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TRENTON – Longtime state Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) resigned Monday. Cohen is currently the subject of a child pornography investigation, though as of Monday no charges had been filed.
Cohen has reportedly been in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation since authorities seized his office computer last week.

Cohen submitted his one-sentence resignation letter to clerk of the Assembly at 9:24 a.m., said Derek Roseman, spokesman for the Assembly Democrats.
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CARTERET—On Saturday, July 12, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for The Partners Against Hunger Food Bank, located in the basement of the Iglesia de Dios church located at 712 Roosevelt Avenue in Carteret. The food pantry is a cooperative partnership with The Zion Lutheran Church, The Iglesia de Dios Church and Boy Scout Troop 88 which is sponsored by The American Legion Post 263.

Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left to right, front Mayor Daniel Reiman, and Eagle Scout Ryan Gerstler; rear, Assemblyman Joseph Vas, Council Member Susan Naples and Scoutmaster Fred Gerstler

Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left to right, front Mayor Daniel Reiman, and Eagle Scout Ryan Gerstler; rear, Assemblyman Joseph Vas, Council Member Susan Naples and Scoutmaster Fred Gerstler

In attendance were Assemblyman Joseph Vas, Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman and Council Member Sue Naples who presented accommodations for the construction of the food pantry to Eagle Scout Ryan Gerstler and the cooperative partnership.

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Armed Robbers Strike Quick Chek

LINDEN – Police are searching for three young men who robbed a West Elizabeth Avenue convenience store early Monday morning.

According to police, the three men entered the store at 6 a.m. At least two of them were carrying black handguns and ordered everyone to the floor.

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TRENTON – A new law signed by acting Gov. Richard Codey last week will soon force all New Jersey residents getting a driver’s license to consider becoming organ donors.

The NJ Hero Act also makes New Jersey the first state in the country to incorporate organ donation education into the high school curriculum, beginning in the 2009-10 school year.

“Our goal is to generate a collective awareness about the importance of organ donation so that those who want to donate, will,” said Codey, who sponsored the legislation. Codey served as acting governor while Gov. Jon Corzine was in Israel on a trade mission.

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ELIZABETH – A 40-year-old Elizabeth man was sentenced to 60 years in state prison for stabbing a 33-year-old man to death outside a Linden bar in 2006.

Superior Court Judge Jospeh Donohue sentenced Carlos Gutierrez on Friday, July 25. Gutierrez was convicted of first-degree murder on March 27, following a nine-day trial. The jury spent a day deliberating before handing down the guilty verdict.

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PERTH AMBOY—Mayor Wilda Diaz has announced that the City of Perth Amboy is celebrating the 325th anniversary of its charter (1683-2008) in style.

“From now through the end of the year, we have a huge variety of programs and activities planned”, stated Kathleen DePow, chairman of the 325th Anniversary Committee. “No matter what your interests or age, there is something for everyone,” she added.

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SCOTCH PLAINS – Nearly 100 individuals and representatives of businesses throughout Union County recently hit the golf links at Shackamaxon Golf & Country Club in Scotch Plains to support United Way of Greater Union County’s work in making a difference in people’s lives and addressing critical community needs.

Miles Notar, Tony Pugliese, Mike Scacifero and Tim Williams.

AGL Resources/Elizabethtown Gas Golfing for a Good Cause: Miles Notar, Tony Pugliese, Mike Scacifero and Tim Williams.

“This event’s continued success demonstrates again and again that Union County’s residents and businesses care for their neighbors and the community,” stated James W. Horne, Jr., CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “Their generosity and leadership enable organizations like ours to continue our work.”

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