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Archive for May, 2008

Bollwage Appointee Indicted

ELIZABETH — A federal grand jury has indicted a construction contractor who was appointed by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage to the city parking authority.

Raymond Vella, 32, of Elizabeth, was charged with five counts of mail fraud, one count of providing corrupt payments and one count of obtaining property by fraud.

Observers speculate that Vella has been a cooperating witness for several months.

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TRENTON – Legislation Assembly members Neil M. Cohen, Gary S. Schaer, Bonnie Watson Coleman, L. Grace Spencer, and L. Harvey Smith sponsored to extend foreclosure protection to thousands of New Jersey families caught-up in the recent mortgage market upheaval was released last week by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-2780), entitled the “Save New Jersey Homes Act of 2008,” would offer direct aid to homeowners/borrowers affected by the growing mortgage crisis who are facing foreclosure or who are in danger of facing foreclosure due to mortgage rates that are about to reset.

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STATE – A joint venture between a New York company and a Canadian energy firm could bring a $550 million liquefied natural gas terminal 15 miles off the Jersey shore, with a pipeline running to an on-shore facility in Linden.

The Liberty Natural Gas Transmission project would consist of an underwater facility that would receive natural gas from transport ships. At full capacity, it could provide up to 2.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2011.

“We are launching our Liberty Natural Gas Project to meet the growing energy needs of the Northeast US by delivering clean, safe and efficient natural gas to New Jersey without compromising safety or the clean waters off the Jersey shore,” said Roger Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Excalibur Energy, a joint venture between Canadian Superior Energy Inc. and Global LNG Inc.

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CARTERET—On Tuesday, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman and the Borough Council announced that the borough had agreed to a $100 million redevelopment deal with A.J Richard & Sons, Inc. (parent company of the P.C. Richard’s Home Electronic Super Center) for Phase I of the West Carteret Minue Street Retail Redevelopment Area.

As part of the redevelopment agreement, P. C. Richard & Sons will construct of a 33,000 sq. ft. retail and clearance superstore on Minue Street, fronting the New Jersey Turnpike. The retail and clearance superstore is planned to open in the fall 2010. In addition to the new Carteret retail and clearance superstore, 15 acres of existing light industrial space will be converted into office and warehouse/distribution space for PC Richard & Son’s operations. The property conversion and development will call for the acquisition and remolding of a 330,000 sq. ft. warehouse, distribution facility and the construction of a 20,000 sq. ft. office building. (more…)

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EDISON—Mayor Jun Choi, along with public safety officials and members of the business community, dug shovels into the ground last week to break ground for a new public safety center.

Construction has officially started on the Edison Public Safety Center in Raritan Center, a 17,045 square-foot facility that will house members from Edison’s police, fire and emergency medical services.

“Our commitment has been to upgrade public safety while continuing to be fiscally responsible. The construction of this facility meets both of those goals. This is a great day for a great township,” Choi said.

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RAHWAY—On Saturday, May 24, Rahway PAL hosted its annual Memorial Day picnic for players, and their families and friends. The day was filled with good food and lots of fun and activities. Our guests were treated to a 65-foot obstacle coarse, bungee basketball, a batting station, and other traditional picnic games.

This year attendance was again in excess of 600. Sgt. Gene DeCarlo, the executive director of Rahway PAL, said, “Three straight seasons of increased attendance is further proof of the PAL extending its reach into the community. Our program is growing with more than just players, more families are now involved and this can only help make our programs more effective.”

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Soehl Science Stars

Soehl Science Stars—Linden Soehl Middle School students Adedayo Kolawole and Shira NesSmith were chosen to attend the Douglas Science Institute for a summer program. There are only 50 young women through out the state of New Jersey that are afforded this opportunity. Photo by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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