WOODBRIDGE – Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) Executive Director Marge Della Vecchia joined Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Commissioner Joseph Doria last week at 239 Wall Street, a 3-bedroom home in the Menlo Park Terrace neighborhood, to announce that Woodbridge is the newest member of the Live Where You Work Program. Woodbridge is the 3rd municipality to partner with HMFA on the program.
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Freeholders Honor Lifeguard Heroes—Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada (right) and Freeholders Rick Proctor (second from left) and Bette Jane Kowalski (left) present resolutions to Union County lifeguards Kristi Janusz and Sebastian Vargas, both of Linden, for their outstanding teamwork and lifesaving efforts during a rescue at the Ulrich pool in Rahway. On July 8, Janusz and Vargas pulled an unconscious 8-year-old girl from the pool and administered CPR until she regained consciousness.
Starting the School Year—Freeholders Rick Proctor (left) and Chester Holmes present Paula Braxton with a resolution congratulating her on becoming the new principal of Rahway High School and on being the first African-American graduate of the school to return and become its principal.
(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)
CLARK—The Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark will present the annual Polish Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. There will be plenty of Polish ethnic food available as well as cash bar. Music by D.J. Jaroslaw Kaczynski will play all evening for dancing pleasure. John Niemczyk of Mountainside will MC the event. All are invited to attend this colorful event highlighting 1000 years of Polish tradition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.