PERTH AMBOY—Mayor Joseph Vas and Councilman David Szilagyi unveiled a pay-to-play and ethics reform package at last week’s city council meeting. The package includes an ordinance to prohibit so-called “pay to play” campaign donations by developers and city contract seekers as well as an ordinance to memorialize a comprehensive employee ethics package first adopted in a February 2007 executive order.
Archive for June 18th, 2008
ELIZABETH – Police have made five arrests following a nearly two-year investigation into the fatal beating and stabbing of a 29-year-old man in Elizabeth.
The five suspects – three adults and two juveniles – were taken into custody on June 12, 24 hours after warrants were issued for their arrest as a result of the continuing investigating into the Aug. 18, 2006 slaying of Rhykime Richardson.
CLARK—Clark Girls Softball League (CGSB) wrapped up the 2008 season in 100 degree heat with the annual year end picnic on Sunday, June 8, at the Deutscher Club in Clark. Featherbed Lane School allowed CGSB the use of their pool which gave the girls relief from the heat. The girls enjoyed boardwalk style games with prizes, moon walk, obstacle course, slide, DJ music and a large variety of food, drinks and ice cream. The dunk tank was another huge success with no shortage of volunteers!
UNION COUNTY—The Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal is ready to open the county’s two public swimming pools.
The Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool located in Rahway River Park, St. George’s Avenue in Rahway, will be open for the season from June 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1. The John Russell Wheeler Memorial Pool located in Wheeler Park, West Stimson Avenue and Route 1 in Linden, will be open for the season from June 23 through Aug. 15.
RAHWAY—The newest members of Rahway’s Community Emergency Response Team have successfully completed a training program conducted by the Rahway Police Department.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
ELIZABETH—“I am proud to introduce Benedictine Academy’s 93rd class of graduates…” declared Associate Principal Kenneth Jennings, as the forty-one young women turned to face guests at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Hillside at the Academy’s commencement ceremony on Thursday evening, June 5.