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Archive for June 17th, 2008

COLONIA—On Wednesday, June 4, St. John Vianney School hosted a spaghetti dinner as a fundraiser for Bethany Ciccarelli, a kindergarten student at the school. Bethany has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Bethany is five years old, the second youngest of Mario and Lisa Ciccarelli’s five children. The Ciccarelli family has been a part of the St. John Vianney parish and school community for many years. Bethany and two of her sisters attend the school; her older brother just graduated eighth grade.

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CLARK–The Clark Public Library is hosting a wide range of programs and special events for children, teens and adults this summer in conjunction with the Catch the Reading Bug Program summer reading program. Dr. Farnsworth’s Flea Circus will be on hand on Saturday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. to kick-off the summer reading program and festivities. Anyone entering first grade or older is sure to be astounded and entertained with feats of daring and skill performed by the human flea. Other special events include a paper marbleizing workshop for children ages 3 and older on Sunday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. and participatory dramatic storytelling workshops on Saturday, July 12 and July 26.

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CLARK—St. John the Apostle School, Clark held 8th grade graduation on Friday, June 6. Sister Donna Marie O’Brien awarded the diplomas to 50 graduates and Reverend Father Robert McBride presented the diplomas to the graduates.

Diplomas were awarded to the following students:

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LINDEN – Linden’s summer concert series continues on Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade at 400 North Wood Avenue. Local favorite band Jobananno and the Godsons of Soul will bring their infectious “high energy rock and soul” sound to Linden.

Recently voted as one of the top 10 New Jersey bands by News-12 New Jersey, this group has opened concerts for James Brown, Eddie Money, Mitch Ryder, Bad Company, Rick Derringer, Marshall Tucker, Danny Federici, Clarence Clemons, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Monkees, Gary Puckett, Beaver Brown and has been joined onstage numerous times by the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

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Off To Kindergarten

Off To Kindergarten—On June 10, Madison Elementary School in Rahway held their awards program. Students received awards for perfect attendance, physical education, music, band and art. Madison’s Bully Busters and patrols were also recognized. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten also have their promotion during the awards. Pictured is Madison School’s pre-kindergarten class performing “Oh, We’re Off to Kindergarten.”

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UNION COUNTY – Four high school students from the Union County 4-H Program, Bria Barnes and Lilia Perez of Scotch Plains, Lindsay Nichnadowicz of Cranford and Paul Szetela of Elizabeth recently assembled Hero Packs while attending the North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference.  The packs are part of a nationwide effort to support children of deployed National Guard and US Army Reserve service members.

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EDISON—While attending the recent farewell salute at Fort Dix, Mayor Jun Choi thanked some of the 3,000 New Jersey soldiers who have been deployed for “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Twenty-three soldiers in the one-year deployment are from Edison. They are part of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. More than 30 percent of the brigade members have been previously deployed in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the Sinai Peninsula.

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