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Archive for August 13th, 2008

Shootings Leave One Dead, Three Injured

ELIZABETH – One man is dead and three others are injured – one critically – after a pair of apparently unrelated shootings in the city last week.

A 33-year-old man was shot and killed as he sat outside his Flora Street home early last Thursday morning. Two other men were wounded in a double shooting last Tuesday night at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Trinity Place.

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LINDEN – Mayor Richard Gerbounka, a one-time Democrat who turned independent in 2006, and four of the city’s councilmen endorsed Republican John McCain for president Monday. The move came on the eve of a McCain fundraising visit to the state.

“This election is not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about electing the best man to lead us forward the next four years as the president of the United States. And the best man for that position is Senator John McCain,” said Gerbounka at a Monday press conference. “And I know from personal experience that the Linden voters are intelligent and sophisticated. Because in 2006, I ran for the mayor of this great city as an independent against a 30-year Democratic incumbent, and the voters chose the man, not the party.”

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CARTERET—Last Friday, against a backdrop of outgoing traffic, Mayor Daniel Reiman welcomed state and county dignitaries, residents, and friends and family of the late Mayor Pete J. Sica, for a rededication ceremony honoring the local hero that has become immortalized in Carteret’s history, and the highway that is his namesake.

Mayor Daniel Reiman presents a plaque to Barbara Sica, Peter Sica’s wife

Mayor Daniel Reiman presents a plaque to Barbara Sica, Peter Sica’s wife

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TRENTON–Last week, Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed into law a multi-bill legislative package aimed at stabilizing the long-term financial health of the state’s hospital industry to stave-off future hospital closings.

Four acute-care hospitals have closed already this year. A fifth, Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, planned to stop admitting new patients Wednesday in preparation for closure.

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ELIZABETH – Last week, the Old First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth turned a page in history when two giant cranes hoisted a brand new steeple, weighing roughly 27 tons, to the building’s summit. Local leaders attended a public ceremony marking the occasion.

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ISELIN—The Iselin Branch Library has re-opened its doors after the completion of interior renovations and the installation of new lighting. As a result of the two-month renovation project, the Iselin Branch Library is more “reader-friendly” and easier to navigate than ever before.

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TRENTON – A Rahway associate of the so-called “Route 35 Crew,” which was responsible for a series of bank robberies and other robberies from August 2006 through November 2007, pleaded guilty Monday to committing a home invasion robbery in Allentown, Pa., U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

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