbook, select a country from the dropdown menu. On the page for that country, click on the GOVERNMENT bar, and scroll down to find the heading for 'DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION IN THE US'. This will provide the Ambassador's name, U.S. address, telephone, FAX, and a list of U.S. cities that have consulate general offices. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; an official government website)

National Immigration Law Center - This non-profit organization works to defend & advance the rights of immigrants with low income. Its website includes information and resources on DACA, Health Care, Economic Support, Immigration Enforcement, Workers' Rights, Education, Taxes, and more. It also offers links to providers of legal assistance to immigrants, including Immigration Law Help in New Jersey NEW! (a project of Immigration Advocates Network, a non-profit organization). See also Asista Immigrant Assistance Resources & News Updates. For more news on government policies affecting immigrants, see National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

local resource New Jersey Family Services Hotlines - A list of toll-free phone numbers for families needing assistance in New Jersey, including hotlines for food stamps, family violence, energy assistance, legal services, child care, child support, mental health and other programs (Official New Jersey government website). See South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources, below, for local resources, or telephone 2-1-1 for help finding state or local health and human service resources in New Jersey to address urgent needs or everyday concerns.

local resource New Jersey Legal Services Directory - Legal Services of New Jersey provides free help for low-income individuals and families with civil law problems. Click here for information on LSNJ's telephone hotline, 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529).

local resource New Jersey Home Page - Links to the Governor's office, state departments and agencies, tourism information, education, and business resources for the state of New Jersey. (State of New Jersey; an official government website)

local resource New Jersey State Legislature - You can use this website to find the legislators who represent your district in the New Jersey Assembly and New Jersey Senate. The site also includes information about current bills, statutes, the state constitution, and more. (State of New Jersey; an official government website)

Immigration and Citizenship

ICE Raid Preparedness: Know Your Rights!

DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

BECOMING A UNITED STATES CITIZEN

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GOVERNMENT & LAW
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Inmigración

Petersons Testing & Education Reference CenterPetersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Information about immigration and naturalization, test-taking tips and strategies, and practice tests. You must type in your name, the barcode number from your library card, and your PIN (Personal Identification Number) to get started. Once you have entered the site, click on 'INTERNATIONAL TOOLS'.

Preparing for the Oath - 'An easy-to-use study guide for the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization test. Here you can learn about U.S. history & government, and practice for the test.' (2013, National Museum of American History). See also LEARNING ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT, below.

Immigration Services Scams [Link opens a PDF] - Brief advice on avoiding Immigration Services scams; also en español [Link opens a PDF] (2017, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; an official government website). See also Immigration Scams Offer Shortcuts Too Good to Be True (2018, Better Business Bureau), Notario Fraud NEW! (Federal Trade Commission; an official government website), and Fighting Fraud and related links, above.


LEARNING ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT

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PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Politica, Leyes, y Gobierno

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - This site is designed for elementary and secondary school students, but it will be useful for people of any age who want to learn about how our government works (U.S. Government Printing Office; an official government website).

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy - See America's Founding Documents and related links.

Elections the American Way AUDIO - Essays, photos, audio recordings, and other materials to help you explore the history of the American political system. Covers candidates, voters, party system, election process, and issues. Expect some broken links (Library of Congress).

Federal Budget [Link opens a PDF] - This online booklet explains basic economic concepts related to the budget of the federal government, exploring similarities and differences between the federal budget and the family budget. Includes discussion questions and resources for additional information. (2003, Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

U.S. Constitution (Annotated) - For those who want to delve more deeply into the U.S. Constitution, this website gives the full text of the Constitution, plus historical background, commentary, and important court cases for each article, section, clause, and amendment. (Cornell University)


AFTER YOU BECOME A CITIZEN

See also:
Paying Taxes
GOVERNMENT & LAW
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Politica, Leyes, y Gobierno

C-Span VIDEO - Public affairs coverage from the C-Span Cable network to help you keep informed about government and political issues; includes video.

FactCheck AUDIO - Monitors the factual accuracy of political statements in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases (Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania). We have links to more fact checking websites. We also have links to websites that can help you learn to recognize fake news.

local resource New Jersey Voters: Get Informed - Information about who is eligible to vote, how you can register to vote, primary & election dates, and more; use the left-hand menu to choose a topic. Includes a link to the New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government (League of Women Voters of NJ). Click here for links to more election information.

Vote Smart - Provides free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to help you become an informed voter. Biographies, campaign finances, issue positions, special interest group ratings, and voting records for federal and state candidates and officeholders. Biographical section includes addresses, phone numbers, email, and website links. (Non-profit organization)

Getting a Job or Starting a Business

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SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
JOBS
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Empleos y Negocios

Job & Career AcceleratorLearning Express Library™ (includes Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center): With Job & Career Accelerator's innovative job-hunting system, you can explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations, match your interests & skills with the career that's best for you, search up-to-the-minute local & national job postings, create professional resumes & cover letters, practice interviewing skills, get invaluable tips & advice every step of the way, and conveniently organize & track your job-search progress all in one place! The Computer Skills Center offers tutorials on the most popular computer software, as well as video courses to help beginners learn to use a computer and the internet. (From LearningExpress, LLC.) [PLEASE NOTE: To access the resources of this database, you must register for a personal account, providing your name and email address, and creating a password.]

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center gives you access to free civil service practice tests and test prep eBooks.PETERSON'S TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER - Free practice tests, study tips, and test prep eBooks for all kinds of standardized employment & education tests, including civil service and licensure exams (Accountant/Auditor, Caseworker, Correction Officer, Firefighter, Parole Officer, Police Officer / promotions, Postal Worker, Probation Officer, Real Estate, State Trooper, Treasury Enforcement Agent, and others), GED (high school equivalency test), NCLEX (nursing), PRAXIS (teaching), Officer Candidate, and ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) tests. If you're logging on at home, you'll need your library card barcode number and PIN to get started.

Facts On File: Fergusons Career Guidance Center FERGUSON'S CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER VIDEO - Comprehensive and easy-to-use career research database offers information on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, plus advice on applying for a job, acing an interview, behaving professionally in the work environment and more. More than 90 sample resumes and cover letters included! The Resources section contains over 50,000 entries on scholarships, internships, and other opportunities. Includes more than 290 videos present essential career information on both specific jobs and industries and on skills. If you're logging on at home, you'll need your library card barcode number and PIN to get started.

Career One Stop Career One Stop VIDEO - A great starting point for your job search offering a wide assortment of career tools such as job listings & other job search resources and links to state job banks (including New Jersey Career Connections). Also provides info on careers & training opportunities, skills profiler, resume tutorial, and much more. Includes Find Local Help, a searchable database of local service centers providing free access to the internet, faxes, copy machines, and many other services for job hunters, as well as an unemployment benefits and training program finders. You can also call the Helpline, 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627), for information about jobs, training, career resources, or unemployment benefits. (U.S. Department of Labor)

New Jersey CanNJCAN - The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) provides accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey and local labor market data and projections. NJCAN also includes information on job interview preparation, resume and cover letter creation, how to keep a job, self-employment, and military occupations. NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components. Click here to login as a NJ Resident. (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development & University of Oregon)

Adult Basic Education & Literacy Training - See Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey and related links, below.

local resource Licensing Boards & Committees in New Jersey UPDATED LINK! - Lists the professions and occupations for which the state of New Jersey requires a license or other certification, with links to the appropriate licensing board, under the heading License & Registration. See also Regulated Businesses (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; an official government website). If you want to obtain a professional license in another state, search Licensed Occupations by state, keyword, or licensing agency (U.S. Department of Labor; an official government website).

Market Your Bilingual Skills - Advice for Hispanic/Latino workers on using their bilingual skills to help them get a job. There are related links at the end of the article. (Monster.com; site includes advertisements)

local resource New Jersey Business - A great place to begin learning about how to start, relocate, or maintain a business in the Garden State, as well as how to do business with the state government (State of New Jersey; an official government website). For more help on starting a business, see our Local & State Business Resources and Small Business links

local resource New Jersey Department of Labor - Information on labor laws, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, minimum wage, disabilities, safety, workplace training, and other information useful to workers as well as business owners and managers (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; an official government website).

local resource New Jersey Career Connections - A variety of job-related information & support, including planning & preparation advice, training opportunities, job clubs, job fairs and more. For information about Civil Service jobs (job opportunities within State, County and Municipal governments) in New Jersey, see the Civil Service Commission website (State of New Jersey; official government websites)

local resource New Jersey Small Business Development Centers - Contact information for offices in each county, which offer a wide variety of services designed to help businesses expand, relocate, or retain jobs in New Jersey (Small Business Administration / Rutgers University; an official government website). Many additional business resources are linked on our Useful Websites: BUSINESS page.

Housing

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Consumidores y Gerencia de Dinero

local resource New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency - New Jersey Homeownership Programs offer residential mortgage financing for low, moderate and middle income first-time home buyers and urban home buyers, plus links to information for renters, seniors, and people with special needs. The agency now also offers a toll-free telephone number providing consumer information for home buyers: 1-800-NJ-HOUSE. Includes information on Home Mortgage Foreclosures. See the New Jersey Real Estate Commission NEW! if you a have a complaint about a real estate broker, agent, or salesperson. If you are looking for affordable housing, or housing options for people with special needs, search the New Jersey Housing Resource Center (Official N.J. government websites). See also HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies in New Jersey NEW! (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

local resource Tenants' Rights in New Jersey (2014) [Link opens a PDF] - If you rent your home, this document explains your rights under New Jersey law, and offers legal assistance to low-income renters; some information may be out of date. For updated and additional legal information on housing in New Jersey (for both renters and homeowners), see LSNJ Law: Housing. Some resources are also available en Español. A new publication, Looking Out for Your Legal Rights (2019) NEW! [Link opens a PDF], explains Nine New Laws that Reduce Foreclosures in New Jersey, Resolving Disputes Through Private Citizen Complaints, CODE Blue Emergency Cold Weather Shelters, and new Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for Social Security and SSI that will go into effect in January 2020; in English & Spanish. (Legal Services of New Jersey)


Disasters & Weather Emergencies - See Winter Weather and Disasters links, below

local resource Home Energy Assistance - A program to help low-income residents with the costs of home heating (New Jersey Housing Resource Center; an official government website). For links to more information on how to save money and energy in your home, see Energy Saving Tools & Tips. (U.S. Department of Energy; an official government website). Additional resources are listed on our Home Energy Conservation - Heating Webfinder.

Winter Weather Preparedness - See Winter Weather and Winter Driving, below.

Transportation

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TRAVEL
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Autómoviles y
Turismo

MAPS: Bing Maps, Google Maps, MapQuest, and Rand McNally - Printable maps and driving directions to help you find out how to get where you need to go.

local resource Automobile Insurance (New Jersey) - All vehicles registered in New Jersey require three types of insurance. This site provides information on selecting car insurance in New Jersey, comparing premiums, filing a complaint, etc. (New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance; an official government website). See also New Jersey Automobile Insurance Requirements (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission; an official government website).

local resource New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission - Information on how to get a driver's license, permit, vehicle registration, plates, etc., in New Jersey. The site includes information on Licenses for Non-U.S. Citizens. There is now a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office in South Plainfield. See also Moving to New Jersey. (An official government website)

local resource New Jersey Transit - Schedules and fares for trains and buses, plus information on connecting services and handicapped access.

Winter Driving - Tips to help you drive safely in winter. (Car Talk radio show, National Public Radio)

Learning the English Language (ESL)

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE and ESL RESOURCES
Homework links: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Inglés y ESL

JOIN AN ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP AT THE LIBRARY!

conversation Would you like to practice speaking English in an informal setting? The more you talk, the easier it gets! If you would like to practice English, join one of our conversation groups for ESL students and all learners at the South Plainfield Public Library. Native speakers of any language are welcome. Register at the front desk. If the time or day is not convenient, please let us know.

Rosetta Stone Language LearningRosetta Stone Language Learning offers the proven immersion method of language learning that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for over 20 years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library - or anywhere, anytime. Includes courses in American English as well as British English! You'll need the barcode number from your library card to get started.

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center gives you access to free TOEFL and TOEIC practice tests and test prep eBooks Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Free practice tests, study tips, test prep eBooks and related resources for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), as well as U.S. Citizenship and basic skills (English & Math). If you're logging on at home, you'll need your library card barcode number and PIN to get started. Once you have entered the site, go to the 'INTERNATIONAL' section of the website.

Universal ClassUNIVERSAL CLASS offers free online non-credit courses in ESL and many other subjects. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account.

GCF Learnfree GCF LearnFree: Learn English INTERACTIVE - Free online English tutorial with instructions in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, and simple English. You can practice 1000 common vocabulary words across over 40 categories, learn new words, and practice reading, listening, & reading comprehension; also en español and Português (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.).

Activities for ESL Students INTERACTIVE - Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL). Includes bilingual quizzes in dozens of languages (Internet TESL Journal). Interesting Things for ESL Students AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE offers Listen and Repeat videos, word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs and more, for ESL students (by Charles Kelly & Lawrence Kelly; Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan).

American English: Materials for Learning English AUDIO VIDEO - An extensive collection of links to online books, stories, songs, games, articles, audios, videos and more, for English language learners of all ages (U.S. Department of State; an official government website).

Literacy Volunteers of Plainfield - This group will provide a local tutor to teach you English. Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey provides links to selected resources for English language learners. The Resource Guide For Adult English Language Learners of New Jersey [Link opens a PDF] can help you locate English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in your area; also includes a listing of online ESL resources (2016, N.J. Department of Education). See also English Conversations Groups at the Library, and Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey, below.

News In Levels AUDIO - Short, easy-to-read English articles, with related audio, that can help you learn and understand English. (Author unknown; site includes advertisements)

TOEFL® - The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be required for admission to American colleges and universities, or for exchange and scholarship programs. Many government, licensing, and certification agencies also use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English skills of non-native speakers. This site tells you how to register for the TOEFL, explains what's on the test, and includes free practice tests & advice for test-takers. There is a related page on the TOEIC®, Test of English for International Communication. For related resources, see Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center, above.

School (For You or Your Children)

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HOMEWORK LINKS
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Educación

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center gives you access to free civil service practice tests and test prep eBooks.Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Free practice tests, study tips, online courses and test prep eBooks for all kinds of standardized employment & education tests, including the SAT, CLEP, PSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and much more. If you're logging on at home, you'll need your library card barcode number and PIN to get started.

Universal ClassUNIVERSAL CLASS - Free online non-credit courses in many subjects, including business, technology, language, hobbies, and more. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account.

GCF Learnfree GCF Learn Free - Free tutorials, articles, and other learning materials aimed at helping you improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed for success in both work and everyday life. Covers a wide range of subjects from operating ATMs and reading bus or subway maps to using computers & office software and running a home-based business. Free registration required; also en español and Português. (Nonprofit organization: Goodwill Community Foundation)

local resource Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey - Adult education and literacy programs that can help New Jersey residents improve their basic skills to become better equipped for future employment. Available classes include Adult Basic Education, Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency Test preparation; these services are provided free of charge to New Jersey residents (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development). See also GCF Learn Free and Literacy Volunteers, above. To learn more about the GED (high school graduate equivalency) exam, see the official GED website, which is now a for-profit business (American Council on Education & Pearson Education, Inc.). There are now two alternative high school equivalency tests called HiSET (Educational Testing Service) and TASC (Data Recognition Corporation).

College Savings Plans Network - This site provides information on federal-tax-exempt college savings plans, also called 529 Plans.

ETS - The Educational Testing Service Network - This site offers information, registration, test-taker guidelines, and practice tests, for many standardized tests (such as the GRE, HiSET, TOEFL, and PRAXIS) which may be required for college or graduate school admission, or for professional certification or advancement. On the related College Board website you can register online for the SAT & AP exams, practice with sample test questions, identify & search for suitable colleges, learn about college costs & financial aid, and more.

local resource New Jersey Colleges & Universities - A directory of colleges, universities, community colleges, vocational schools and seminaries in the state. You can browse the schools by type of institution, by county, or alphabetically (State of New Jersey, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education; an offical government website). For a directory of community colleges throughout the United States, see Community College Finder (American Association of Community Colleges; a non-profit organization). To find any type of colleges in other states, see U.S. Department of Education Institution Search (an offical government website).

local resource New Jersey Statewide Testing - This site has information for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students who will be taking standardized tests in school. (An official government website)

local resource South Plainfield Public Schools - This site gives information on all the South Plainfield public schools, as well as Adult School classes and community events. (Official site)

Managing your Money & Paying Taxes

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

compass COMMUNITY & SOCIAL SERVICES INFORMATION - A collection of brochures from local agencies (mostly Middlesex County) that offer assistance to low-income residents, seniors, people with disabilities, and others, with links to additional information.

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MONEY MANAGEMENT & CONSUMER INFORMATION

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Consumidores y Gerencia de Dinero
Online Security
Webfinders: Personal Finance 101

Fighting Fraud - Resources that can help you recognize and avoid scams & fraud, including Consumer Briefs A - Z (in English and en español, and a few in Korean), Protecting Yourself Online, the Fed Up Handbook (also en español), and the Anti-Fraud Toolkit (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; an offical government website). See also Immigration Services Scams, below.

local resource Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs - Do you have a problem with a business in Middlesex County? You can download a printed complaint form on this website, or call (732) 745-3875 for a form to be sent to you. (An official government website)

Money Basics - In this free tutorial, you can learn skills like creating a budget, managing a checking account, and planning for retirement; also en español and Português (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.). Smart About Money offers free courses, tools, articles, and other resources to help you understand and manage your money (National Endowment for Financial Education; a non-profit foundation). 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy has a variety of free tools & information designed 'to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life,' including resources en español (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants).

local resource New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Consumer information and services, from the state of New Jersey. The website includes instructions on how to file a complaint against a business, service, or organization in the state. (An official government website)

local resource Professional Licensing Boards & Committees in New Jersey UPDATED LINK! - Before you choose a doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant, or other professional or business, you can check online to find out the current status of his or her professional license (active, inactive, suspended, or expired). Search the License Verification UPDATED LINK! [NOTE: To search for doctors, podiatrists, or other medical professionals not listed separately, choose 'MEDICAL EXAMINERS' from the dropdown list of Professions on the Business search or Person search pages] page to find out the current status of the professional license (active, inactive, suspended, or expired) for practitioners of dozens of professions and occupations in the state of NJ, including lawyers, dentists, accountants, acupuncturists, social workers, veterinarians, barbers, funeral directors, locksmiths, architects, contractors, and many more. (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs). See also New Jersey Professional Licensing links and NJ Health Care Profile and related links for additional information about health care professionals.


TAXES

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Useful Websites: TAXES
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL: Politica, Leyes, y Gobierno

local resource New Jersey Division of Taxation - Get NJ tax information, print N.J. forms and instructions, or file online from your home computer. Click here for FAQs and contact information (by e-mail, phone, postal mail, or in person). (Offical government website)

U.S. Tax Information for Individuals NEW! - Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. Click on English at the top of the page to get a drop-down list of the languages currently available. (U.S. Internal Revenue Service, an official government website)

Useful Websites: Taxes - Selected links to additional tax information.

The South Plainfield Area

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South Plainfield seal BOROUGH OF SOUTH PLAINFIELD HOME PAGE - Official borough website, includes information on the mayor and council, departments and agencies, municipal court, and recreation, links to the Fire Department and Police Department home pages, borough history, recycling & yard waste info, Senior Corner, Community Bulletin Board, and a directory of local civic organizations, businesses, hospitals, and places of worship. See also Borough of South Plainfield Facebook Page.

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. (Borough of South Plainfield)

local resource South Plainfield Public Schools - Information on all the South Plainfield public schools, including the adult education programs. (An official government website)

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County - Official website for the county. Contains links to county officials and departments, including social services, consumer affairs and public health & safety, plus information on population, economics, government, services, businesses, parks, etc. The Middlesex County Board of Social Services administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, and more.

compass COMMUNITY & SOCIAL SERVICES INFORMATION - A collection of brochures from local agencies (mostly Middlesex County) that offer assistance to low-income residents, seniors, people with disabilities, and others, with links to additional information.

NJ state seal State of New Jersey - Connect to the Governor's office, state departments and agencies, tourism information, education, and business resources for the state of New Jersey.

My Central Jersey - The new combined website for central New Jersey's two local daily newspapers, Courier-News and Home-News Tribune. NOTE: You must be a paid subscriber for full access. The site's Local Directory section includes listings for central NJ schools, businesses, services, arts & entertainment, community groups, religious organizations, and other local information.

local resource South Plainfield Observer - Local weekly newspaper posts events, photos, local government meetings, and obituaries online.

local resource TAPinto South Plainfield - An all-online news website that provides current, pertinent and interesting news and information about the community including various resources, activities, and events in South Plainfield. (Darlene Cullen, Editor)

Other Information & Assistance

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USEFUL WEBSITES
PÁGINAS en ESPAÑOL
SITES FOR SENIORS
Databases
Free eBooks, audiobooks, video, music and more!

Converting Measurements: How Much Is It? - A very simple length, weight, and volume converter (Math Cats). Online Conversion offers many additional conversion calculators: 'over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions' (1997 - 2010; personal site by Robert Fogt, a website / software developer; site includes advertisements).

Find Family after a War or International Disaster - If armed conflict, international disasters or migration have separated you from family members and loved ones, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent may be able to help you contact them. Check this page for more information. (American Red Cross)

Health Care: New Jersey Family Care - A federal- and state-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age (including qualified immigrants) gain access to affordable health insurance. Easy-to-Read Health Information AUDIO explains many health conditions in simple English, often with helpful pictures or diagrams and audio; some are also available en Español. Arranged by subect (Medline). EthnoMed Multilingual Health Information VIDEO provides links to patient education materials in Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese, but not all brochures are available in all languages (University of Washington). HealthReach AUDIO VIDEO offers health education materials in various languages and formats, such as brochures, fact sheets, audios and videos (National Library of Medicine). Click here for more useful websites on HEALTH, or see Salud en español.

Holidays in the U.S.A. NEW! - Learn about a variety of holidays and observances celebrated in the United States. (U.S. State Department)

Post Office - See U.S. Postal Service and related links.

Telephone Directories, Area Codes and Country Codes - See Telephone Area Code / Country Code finder and related links.

Virtual Reference Shelf - Almanacs, associations, clocks, calculators, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, quotations, statistics, and other online reference books (Library of Congress). See also USEFUL WEBSITES: General & Multi-Subject Sites.

Winter Weather - Learn about winter weather and what you can do to stay warm, safe, and healthy in cold weather (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Winter Weather Preparedness offers tips for protecting your home & family during severe winter weather (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management; an official government website). Find out about Code Blue Alerts & New Jersey Emergency Cold Weather Shelters NEW! CODE BLUE ALERTS are declared when temperatures drop below freezing and weather conditions pose a danger to the homeless population. For the most up-to-date information on shelters and warming centers, call 2-1-1. For advice on what to do before and after floods, hurricanes, winter storms, blackouts, and other disasters, see our Disasters Webfinder.

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