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Archive for July 2nd, 2008

ELIZABETH– The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced last week that the county has initiated a comprehensive energy master plan. The goal of the master plan is to achieve increased efficiency, conservation, and use of alternative energy sources in county operations.
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CARTERET–Last month, Mayor Daniel Reiman was honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief George Lisicki, who presented him with the organization’s Gold Medal of Merit. The medal is the highest award that can be bestowed on any individual by the national VFW Commander-in-Chief, and recognizes commitment to both active military and veterans. Past recipients include Bob Hope, John Wayne, Martha Ray, President Eisenhower, and Senator John McCain.   (more…)

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PERTH AMBOY – Mayor Wilda Diaz took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon at Perth Amboy High School as family members, friends and supporters looked on. Diaz, who defeated Joseph Vas in the May 13 non-partisan mayoral election by 1,200 votes, is the first elected female Latino mayor in New Jersey.

A former bank vice president, Diaz plans to make finance the focus of her administration. “Finance is everything. It’s the bottom line,” she said. “To stabilize taxes you have to look at your finances. You can’t continue to have one-shot deals.”
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ELIZABETH – Elizabeth High School graduate Roberto Ramos signed a contract to play baseball in the Boston Red Sox organization last weekend. The shortstop will be assigned to the Gulf Coast (Fla.) Red Sox in the rookie level Gulf Coast League.

In his senior season for Elizabeth, Ramos batted .450 with nine doubles, 24 RBI, 21 runs and 14 stolen bases. The Newark Star-Ledger selected Ramos as its high school baseball player of the week for the week of May 13.

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COLONIA – Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of a weekend fire at Colonia High School on Monday.

The fire was reported around 8 p.m. on Sunday and was confined to a room where the school’s generator, electrical panel and exterior air vents are located, according to Lt. Tom Gennarelli.

Fire departments from Colonia, Iselin and Woodbridge responded to the fire and found heavy smoke coming out of an exhaust vent at the 180 East Street building. A crew from Public Service Electric and Gas also responded to the scene.

Officials said that no one was injured in the fire.

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RAHWAY—The Rahway’s Mayor’s Summer Concert Series will start on Aug. 7 with a performance by The Duprees. The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. If you take the Glenn Miller arrangements of the 1940s along with the tunes of Joni James, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole, (just to name a few) and put them together, you have the sound of The Duprees.
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PAL Presents Scholarships

RAHWAY—Each year Rahway PAL awards scholarships to Rahway youths who have participated in PAL programs for at least three years and who have been accepted into college. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation along with an essay describing the role Rahway PAL has played in their life. All submissions are then evaluated, anonymously, by the PAL scholarship committee.

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Congressman Visits Clark Resident

CLARK—Last week, Congressman Mike Ferguson and Aaron Glickman, the store manager of Home Depot, visited the home of Joseph Margeton of Clark to inspect a recently built handicap ramp.

In an effort to secure funding to construct the ramp, Margeton contacted Ferguson’s congressional office for assistance. Ferguson’s staff worked with The Home Depot, who generously donated the funding for the ramp. Margeton, 88, has lived in Clark with his family for 50 years and served in the Army during World War II.

From Left to Right: Nicole Waggenhoffer, with daughters, Helen Irene Waggenhoffer and Katherine Elizabeth Waggenhoffer, Rick Waggenhoffer, Irene Margeton (sitting) Congressman Mike Ferguson, Joseph Margeton (sitting) and Aaron Glickman, the store manager of the Home Depot in Garwood.

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Community Clean-Up—A community graffiti clean-up day was held in Linden’s Eighth Ward on Saturday, June 14. Councilwoman Michele Yamakaitis and Sgt. William Turbett of the Linden Police Department organized the event. Volunteers from the Linden ROTC and the Eighth Ward Democratic Club, as well as neighborhood children, were on hand. The councilwoman and volunteers painted over graffiti that was tagged on numerous businesses. The business owners donated the paint for the clean-up. The volunteers included Yamakaitis, Turbett, Linden ROTC members Stephen Gonzalez, Maria Fernandes, Brian Gonzalez, Jonathan Cutler, Michael Tyler-Smith, Melissa Quinones, Mitchell Quinones and Manny Rivera, and community volunteers Patti Murgo, Joan Turbett, Richard Giles, Daniel Barbarich, Robert Colish, Luke Yamakaitis, Kevin Retcho, Travis Horsch, Tyler Horsch, Daniel Yamakaitis, Thomas Yamakaitis, and Christopher Zglobicki

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New Nurses—Forty-four new graduates have joined the ranks of the nursing profession following their completion of studies at the Trinitas School of Nursing.   (more…)

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Pee Wee All-Stars

Pee Wee All-Stars—Clark Girls Softball Pee Wee division (second and third grades) concluded their season with an All Star game on Wednesday, June 11. Players from Wytech, Diverse Development, Choice Signs, Bonaccorso Landscaping, Porcelli Electric, Joseph David Roofing and J&E Auto played in an extra inning 2-1 game.

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History Comes Alive—The Arrest of Governor William Franklin was reenacted at the Proprietary House on Sunday, June 22. In the photo is the narrator, Chief Justice Smythe (Anton J. Massopust), Governor Franklin (Kurt Epps) and Col. Heard (Anthony Sataloro). Photo by Marcella Massopust.

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Bicycle Jamboree

Bicycle Jamboree—Linden children line up for the Long Distance Race at the Linden Recreation sponsored Bicycle Jamboree. Park Counselor Leon Devero readies a competitor.

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By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic
Would you believe yet another TV sitcom reprised to feature length proportions? Yep, this week’s updated throwback is “Get Smart,” the 1960s small screen spoof of everything spies which featured the quick-clipped jibes of Don Adams as Agent 86/ Maxwell Smart, and Barbara Feldon as 99, his lovely, competent sidekick in sleuthing.
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By Michael M. Shapiro

Governor Corzine’s refusal to release e-mails exchanged with Carla Katz, head of the CWA, despite a Court Order to do so, is troubling. The Governor is claiming executive privilege and, although he continues to fight the Court Order, he recently acknowledged that because of his upcoming battle for re-election, he may accede to the Court’s wishes and release the e-mails. State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson had requested the communications soon after the CWA and the Governor’s Office came to agreement regarding a new contract last year. In May, Superior Court Judge Paul Innes decided that the e-mails constituted public information and ordered them released. While the Governor is concerned that his refusal to turn over the e-mails will be an issue when he runs for re-election, he is missing the bigger picture: his lack of judgment regarding the exchange of the e-mails in the first place.
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