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Archive for July, 2008

Young Patriot Wins Essay Contest—Jake Russell (center) a student at St. James School, presented his first place Americanism Essay sponsored by the Woodbridge Elks # 2116 at the Flag Day services held at the lodge recently. Standing l-r are New Jersey State Elks Past State President Roy De Ritter, Exalted Ruler Paula Kopcho, Jake’s sister Michelle, mother Pam, father Jerry and New Jersey State Elks Association Past State President Francis J. Decibus. Honored guests in attendance were Veteran’s from the Menlo Park Veteran’s Home, Edison.

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Unico Honors ALJ Seniors – At Clark Unico’s recent installation and awards ceremony, six Arthur L. Johnson High School seniors were honored. Pictured left to right are Brian Piccolo Award winners Stephanie Amalfe and Steve Cancelliere, and scholarship winners Lisa Nucera, Kevin Campbell, Gabrielle Rimmaudo and Vincent DelVecchio. They were all inducted into Unico as student members. (Photo courtesy Henry Varriano)

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Linden Brownies Honor School Board—Linden Brownie Troop 885 awarded a community service award to the Linden Board of Education. This award is for being involved in our community and for promoting community involvement in the lives of our students. Christina Beviano and Jackie Beviano presented the award on behalf of the Linden Brownie Troop 885 to the Linden Board of Education.

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ELIZABETH – Olga Fridman of Elizabeth High School and Elizabeth Edouard of Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Elizabeth earned scholarships from Spencer Savings Bank. A $1,000 prize was awarded to Fridman and a $500 Coverdell Education Savings Account (CESA) was awarded to Edouard in recognition of their hard work and dedication throughout the school year.

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Clark Native Releases Kids CD

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Clark native Ilene “Leeny” Altman started writing kids music for an audience of one – her nephew Zak.

Altman’s first songs were written to entertain and educate Zak about the important things in life – fruit, clouds, and stinky diapers. Then Zak said, “Leeny, can you write me more songs?” To which Altman replied, “Uhhhh… sure, buddy!”

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By Michael M. Shapiro
The conventional wisdom is that the recently announced federal probe into the dealings of former Corzine friend, Carla Katz, with the local CWA which she had led, will score United States Attorney Chris Christie political points with Republicans, Independents, and some anti-Corzine Democrats. Gov. Corzine has been battling to keep emails between Katz and himself from becoming public and Katz is already under investigation by the national CWA for alleged improper conduct.

Christie’s federal investigation promises more negative Katz headlines, more unfavorable publicity for the Governor, and positive publicity for Mr. Christie. However, Mr. Christie’s possible gubernatorial ambitions may actually be undermined by this probe.

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By Jim Whelan

Every time Chet Paravecchio sees a former player, a smile comes to his face. Recently, when he ran into Rick Tobor, a member of the Elizabeth High School 2006 State Championship team, a bigger smile comes to his face. The reason? A car.

Before the season started, Tobor asked, “If we win the state championship, can I take your car to the prom?” The coach replied, “You betcha partner!,” not taking the wager seriously. After every win late in the season, Tobor kept asking about the car, saying “Remember our bet?” “I remember!,” the coach responded.

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