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Archive for July 23rd, 2008

The Elmora Troopers won their first Little League District Championship title in team history.

The Elmora Troopers won their first Little League District Championship title in team history.

ELIZABETH—The 11-year-olds of the Elmora Troopers team entered the District 7 tournament with high expectations. As 10-year-olds this group of players fell just short of taking the district flag. In 2008, the team rolled through the playoffs with a perfect record but they needed to beat Hoboken Little League to take the championship.

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TRENTON – A weak economy and gas prices holding near the $4 per gallon mark are inspiring state lawmakers to seek ways to promote energy efficiency.

“The energy crisis facing this country and the threat of global warming is an absolute super stimulus to energy efficiency legislation and helping people cope,” said Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), who is sponsoring several “green” bills that could receive consideration in the Legislature this fall.

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Beating the Heat

Beating the Heat – Children at Linden’s Kiddie Camp play in the sprinkler on a hot summer day.

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STATE – Record-high pump prices are forcing motorists to adjust household budgets and alter driving habits while they wait for – and expect – even higher prices in the near future, according to results from a AAA Mid-Atlantic member survey.

In fact, seven in 10 AAA Mid-Atlantic members who completed the e-mail survey in early July said they have had to cut spending from other parts of their household budget to make up for the continued spike in gas prices.

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RAHWAY – For the past twelve years, the Annual Lehrer-Gibilisco Benefit Softball Tournament for Children’s Specialized Hospital has raised money to support the “Lightning Wheels” Athletic Team. This year, event organizers are pulling out all the stops to make the 13th anniversary the best ever. Playing according to the American Association of Softball and Men’s Slo-Pitch rules, teams will compete on Saturday, Aug. 16, starting at 9 a.m. at Rahway River Park, St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, at softball fields three and four.

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Johnson Students Win Bartell Scholarships—Four students achieving high academic standing from Arthur L. Johnson High School were awarded Bartell Scholarships at the high school scholarship awards ceremony on June 2. The winner of the ALJ Entrepreneurial Award in memory of Leslie B. Bartell was Brittany Halpern (center). Winners of the Leslie Bartell Scholarship were Kevin Campbell (2nd from right) and Brittany Dolan (2nd from left), while the Bartell Scholarship in honor of former ALJ Marketing Teacher, Jack Ford, went to Vincent Del Vecchio (right.) The scholarships were established by the late Leslie Bartell, who owned Bartell Garden Supply Company since 1933. Richard Bartell (left), his son, presented each student with a $4,500 check toward college.

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EDISON—Mayor Jun Choi announced the establishment of the Edison Farmers Market on Amboy Avenue. The mayor lauded the new market as part of the positive changes he is committed to bringing to the community. This is the first Farmers Market on record in Edison since 1980.

Mayor Jun Choi announced that the Amboy Avenue farmers market will open this Sunday.

Mayor Jun Choi announced that the Amboy Avenue farmers market will open this Sunday.

“This is a great quality of life improvement that will draw people to the area. Edison has a lot to offer and this will be another attraction. We were able to put this together through a grant program so it doesn’t add any cost to the taxpayers,” Choi said.

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