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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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