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Archive for August 27th, 2008

PERTH AMBOY – The city mourned a fallen police officer Monday. Officer Thomas Raji was killed in an early Friday morning car accident while he was transporting a prisoner.

Raji’s body was carried to Holy Spirit Church on a horse-drawn caisson followed by a rider-less horse with two boots turned backwards in the stirrups. Hundreds of police officers lined the street to pay their respects. Eight of Raji’s fellow officers carried the coffin into the church, while Raji’s widow followed behind.

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STATE—As the end of summer rapidly approaches and millions of children are preparing to return to school next week, the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club is urging motorists stay alert and drive carefully in neighborhoods and school zones, through its 75th annual “School’s Open-Drive Carefully” campaign.

“Children can get caught up in the excitement of the ‘back-to-school’ season frenzy and forget to watch out for cars,” explains Michele Mount, director of public affairs for the Florham Park-based club. “Some children have trouble making accurate judgments about traffic speed and distance, so drivers need to be particularly alert and aware when driving in school zones and neighborhoods.”

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EDISON – After drawing extensive criticism from the township’s Jewish community, Edison school board officials agreed to change the date of next month’s school bond referendum to Dec. 9. The election was originally scheduled to fall on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year on the Jewish calendar.

Acting Superintendent John DiMuzio said that the referendum date was changed to avoid “the appearance of insensitivity on the board’s part.”

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STATE—Sen. Ray Lesniak is calling for a 50 percent increase in tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, but he says nothing will be done to reduce the state’s debt, now estimated to exceed $42 billion.

“Any toll increase or gasoline tax will only be for transportation,” Lesniak said. “I don’t think we’re going to do any debt reduction for a while.”

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UNION COUNTY – The high price of diesel fuel is making the contents of tucks’ fuel tanks an attractive target for area thieves.

Last week, thieves siphoned off 160 gallons of diesel fuel from the tanks of three trucks parked overnight in Linden. Earlier this month, a Rahway business had 450 gallons of diesel fuel stolen from the tanks of three of its trucks.

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LINDEN – The congregation of the Reformed Church of Linden recently celebrated the dedication of the new handicapped-accessible addition to the church during a worship service of praise and thanksgiving.

The new elevator with a street level entrance on North Wood Avenue allows all individuals with wheelchairs, walkers and canes, and those with weakness or fragility to participate in all aspects of church life with easy access to all three levels of the church building.

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Clark Plans CERT Training Program

CLARK—The Township of Clark is planning on holding another Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program in the fall, if there is sufficient interested. The township has previously conducted four classes for the general public and one class for various teachers and administrators in the Clark Public School System with good attendance in all the classes.

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