WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Township Police Department today announced the arrest of a township resident on charges of endangering the welfare of an injured person following the Easter Sunday, near-fatal hit and run motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 1 in Woodbridge.
Archive for April 9th, 2008
TRENTON – On Monday, the state Senate approved a bill which would provide paid family leave benefits for workers caring for sick family members and newborn or newly adopted children. The measure passed by a vote of 21 to 15, and now heads to the governor, who has said he will sign it into law.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – County and local officials announced that an agreement was reached last week that will pay National Lead $82.5 million for a 400-acre waterfront property in Sayreville. The agreement paves the way for the remediation and redevelopment of the contaminated property.
PERTH AMBOY – Challenger Israel Varela dropped out of Perth Amboy’s mayoral race last week, saying that he didn’t want to split the vote among those not supporting Mayor Joseph Vas. Voters will choose between the incumbent mayor and community activist Wilda Diaz on May 13.
“What I don’t want is Joe Vas back in the driver’s seat, continuing to hurt our community,” Varela said. “I felt I had a very strong chance, but I’m not willing to take that chance with my community.”
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CARTERET—On Sunday, April 13, Mayor Dan Reiman will join with the Carteret Little League for a Grand Opening ceremony, unveiling the Borough’s upgraded Civic Center Park. The event will mark the completion of an 18-month rehabilitation project that has transformed the sports complex’s formerly deteriorating baseball and softball fields into a state-of the art facility that now includes passive recreational amenities.
ELIZABETH—The City of Elizabeth, the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, Trinitas Hospital, Runnells Specialized Hospital and a coalition of area agencies and corporations have teamed to provide free immunizations to city children during National Infant Immunization Week, April 19 – 26. The effort will provide free, lifesaving immunizations to children age six and younger.
Elizabeth Unveils King Monument—On Friday, April 4, on the 40th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a dedication ceremony to unveil a monument in his memory was held across from Elizabeth City Hall in Winfield Scott Park. This dedication followed a parade up Elizabeth Avenue. Pictured: Elizabeth Mayor Bollwage and Community Activist Salaam Ismael.
The Gift Of Life—Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac was the first blood donor at a blood drive at City Hall on March 26 for Woodbridge residents and city employees. McCormac is an enthusiastic supporter of the voluntary blood donation program; Woodbridge sponsors two blood drives every year. The mayor has the universal type O negative blood, which means his blood can be used for virtually any patient. Knowing this, he makes a commitment to donate regularly. Forty-two people donated at this drive. The mayor is seen here with Blood Center of New Jersey Donor Services Representative Cherin Halley, who is holding his donation. For more information on donating blood or sponsoring a blood drive, call 1-800-256-6365, ext. 104.
Triple Taekwondo Medalist—Ricky Azari of Edison, a second grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison trained and participated in six categories at the 2008 Open Taekwondo Championship and the New Jersey AAU Taekwondo State Championship. Azari won three first-place trophies for Olympic Sparring, Form and Board Breaking, and three medals, one Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze, for Olympic Sparring, Form and Point Sparring. In addition, and by virtue of his placement, he qualified to compete in the 2008 National Championships this spring in Florida and Wisconsin and the 2008 AAU Junior Olympic Games this summer in Michigan. He is the son of Cyrus Azari and Elizabeth Trimarco-Azari of Edison. Photo by Michelle H. LePoidevin
Top Rahway Musicians—Six young musicians from the Rahway Middle School Band were selected to perform in the Central NJ All-Region Band and Orchestra. These talented students auditioned in February at South Plainfield Middle School. The students chosen were Samantha Hansen on alto clarinet, Kelsey Williams on alto clarinet, Nate Figueroa on trumpet, Josh Thompson on trombone, Daniel Robinson on tuba, and Kelly Porr on tympani drums. Once accepted, these students participated in over a month’s worth of rehearsals before performing in their culminating concert on Sunday, March 9, at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. Pictured from left to right: (front row) Kelsey Williams, Samantha Hansen, and Kelly Porr; (back row) Nate Figueroa and Daniel Robinson
Indoor Soccer Champs – Members of the Falcons, champions of the Linden Recreation-sponsored Winter Indoor Soccer League, celebrate with their families and friends after receiving their first place trophies following a hard fought 3-2 overtime victory against the Magic. John Vidal tallied two goals for the Falcons and Matthew Percoskie netted the winning goal in overtime.
Clark Teacher Honored—St. John the Apostle recognized its Distinguished Teacher, June Butchko, with a Mass followed by an Annex Breakfast. Pictured here with Butchko are her former teachers from St. Mary’s School Rahway and Mother Seton Regional High School: left to right, Sister Jeanne Catherine, OP (eighth grade math teacher) June Butchko, Sister Regina Martin (high school math teacher), and Sister Eleanor Uhl (formerly Sister Daniel Ann, first grade teacher.) Butchko shared with the students of St. John’s how these three teachers influenced her life to become a teacher.
By Michael M. Shapiro
This past month, Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig and Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for Howard Dean and senior advisor to John Edwards in their runs for the White House, teamed up to form “Change Congress,” a national movement to help end corruption in the United States Congress (www.change-congress.org). The organization is advocating for several important measures that will help reform Washington, asks all candidates to pledge to undertake these reforms, and encourages citizens to promote these important issues by agreeing to a similar pledge.